Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Cosmetic camouflage

(Para-medical skin camouflage)

Our experienced and fully-qualified cosmetologists have all been trained by the British Association of Skin Camouflage (BASC) and are adept in the application of camouflage creams that enable coverage of a broad range of skin conditions.

Many people with skin abnormalities suffer in silence. Some may shy away from consulting their doctor, believing their condition will be dismissed as ‘cosmetic’ rather than medical.

Our objective as cosmetologists is to alleviate the psychological, physical and social effects that an altered image can have on people’s lives by the simple application of specialised skin camouflage products.

How it works

Cosmetic camouflage is available in the Maxillofacial Units at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals.

The appointment process starts with colour-matching to identify the most suitable colour and product for your skin.

Once this has been agreed, we demonstrate the correct application technique so you can get the maximum benefit from the camouflage.

Skin camouflage is applied thinly using quick and easy-to-learn techniques. It can remain in place for 8-18 hours before needing to be retouched. The product can be removed and immediately re-applied without any detrimental affect.

Although skin camouflage products cannot alter the texture of the skin, the immediate visual effect can improve self-esteem and general health, and assist in a return to normal social/sporting activities and employment.

One visit is normally all that is needed to demonstrate how to apply, manage and remove the skin camouflage products.

Skin camouflage products

Camouflage products are designed to blend in with the surrounding skin colour, are waterproof and have sun protection properties. Some are also free from parabens, are non-comedogenic and are not tested on animals.

Most products used by our cosmetologists are available through the NHS and can be prescribed at a doctor’s discretion.

Alternatively, they can be ordered at local pharmacies or bought directly from nominated distributors online.

We do not endorse or sell products.

Contact us

The para-medical skin camouflage service provided by Western Sussex Hospitals is available to anyone with an aesthetic concern, either within the NHS or by private practice.

Our specialist cosmetologists are:

  • Mrs Sarah Parkinson BSc (Hons) FIMPT
  • Mrs Julianne Kumm MOTA
  • Miss Danielle Peskett BSc (Hons) AIMPT

A GP referral is required to attend an NHS camouflage clinic – simply take this leaflet to your GP for their information.

For a private consultation, a charge will be incurred.

For an initial informal, no-obligation chat, please telephone Sarah, Julianne or Danni:

  • at St Richard’s Hospital on 01243 788 122 ext 33315


  • at Worthing Hospital on 01903 205 111 ext 84899

Alternatively, you can email us: danni.peskett@wsht.nhs.uk or julianne.kumm@wsht.nhs.uk

The service manager is Melanie Teasdale: melanie.teasdale@wsht.nhs.uk

Further information

More information about para-medical skin camouflage is available from the British Association of Skin Camouflage charity (BASC):

PO Box 3671



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