There are three steps to applying Dermaflage. First of all you need to use the primer on any areas that you wish to cover. This is an oily liquid with a brush applicator. The primer forms a barrier to prevent loss of adhesion. It doesn't smell very nice but this soon goes away. Next you need to apply the dermal filler. Each applicator has two chambers that need to be mixed together to work properly. Apparently they contain enough product for up to 200 applications depending on the size of the area you want to conceal. You can either squeeze some out into the plastic compact, mix it & apply with the spatula or you can pop a mixing tip onto the top of it. I prefer to use the mixing tips but the downside is you only get 10 of these in this starter kit & each one can only be used once as the filler dries inside of them. The filler looks incredibly weird on my hand but when you apply it properly it actually works really well. The final step is to press the texture pad on top of where you applied the filler. The pad stops the filler from looking fake as it imparts the texture of real skin. After holding this in place for about a minute you can remove it & your scar will be completely hidden from view.
So here is how my lip piercing scars look before & after Dermaflage. The mixing tips are really great if you only have a small area to hide like me as you can achieve a more precise application. In order to make Dermaflage look as natural as possible I would recommend using as little product as possible. It can take a few tries to get the hang of it as the only difficult part is trying to figure out how much of the filler to use. After applying it with a mixing tip I used my fingers to smooth out the area. You have to work very quickly as it starts to set in about 30 seconds. Then I used the texture pad & allowed the filler to set fully. I think the results speak for themselves. It's so strange seeing the holes disappear right before my very eyes & if you didn't know me I don't think you would realise that there was anything under my lip in the first place. As I've placed it directly underneath my lip it does feel a little stiff. Speaking, drinking & eating throughout the day seems to stretch the filler a bit & it becomes more comfortable to wear. I doubt this would be a problem if you had a scar anywhere else on your face though.
Dermaflage is virtually undetectable on bare skin but if I'm getting ready for an occasion where I feel the need to use a scar filling treatment then I'll probably want to wear a full face of makeup as well. There seems to be differing opinions on when to apply Dermaflage if you're wearing makeup. I've found that the primer can sometimes disturb my makeup so I prefer to apply Dermaflage first & then carefully blend my foundation around the dermal filler. They suggest using a powder foundation instead of a liquid but I'm wearing NARS Sheer Glow here & I've had no trouble with it. The texture of the filler is a little more noticeable when you're wearing makeup but it's not too bad. Dermaflage lasts all day on me but removal is really easy. You can just peel it right off. It reminds me of Death Becomes Her when their skin starts peeling! This product isn't something I would personally use every day but if scarring is something that strongly affects your quality of life then it's definitely worth trying out. Knowing that I can easily hide any skin imperfections whenever I need to is a wonderful feeling.
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