Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad Review:
This review has been a long time coming since I first bought it when it first launched in Seoul earlier this year. Unfortunately, as this tub is quite bulky and I couldn’t bring it with me on some trips, it led to inconsistent use, so I allowed ample time for me to use it consistently before I decided to finally sit down and offer my thoughts on this raved about product. I’m not one to give in to much hype, but when I was caught up in the “cica craze”, this product seemed like a total must have product, what with its claims and nice ingredients list. But, did it live up to my expectations?
+ Calming skin hydration for sensitized skin & dead skin removal – SKIN PROTECTION FORMULA.
+ Super-fine fiber pads saturated in a high-concentrated cica repair essence which contains centella asiatica extract and NEOGEN PHA™ softly exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum while soothing sensitized skin by creating a strong, hydrating moisture barrier that reinforces the skin’s natural strength.
+ NO skin irritating, harmful ingredients
+ NO artificial fragrances, pigments and preservatives
+ WITHOUT unnecessary ingredients, WITH only real beneficial ingredients
+ Human skin irritation completed/approved
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Madecassoside, Lactobionic Acid, Gluconolactone, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Octyldodecanol, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Allantoin, Betaine, Panthenol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Diglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA.
Centella Asiatica Extract/Asiaticoside/Asiatic Acid: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.
Madecassoside/Madecassic Acid: Derived from the Centella Asiatica plant. Has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and stimulates fibrolasts that create collagen, hence strengthening the skin’s structure. Also contributes to anti-aging as it is an effective antioxidant.
Lactobionic Acid: A type of Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) which is chemically and functionally similar to AHAs (such as glycolic acid) but has a larger molecular structure, which limits their ability to penetrate the skin, resulting in less potential skin irritation – ideal for sensitive skin types. Also said to be a strong humectant and aids in stimulating cellular turnover, as well as reducing the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation.
Gluconolactone: A type of Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) which can either serve as an active ingredient or as an additive. Often added to formulas for its skin-conditioning properties, but also works as a humectant, mild anti-bacterial and to protect the skin against up to 50% of protection against UV raditation and UV radiation-induced elastin promoter activation.
Hyaluronic Acid/Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate: Humectant which absorbs moisture 1000 times its weight. Plays an important role of providing sufficient moisture to the skin, and helps bring back elasticity and lustre back to tired and sensitive skin.
Ceramide NP: Also known as Ceramide 3. Works as a hydrating agent due to its inherent ability to aid in rebuilding and restoring the skin’s epidermal barrier, as well as strengthening the skin’s appearance and moisture levels.
Allantoin: A gentle, non-irritating moisturizing ingredient ideal for sensitive skin. Also known as a keratolytic which means it aids in increasing the water content of cells while also helping in the process of desquamation (ie. to stimulate cell proliferation, encouraging new tissue growth) of the outer layers of the skin.
Betaine: An amino acid which is also known as trimethylglycine or glycine betaine. Functions primarily as a humectant and anti-irritant. Able to temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance.
Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. Used primarily as a humectant as it has the ability to attract and retain moisture.
Volume: 90 pads (150ml / 5.07 fl.oz.)
How to use:
1. After cleansing, use one pad to wipe across the entire face and neck in the direction of the skin’s texture while avoiding the eyes.
2. After wiping entire face, lightly pat all remaining essence on the skin until it is fully absorbed.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad Review:
With no outer box packaging (instead, just wrapped in a light layer of plastic), the Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad is housed in a relatively large circular tub with a twist off cap. Opening the container, there is a white peel-off seal, which you can actually peel off completely, but I chose to leave part of it on to act as an extra protective layer.
The pads are stacked on top of one another in the tub, with the essence soaking them more often than not being pooled at the bottom of the container, so I do advise you to tilt it upside down before use! The essence does hold a noticeable scent, which I suspect to be of the Bergamot Fruit Oil listed in the ingredients, but I personally don’t find it to be too nauseating. Though, if you’re sensitive to scents and/or essential oils, this may cause sensitivity issues, so do be cautious!
As the pads are super thin, I do feel that if you’re trying your best to keep your skincare in hygienic conditions, please do use tongs to peel off each pad when you want to use them instead of fingers/nails. Unfortunately, tongs don’t come with the product. In terms of the size, I do feel that these pads are quite large – one can cover almost my entire cheek, in fact.
Coupled with how thin they are, once the pads are soaked in essence, I find that it’s a huge reason why one (read: me) can err on going too heavy-handed on scrubbing at the skin to finish up all the essence, which is definitely not ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. I find that cutting the pads in half can actually be a viable solution to eradicate this mindset, to be honest, but that’s just a suggestion.
Texture-wise, the pads are surprisingly rougher than I expected them to be, especially as they’re advertised to be a gentle exfoliating product for sensitized skin types. To be honest, I was expecting the pads to have a similar design to Neogen’s original pads, where there are different textures on each side; unfortunately, these Cica pads have the same fine cross-stitched design on the surface of both sides, which I find to be a questionable decision.
As someone who often deals with irritated skin, whether it be inflamed acne or allergic reactions, on those bad skin days, I found that the rough texture of the pads worsened my skin condition and actually made my skin visibly red. However, I do really like the stellar ingredients list, so I decided to try out different techniques without irritating my skin too much.
Hence, instead of swiping the pads across my skin as suggested, I’d either gently pat the pads onto my skin and/or do a quick 5-10 minute “masking” by putting a few pads on different areas on my face. As expected, I do find it to be gentler for daily use this way.
But, I must say that I do find the pads to be a great physical exfoliator to use once in awhile when you feel your dead skin cells building up and/or to make sure you’ve gotten off all that residue/pollutants post-cleanse after a particularly grimy day.
And if you’re unlike me and don’t have the tendency to go a bit heavy-handed on scrubbing at your skin with these kinds of pads, you might actually find these to be used daily just fine! I just would still advise otherwise if you have more sensitive skin.
I have to still say, though, that I’m pretty underwhelmed with this product. I guess, from all the marketing and review hype claiming it to be a great daily exfoliator for sensitive skin; I just got too excited and forgot all about my previous experience with the Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad.
While I do think I prefer the Neogen pads to the Cosrx by a slight margin, I’m disappointed that this proves to still be too rough for my skin on a daily basis. Unlike the Cosrx though, which could be used to deeply exfoliate in my weekly deep cleanse routine (BHA/AHA -> clay mask -> oil cleanse) I find the Neogen which contains only PHA to be less useful.
All in all, after using this on and off for a few months, I’d probably rate the Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad a rating of 3.5/5 and am not planning on repurchasing. It’s a decent product with an excellent ingredients list (though, the inclusion of Bergamot Fruit Oil is questionable since essential oils can be sensitizing in the long run), but could be improved.
However, it is a great acid alternative for those sensitive to the classic BHA/AHA options in the market. I just wouldn’t recommend it to those with inflamed acne/open wounds to prevent further abrasions/micro-tears on the skin.
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