Just look at what this product did for a 20-year-old suffering from eczema

14 August 2017

Since its introduction, Eau Thermale Avène has helped thousands of South Africans care for their sensitive skin – from everyday skin regimes to specific products for more severe skin problems.

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In October 2016, Eau Thermale Avène sent Rachèlle Pretorius (a 20-year-old student at Potchefstroom University) to the Avène Hydrotherapy Center in the south of France. She’d been suffering with severe eczema her whole life. Her family had almost given up hope as nothing was working.

 “Before I went to Avène, my body was severely inflamed with eczema.  I couldn’t sleep or go out with my friends and was ashamed to go to school. During my high school years, I became very self-conscious as I felt shy and this influenced my emotional and social wellbeing.

I could never wear any of the nice clothes friends my age did, as the skin on my arms, legs and neck has always been red, itchy and broken. I couldn’t wear any make-up or perfumes, as my skin reacted to it.

I was very irritated with everything and everybody around me. This also influenced my academic performance as I felt irritable and negative. I had to use cortisone orally and as an ointment daily, causing me to feel worse.”

During her three-week stay at the center, Rachèlle would undergo various therapies, all incorporating Avène Thermal Spring Water, well known for its soothing and anti-irritating properties.

Therapies included baths, showers, localised sprays, scalp showers, scalp massage, underwater massage as well as compresses.  During her stay, Rachèlle also attended workshops to improve her understanding of her skin condition and how to better manage it in her daily life.

“During my visit to Avène, I was amazed at how beautiful my skin can look. I felt wonderful and like a new person. I couldn’t believe that I could go a day without scratching and flaking skin all over.

For most of my stay there, my skin was so much better with no need for scratching. Since I returned from Avène, my personality changed completely. I feel much more positive about life, and my skin is moisturised and soft.

The Avène products keep my skin hydrated and I can bend my arms and legs without the skin cracking. I can honestly say that Avène changed my life!”

Watch her full story here:

Rachèlle is using Eau Thermale Avène products at home to keep her skin in a healthy condition. 

Rachèlle uses:


  • Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil (R249.95), a gentle daily cleanser suitable for infants, children and adults
  • Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm (R289.95), a patented 100% sterile nourishing balm formulated to replenish the skin’s protective barrier and reduce itching
  • Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray (R149.95), to soothe the skin and reduce itching
  • Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream (R299.95), a patented, 100% sterile daily facial moisturiser suitable for intolerant skin

 For more information visit www.avene.co.za or email infosa@pierre-fabre.com

QuintilesIMS – Pharmatrend International – Dermo cosmetic market in pharmacy in Europe (including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland) – year 2016 – in volume 

PFZA17/07008

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One lucky reader can win an Avène hamper worth R750. The hamper includes one free lthe XeraCalm A.D range, Cicalfate and Avène Thermal Spring Water, which aids in the relief of dry to very dry, irritated skin and is suitable for infants, children and adults alike.

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