Friday, March 4, 2016

A Year and a half later

I can't believe it's been a year and a half since our trip to Avene. Our lives have changed so much for the better since we have returned.



My Happy Little Girl

Facebook Eczema Support Group

Platform to Share:

I have created this group to help others suffering from eczema so that they have a platform to share their stories, and hopefully find a solution - or some comfort - through the knowledge shared in this group.

How to use the Avène products

Some important tips:
1. Don’t use anything other than your hands to clean yourself. Facecloths and sponges contain bacteria and they remove the new protective layer of skin which helps to lock in the moisture.
2. Same goes for scratching, so instead of scratching, lightly slap the area or get those smooth garden stones and keep them in the fridge. Gently rub the area, very lightly, when itchy. Also do something that takes your mind off the itching can be helpful.
3. When you feel itchy use the Avène water spray. A light spray. The water is anti-inflammatory and it cools the skin down which in summer is usually whats needed to reduce itchiness. In winter in calms the dry itchiness.

Daily maintenance of skin (body and face):
1. Shower in luke-warm water for as short a time as possible Normal 1 once a day.
2. Clean yourself with Trixeria Gel
3. Gently pat yourself dry with a clean towel. No rubbing.
4. Spray a fine mist of Avène Thermale Water spray over your body.
5. Dot the Trixera Emollient Balm onto your body or area you want to moisturise
6. Gently massage into your skin using circular movements.
Apply water and moisturiser twice daily or a third time if very dry. 

When skin is inflamed:
1. Spray Avène water onto white unscented tissues until they’re drench and lay them on the affected area. This cools the skin down and the water penetrates the skin reducing redness and inflammation.
2. Leave on for at least 30 mins, you can do this 2-3 times a day. You can also leave it on for a long period of time, keep spraying with water when it starts getting dry. If it’s for a child you can even bandage it in place.
3. Once done, remove tissues and apply the Trixera balm / moisturiser as above.
4. Also spray after playing sport or when very sweaty.

When skin is ridiculously dry:

1. Smeer Cream on so that its really thick and white.2. Cover in glad wrap so that it’s locked in3. Then wrap in a bandage or towel4. Keep it like that for 1 hour5. Then remove glad wrap and towel and don’t get the skin wet for at least 2 hours. 6. Good to do at night before bed time and after shower.

When there is weeping eczema, or open wounds from scratching:
1. Use cicalfate just before applying the Trixiera Moisturising Balm.
2. Apply cicalfate only to the affected areas.

Written by Zillah Ketcher.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Its Been Just over a year since Avene.

Well I thought I would give an update on Nirvana's eczema.

Nirvana's skin cleared beautifully in Avene last year, we returned home on the 3rd of September and a week later her skin flared up a lot. We then knew that Durban's Spring air was a big trigger to her skin. The Thermal water spray, repair cream and moisturiser was a great help to us getting through Spring. When ever the season changes, we experience a flare up but we have managed to control it with continuous use of the Avene products.

This is what her skin is looking like now 31-10-2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Clicks NOW stock Avène healing products

Did you know that 1 bottle of Avène Thermal Spring Water is sold every 10 seconds worldwide?

Now that is saying something. 

Visit South Africa Avene products facebook

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Win Avéne Products

Body and Mind Product Giveaway
This journey with skin problems is not easy and we understand your pain. Please share your story with us in the comment box below, and this will serve as your entry to win this beautiful Eau Thermale Avéne Package: Don't forget to share this on Facebook after you've made your comment.
  • TriXéra Emollient Balm
  • TriXéra Emolient Cleansing Gel
  • Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water

These products are now available at Clicks stores countrywide.

If you are unable to post a comment, you can post your comment on our facebook where we are running the same Giveway.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Avène Video Showcasing The Healing Process.

As you all know, in August last year,  Nirvana was sponsored by Pierre Fabre to visit a hydrotherapy center in Avène, France. It was done in the hope to help heal her eczema. Below is the video showing the entire process that Nirvana and two other children from South Africa, Matthew and Alisha, experienced over the 21-day stay.

In March this year, the products will be launched in all Clicks stores across South Africa. Please share this with any person you know who suffers with eczema, or deals with someone who does. It is such an awful condition to have! Can you imagine being itchy all the time?

Thank you.