Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review: Renée Rouleau's Anti-Cyst Treatment is a Serious Skin Saver!

I first purchased Renée Rouleau's Anti-Cyst Treatment on a whim when Temptalia posted a code a few weeks back.  Without that little percentage off I never would have taken the plunge. Do you have any idea how many acne treatments I've tried and been disapointed in? Let alone treatments that are supposed to work on cystic acne?

Image from Renee Rouleau's Website
What is Cystic Acne?
You know it if you've had one. That "underground" painful bump that no matter how much you squeeze (and no, you shouldn't squeeze) you can't seem to make it better. It's just big, red, painful. Usually around your chin, or during Softball season right in the middle of the forehead for me. Or sometimes, alongside my nose. I've been plagued recently.

What the Website Says
"Anti Cyst Treatment by Renée Rouleau is a unique problem skin treatment to heal and reduce cystic acne blemishes that develop deep within the skin and can linger for weeks. This non-drying gel is specifically formulated for hard, sore, "underground" cystic acne blemishes by dissolving and digesting the bacteria and infection deep within the skin for a quick recovery. This can also be used several times a week to problem areas to prevent breakout activity.
This formula does not contain artificial fragrance and is safe for sensitive skin. The result? Beautiful skin by Renée Rouleau.
Key Ingredients
Ethyl Lactate-decreases bacteria, reduces inflammation, Lactic Acid-helps dissolve cells blocking the pore as well as purifying within the pore, Carboxymethyl Cellulose-acts as a delivery system to carry action ingredients deep within the skin where cysts are present."
Texture and Application
Clear liquid that soaks into the skin quickly. I have worn it under masks, under makeup, by itself. It dries clear so no one ever has to know you're wearing it. That is a huge plus!

It's got that "I'm going to do something medicine-like" smell to it and I'm ok with that.

The tiny pump can be quite powerful so be careful not to dispense too much. You don't want to waist this stuff. Of course, if you do get too much out just put it on your face in the problem areas.

$38.50 for 0.5 oz and worth every penny in my opinion. Yes, I think it's expensive. And yeah, it's that tiny.

My Experience
I started applying the Anti-Cyst treatment as soon as I received it. I had several on my face that just hadn't been going away. You can see them in my Boscia Illuminating Black Mask Review. Some of my cysts began to form white heads after one application (which probably means they weren't true cysts). Others started to fade away after 2 days. Well, at least the pain was gone after two days. The bumps remained a little while longer. Where I didn't pick at my horrible cystic zits my skin healed fine. Where I was bad I have a bad reminder.

Now I will say this: If you do over use it, or are using any other drying products (like Tazorac for example or a Retin-A product) you might experience flaking. But it was nothing on the scale of any other acne treatment I have tried and totally curable with a little exfoliation. This product will not strip you raw!

Incidentally, the areas that I apply to regularly (my problem areas like my chin) have not had nearly the amount of Cystic Acne I was experiencing before I began applying this regularly to the area. Thank you Renée Rouleau!

Bottom Line
Yes, it's pricey. But if you're really looking something to help this particular acne type then go for it. By the way, it also helps out other acne, I've realized. I will repurchase, even though I don't like the price. 

By the way, Renée Rouleau has an awesome Twitter presence! I suggest you follow the company. The website is pretty great too - lots of helpful tips and product suggestions by skin type.