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30/08/2017 - Features

A Source of Hope: Rachèlle's Story

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 had been suffering with severe Eczema her whole life. Her family had almost given up hope as nothing was working.

Rachèlle: “Before I went to Avène, my body was severely inflamed with eczema.  I could not sleep, 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 have always been red, itchy and broken. I could not 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 cross and negative. I had to use cortisones, orally and as an ointment daily, causing me to feel worse. “

During her 3-week stay at the center, Rachèlle would undergo various therapies, all incorporating Avène Thermal Spring Water, well known for its soothing and calming 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.
Rachèlle: “During my visit in Avène, I was amazed at how beautiful my skin actually can look. I felt wonderful and like a new person. I could not 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 them cracking. I can honestly say that Avene changed my life!”

It has been almost a year since and Rachèlle's skin is looking fantastic!


Rachèlle before   |   Rachèlle after 1 year

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

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