A SOURCE OF HOPE FOR ECZEMA
Eau Thermale Avène changes lives
SINCE its introduction in this country, Eau Thermale Avène has helped thousands of South Africans care for their sensitive skin, whether it’s with everyday skin regimes or specific products for more severe problems.
Zaahid Swartland (4) and his five-yearold sister, Zahraa, from Cape Town both suffered from severe eczema since the age of three months. “At night we couldn’t sleep because they used to scratch, scratch, scratch, and sometimes there was even blood on the sheets,” their father, Faahim, recalls.
Eczema-prone skin is generally dry and appears dull and rough. During flare-ups, crisis areas appear displaying symptoms of extreme irritation with red flaky patches that first ooze and then thicken and dry up.
In infants, these crisis areas are usually on the cheeks, forehead, torso and limbs. With older children large skin folds such as the inside of elbows and the back of the knees are affected.
During flare-ups skin becomes inflamed and extremely itchy, and it affects every part of a person’s daily life.
In September 2015, upon the recommendation of their dermatologist, Zaahid and Zahraa were selected to travel to the Avène Hydrotherapy Center in the south of France, accompanied by Faahim and their mother, Tougeeda, with the hope of finding relief for the kids’ worsening skin condition.
During their three-week stay at the centre the children underwent various therapies, all incorporating Avène Thermal Spring Water – well known for its soothing and anti-irritating properties.
“After a day or two we could see results,” Tougeeda says. “There was less redness and Zahraa and Zaahid didn’t itch as much at night. Their skin felt like a newborn baby’s. As their skin got better, they slept better and felt happier.”
The kids’ eczema responded very well, both during the course of the therapy and in the months after they’d returned home.
“Most of the rashes have completely gone and they haven’t had any flare-ups,” Tougeeda says. “Avène has given us hope. They can now be normal kids again.”
To maintain their healthy skin, Zaahid and Zahraa use Eau Thermale Avène products daily.
These specialised products comfort their skin and give them relief from the dryness and itching, and also helps to reduce the number of flare-ups by restoring the skin barrier.
Eau Thermale Avène products are available at Clicks and Dis-Chem pharmacies. For more information, go to avene.co.za or e-mail in[email protected]