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Skin Therapy: Cream for healing and beautifying skin

Updated on February 17, 2013

Cicalfate restorative skin cream

When I was younger, I was an athlete. I lifted weights and did push-ups, and a variety of other exercises that really tested my body. All those exercises pulls and stretched my skin, leaving it scarred and worn. On top of that I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to scarring, blemishes and dryness. For years I tried a variety of creams and topical treatments to deal with my skin, but nothing really worked that well.

I was introduced to Cicalfate restorative skin cream by my dermatologist in South Florida. When I first looked it up I saw that there was little information about the cream online, so I wanted to build a lens that not only explains the amazing skin restoration of this cream, but I also wanted to highlight other skin care products that really help sensitive skin heal and beautify.

Read on to learn more about Avene Cicalfate cream.

What is Cicalfate cream?

The background for restorative skin cream

Avene Cicalfate restorative skin cream is a thick white topical cream. The product claims to restore and repair skin, and speeds up the process of skin recovery especially after things like surgery and bacterial irritation.

The product also claims that it can help heal skin from things such as: minor skin injuries, cuts, burns, cracked skin, abrasions, post-surgery, scarring, post laser treatment, tattooing, etc.

This cream is extremely popular in France. There are a variety of healing creams out on the market, and in France there are a lot of skin repair creams that have gained popularity for their restorative properties. These creams are meant to restore and heal skin tissue and bring back its integrity. For a long time this cream was not available outside of France, but now places in the United Kingdom and the United States sell the product.

Get this restorative skin cream - Where to buy it?

This product is not readily available in many stores, and I have not seen it sold in many drugstores in the United States. Usually the best place to get it is from a dermatologist or online. I prefer purchasing from the Internet because it is a lot cheaper than buying from a doctor.

But make sure you are buying the correct cream. There are several types of Cicalfate creams that are used for different things. There is a skin restorative cream, a cream designed specifically for dryness, one that is used to target anti-infection. Just make sure you are getting the cream that best suits your needs because it is a pretty pricey cream, and you do not want to buy the wrong one.

Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, 3 fl.oz.
Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, 3 fl.oz.

I use this cream every day. I follow the instructions on the product and apply it twice daily. I like this product because it actually feels like a cream and does not have any noticeable scent. Which means I can apply this cream and then later on I can put on something that is a bit scented when I am going out and the smells will not clash with one another.


What is in Cicalfate cream?

Looking at the label

Cicalfate cream contains anti-bacterial and healing properties. This is the composition of Cicalfate cream according to its wesbite: Avène Thermal Spring Water (45%), which soothes and softens the skin and Copper sulfate, Zinc sulfate, Zinc oxide, which works as anti-fungal.

These are some of the benefits of using the cream:

Speeds up the skin recovery

Minimizes a potential infection on the skin

Prevents signs of scarring and helps deal with scarred tissue

The cream is fragrance-free, preservative-free and colorant-free. The cream soothes and softens the skin and is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

Where to buy Cicalfate cream - Buying Cicalfate cream online

When I purchased Cicalfate cream for the first time from my dermatologist's office, the cream cost me more than thirty-five dollars. I was floored by how expensive the cream is, but I discovered that you can buy the cream online for a bit cheaper. I recommend buying it from Amazon because other sites and even doctor's offices bump the price up a lot.

Eau Thermale Avène SOS Complete Post-Procedure Recovery Kit
Eau Thermale Avène SOS Complete Post-Procedure Recovery Kit

This is going to be my next big purchase. Although it is priced around ninety dollars online, it is actually pretty cheap compared to how much these products would cost if sold individually.


Video review for Cicalfate - See what other people have to say

Most of the video reviews for this product are actually in French, since this cream originated from France. However, I did find a video by a woman who used the cream and she explains how effectively it helped her deal with her own skin irritation.

Comparing Cicalfate to Mederma - What is the difference?

Mederma is a well known product used to treat scarring. It is popular and sold predominantly in North America. Mederma focuses on minimizing the appearance of stretched marks, which form when underlayers of the skin stretch or expand way too quickly. There are still questions about how stretched marks are formed, and treatments vary. But more than 60 precent of women and more than 20 precent of men have stretch marks.

Mederma and Cicalfate cream both claim that they can help with scarring. I used both products on the scars and blemishes I got from sports like rock climbing, etc. I think both products offer great options for people with scarred skin. But I prefer the cream consistency of Cicalfate rather than the gel-like product of Mederma. But it is important to note that products have many reviews of success by consumers.

There is also some differences between these two products that we have to keep in mind. Mederma focuses primarily on scarred skin and stretch marks, and Cicalfate cream is more of a holistic product that tackles a variety of skin aliments and deals with healing many skin issues. However, I was using Mederma on my skin specifically for scarring before my dermatologist switched me over to Cicalfate.

Mederma scar repair product - Get it online

Mederma skin care products are also comparable to Cicalfate cream in terms of dealing with scar tissue and treating injured skin. Some people have really great success with Mederma products. I highlighted one of Mederma's well known products below that has really great reviews and is used to treat scarring, blemishes on the skin and stretch marks.

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy - Hydrates to Help Prevent Stretch Marks - Clinically Shown to Produce Noticable Improvement in 4 Weeks- Dermatologist Recommended - 5.29 oz
Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy - Hydrates to Help Prevent Stretch Marks - Clinically Shown to Produce Noticable Improvement in 4 Weeks- Dermatologist Recommended - 5.29 oz

This product is just as expensive as Cicalfate cream. Mederma has more of a gel consistency, but it absorbs quickly to the skin and it is widely used in North America. Mederma specializes in treating damaged skin that has been stretched, injured and scarred by any number of aliments.


Using Cicalfate cream - Why do I use it and why do I like it?

I like Cicalfate cream because it feels like a rich cream. It is thick and feels heavy, but when you place it on the skin it blends in smoothly. It also does not leave you feeling greasy. Instead your skin feels nourished. I have read testimonials from people who say the cream has helped calm their sensitive skin and have calmed other skin aliments like eczema and rosacea. This cream is great for not only treating dryness and irritation, but it also helps you treat injured and scarred skin by restoring integrity to it.

We all use a variety of different products to deal with our skin. What products do you use? Have you tired Cicalfate? Let me know what your thoughts are below in the comment section!

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