26 Dec 2017

Review: Innisfree Truecare Cica Intensive Balm

Cica is getting more and more popular now. Many brands are coming up with their own cica products. Initially I was not attracted to cica because I don't really have acne concern. But ever since I shifted job and slept an hour less everyday, I am prone to getting breakouts especially on both side of my cheek. They show up as closed comedones that will not go away no matter how hard I try. Eventually I had to convince myself to finally commit into an acne-calming treatment, which is how I found this Innisfree Cica Intensive Balm.

I bought the Innisfree Cica Intensive Balm when I just got off from Cosrx and wanted to try something different. Make P:rem hasn't come out with a cica cream yet and I was not attracted to tea tree, bija, and other acne-calming treatment. Cica sounds interesting and gentle enough, so I decided to give it a try!

Let's read on to find out more about my experience using Innisfree Cica Intensive Balm for close to 6 months below!

Innisfree Cica Intensive Balm comes in a plain pinkish tube. It actually reminds me of calamine but cica actually stands for centella asiatica. The balm claims to soothe skin irritation that is caused by external aggressors. There is about 40ml of product inside. You are advised to finish it within 12 months.

It is a gel cream that feels velvety on the skin. It is not really "oil-free" as it will form a layer of protective seal on top of your skin when applied, but the layer is not heavy at all, especially since that you are only using it as a spot treatment. There is no scent whatsoever to this balm.

The pink-bottled cica balm is only available for sales in Korea. In Malaysia, they only sell the blue "bija cica balm". I think the biggest difference between the two is that the true care one contains retinol and is "purer" whereas the bija cica one contains bija oil and d-panthenol for additional acne-curing and soothing effects.

The True Care Cica Intensive Balm is meant for overnight treatment. It is a highly concentrated treatment with 4x centella asiatica to protect the skin from external damages. It is also a dual-functioning treatment with skin brightening (acne scar-reducing) and anti-wrinkles properties.


Normally I use this on my troubled area as spot treatment. But you can also use it all over your face after serum and before a cream. Its non-sticky gel cream formula works great as a post-serum lotion/moisturizer. Since there is retinol inside, you are advised to use a sunscreen if you are using it all over your face in the daytime. Normally I use Cosrx Acne Patches in the morning and the Innisfree Cica Balm at night.


Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Arbutin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orchid Extract, Green Tea Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Tangerine Peel ExtractMadecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Retinol, Adenosine, Glyceryl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Cyclodextrin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 60, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA


centella asiatica (image credit)

This intensive balm contains simple but effective blend of skin-benefiting ingredients. We have squalane and a blend of Jeju essences to provide anti-oxidizing and moisturizing benefits. Arbutin and retinol are added for skin renewing and regenerating benefits, when acne scars is a concern. Next we have four different derivatives from centella asiatica, plus the adenosine, all of which are potent ingredients with skin soothing benefits!


I didn't have a before vs. after picture. I don't come home at same time under the same lightening and my skin doesn't breakout or heal all during the weekends so I can't capture good pictures that reflect how my skin reacts to this product.

However, based on my experiences using this cica balm, I am very positive about its efficacy. It can help to calm and soothe my breakout 90% of the time, even though sometimes the problem is internal (due to poor diet and lifestyle). Normally those breakout will appear less red and painful the next day when I wake up. It cannot effectively heal the breakout like Cosrx Pimple Patch or make it go away like chemical exfoliants. It basically just stops the breakout from growing bigger. But in term of skin soothing effect, this one rocks. It is also quite helpful when it comes to acne scars reducing due to the retinol and arbutin content inside.


I think this is a wonderful little thing to have! Anyone, be it dry, sensitive, or combination skin should have at least one of these in their vanity. It offers a great soothing and calming benefits for skin irritation and breakout. It can also help to reduce acne scars and redness resulted from the breakouts. It is not really an acne treatment, but more like a skin soothing super-dose for skin troubles. I really like this and I am thinking of trying out the Make P:rem Cica Cream which was just launched too, after my positive experience with this!

Overall impression: ★★★★☆
Repurchasing: ★★★☆
You can get this from: Lazada | Gmarket | Sweet Corea
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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