Soothing relief for eczema

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Read how Katrien found relief and stand a chance to win a specialised Eau Thermale Avène hamper.

Katrien Barnard, a 13-year old girl from Cape Town, struggled with eczema from when she was a baby. The skin condition would cause severely dry, scaly patches that led to irritation, redness and itching. The extreme itching resulted in lots of scratching, which often caused scarring. “It impacted me both physically and emotionally. I was always shy because of the scars,” says Katrien.

Her skin condition affected her family too. “As a parent, all you want is to find relief for your child, to help her sleep, to stop the staring and the teasing,” shares her mom Louisa.

Katrien was given the opportunity to visit the Avène Hydrotherapy Centre in France last October in the hope of finding some relief for her skin. She was accompanied by her mother and dermatologist Dr Eleanor MacGregor. 

During her three-week programme Katrien underwent various therapies using Avène Thermal Spring Water, known for its soothing, anti-irritating properties. She also attended workshops to help her manage her condition better in her daily life.

Katrien’s skin showed significant improvement after her time at the centre and it has continued to improve at home with the use of Eau Thermale Avène products. “Her skin responds extremely well to the Eau Thermale Avène products,” Dr MacGregor says. “Overall, her skin’s dryness, texture and chronic eczema patches have improved significantly.”

Katrien uses the products daily and complements her skincare routine with occasional medical treatment.

“I feel much better. My skin looks better and I’m no longer shy about my skin,” says Katrien.


Katrien’s Eau Thermale Avène skincare routine

XeraCalm A.D. Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil: A gentle daily cleanser that nourishes, soothes and protects, while relieving itching. Suitable for all ages, for use on face and body.

Xeracalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Balm: A moisturising balm formulated to replenish the skin’s protective barrier and effectively relieve itching. Suitable for all ages, for use on face and body.

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray: Natural spring water used to soothe the skin and calm irritation. Suitable for all ages, for use on face and body.

Cicalfate Cream: A restorative cream for use on dry lesions that helps reduce the spread of bacteria. Suitable for all ages, for use on face and body.


Eau Thermale Avène products are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Dermastore and selected retailers.

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Win with Avène

Stand a chance to win an Eau Thermale Avène product hamper for eczema-prone skin (valued at R2 000). To enter, simply complete the entry form below:


The competition runs from 15 June to midnight on 31 July 2020. One entry per person. Staff and their families of Media24 and Eau Thermale Avène may not enter. The winner will be contacted directly by the sponsor, and prize delivery arrangements will be made. The prize is non-transferable and may not be exchanged for cash. Should we be unable to get hold of the winner within 30 days, the prize will be forfeited, and a new winner will be chosen. 

This competition is independently run by Avène and not Media24. 

Reference: PFZA/202005005

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