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Camouflaging a Scar With Make-Up: A Dermatologist's Advice

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Scars on the face can occur for many reasons, including an injury or recovery after a procedure. How do we go abotu covering up these marks? Read on for Dermatologists' advice on carefully camouflaging scars.

1. How do scars develop in the patients that come to see you?

At first they are red and sensitive.

Then they gradually lighten and become painless. After one month, you can gently massage them to restore suppleness and skin mobility. Finally, the skin regains its initial colour and the scar will virtually disappear. It takes a year to 18 months to really assess the end result.

2. What make-up do you recommend for a scar?

You need a product dense in pigments called "corrective foundation":

a mere foundation will not suffice. You spread the corrective foundation on the back of the hand to warm it then pat a very small amount of it onto the scar. After that you use a wide brush to pat the scar to thoroughly cover all the imperfections. Finally, the brush is used to sweep the edges to blend the product into the healthy skin area.

3. In your opinion, is make-up enough to protect the scar from sunlight?

The pigments found in corrective products are of the same type as those used in sunscreen.

Thus they offer sufficient protection during everyday movements, such as a weekday in a workplace that is not exposed to the sun. It is easy to "touch-up" the make-up during the day. If there is greater sun exposure, the make-up should be applied after a sunscreen, but you must reapply the sun protection every 2 to 3 hours.

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