I am beyond thrilled to review what I think is truly a groundbreaking product designed to fight the most underground of pimples – cystic acne. Renée Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst Treatment is the first topical product I have ever used that had a visual and healing effect on my cystic acne.
I’ve suffered from this condition for years (you can read all about it here), and have tried every topical treatment known to man in a never-ending quest to tame cystic pimples. Sadly, every single product only irritated and inflamed my already distressed skin, leaving the cyst red, raw and sore on the surface, yet never getting really into the pimple way beneath the surface of my skin. So, I was skeptical when I first saw the words “Anti Cyst” on the bottle. However, I was already familiar with world-renowned skincare expert and esthetician, Renée Rouleau and her effective line of products, so I crossed my fingers that this bottle held the answers. It’s fairly unassuming in size and looks – a simple, clear glass, pump bottle filled with a watery, clear gel. Don’t be fooled by looks, however – Renée Rouleau products are designed with simple packaging in mind, to ensure customers spend their money on the product, not fancy packaging.
And it’s what this treatment can do that’s really amazing! This unique gel is made exclusively for cystic acne sufferers. The “non-drying gel is specifically formulated for hard, sore underground cystic blemishes by dissolving and digesting the bacteria and infection deep within the skin for a quick recovery.” The instructions advised to apply one drop, twice a day on the cystic pimple. For the first time in my life, I looked forward to getting a cystic pimple (well, I wasn’t complexly dreading it, at least).
The time soon came and I awoke to a nice pea sized pimple. I dabbed a bit of the scentless gel and waited for the sting. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel any burning or itching upon application. The gel quickly absorbed into my skin and I followed with my SPF (always) and got ready for work. As I went about my day, I noticed that for once I was not noticing my cystic pimple. There wasn’t the usual throbbing pain and swollen feeling I had grown to expect when sprouting a new cystic spot. I resisted the urge to check in a mirror every five minutes, but a quick glance after lunch showed (surprise!) there was no visible increase in size or redness (normally my cystic pimples have a good week of growing and growing before reaching their peak). As a matter of fact, by the second and third doses, I was seeing a decrease in the size of the cyst! Continued use of the Anti Cyst Treatment, helped me to cut this pimple off at the beginning! This cyst never grew to its potential size and now has almost completely disappeared. I have a small bump left where it started, but I’m hoping that will soon be gone as well.
What’s the secret of this miracle for those with cystic acne? According to the incredibly informative Renée Rouleau site, there are three key ingredients that make this gel so effective:
Ethyl Lactate which helps decreases bacteria and reduces inflammation.
Lactic Acid which aids in dissolving cells that block the pore and purifies within the pore, as well.
Carboxymethyl Cellulose, (and this is the biggie) which acts as a delivery system to carry action ingredients deep within the skin where cysts are present.
All of the items in the Renée Rouleau line blend the best of science and nature. Besides using the latest scientific breakthroughs to combat skin problems, every product contains cold-pressed, herbal plant extracts & essential oils. All products are free of mineral oil, petrolatum, SD Alcohol 40, denatured alcohol, sodium and ammonium and synthetic dyes and fragrances. Oh and, of course, all ingredients are cruelty-free (tested on humans not animals).
As if this is not already one fabulous find, there is a second use for the gel as well. It can be used twice a week as a preventative treatment for problem areas. I have been applying this to small patches on my face and neck that have continually been locations for cystic acne. Sadly, these areas show the marks of old pimples and inflammations. After a month of applications, not only has the gel prevented any new eruptions, I have seen an improvement in the texture and discoloration of the skin in those areas.
If you are a fellow cystic acne sufferer, I also highly recommend that you check out this wonder gel (under $40 a bottle) and see if Renée Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst Treatment is the answer to your prayers.