Where I got it: Lately, my little baby boy has been having a few dry and scaly patches around his torso that he scratches whenever we take his onesies off. It gets a little red, especially when he scratches, but there it isn’t really spreading or bleeding or oozing. Took him to the GP and she said it’s probably allergies and for us to apply some Hydrocortisone on it. Hydrocortisone is a steroid cream so I am a little reluctant to apply daily unless otherwise necessary. So I went out to my local Pharmacy to look for alternative products. The lady at Life Pharmacy recommended this one from La Roche Posay (exclusively available at Life Pharmacy at the moment!) and another similar product from Avène (I will be doing a post on that as well in the future) Both brands are really well-known for treatment for sensitive skin and dry skin so I’ve decided to give them a try (for myself as well). This one cost me $20.99.
What I got: This is a 40ml tube of the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm. It cares and repair damaged skin, irritated and injuries caused by external aggression (sunburn, insect bites, abrasions, cold, extreme dryness, surgery)
- Soothes irritation and itching
- Repair and nourish irritated skin and assaulted
- Rebuilds the skin barrier
- With Centella Asiatica that contributes to cell reorganization
- With Mineral Complex (Cu-Zn-Mng) for skin repair
- With Pro-Vitamin B5 to protect skin
- High tolerance formula
- Paraben free
- Without perfume
- No lanolin
- No white marks
How I find it: This can be applied daily on cleansed skin. I usually apply this on my baby after a bath. I squeeze a small amount on my fingertips, rub them together to spread the cream out and apply a thin, even layer over his little body. I also apply some on his face and cheeks where he has a little bit of saliva rash or dry skin.
For myself, I like to apply a thin layer after I have done an AHA or BHA peel (like The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 10%), or anything that gives my skin a bit of a tingle. You can also use this after a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, etc. to help skin repair and heal quickly. You can also apply this as a soothing moisturiser for dry, flakey area so this is quite a multi-use balm.
Overall: I like how the balm is not a thick balm that is hard to blend and greasy. It does not contain fragrance and is colourant free which is good when you have sensitive and reactive skin. I don’t usually have sensitive and irritated skin, but when I do it’s mostly on my body and it comes in patches. I have used this cream on my baby’s skin for a week now and I think by day 3, I can see results. His skin is less red and bumpy so he scratches it less (which helps). He still has a couple of small patches near his neck, so I started to spot treat those areas instead of applying an even layer all over his torso. The patches hasn’t complete vanished, but I do see that the redness has gone down dramatically and that his skin is no longer dry and flakey. The little patch would need a bit of work or maybe some hydrocortisone to stop it from flaring up and then use this repair balm to repair the skin when it is no longer itchy. Overall I loved applying this on my baby’s skin and I feel 100% safe using it on him.