I have been talking about and recommending the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 on this blog for many years. I first discovered it in France when I would wander around the pharmacies for hours, picking up bottles and tubes and buying anything that said ‘soothing’, ‘cooling’ or ‘for sensitive skin’. Recently La Roche-Posay released Cicaplast Gel B5 and I have been trying it out for a few months, wanting to gather my thoughts before I shared them with you.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is a thick white cream that I use on intensely dry skin patches and on the sensitive and angry skin after bad rosacea flare ups as it reduces burning and calms my skin very quickly. One of the hero ingredients is Panthenol, which is derived from vitamin B5. It’s a humectant (which means that it draws water from the second layer of your skin – and even the air around you – to the top layer which hydrates the skin), it’s also an emollient (which means that it brings moisture through the application of the product) and it soothes dry and irritated skin.
La Roche-Posay say that Panthenol “in combination with zinc and madecassosside, [is] present in Cicaplast Baume B5 …which can be used on cases of nappy rash or minor burns to form a protective barrier.” Personally I use this on my dermatitis, any (very rare) sunburn, scrapes, dry elbows and knees… anywhere and everywhere basically!
However, whenever I mentioned this product on the blog in the past, I would always make a point of explaining that the formula of this product is so thick and heavy that I would only wear it at specific times and on specific areas of my face: I would only put it on in the evening because it would not work well under make up; and I wouldn’t apply it all over my face as my skin does not react well to feeling smothered.
Which is why the release of La Roche-Posay Gel B5* is such a big deal for me. It takes all of the things I love about the Baume B5 (alcohol-free, fragrance-free, calming, soothing, suitable for both adults and children) but puts them into a lightweight, easily absorbed formula. It’s so gentle and repairing that it can even be used after stitches, cosmetic peels, or lasers and on closed scars – which shows how great it will be on sensitive or reactive skin like mine.
In the photo above you can see the formula of the products: the Cicaplast Baume B5 on the left has (what I always refer to as) a ‘sturdy’ texture, whereas the Cicaplast Gel B5 has more of a silicone-like silky feel.
I still use both versions of the Cicaplast product for different reasons: I see the Cicaplast Gel B5 as an every day, maintenance product to keep my skin happy, while the Cicaplast Baume B5 is a treatment when my skin is kicking off and needs some extra TLC.
Have you tried either of these products? Which one appeals most to you?
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