This creme is supposed to help your skin recover. Not really. It broke me out in rosacea pastules after using. It felt smothering as if my skin could not breathe.
I had the liquid problem happen to me too. I actually drained the liquid off and think its maybe spring water??? don't know. The thick cream is on the bottom. Sucks but I love this cream and would buy it again. Its very soothing!
Updated 11/26/07 This has become my HG face cream. I alternate with Eluage Cream but the Cicalfate keeps my redness in check like nothing else I have ever used. I love this stuff. I now buy it from a US source and have not had the liquid problem occur again.
This is glorified diaper cream but it works wonders on ripped cuticles and paper cuts and general bobos. I have also used it around my eyes and nostrils when they were irritated. I cut my hand chopping vegetables last weekend and a bit of cicalfate cleared it right up. I alternate between this and La Roche Posay's Cicaplast, which soaks in a bit better. I find the products to be similar, but in France Cicalfate seems to be a lot more popular. I use CD apricot cream at night on my cuticles, but I find a little Cicalfate (or Cicaplast) on my cuticles during the day prevents them from ripping. A good all purpose product worth having in your stash.
Edit: in response to the review above, Cicalfate has the consistency and appearance of diaper rash cream- thick, white and opaque. Hope this helps!
I purchased Avene Cicalfate Creme Reparatrice Antibacterienne based on favourable reviews here. I use a few Avene products already and they have been very helpful in managing my often sensitive, easily irritated but oily/acne prone skin. It is difficult to find products that meet this criteria. I've been suffering from dermatitis on my neck and along my jawline for quite some time and was desperately trying to find alternatives to cortisone creams. I get dermatitis often, on different areas of my body, for no obvious reasons. I found this cream very soothing, thick and rich but easily absorbed with none of the oiliness often found in balms designed for sensitive/dry skin. It is a well balanced preparation. Goes on pasty white at first (like nappy rash cream) but sinks in quickly. It moisturises, calms and seems to assist my skin in repairing itself. The redness and creepiness caused by the dermatitis was so much better after just 24 hours! The itch was gone too. I have started using it under my jawline (where I often get acne breakouts) and the area is less inflamed, the pimples much smaller than usual. I have not noticed any adverse reactions to this cream and I think it can be used as often as necessary. A great find and will definitely repurchase!
I bought this as it's supposed to repair barrier function. I don't know if it will do that but it has helped a lot. My skin is parched from using aggressive treatments to treat other skin ailments. I find that some moisturizers work to calm my skin for a while but by the afternoon my skin is parched, taught or peeling.
This applies like a paste, thick and quite greasy at first but it does absorb somewhat although not fully. If I am applying powder or smthg that will clump I finish this cream with a drop of Murad's perfecting serum which seems to take the oily finish off but seals in the moisture. As a night cream it is great. I have plastered it on expecting some break outs or clogged pores but it that hasn't happened. It calms my skin when it's irritated. If you have ever experienced tight "burnt" skin from acid treatments or just cold weather then I'd advise investing in this.
I bought this based on the reviews. i have a tendency to pop my pimples and sometimes it leaves a big crust and mark that takes forever to heal. I bought this cream and applied 2 or 3 times a day on the areas. it still takes a couple of days but it definitely healed it really well and better. I had a crust for 2 days and then it's like it almost disappeared. Now I have a pink-ish mark (day 3) but am confident it will go away much faster.
My skin also craves hydration since I am on RAM and Azelex for my acne. This cream soaks into my skin leaving it smooth. I am planning to use it on my face evry night during my trip in Hawaii to limit sun damages...
I ran across this cream when searching for something to help repair my barrier function. It was really suffering due to continued aha use, plus a change in retinoids to a different, stronger one. My skin was dehydrated yet oily, extremely sensitized and reddened, as well as being very very acne prone. Enter Cicalfate.
According to the box:
-Micronized sucralfate helps the healing process when topically applied
-Copper sulfate and zinc sulfate work synergistically to promote and maintain a healthy enviroment during skin recovery
-A high percentage of Avéne theraml spring water helps soothe and soften the skin
-Preservative free, fragrance free
This cream helped me hydrate my skin, while keeping it in a naturally antibacterial environment so it could heal itself. And it did. Suprisingly without breakouts. It's a thick white cream that looks very white while I spread it on, but it disappears quickly. I use this at night due to the heaviness b/c I really slather it on. I wake up without any redness whatsoever. On days when it's really cold and windy, I put this on under my sunscreen and my skin stays happy. I couldn't be more pleased to have found this product as well as this line.
This antibacterial and soothing cream with zinc, copper and sucralfate is a very nice product for skin emergencies. I use it on rashes that i get on my neck and hands and it calms them down very quickly. I like the fact that unlike cortisone creams, this stops the itching without thinning the skin. I also use it when the corners of my eyes or mouth crack. But it doesn't work on the very dry, red and flaky areas on my face (it just seems to dry them out more, probably because of the zinc), nor for my rosacea flares. But for anything else, it's a keeper!
this is good stuff. really really good stuff. i remembered when i was in singapore, my face nose was oily but the skin on my nose are flaking. i don't know what to do so i've decided to try this creme as they say it helps with redness and flaking. and i'm happy. i used this for 3 days at night, and my skin on the nose starts recovering. i find this creme is enjoyable during my flaking moments.
please understand when i said flaking, it's not because my skin is dry. it's some skin condition when your skin is oily but flaking. so if you need to cure your dry skin, find a creme for dry skin. continued >>
I've been having sensitive skin, acne and dryness problems for almost 2 years now. It sort of came out of the blue and I still haven't figured out why. After reading the reviews I decided to give this product a go since I really needed some healing. I had 2 very huge and stubbon cysts on my chin and all I did was put the cicalfate on it before bed..and the next morning they were so much smaller...did it the next night as well...and now they're in the dry healing-end stage. So great! I don't use any acne products anymore since they end up irritating and drying my skin. It is quite emollient so you wouldn't want to use during the day...nighttime is perfect. I've not received any acne from this. So far so good. The only downer is the packaging. When trying to aqueeze this out of the tube I got alot of the spring water gushing out. Perhaps mine was a little old or that is how it is...I felt as though it was a waste since there is no way to mix the creme with the water. I'll update if any changes.
EDIT: I still use this, but it is not moisturizing enough for winter, but still great to put onto acne.