This Gel is a lesser-known sister of the Cicaplast Balm, a lot of people don’t seem to know about its existence. I prefer it over the balm – I think the Gel is more effective and has a better texture.
This product contains many humectants and emollients, but there are also many other skin-benefiting ingredients. One of them is madecassoside; it is an ingredient extracted from the centella asiatica plant, known to be soothing and anti-inflammatory. The formula includes many antioxidants such as panthenol (5%) – calms and moisturises, zinc gluconate – antibacterial and aids wound healing, copper gluconate and manganese gluconate – fight free radicals and improve skin regeneration. The product contains no fragrance and is suitable for all skin types.
This Gel was created with the idea to protect and strengthen the skin’s barrier. There’s small, grey writing on the tube saying ‘PRO-RECOVERY SKINCARE’ because that’s what this product is, it stimulates skin recovery. La Roche Posay recommend using this product after stitches, laser treatments, and peels. After something invasive, you want products that are occlusive and help to regenerate the skin, not hydrating and watery creams. Just remember to consult any products you use after treatments with a professional. And how do I use it?
I use this Gel for a variety of situations, as La Roche Posay advise, after treatments, but also for scrapes, grazes, small cuts, insect bites, eczema flare-ups, dry skin including dry lips and cuticles. I used it as a nighttime mask during my tretinoin treatment. And, it had served me as a pimple patch for many years before I discovered hydrocolloid patches. Practically, all sort of things related to skin recovery either from injury or moisture loss. The Gel protects the skin, prevents it from drying out, and lessens redness after trauma. It is a good practice to cover wounds with something occlusive because cuts heal faster and better when a protective dressing shields them. When you let them dry out and leave your skin to sort things on its own, it results in a scab formation, a longer healing time, and more scarring.
For this reason, I used the Gel after picking spots; it has a silicone-like texture which envelops the skin. It also includes ingredients with antibacterial properties, so the Gel not only helps to heal the wound but also helps to limit bacteria’s proliferation around the damaged area. It’s a perfect liquid dressing for small wounds.
I don’t use the Gel as a daily moisturiser (unless I need it) because it makes my T-zone shiny. However, it works wonderfully as an occlusive, yet not too heavy, eye cream when my eczema flares up (La Roche Posay caution against the use near eyes).
Wherever I apply this product, it makes a difference after the first application. It’s not a product that I use daily, but when I need it, I am always glad I have it around because it speeds up the recovery of the skin. I don’t think it’s that great for erasing scars; for flat scars, you can try Contractubex. Though, it will help to a certain degree with marks from small cuts and nicks. Speaking of injuries, La Roche Posay don’t suggest using the Gel on wounded skin, just so you know.
To sum it up, this product accelerates the skin healing process. It is recommended after skin procedures and treatments. I, however, use it for all sorts of things: for dry skin, small cuts, as an occlusive mask. It helps with dry skin and redness that come with skin wounds. It brings relief to the skin from the first application, and a continued use gives satisfactory results.
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. (laroche-posay.com)
La Roche-Posay CICAPLAST GEL B5 retails for about €15, and it’s available from all La Roche Posay stockists, but it isn’t available in all regions.