Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cicaplast Baume B5 - everyone should have this at home

Recently, I went to the launch of the new Cicaplast Baume B5 from French brand La Roche-Posay and working in a Dermatology unit had me intrigued and also actually able to understand the sciencey bits behind it all!

Marketed as something every household should have and also handy for the handbag, I wondered how I was going to be able to test this out, since my skin is in pretty good shape at the moment.  Cut to me going gung ho in the back garden with the shears a couple of weeks ago, chopping literally everything back in the attempt to gain some kind of control over what's growing in the jungle out there.  I know nothing about plants; I've managed to keep a basil plant alive for the past three weeks so maybe I'm being tough on myself.  What I do know is that my poor hands and arms were scraped to bits from thorns and other planty things that I hate having anything to do with.  Can I just hire a gardener or someone who will work for free skincare and make up?  Here is a mini collage of some of the damage caused by bloody nature....

My hands and arms were so itchy where I'd been attacked by the thorny planty thing.  No word of a lie, at the first scrape, my immediate thought was "Ooh, now I can try out my Cicaplast" and carried on chopping and shearing, allowing myself to get scraped just so I could test it out.  

As soon as I applied the Cicaplast, the itching went away immediately.  Relief at last from my terrible ordeal.  Sorted.  I kept applying it in the days after and my war wounds healed quickly.  It's a light cream that absorbs easily into the skin with no greasy layer left and that was one of the main points that Selene Daly, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sligo General Hospital, spoke about.  Compliancy with moisturising is a big issue in patients with psoriasis and eczema.  A lot of recommended products like Silcock's Base and Aqueous Cream are really greasy and patients aren't likely to use them routinely, especially if they're supposed to moisturise a couple of times a day.  Nobody wants to put clothes on over greasy skin and go to work.  And this is where Cicaplast Baume B5 comes in.  Lightweight, soothing, fragrance free, paraben free, lanolin free and antibacterial, it can be used to treat ailments including sunburn, nappy rash, itching, dry patches and one of my main uses for it has been for my chapped lips.  I put some into a little tub and leave it beside my bed, lashing it on before I hit the sack and when I wake up, bing, I have smooth, repaired lips!  

For €12.50, you get a big 100ml tube and it'll last you ages.  You can tackle the garden safe in the knowledge that it'll help your recovery from plant attacks.

Cicaplast Baume B5 is available in pharmacies now.


  1. I need this for DD... will wait to see how long it takes to come to my Willage (wee village)... Thanks for the review Karen!

    1. No worries Cindy, hope it works for DD and you find it in your willage ;)

  2. Yet ANOTHER use for this wondercream, is there nothing it can't do?! xo

    1. If it can cook and clean for me, I'll love it forever...

  3. I'm dying to get my paws on this but cant get it in the UK yet :( will def have to purchase on the next visit to the homeland!!

  4. Hello, i bought this cream from the farmacy, (for my red marks from acne) and they said its newer.Is is the same as that one?
    Thanks a lot!


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