As in the previous years, the 2017 French Journées Dermatologiques de Paris (JDP) have just closed their doors on a great meeting and exceptional event.  This year’s JDP have been particularly interesting as a must-be and must-see event in the world of dermo-cosmetics. The JDP took place between Tuesday, December 12th, to Saturday, December 16th. This event is traditionally the largest international francophone dermatology congress, with multi-directional exchanges and interactive training provided to professionals on the latest clinical trials and discoveries.

These 5 days were organized by the renowned Société Française de Dermatologie, and has grown to be one of the most cutting-edge dermatology congresses worldwide. The high quality of interactive proposals and training workshops targeting dermo-cosmetic professionals has enabled the attendees to witness the incredibly rich and diverse array of activities featured at the JDP this year : the event boasted more than 150 sessions, 550 abstracts accepted and over 350 speakers, along with 21 forums, 4 special sessions, numerous professional booths, and countless workshops on many aspects of the profession of dermatology.

On the subject of skin pigmentation, 2 workshops organized during the event were ‘Dealing with melasma : who should be treated? When and how to tackle it ?’, hosted by Laila Benzekri, Muriel Cario-André and Yvon Gauthier. The second ‘Pigmentation disorders in children’ presented by Lilia Bekel, Nathalia Bellon and Smail Hadj-Rabia. While the second workshop addressed the various skin pigmentation anomalies professionals can detect in children, and how to best address them, the first workshop investigated the 3 types of melasma ; how to best deal with them and the challenge for professionals to do so effectively. Discussion was held around the different aspects of melasma ; the differentiation between some facial post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation types ; how a careful approach, including the adaptation of treatment chronology and process to body hormone level decline, can considerably increase the quality of care in treatment.

The 2017 JDP also highlighted the advent of digitally-based technologies in dermo-cosmetics, and the forum entitled ‘E-health and connected dermatology : new usage and new practices’ gained significant attraction form the visitors. This new trend proves the growing importance of IT-based, innovative medical tools and procedures such as remote consultations or even connected objects having epidemiological purpose. Other instances of change in the world of dermatology exhibited examples of personalized and predictive medicine which are game-changers in the way professionals envision skin treatment and care. Such changes go far beyond the digitalization of the profession, and stress the innovative aspect of dermatology today which induces technological, sociological, economic and obviously medical transformations. In turn, the professional-patient relationship is profoundly altered, and evolves toward more professionals’ reactivity, efficiency and comfort for the patient.

The importance given to such aspects of the profession of dermatology demonstrated the commitment of the JDP to remain at the cutting-edge of innovation, but has also enabled debate around the appropriateness and reserve with which such new tools should be used. As a testimony to this part of the JDP, some workshops and discussions revolved around the ethical and regulatory guidelines which should be implemented in the sector of dermatology and surrounding medical fields.

Among the numerous workshops presented, one entitled ‘Are you a connected dermatologist’ debated the advantages and drawbacks of the digital revolution when applied to the field of dermatology ; how to set up and implement a project which includes digital facets. This workshop drew specific attention and debate highlighting the medical and economic advantages of patient care transformation.

Other workshops enabled professionals to use hands-on approaches, and among them one exhibiting the catchy title of ‘Our most constructive failures’, which stressed some surprising dermatology cases for which treatment option had not been appropriately selected, due to lack of consideration of all possible medical hypotheses. Constructive considerations were then analysed step-by-step and in an interactive way, enabling the professional attendees to participate and better perceive the augmented advantage of technology in diagnostic assessment.

Another similarly themed workshop was entitled ‘Try your knowledge and expertise on the most unusual 2017 dermatology cases’. This too was interactively-based and featured an app which allowed for practical trials, demonstrating the advantage of updating recent dermatology information and facts in a fun way.

Finally, the last noteworthy workshop among many other interesting ones was one based on pictures shown to the attendees and called ‘Freeze-frame on dermatology’ ; the attendees had to come to a likely diagnosis only based on the photographs supplied on about 20 different cases which were explored.

As the numerous activities and workshops mentioned confirm, the 2017 JDP was a true and vibrant success, and this year’s event illustrates more than ever the importance and uniqueness of the Paris JDP ; it was a superb opportunity for both organizers and attendees to live an incredible experience, which can be revisited on the Internet for those who did not attend.