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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Sulimovic L. 1, Licu D. 2, Ledo E. 3, Naeyaert J. M. 4, Pigatto P. 5, Tzermias C. 6, Vasquez Doval J. 7, Dupuy P. 2
1 Private Practice, Paris, France
2 Institut de Recerche Pierre-Fabre, Vigoulet, France
3 Private Practice, Madrid, Spain
4 Universitair Ziekenhuis, Gent, Belgium
5 Istituto Dermatologico IRCCS, Ospedale Maggiore, Milano
6 Laser Dermatology Center, Athens, Greece
7 Private Practice, Pamplona, Spain
Aim. Laser resurfacing is a well-accepted treatment, but the onset of postlaser erythema associated with pain, itching, stinging and tightening may preclude patient’s acceptance of the procedure. The present study was conducted to evaluate a low-salt medical spring water (Avène, Avène-les-Bains, France), in conjunction with the standard use of an emollient, to improve tolerance by hydrating the postlaser skin.
Methods. A controlled, randomized, open-labeled, multicentric and 2 parallel group study was completed after 84 days in 74 patients, 34 applying a petrolatum ointment alone (control group), and 40 applying petrolatum ointment in association with the Avène spring water spray ad libitum (water group).
Results. The water spray showed a pronounced effect on reducing erythema, from the 2nd week of postlaser onwards, with a statistically significant difference in favor of the water group compared with the control group (p≤0.04 from day 14 to day 84, except a non-significant trend on day 28). In addition, the water spray was found to significantly reduce itching on day 28 (p<0.05), and stinging and tightening on day 14 and day 21 (p<0.05). Pain was not modified by the water.
Conclusion. Topical water appeared to be a helpful adjunctive treatment to petrolatum ointment for counteracting erythema, itching, stinging and tightening during the postlaser treatment period.