A SOURCE OF HOPE FOR ECZEMA

Eau Ther­male Avène changes lives

DRUM - - Skin Report -

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]

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