Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity supporting and representing people with facial and body disfigurement from any cause, whether from birth, accident, cancer, paralysis or skin conditions. Established in 1992 by Dr James Partridge OBE, who was himself severely injured in a car fire as a teenager, the charity employs an experienced team of professionals and some very dedicated volunteers.
The aim of the Changing Faces charity is simple: to empower and support those who look unusual and represent their interests. They aid people of all ages in three key ways:
- Support Service Changing Faces Practitioners provides sensitive emotional support and advice on social skills for those with disfigurements to improve their self esteem and confidence
- Advocacy and Training Underpinned by academic research, the charity advocates for improved psycho-social services for those living with disfigurement and offers training in how to deliver these to health professionals
- Skin Camouflage Service The charity runs 140 monthly Skin Camouflage clinics across the UK with their trained volunteers offering advice and high pigment make-up application tips to those with conditions such as vitiligo, scarring, birthmarks and burns
Changing Faces is also leading the campaign for ‘face equality’ by challenging instances of public ridicule, promoting positive media imagery and inclusion in schools and at work.
Changing Faces believes that using “specialist camouflage products offers an effective way to cope… [and] helps individuals to regain self-confidence and independence”, and it is primarily through this invaluable service that Vichy Dermablend is able to support its work. Vichy has a long history with the charity, providing make-up, tools and training for its Skin Camouflage Services and for the month of July 2014, Vichy is also donating 50p from the purchase of every single Dermablend product bought from Escentual to Changing Faces.
The long-wearing, waterproof and high coverage Dermablend formulas are ideal for men, women and children of all ages and ethnicities who arrive at the service as it works to cover scars, marks and skin conditions with minimum fuss. As well as colour matching and improving the appearance of affected areas, the Practitioners teach clients how to apply the camouflage products themselves, which clients can then request on GP prescription. The small amount of concealment can have a big impact on quality of life, and makes facing the day just that little bit easier for those living with disfigurement and skin conditions.
If you think you could benefit from this service, visit www.changingfaces.org.uk or speak to your GP.
If you would like help with the emotional and social effects of looking different, please find out more
online or call the Support Service Helpline on 0300 012 0275.
Promotion available 1-31 July 2014. Changing Faces is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 1011222)