I discovered this past weekend that horribly chapped lips – visibly cracked like peeling paint – have a saviour in La Roche-Posay Cicaplast.
I've geeked out about Cicaplast Epidermal Recovery Accelerator and its better-than-Polysporin healing properties before – the stuff is amazing for skin irritations, abrasions and fresh-scar treatment. So last week, when a friend asked for a recommendation for her poor painful lips, burned by an application of pure Vitamin E, I recommended Cicaplast for its unique thermal-water content as well as its key healing ingredient, madecassoside. (Madecassoside is sourced from a medicinal herb called centella asiatica.)
Two days later, my friend sent me a "that stuff is MAGICK" email. Thanks to Cicaplast, she could smile again without splitting her lips. In fact, she said she'd noticed improvement within hours, and that it had succeeded where her usual go-to, Kiehls Centella Recovery Skin Salve, had failed. (Yes, Centella as in centella asiatica.)
Oddly, I managed to burn my lips on the weekend as well, with a too-close application of an essential-oil blemish treatment. Oops. But a few applications of Cicaplast (whenever I felt I needed it vs just twice per day), followed by a layer of BellaBalm (sadly, no longer available -- *moue*) or Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, and my lips are back to normal.
I'm going to name all my first-born children after La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, I swear. Have you tried it?
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast is available at pharmacies and drugstores and via amazon.com.