la roche posaySpa history

Formally recognised as being of public utitlity in 1869, La Roche-Posay became the first spa in Europe exclusively dedicated to skin disorders. The dermatological tradition at La Roche Posay spans five centuries and is based upon a unique store of knowledge and experience recognised the world over.
The properties of the hot spring at La Roche-Posay have been known to science for some time and have been the subject of several in vitro and in vivo studies using animals and humans.
The spa reached its current level of popularity in 1945. With spa treatments being reimbursed by Social Security, all of France and Europe began travelling to La Roche-Posay for their skin care needs.
Between the wars in the 1930’s, many of the time’s well known artistic and intellectual figures loved to “take the waters” and savour the calm and elegance in this natural setting. Some even took advantage of the experience for their work. Among them were Florence Gould, André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais and Sacha Guitry.