Got sensitive AND acne-prone skin? It's time for you to invest in a cica balm!
When it comes to skin care, it's almost impossible to recommend a one-size-fits-all product. Everyone's skin is so different, and the products you use should be the ones that fit your own specific needs and concerns. However, there are some products that I believe will work well in almost everyone's skin care regimes, and I've got no qualms about sharing what I consider to be the one skin care product anyone with acne-prone and sensitive skin needs: Cica balm!
We've talked about Centella Asiatica (AKA Tiger grass) and its many benefits before. Briefly, it is a medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years to help soothe and repair the skin. Numerous studies have shown that this skin care ingredient can boost the healing of burns and wounds by reducing inflammation, while also increasing collagen production at the same time.
Cica balm is actually a moisturiser-like product that contains centella asiatica and its many concentrated compounds, such as madecassoside, asiaticoside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. What makes a cica balm so special is that it uses these different extracts from centella to create a highly concentrated treatment, making it perfect for soothing highly sensitive or irritated skin, while helping your acne heal quicker.
Best Recommended Cica Balm or Cica Products to Try
One of our best-seller, Dr. Jart's Cicapair Cream contains the four compounds of centella (Asiatic acid, madecassic acid, madecassoside and asiaticoside) plus niacinamide, houttuynia cordata and panthenol to brighten, moisturise and reinforce the skin's protective barrier. This balm has a thicker texture, making it perfect for winter, or for those with dehydrated or drier skin.
If you're a fan of COSRX, you should check out their Pure Fit Cica Cream. Containing one of the highest concentrations of Cica, this cream is infused with 7 Centella ingredients (Centella Asiatica Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Root Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Madecassoside) to instantly soothe weak or irritated skin. With a silky-soft finish, this gentle cream moisturises the skin without any feeling of greasiness or heaviness even if you apply a thick layer.
The A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream is another great choice if you’re looking for a cica balm with a thinner, more lightweight formula. This cream contains 40% centella asiatica leaf water and 0.1% madecassoside to treat and soothe irritated or acne-prone skin by speeding up the healing process. It's also formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea extract and witch hazel to balance the skin and get rid of excess oiliness.
Last but not the least is Purito's Centella Green Level Recovery Cream! Centella asiatica is first on the ingredients list, meaning that it will give your skin a super-strong dose of this known skin-soother and wound-healer. Plus, it comes with an amazing combination of niacinamide, squalane, glycerin, and shea butter to moisturise and hydrate dry skin. This cream doesn't contain harsh chemical irritants or known allergens, and is mostly made with natural, plant-based ingredients, making it a wonderful option for anyone looking to heal blemishes, fade scars, or improve uneven skin tone.