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I’m going to start this review by saying I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with La Roche Posay.
I knew their products work, but a few of them caused some issues on my skin a few years back, so I’ve had a hard time bringing myself to experiment with this brand some more.
For example, a couple of their products caused a chemical burn on my skin, and although my acne was completely obliterated from that area a few days later, I would’ve preferred to go without the burning part.
Nevertheless, my views changed completely when I bought the Effaclar H Cleansing Cream and the Cicaplast Baume B5, and these two products did wonders for my dehydrated, irritated, and acne-ridden skin.
I’ve already reviewed the Effaclar H Cleansing Cream, and now it’s time to review the product that was an absolute game-changer for my skin – Cicaplast Baume B5.
I’ve been using this product religiously since 2020, and two years later, I have only grown to love it more and more.
My skin is no longer dehydrated, but instead, it’s back to its normal state of being oily and acne-prone; therefore, in this review, I will share how the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 works for my skin type and skin concerns, what makes it so special, and most importantly how to use it properly for great results.
About La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 is a multi-purpose soothing cream that can be used on cracked, chapped, dry, and irritated skin to help hydrate and soothe.
It’s suitable for both adults and children and can be used on all areas of the face and body.
This thick balm contains many soothing, repairing, and moisturizing ingredients.
Some of the main ones include softening shea butter, hydrating glycerin, soothing and repairing panthenol, nourishing magnesium, anti-inflammatory zinc, as well as Madecassoside, which is one of the four main compounds in the plant extract Centella Asiatica, an incredibly soothing and repairing agent that helps strengthen the skin barrier.
The Cicaplast Baume B5 is also non-comedogenic, and although it’s quite thick and heavy, there’s nothing here that will clog your pores and cause your skin to break out.
The Cicaplast Baume B5 doesn’t have added fragrance or other fragrant components such as essential oils, and it doesn’t have any scent.
The Cicaplast Baume B5 has the consistency of a thick, creamy balm.
Therefore, it needs to be warmed up between the fingers first before being applied to the skin, as otherwise spreading it around will be difficult since it has a thicker consistency than a regular moisturizer.
So the first thing I have to say about this product is that the Cicaplast Baume B5 is not a moisturizer, and it shouldn’t be used as such because you will probably hate its consistency and not get the best results from it.
The way I like to use it is by warming it up between my fingertips first and pressing it into the skin in various areas of the face and neck.
Once I have most of the areas covered, I will start rubbing it around very gently to spread the product onto the areas that aren’t covered.
I also like to do a quick lymphatic drainage massage when I don’t use any actives under the balm. This is very important because you don’t want to move your actives around as this will give you uneven coverage.
That said, the Cicaplast Baume B5 does exactly what it says it does, and it’s always pleasant to see a product actually delivering its claims.
I started using the Cicaplast Baume B5 when my skin wasn’t in a great place and was experiencing extreme dehydration, dryness, peeling, and irritation due to starting tretinoin.
I have since stopped using tretinoin because I didn’t have much luck with it, but the Cicaplast Baume B5 was definitely the product that helped eliminate my tretinoin-induced side effects in the beginning.
Also, besides the Effaclar H Cleansing Cream, it was the only other product that didn’t burn my face.
I used to apply the Cicaplast Baume B5 before bed, 20-30 minutes after applying tretinoin, and I would feel immediate relief from dryness and irritation.
Cicaplast Baume B5 also helped strengthen my skin barrier and even helped smooth out rough skin texture caused by excessive dehydration.
It also helped soothe inflammation, and my purge-induced pimples always looked slightly better in the morning after I’ve used the Cicaplast Baume B5 the previous evening.
I also never stopped using it even after stopping tretinoin, and I even use it as a weekly mask by applying much more than I usually would and sleeping in it.
Lastly, I also like to use it as an eye mask, and I apply it on my under eyes, eyelids, and even on my lashes because it’s so gentle it doesn’t sting the eyes even when I get very close.
I have tried so many products during my journey as an esthetician, and I can’t say that any other product does that.
Even the eye creams I sometimes use can sting and burn a little as they usually contain constricting ingredients such as caffeine. I also never apply eye creams on my eyelids, but I don’t have a problem doing this with Cicaplast Baume B5.
All that said, there’s one claim I disagree with, and that is Cicaplast Baume B5 not being greasy, according to La Roche Posay’s website.
Yes, this isn’t a greasy oil or a petroleum-based product, but it does leave the skin very moisturized and glowy, which is why as someone with oily skin, I only use it in the evenings to avoid shine during the day.
This claim isn’t necessarily incorrect; however, I know that folks with oily skin expect a velvety or a slightly matte finish when we read a product is “non-greasy,” and this one definitely leaves a glowy layer on the skin.
Where to Buy La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5?
La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 is easily available in most drugstores or pharmacies.
However, the LRP Cicaplast Baume B5 can also be purchased from sites like:
My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take great care of their skin and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on skincare products I’ve tried. You can learn more about me here.
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