The Irish Red Cross runs a free Skin Camouflage service throughout Ireland and regularly trains new practitioners who go on to provide the service in their local communities. Earlier this month, a number of clients were invited to attend a public clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham, Dublin.
Skin Camouflage Irish Red Cross
Before the creams are applied.
© Laura Gallagher Photography, Irish Red Cross
  To those who are unfamiliar with skin camouflage, it is the application of special cover creams to improve the appearance of scarring and other disfiguring conditions. Correctly applied, these creams are waterproof and may be safely left for 2-3 days on the body and for 12-18 hours on the face. They disguise conditions such as vitiligo, rosacea, lupus, birthmarks, thread veins, hyper-pigmentation and much more.  In total, nine clients with various skin conditions were treated at the public clinic and all were extremely pleased with the results of the service.
Skin Camouflage Irish Red Cross
After the creams are applied.
© Laura Gallagher Photography, Irish Red Cross
The Irish Red Cross Skin Camouflage Practitioners are all volunteers, including the three programme managers, Ms. Sheena Callaghan, Ms. Marie McSweeney and Ms. Pamela Binks. The public day offered an opportunity for new skin camouflage practitioners to gain further training to ensure a high standard of care and professionalism in the provision of the service. Programme manager Sheena Callaghan, said, ‘I found this to be a very beneficial learning curve for all involved as knowledge and experiences were exchanged between managers and practitioners’.
Skin Camouflage Irish Red Cross
The Irish Red Cross Skin Camouflage service is provided by trained volunteer Practitioners around Ireland.
© Laura Gallagher Photography, Irish Red Cross
To avail of the Irish Red Cross Skin Camouflage service please contact the team on 01 6424600 or email info@redcross.ie to find out where your nearest Skin Camouflage Clinic is and when you will be able to make an appointment. A referral letter from your doctor, dermatology consultant or nurse will be required when you attend your appointment.