I have decided to do a review on both of these creams, but thought that it is worth comparing them at the same time. Why? Because they are quite similar but different at the same time. So let’s see the “original” Cicaplast first.
I searched for the ingredients first as I think it is important to know what’s in a product, but unfortunately at the time of writing this post, another version of this product seems to have hit the shelves, it is called Cicaplast Gel B5(?). Unsure as the packaging looks a little different. I have bought a few more tubes of this since I’ve taken this picture and I have to say I have noticed one difference in particular. The colour. The new one has a slight light blue tone to it. The consistency of it is still the same: a gel cream, that is quite light but very moisturizing. When applied to the skin it feels silky and it spreads smoothly. The ingredients in this are the following:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Polybutene, Sodium Citrate, Peg/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Zinc Gluconate, Madecassoside, Dimethiconol, Manganese Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Copper Gluconate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Tocopherol.
The difference is that there is no cyclopentasiloxane or cylcohexasiloxane in here, which are both silicones apparently. So looks like they have taken that out of the product which is a great thing. Other than that it feels the same on the skin and performs just like the old version. Despite the silicones I think it has always been a great product. It is marketed as a post dermatological peels cream. It works by reducing the redness and calming the skin as cosmetic peels can be very harsh (never had one, so I can’t personally confirm this).
But the redness of my rosacea has responded very well to this and has reduced since using this gel-cream. Of course I have been using other products in conjunction with this, as I have mentioned in my previous post. In the morning and before make up I use this, as I find that it functions as a kind of primer as well, so there is no need to buy a separate product (save £££). It is by no means greasy which was a huge relief for me as I also happen to still suffer (or rather suffered,when I started to first use this.) with acne. In the summer it is a godsend as it is not heavy and doesn’t clog the pores. Price wise, as with most french pharmacy products that I tried and own, I buy this from cocooncenter.co.uk and I get it about half the price to what I see this selling in the UK for, which can be up to £14.
The next is Cicaplast Baume B5 100 ml. It is marketed as a soothing repairing balm.
It is strange but I think I like this a tad more than the other. I don’t know why but this has such a cool feeling on the skin when I put it on. Almost as if I had put it in the fridge. It is a normal cream consistency, but a bit heavy. So not ideal in the summer as you can kind of tell it is on. However as a rosacea sufferer I don’t necessarily mind that as I find that it is great in calming the skin, just like the other one. This can feel a little greasy as the day goes by, so I try not to use it under make up, but if you find that this is the one you prefer more, just make sure you use a good face powder and that should take care of the problem. The ingredients are as follows:
Aqua / Water,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,Dimethicone,Glycerin,Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter,Panthenol,Butylene Glycol,Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate,Propanediol,Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone,Tristearin,Zinc Gluconate,Madecassoside,Manganese Gluconate,Magnesium Sulfate,Disodium EDTA,Copper Gluconate,Acetylated Glycol Stearate,Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate,Sodium Benzoate,Phenoxyethanol,Chlorhexidine Digluconate,CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide.
This is priced the same in the UK as the original Cicaplast, about £14. Which is where I start my comparison. The other one is 40ml and the same price. Hmm, the Baume B5 is more economical on that front. Of course if you want to have a lighter gel formulation that goes well under make up, you will have to pay up for it. It is easier to travel with the 40 ml one obviously, but I tend to just squeeze a small amount into a round little pot (I’m great at packing) and that solves the problem. With both of these you needn’t use a ton of product, as both of them are rich in their own right. Little goes a long way. Both of these are antibacterial by the way, so if you have acne on top of everything else, it will not make it worse.
The other important thing to note is that the Baume B5 acts faster in my opinion. If I have a flare up, which is rare these days, then once I put it on, it takes about 5 minutes for me to feel that it is noticeably cooling down. Whereas with the Cicaplast original, it takes longer. Granted once it happens it works the same, but still. Speedier with the Baume B5, for me at least. If you are looking for a multi purpose cream then the original one is a winner as apparently you can put it on your lips as well (never tried though). However looking at the Baume B5, looks like they are coming out with an SPF 50 version of it. It is a great idea, I think, especially from a rosacea sufferers point of view. I haven’t tried it but I don’t think I’m going to as I have a feeling it is going to be a physical sunscreen which always adds to the heaviness of a product. I have been on the lookout for good sunscreens for a while, but I failed miserably until now:). That will be a separate huge post, as I discovered some gems. Yes, more than one, that’s right. And it works for rosacea:)
In conclusion, both of these have been great for reducing redness to a certain extent. You decide as to which one you prefer in terms of consistency and value for money. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope it was helpful.