Used for the first time in skincare in 1928, the Thermal Spring Water from the village of La Roche-Posay has been renowned for thousands of years for the countless benefits that if offers our skin. An essential asset in the treatment of numerous skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, its exceptional benefits provide instant relief to thousands of spa visitors who stay at the La Roche-Posay thermal centre each year.
The legend put to scientific test
It was Bertrand Du Guesclin, the commander-in-chief of Charles V's armies, who is said to have discovered the spring on his return from the Spanish campaigns at the end of the 14th century: his horse, which had been suffering from eczema, is said to have dived into the water and re-emerged cured for good. A legend that must have contained a kernel of truth, for in 1897 the spa resort that had been built a few decades earlier by Napoleon was classified as being of public interest.
It was only many years later that this legend of naturally exceptional water was gradually confirmed by modern science. Thanks to its immunomodulating (in other words able to act on the immune system) properties, it is actually able to inhibit inflammation mediators and guarantees an instant soothing effect. It is also the only thermal spring water in the world to enjoy such a natural concentration of selenium, which gives it unparalleled antioxidant properties, perfect for fighting cutaneous ageing and oxidative stress.
A 100% dermatological spa
With 8,000 spa visitors per year, a third of whom are children, the La Roche-Posay thermal centre is today Europe's leading thermal dermatology centre for sensitive and weakened skin. In addition to the unequalled properties of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, patients there enjoy treatments provided by nine dermatologists who are involved at every stage of the treatment course.
One and the same water to treat different conditions
An internationally renowned dermatology centre specialising in the treatment of skin disorders, the La Roche-Posay thermal centre offers its patients different types of stays, most of which are covered by the French public health system. Almost two thirds of spa visitors come there to receive treatments to soothe skin affected by eczema or psoriasis, skin diseases that are particularly obvious and can have major consequences on the quality of life of those affected. In total, over 50% of thermal dermatological treatments offered in France are administered there.
In 2009, the thermal centre set itself the new task of welcoming patients following cancer treatments. Its ambition is to restore comfort and mobility to scarred areas and reduce the cutaneous side effects associated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatments. Almost 5,000 people have already followed this innovative post-cancer treatment course. A figure that reflects the growing trust accorded by oncologists to the astonishing benefits of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
Certified exceptional purity
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water undergoes an average of 1,000 tests a year. The aim is to ensure its quality all year long. It is so pure that spa visitors are encouraged to drink it at source throughout their stay.
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A water officially recognised by the state since the 17th century
- From 1617, the therapeutic reputation of La Roche-Posay thermal spring water was such that Pierre Milon, doctor to Henry IV and Louis XIII, went there to conduct the first analyses.
- Beginning of the 19th, Napoleon, then General Bonaparte, on his return from Egypt, had a thermal hospital built there to treat his soldiers' skin diseases.
- In 1897, the site was officially recognised by the French Academy of Medicine.
- In 1905, the first Thermal Centre was opened.
- In 1913, the French Academy of Medicine officially declared La Roche-Posay a Spa Town.