I don’t know in other countries, but in the Philippines, the Madeca Derma Cream sold out fast. Seriously, when there’s a restock in Hi Charis, the OG shop that sold it in Southeast Asia, you better put your order fast or else, it’ll be gone in less than a week. Or take a chance in other stores that sell them. The promotional photos and several reviews by influencers say it will improve your skin in 2 weeks, but is it really that good? Does it suit all skin types, and also weather? Scroll down to read my Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Cream review to answer all your questions. WARNING: This is a very detailed review.
After using it for two and a half weeks, the Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Cream didn't work on me. It made my acne worst, more and bigger. It also contains a whopping 88 ingredients which include 4 essential oils and an alcohol denant. I recommend its face mask instead.
Contains alcohol denant
Contains 4 essential oils
WHAT IS IT?
Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Cream claims to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the external environment. With key ingredient TECA (Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica) — which is known to effectively heal wounds, minimize scars, and promote skin regeneration — the cream gives the skin the immediate moisture it needs, all while relieving freckles and dark marks. It also claims to be suitable for all skin types.
This cream has a whopping amount of 88 ingredients, yet none of it is an actual anti-acne. (But for the record, it doesn’t really claim to be an anti-acne product, some beauty stores just claim it is. You can see the entire list in CosDNA Analysis.) If you’re someone into skincare, professional or not, you’ll know that 88 is quite a lot for a product. Some of you might be thinking, “that sounds good, it contains a lot of stuff.” I already discussed this in my previous post and in there I mentioned, the least the number of ingredients in a skincare product, the better. It means the product is purer. Need more convincing? Read this detailed post from Geeky Posh why less is better.
But out of those 88 ingredients, only five are notable which are Achillea Millefolium Extract and the Centella Asiatica Leaf Water which is the main ingredient, it promotes wound healing, meaning they are anti-inflammatory which can at least reduce the redness on the skin. Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), and Niacinamide which you can often see in anti-aging cream, also doubles as a brightening product.
Having said that, this cream also contains a bunch of ingredients not suitable for those with sensitive skin such as essential oils like Orange Oil & Extract, Lavender Oil, Jasmine Oil, and Cananga Odorata Flower Oil. Plus, it also has Alcohol Denant. So YMMV! If you want to learn more about good and bad alcohol, check out this post.
Also, make sure to double cleanse day and night when using this twice a day, because this product also contains Shea Butter and Synthetic Beeswax which clogs pores.
APPLICATION: Apply an adequate amount of the Centellian 24 Madeca Cream onto the skin. Gently massage/pat the cream all over the face to aid speedy absorption. Or you can just directly apply it in areas where you need improvement like a spot treatment.
SCENT: It has the exact same scent as the Madeca Derma Mask, which resembles Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, the original formula. But it kinda resembles an ointment for burns as well.
PACKAGING: It is packaged in a tube that resembles an ointment or a toothpaste. But it does not feel or look cheap either. It also comes with a box with the same design and colors.
FORMULA: Well, speaking of ointment which I already mentioned twice, the Madeca Derma Cream’s formula really resembles an ointment. It is creamy yet a little greasy and thick. It takes a while to be absorbed in your skin if you have an oily skin. It feels a bit greasy like a physical sunscreen and it leaves a donut glaze-like finish. Avid users have dubbed it “Madeca Glaze”. I may hate the feeling but in fact, creams with a formula like that actually work as a shield to protect skin moisture barrier and from other harmful effects of the environment.
Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled when I first use the Madeca Derma Cream. Maybe because I’m biased against greasy and glazy creams because I have oily skin and lives in warm humid weather. Skincare products like those do not feel comfortable in a tropical country. Plus, a facial wash alone cannot entirely remove the cream. That is why I was double cleansing both in my morning and nighttime routine when I used this twice a day because it’s really hard to wash off, you will need an oil cleanser.
Having said that, in my first week, it worked as expected. Raiza Contawi, my favorite influencer who first promoted this product, mentioned in her vlog that users will experience purging in the first week which happened to me, longer than that, she advised to stop using the cream.
before jumping on a skincare bandwagon, no matter how many people say it is miraculous, ALWAYS check the ingredients and patch test to know if it suits you. And remember, YMMV!
To those not familiar with it, to determine if it is a purge, the acne should appear in areas where you usually get them not in new areas in your skin. And purging should last at least one to two weeks. If it lasted more than that, STOPPED USING THIS PRODUCT.
That is why when it took me two weeks and a half, I felt like nothing is still improving, both my small pimples and cystic acne are still out and so red and more are appearing, I already stop using both the cream and the mask. And I also seek medical help from a dermatologist (which I will blog later).
I am NOT blaming anyone, just myself. Because I’ve already been on the skincare business for years and I became careless with this product. I didn’t check the ingredients nor patch test it before applying it on my face, I got too excited. The culprit is the four essential oils. My skin can tolerate it if there’s only one, but two or more my skin will break out. So this is a lesson for me and anyone, before jumping on a skincare bandwagon, no matter how many people say it is miraculous and it really worked on them, ALWAYS check the ingredients and patch test to know it if suits you. And remember, YMMV!
But if you have dry skin (which I noticed on most people praising this product) and does not have sensitive skin too especially on essential oils, I think this will work on you.
So did the Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Cream reduce my acne and dark spots? No, it didn’t.
**These are based on my experience as someone with oily skin and sensitive to essential oils. If we don’t have the same skin type, seek other reviews.
Obviously, I am not recommending this to those with sensitive skin. But if you still want a TECA cream that does the same thing but will not irritate your sensitive skin, I recommend: