Summary of “Emotional Benefit of Cosmetic Camouflage in the Treatment of Facial Skin Conditions: Personal Experiences and Review”
The literature documents significant emotional benefits using medical therapy in conditions such as acne, psoriasis, vitiligo, and rosacea, but there is little evidence documenting similar results with the use of cosmetic camouflage.
We see immediate and satisfying results with the use of camouflage in our patients. Dermatological conditions, particularly those located on the face, such as acne, psoriasis, vitiligo, and rosacea, can be emotionally and psychologically disfiguring. Patients with acne are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, decreased self-esteem, and have suicidal ideation.This is especially important during the formidable years of adolescence, where psychological distress can cause significant social problems. Psoriasis, a common autoimmune inflammatory skin disease, decreases the QoL of those affected and is also a notable risk factor for suicide. Additionally, patients with rosacea and vitiligo, and other dermatological conditions that manifest on the face, also experience significant psychological distress and impaired self-esteem leading to a decreased QoL. Mealsma, characterized by hyperpigmented macules/patches in sun-exposed areas (particularly on the face), is another skin condition with known significant psychological effects, such as feelings of embarrassment, anxiety, depression, and social isolation. After an extensive literature review seeking information regarding the impact of melasma on health-related QoL in affected patients, it was determined that there was a deleterious impact on social life, emotional well-being, physical health, and financial status in Hispanic women.
These cosmetics are referred to as “cosmeceuticals.”
Use frequency was significantly higher in patients with skin changes on exposed sites compared with patients with unexposed sites.
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