The Best Balms from La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay is a premium French skincare brand with a devoted cult-like following. One of the top dermocomestic companies in the world, La Roche-Posay offers a complete range of skincare, cosmetics, and body and hair products.

La Roche-Posay was founded in the 1970s with the ethos of providing skincare products based on efficacy and simplicity. The laboratoire dermatologique utilises the unique thermal spa waters of the springs that bear its name. La Roche-Posay was one of the first laboratories to discover helpful prebiotic bacteria that only exist in thermal waters.

Today, La Roche-Posay products are recommended by top dermatologists for the treatment and alleviation of a range of skin complaints in babies, children and adults. The efficacy of La Roche-Posay products has been proven through some 600 clinical studies involving over 90,000 patients since its establishment.

This guide will look at the brand’s best balms from their Cicaplast and Lipikar ranges, designed to restore hydration and comfort irritation. Click on one of the links below to jump to that section:

The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast range

The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast range has been formulated to comfort sensitivity, moisturise dryness and cracking, and soothe damaged skin. The selection of products aim to improve the feel of irritation, reduce tightness and even the tone of the skin.

From nappy rash to minor scrapes and grazes, sunburn to dry patches, chapped skin to post-procedure wounds, Cicaplast products are suitable for the whole family. All Cicaplast skincare is fragrance and alcohol-free, and all products have been tested under dermatological and paediatric control.

Cicaplast B5

Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm is a thick cream that is effective on intensely dry skin patches. It reduces burning and calms skin quickly. The balm has antibacterial properties and can be used on the face, body and lips. It makes a great addition to any first aid kit for minor scrapes or insect stings

The Soothing Repair Balm is rich in powerful Vitamin B5 and madecassoside, a naturally occurring compound widely recognised for its properties in soothing inflammation and healing small wounds, scratches and burns. It also contains panthenol, a humectant that draws moisture up from the skin’s second layer to hydrate the upper layers of skin. It has been used effectively in the treatment of acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Another ingredient is La Roche-Posay’s signature Thermal Spring Water, which ensures the product’s pureness and minimal formula. Despite its thick and luxurious texture, the balm does not leave a greasy or sticky residue. It absorbs fast to leave your skin soft to the touch and provides a protective barrier.

Cicaplast Baume B5 is also available in a gel form. The gel is a lightweight formulation that is absorbed a little quicker than the balm into the skin. This makes it even more effective for those with particularly sensitive or reactive skin. Many people use the balm every day and apply the gel when their skin is suffering a flare-up.

Cicaplast Baume B5 SPF50 provides all the benefits of the Soothing Repair Balm but with added protection from the harmful effect of the sun’s UV rays. It also helps to prevent pigmentation and scarring from wounds.

Cicaplast Levres

Cicaplast Baume Lip Barrier Repairing Balm replenishes chapped and sore lips, providing a protective layer to soothe cracks, relieve discomfort and repair sensitive skin.

A must for mums and dads, Cicaplast Baume B5 is available in an award-winning cream specially formulated for babies. Use every day as a barrier cream to soothe nappy rash and prevent symptoms of sensitivity before they appear. It can also be used for cradle cap and baby eczema.

The La Roche-Posay Lipikar range

La Roche-Possay Lipikar is a bath and body range formulated to restore hydration and bring comfort to dry, dehydrated and irritated skin.

The Lipikar range includes a body balm, body milk, shower gel, wash cream and cleansing oil. There is also a hand cream and pocket-sized packs for people on the go. All are infused with the La Roche-Posay prebiotic Thermal Spring Water and enriched with shea butter.

Lipikar AP

The active ingredients in the Lipikar range include aqua posae filiformis with prebiotic and probiotic properties, and La Roche-Posay’s trademarked Microresyl. This is a natural ingredient that helps promote a balanced microbiome system to regulate inflammation.

Lipikar AP+ is also available in a handy pocket-sized stick, ideal for use on the lips or small applications when on the go. Lipikar For Hands is a barrier repair cream to soothe overworked or irritated hands.

Frequently asked questions

Is La Roche-Posay good for rosacea?

The La Roche-Posay Rosaliac range is often recommended by dermatologists to reduce irritation and the redness associated with the condition. If you suffer from rosacea, you should also try the Toleriane moisturiser, an ultra-gentle blend of ceramides, niacinamide, calming glycerin and prebiotics that is a safe option for those with rosacea.

To learn more about caring for different skin types and conditions including rosacea with La Roche-Posay products, read our guide here.

s La Roche-Posay Cicaplast good for eczema?

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is a soothing cream that can be effective against an eczema flare-up. It contains cica, the medicinal herb centella asiatica, that has long been used in traditional Asian medicines. Scientific research has suggested that cica may be effective in the treatment of eczema.