COVERING A SCAR

keloids

Keloids are are abnormal scars that extend beyond the original area of injury. In people with a genetic predisposition, these overgrown scars can form after surgery, piercing, tattooing, bug bites, and even acne. They are an overproduction of collagen, causing excessive healing.

The fibroblast cells (collagen making cells) of African descendants are bi-nucleated, meaning they produce more collagen. This makes them more susceptible to hypertrophic or Keloid scars. When attempting to cover them, place a color corrector shade, concealer and foundation on a clean palette.

Start by stippling the color corrector over the scar with a bi-fiber or a synthetic concealer brush. Here I’m using a bright orange to cancel out the deep blue tones in our model’s scar. If the scar were red I would have opted for a green color corrector.

Apply a layer of foundation. Since this color corrector is a creamy formula, rather than dry and opaque, I’ll have to create several layers to achieve the desired coverage. Powdering between layers will help set everything but it will also make the area look pasty, so I prefer to use this technique…applying the concealer and color corrector with my ring finger at the end.

Once you have achieved the desired coverage, apply foundation and concealer to the rest of the face. Then powder to set everything.

*Keloids are most common in people of African and Chinese ancestry

**People from Malaysia, India, Latin America, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East are often affected

***Keloids that are simply excised usually return.

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