03.13.2015
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Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream
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1.4 fl. oz. for $28
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Other than being fragrance-free (something that’s hit-or-miss with Avene products), this moisturizer is similar to the others Avene sells for dry to very dry skin. It’s a simple formula that takes care of the basic needs of dry skin, but that’s it. Antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients are absent, and those are what would have made it a really restorative moisturizer for skin.

Claims

Helps improve comfort by maintaining the skin in an ideal environment promoting the skin recovery process. Non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic formula is easy to apply and particularly adapted for the sensitive skin of adults, children and infants.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquiisostearate, PEG-22 Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer, Aluminum Sucrose Octasulfate, Aluminum Stearate, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Copper Sulfate, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Zinc Sulfate

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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06.05.2015
It works!!!

It definitely helped clear up blemishes from acne for me and also promoted faster scar healing, definitely recommend

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Anonymous
02.11.2015
for me it works as a restorative and exfoliating, and it does this job exelently!!!!

I completely disagree with paula. she says about it like its a moisturaizer, but its written there restorative! the thing is that is the cream ive repurchasing for years for the reason i have acne prone skin. so the only way i use it is applying for fresh wounds after acne or a red spot after on the same place, and exfoliates so good!(guess because of the zinc) when im home i apply it for the whole day and by night i have a peel that i can take off, so exfolianting and renewing skin goes so mu!

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Sofy 8.
11.29.2014
Restored my skin after allergic reaction

I have very sensitive skin with early signs of rosacea. My doctor prescribed a product called Epiduo, which I only later discovered is an acne treatment. Needless to say, my sensitive skin reacted badly to this and turned bright red, dry and scaly with burning and stinging sensations whenever I applied any of my normal products. Cicalfate cream provided instant relief, soothed my irritated skin and cleared up the dryness and scaliness within a couple of days.

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Carrie
11.27.2014
great product after laser or needling

This cream was used in place of Aquaphor which caused multiple acneic breakouts. Cicalfate worked as a barrier cream while my skin healed from pixel, profractional and skin needling (dermapen) treatments. It protected my skin while healing, eliminated breakouts, reduced the itching and actually sped up my skin's time to heal. I highly recommend it! From the ecommendation I received on this product, it is intended to be used as a restorative cream not a daily moisturizer.

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Loretta A.
04.18.2014
a life saver

This product was an absolute life saver for me-although I agree w/most of Paula's recommendations, I disagree w/the use (even casual) of topical cortisone creams. I suffered from perioral dermatitis, & the more severe it got, the more my dermatologists & different drs kept recommending cortisone creams. Once I stopped using those, my life got better very quickly, but in the mean time, the absolute only thing that would heal & protect my face w/out irritating it was this cream. a godsend.

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