If you’ve been spending time on #BeautyTok, you’ll know that TikTokers can’t seem to get enough of a peculiarly named cream, the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+. In fact, the product has garnered nearly 700 million posts on the social media platform to date.
Much of the hype around this product is its reparative properties (it is used for a range of skin ailments from dryness, acne, acne scarring, rosacea and more).
Why Is The Cicaplast Baume B5+ Going Viral?
While some products go viral due to all-encompassing marketing campaigns, much of the Cicaplast hype comes from tried-and-tested reviews, touting it as a ‘skin saviour’.
The brand that makes it, La Roche-Posay, is a French over-the-counter beauty brand that uses water from its eponymous thermal springs to make its products. For generations locals have used the spring for healing. A number of La Roche-Posay products have gone viral, including the Anthelios sunscreen, and now the Cicaplast Baume.
Whether it’s the water or that it’s packed full with beneficial ingredients, it has become a cult product in the cabinet of every beauty lover because it’s straight up good.
Want to know how best to use it? Here is every question you might have about this cult product, answered.
What Is The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+ Used For?
The Cicaplast Baume B5+ Balm is a versatile product used to treat a range of skin conditions, offering intense hydration for dry and very dry skin. It’s suitable for sensitive skin, redness, the body and babies.
The cream is very thick, creating an occlusive outer layer to your skincare routine, locking hydration in. It also works well as a healing ointment. The formula is non-greasy, protects healing skin and will prevent moisture loss.
It does create a ‘seal’ on the skin, so it’s best to be used in the evening, in tandem with a good cleansing routine.
What Is In The Cicaplast Baume B5+ Balm?
This balm includes:
- Prebiotics, called Tribioma, to maintain the skin’s pH
- B5, also called Panthenol (5% concentration), to repair and rejuvenate the skin’s natural moisture barrier
- Madecassoside, a soothing plant compound that is rich in fatty and amino acids
- Beta-carotene and complex skin-loving phytonutrients
- Spring water from the La Roche Posay thermal spring
- Glycerin, Shea Butter and Vitamin E for hydration
- Zinc, Manganese and Copper for healing the skin
- Citric acid for skin texture
It’s fragrance-free, lanolin-free and won’t leave a white-cast or feel sticky.
Why Did They Change The Name Of Cicaplast Baume?
You may notice that La Roche-Posay has added a little ‘+’ to the formula label. That is referring to the addition of the probiotic complex Tribioma, to support the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Can I Use Cicaplast Baume B5 Every Day?
To follow the TikTok girlies, use Cicaplast Baume B5+ daily, or even twice a day if your skin is dry. It works well on the face but can also be used on the body and lips.
Don’t apply too much around the delicate eye area in case you’re susceptible to milia. Those with oily skin may find it more useful to spot-apply the baume where they need it, rather than all over the face.
Be sure to apply any serums and active ingredients to the skin before applying the balm as it is occlusive (meaning that the serums will not reach the skin with the right amount of potency if layered on top).
Is Cicaplast Good For Acne Scars, Eczema and Rosacea?
Cicaplast helps heal body scars and tattoos, so in the same vein it is great for acne scars, helping the skin to repair and fade markings. Likewise, the balm takes the anger out of eczema and dry patches. The thermal spring water used in the formulation has lots of selenium in it, which is anti-inflammatory.
The soothing agents, such as the madecassoside are also brilliant at calming down the skin and reducing redness and rosacea, alongside the thermal spring water.
It can also be used for:
- After laser
- After chemical peels
- Skin discomfort
- Dry to very dry skin
- Post hair removal
- Superficial irritations