La Roche Posay is the European capital for spa treatment in skin diseases. Each year, more than 10,000 people come to the spa to get help for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, scars, acne and pruritus...Treatments here last three weeks and are prescribed by a medical physician and coverable by social security insurance. The spa waters of La Roche Posay, the velvet waters , have healing properties as well as calming, anti-itching and regenerative properties. The 10 dermatologists follow the effects of the treatment each day over the three week period. Patients have 4 water treatments each morning. There are no side effects.For the last 10 years, psychologists have been personally available to patients and there are also helpful beauticians to teach corrective make-up to help patients serenely face themselves and others. One third of patients in La Roche Posay are children - as young as 6 months old - suffering from atopic dermatitis ; they are joined by a large number of teenagers with the same condition. The Atopic Eczema School is the result of a direct collaboration between the spa town and the teaching hospital in Poitiers. Its goal is to inform young patients and their parents about their condition and to help patients learn how to effectively cope and live with their conditions. It is also possible to undergo 6 to 12 days of treatment (not paid for by social security) to discover the benefits of spa treatments, to complete a complimentary three week stay, or to delay premature ageing of the skin.Since the spring of 2008 there is a new Anti-Age and Laser centre which treats the the aging of the skin.La Roche Posay's name is linked to balneotherapy. The Mélusine Centre brings you the benefits of spa water associated with the dermatological knowledge of the town all for your well-being and skin care: beauty treatments for face and body, massage activities. All you need to renew and recharge yourself? in the hands of trained professionals.Three week treatments are prescribed by doctors, and paid for by Social Security and top-up medical insurance.