If I read one more tweet about how marvellous Sudocrem is for spots and soothing the face, I’m going to rip my own arm off and use it to beat every single person responsible for spreading that absolute farcical garbage. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm actually is the product that works and treats the skin like people imagine Sudocrem does, and my god, it’s incredible.
Madecassoside (Madecassic Acid) and Copper, Zinc (the one ingredient in Sudocrem that does actually do some good on the face) and Manganese all help to repair the skin and dramatically boost the skin’s own regenerative processes.
There’s also moisturising properties of a 5% concentration of Panthenol (Provitamin B5) that moisturises, soothes and hydrates the skin as well as the soothing effects of Shea butter.
Finally a rich but non-greasy/non-comodogenic (non-blocking) texture coupled with a whole host of antibacterial agents protect the skin from outside damage allowing it to more easily repair traumas without being interfered with. It’s also artificial fragrance free but does have a rather gorgeous smell to it from the blend of ingredients.
This cream is designed for post-treatment and skin irritation concerns. I wouldn’t recommend it for untreated acne, but particularly anyone undergoing Roaccutane/retinol/Vitamin A treatments where the side effects include irritation and sensitivity, this is an absolute must.
I get flare ups of irritation from time to time so have found it to almost immediately calm things down but without feeling like I have a heavy, greasy mask on my skin. I also love using it when visiting my parents in Spain as it really does calm accidental overexposure to the sun (which is an odd result as you normally need to avoid all oil-based emollients for that kind of damage).
This is a fantastic product that really blows other protective balms, such as the classic 8 Hour Cream from Arden, out the water.