Microskin now available in the US

Written by on March 4, 2010 in Cosmetics and Makeup, Rosacea Topicals with 3 Comments

Recently that the Australian company Microskin has opened an office in New York. The Brisbane office opened in July 2005, with the NY office opening in January 2010.

Microskin mention rosacea as one of the conditions that they treat. The product is slated as a simulated second skin. The product is applied using a Stipple (a special type of sponge) or an air brush for larger areas.

The company says that the product will not rub off, is completely waterproof, allows the skin to breathe and sweat, and lasts for several days.

The New York Times published an article on February 24, 2010 that highlighted the use of microskin as a coverup for Vitiligo.

Vitiligo: Ignoring What Is Painfully Obvious

Starting on Friday, vitiligo patients will have an alternative stateside. Microskin — a simulated second skin that’s been available in Australia for years — is set to open its first outpost in the United States at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, in Midtown. Microskin is formulated to bridge the gap between a vitiligo patient’s paler patches and unaffected skin so that skin tone appears even. (It can also cover burns, birthmarks and the effects of psoriasis.)

Each shade is customized. “There’s only one skin color for one person in the world,” said Linda Lowndes, who founded Microskin in 2005 after working as a makeup artist. “I don’t care if you’re black or white.”

Microskin is waterproof and won’t rub off on clothing. “You’ve got to use a removing serum to break the barrier,” she said, referring to a liquid that is included in the Microskin system.

Still, at the start, applying Microskin on his face, arms and legs would take 75 minutes, which was “pretty annoying,” he said. He does his face daily, but Microskin lasts for a few days elsewhere. And practice has made the application faster.

The Microskin system, with training, starts at $670 for sponge application and rises to $2,250 for airbrush application. Seasonal scans ($200) are recommended to update your Microskin shade.

The article also mentions Dermablend, ColorTration and Cover FX as options for covering up

Another option is camouflage. Some patients with vitiligo, rosacea or birthmarks rely on opaque foundations specially marketed to mask them. Dermablend and ColorTration are two. Lee Thomas, a television broadcaster who wrote a book about his vitiligo called “Turning White,” endorses another foundation, Cover FX, on his Web site.

For more information about Microskin see:

US Site: http://www.microskincenter.com/

Australian site: http://www.microskin.com.au/

Microskin has been in contact with me in the past and say that they have seen rosacea patients. Microskin received national coverage in a 2006 item on A Current Affair titled Second Skin (the video link to the article doesn’t appear to work).

There are very few good treatments for the redness of rosacea. Being able to cover the red angry face of rosacea can do wonders for self esteem.

Would love to hear from anyone who tries it to cover up their rosacea.

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3 Reader Comments

  1. Joan DeGroat says:

    I am 50 years old and have had this crap for years. I have spent thousands of dollars to try and get rid of it. I now just use tons of make up to cover it up. I can’t spend any more money on this. What about this Microskin stuff? Anyone try this? Lots of money to spend though.

  2. elli agi says:

    I am 29 years old &have vitiligo for years.I need to be more familiar with microskin treatment more.How can i get this product in Iran.Please help me

  3. david says:

    elli, go to their website. They are located on the northside of Brisbane. They are also now located in the USA.

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