What are Birthmarks?
Birthmarks are coloured marks that are visible on the skin. There are several different types of birthmark and some of them are very common. They can be any size or shape and can be different colours. It is important to have a doctor check all birthmarks, just to be sure they are okay.
What are Port-wine stains?
Port-wine stains are most often on face, heads, arms, or legs, but they can appear anywhere on the body. They are a type of vascular birthmark, meaning that they're related to the skin's blood vessels. Unlike some other birthmarks, a port-wine stain grows as the child grows, lasting into adulthood. The colour usually gets darker, turning purple or a deep red and the skin of a port-wine stain often gets thicker, and it may go from feeling smooth to pebbly.
It was pretty difficult growing up with a birthmark. you had to deal with the name calling and also the exclusion by other kids. Adults would ask what happened to me and when my mother would tell them they would respond with "oh that will bring her luck". I didn't think so! Now that I am an adult I find people will look but politely look away and children are just naturally sweet and curious.
I started wearing camouflage make up in my early teens. Thankfully camouflage make up has improved greatly over the last 40 years and is so much easier to apply and more natural looking. Dermablend has good coverage and staying power, so it gives confidence that your make up hasn't faded and moved through the day.
Non retouched photos using the Vichy Dermablend range.