An incredibly strong, smart, funny and empathetic young girl who, since infancy, has been battling severe Eczema, leaving her skin raw, extremely irritated and susceptible to infection. After exhausting all ends of the treatment spectrum, from steroids to homeopathic remedies, Carissa was left vulnerable to harmful illnesses, side effects and constant emotional insecurities.

Carissa’s Eczema progressively worsened over the years and her school life was affected tremendously. Classmates often taunted and teased her about her condition and even spread rumors that she was contagious. The stress of it all left her self-esteem needing just as much care as her skin.

Despite the trauma she endured, Carissa and her family focused their energy on finding a solution. A solution that would not only improve her skin, but change the way she perceived herself. Together, they ventured to Avène to find exactly what they were all searching for: HOPE.

Carissa received a three-week long treatment at the Avène Hydrotherapy Center for three consecutive years, where she just finished her third cycle.

There is no cure for Eczema, but symptoms can be managed with proper care. Though she’s finished her treatments, Carissa’s family manages her flare-ups with a regimen of Avène products at-home

For Carissa, this transformation has changed her life dramatically, both physically and emotionally. Her strength to endure and overcome has given her the confidence to be her truest self – a tenacious, smart, funny, empathetic young woman ready to power through life.

Carissa's story does not define her. Discover the inspiring young woman for who she has become today.

The Avène Hydrotherapy Center – the only of its kind dedicated to dermatology – provides care to nearly 3,000 patients every year. Each patient, referred by dermatologists worldwide, entrusts the treatment of their skin condition to the soothing and calming properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water.

Drawing water directly from its precious source, the Hydrotherapy Center treats a range of skin conditions such as Atopic Dermatitis, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis and burns. Each three-week-long therapy session consists of dermatological appointments, baths, showers and hydromassages, combined with educational programs to ensure the physical and psychological well-being of patients.

In Avène, a small village in the South of France that hugs the banks of the Orb River, flows a thermal spring – the source of a unique, pure water with remarkable soothing and protecting properties which have been well-known for over two centuries.

Its composition and purity are a testament to the unique virtues of this water: a rare and precious gift from nature, watched over by dedicated scientists and proven by over 150 clinical studies to soothe, soften and calm sensitive skin.

Time and technique have unlocked the power of its properties. In 1990, the Eau Thermale Avène brand was born with this Thermal Spring Water at the heart of every product. Avène’s full range of skin and body care products guarantee efficacy, tolerance, comfort and safety for sensitive, intolerant and allergic skin.

Throughout this journey, the purity of the Avène Spring has been safeguarded, maintaining its balance while protecting local biodiversity – ensuring the spring flows for generations to come.