La Roche-Posay is a specialist French skincare and cosmetics brand that is renowned worldwide for its sensitive skin-friendly products enriched with their patented thermal spring water.
Among their extensive selection of skin, hair, lip, hand and body care products is the Cicaplast range, designed specifically for the needs of those with highly sensitive, damaged and sore skin. Cicaplast is celebrated for its safety and efficacy and is recommended by dermatologists for people with skin conditions such as eczema.
If you're of a particularly dry skin type or you need a new product for your dry skin irritations, this article is here to help. Here, we will outline the best products in the Cicaplast range to help you find the right solutions for you.
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Products in La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast range are designed to soothe sore skin, repair the skin barrier and protect against infection. They can be used on eczema patches, rashes, grazes and minor wounds to support healing, or to help protect skin that is susceptible to rashes and irritation.
All Cicaplast products are paraben and fragrance-free to minimise skin reactivity. They are formulated with minimal ingredients to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction and are gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, they contain La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which has soothing, nourishing properties to support skin comfort and health.
Cicaplast Baume B5
Perhaps the best known and most popular product in the range, Cicaplast Baume B5 is a multi-purpose repairing balm designed to soothe irritated patches of skin. Its ingredient list includes Vitamin B5 (also known as panthenol), glycerine, shea butter and madecassoside. These work together to relieve irritation, soreness, tightness and itching while supporting the skin’s natural protective barrier.
Cicaplast Baume B5 can be applied to patches of dry or cracked skin, rashes, chapped lips, areas of skin tightness, and minor everyday injuries like scrapes and grazes. It is suitable for use on the body, face and lips and is sensitive enough to be used on delicate baby skin for concerns such as nappy or teething rashes. It has a nourishing texture and does not leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky or leave white marks.
Cicaplast Baby Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm
Baby Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm is an ultra-gentle alternative that is suitable treating skin irritation in babies as young as one week old. It has been rigorously tested to ensure infant safety and is ideal as an everyday balm for protecting your baby’s skin after nappy changes.
As well as treating rough or cracked skin, this product is a particularly effective solution for nappy rash, cradle cap, eczema flare-ups, insect bites, scrapes and grazes.
Other Cicaplast products
Cicaplast B5 Lavant is a soothing foaming cleanser that very gently cleans and purifies skin that is damaged or irritated. It is free from parabens and fragrances to minimise the risk of irritation and is suitable for the whole family. It is an ideal cleanser for eczema-prone or reactive skin, nappy rash, dribble rash, dryness and redness.
Cicaplast Baume Hands is a nourishing barrier cream that helps to protect dry, chapped and irritated hands from further damage. It contains 4% niacinamide to repair the skin, and 30% glycerine which creates invisible friction and a wash-resistant barrier on the surface of the skin. It helps skin to instantly feel softer and more comfortable, and the fast-absorbing formula means it doesn't leave hands feeling sticky or greasy.
Cicaplast Gel B5 works to accelerate skin healing after damage or injury. It contains Vitamin B5, zinc, copper, madecassoside and manganese to support skin recovery, while antibacterial agents protect against infection. It is ideal for use on skin post-stitches, laser treatments and peels. It should be applied directly to damaged areas of skin, and thanks to its light, non-sticky formula it is virtually invisible and incredibly comfortable.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I have sensitive skin?
Signs of sensitive skin include redness, itching, tightness and burning sensations. If the skin is susceptible to these symptoms when exposed to certain products or environments, it is likely that you have sensitive skin. Read Part One of our Guide to Different Skin Types for more information on identifying sensitive skin.
What type of skincare products shouldn’t you use on eczema?
There are many ingredients to avoid in order to reduce the risk of eczema rashes and to prevent further damage during eczema flareups. For example, preservatives often found in cosmetics such as methylparaben and butylparaben can lead to inflammation and irritation. Many fragranced skincare products—even those fragranced with natural ingredients—can trigger or exacerbate eczema. Ingredients that dry the skin out, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and retinol, should also be avoided.
The best way to care for eczema-prone skin is to choose products that have been designed with eczema in mind and therefore do not contain common irritants. Cicaplast Baume B5 from La Roche-Posay has been created for very sensitive, irritated skin and is often recommended by dermatologists for those with eczema.
What is the best way to treat itchy skin?
Itchy skin can be relieved by applying a cool, wet cloth to the skin until the itch subsides. A gentle moisturiser suitable for sensitive skin can then be applied to minimise further irritation. Avoid exposing skin to hot water or extreme changes in temperature, and wear gentle, loose-fitting clothing. Skin can become itchy when dry so it is important to keep skin hydrated by regularly applying moisturiser.
Be sure to choose moisturisers that do not contain irritating ingredients such as fragrance, parabens and soap. Look for products designed for sensitive skin, particularly those which help to repair and support the natural skin barrier such those in the Cicaplast range.