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Meet Cica, The Game-Changing Ingredient For Sensitive Skin

Plus, the best products to try!
Best Cica Skincare Products
PHOTO: (1), Instagram/facerepublic, (2) Getty Images, (3), COSRx

Most skincare products that aim to get rid of common skin concerns like acne and uneven texture may be too strong for some complexions, those with sensitive skin, to be exact. This is why we're here to introduce you to cica—aka centella asiatica—your next favorite skincare ingredient. Learn more about it and the reasons you should always look for it in product labels.


Why can cica do for my skin?

Cica's main benefit is to soothe flare-ups, which makes it a perfect component in products for sensitive skin. It speeds up the healing process of wounds, hence it's great to use to heal acne. It's also recommended for people with damaged skin from excessive sun exposure, laser treatments, and over-exfoliation. If you're into retinol products, you can use cica serums and creams on your retinol breaks. 

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It also strengthens the barrier, so it helps protect the skin from pollution and free radicals. It also restores the moisture level on the face without triggering sebum production. It's also a popular component in K-beauty products because it's so gentle and hydrating on the skin,

If we were to create a short sales pitch for cica, it would be this: Cica is what you need if you want clear, glowing skin sans the irritation. Sold? Check out our list of the best cica skincare products below!

Best Cica Products To Try For A Clear, Healthy Complexion

  1. Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer

    This fast-absorbing gel moisturizer gives immediate relief to troubled skin. It moisturizes without leaving the face greasy and it helps repair a damaged skin barrier. It's hypoallergenic, paraben-, silicone-, and sulfate-free.

    Best Cica Product: Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer
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    Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer, P379, Watsons

  2. Neogen Real Cica Pad

    If AHAs and BHAs are too much for your skin to tolerate, try these exfoliating pads with cica extract! This product can hydrate and remove dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria without the stinging sensation. It can also calm down redness and angry zits.

    Best Cica Product: Neogen Real Cica Pad
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    Neogen Real Cica Pad, P899, BeautyMNL

  3. COSRx Pure Fit Cica Toner

    Some toners may be too harsh on sensitive skin. This one from Cica promises to give comfort to weakened skin and help the barrier heal from repeated damage caused by over-exfoliating or sun exposure. It also provides temporary relief to troubled skin. Splash this on your cleansed face and pat gently to let the pores ~drink up~.

    Best Cica Product: COSRx Pure Fit Cica Toner
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    COSRx Pure Fit Cica Toner, P990, BeautyMNL

  4. A'pieu Madecassoside Ampoule 

    If your skin is in need of extra TLC—you got breakouts as a bad skin reaction to a certain product—massage a few drops of this ampoule to soothe flare-ups. 

    Best Cica Product: A'pieu Madecassoside Ampoule

    A'pieu Madecassoside Ampoule, P1,250, BeautyMNL

  5. Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream

    This cica cream is made for oily and acne-prone skin because it's got everything that can help clear breakouts and fade scars: Tea tree oil, niacinamide, and adenosine. Its lightweight formula won't clog the pores and can be easily absorbed by the skin.

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    Best Cica Product: Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream

    Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream, P1,000, Seek Space

  6. Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream

    Textured, bumpy skin will be a thing of the past when you add this cream to your routine. It repairs a damaged skin barrier, soothes redness, and brings back the complexion's oil-moisture balance. Its non-comedogenic formula won't clog the pores and cause more breakouts. It can easily be absorbed by the skin so you don't need to excessively rub your skin while applying it. the best part: It's dermatologist-approved and hypoallergenic!

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    Best Cica Product: Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream

    Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream, P2,700, Kiehl's


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