Because of their visible nature, skin problems can sometimes damage one's self-image and affect relationships with other people both in one's personal and professional life. To improve the everyday lives of patients suffering from obvious skin conditions, a Corrective Make-up Workshop was developed at the La Roche-Posay Thermal Dermatology Centre through close collaboration with dermatologists, socio-beauticians and La Roche-Posay Dermatological Laboratory. This initiative has inspired many hospitals around the world to offer Corrective Make-up Workshops in their turn.
Coming to terms with one's appearance
The first Corrective Make-up Workshop was held in 1994 in the village of La Roche-Posay in Europe's leading Dermatology Centre1 in a Thermal Spa Environment. This project, which falls within a global therapeutic approach, aims to allow patients to accept themselves once again and to better cope with their skin problem.
Freely available to spa visitors, these workshops are primarily aimed at people suffering from a wide range of very visible imperfections. Socio-beauticians teach them application techniques, help them to choose the shade that suits their skin and discuss with them to help participants to feel better about themselves. La Roche-Posay Dermatological Laboratory supports this initiative in two ways: by providing its high-tolerance make-up line (eyes, lips, nails and foundation), whose products - which are tailored to sensitive skin, rich in pigments and easy to apply - make it easier to blend away imperfections; and by financially supporting the opening of new workshops around the world.
Restoring self-confidence through expert guidance
Redness, acne marks, the after-effects of burns, the side effects of cancer treatments, vitiligo, lentigo, etc.
It is often difficult to imagine the extent to which obvious skin conditions, however severe they may be, can deeply disrupt one's relationship with others. The scars are not only physical, but also psychological.
This is why the Corrective Make-up Workshops given by make-up artists trained in psychology look to treat the whole person, from both an aesthetic and psychological point of view. Learning corrective make-up techniques to camouflage imperfections is a first step. It is then a matter of going even further, of coming to terms with one's image and recovering one's femininity. As a place to listen, share and learn, these workshops therefore help patients to feel better about themselves, rebuild social ties and regain a zest for life.
This fundamental process may, in certain cases, be supplemented by individual or family guidance from a clinical psychologist.
To date, 90 workshops have been created worldwide.
Some of the largest hospitals and clinics are opening Corrective Make-up Workshops in their turn based on the model of the one set up in La Roche-Posay Thermal Centre.
1Source : Conseil National des Etablissements Thermaux – France