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Renee Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment Review: Does It Work on Acne?

Can This Treatment Stop Runaway Cystic Acne? Let's Find Out

Cyst happens. Unfortunately for me, it happens at least twice a month: Seemingly overnight, a patch of formerly clear skin will erupt into a deep, painful, under-the-skin acne nodule that sticks around for weeks or months. It is as wonderful as you'd imagine. Some women experience this kind of acne with their menstrual cycle while others are genetically predisposed to developing it, but anyone who's experienced it knows how hard it is to battle. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid haven't worked on my cysts, and short of getting a cortisone injection for acne or trying Accutane (which I'm not into), nothing has worked. Reader, tears have been shed.

This is why, with equal parts skepticism and hope, I tried Renée Rouleau's Anti-Cyst Treatment ($38.50). Specifically designed to combat this kind of acne, it promises to reduce the size of a cyst and speed healing time. Did it work? Find out after the jump.

So here's the thing about our skin care reviews: If we're writing about a product, we've used it for at least three weeks. We do this because most skin care products don't work overnight, and if we're going to tell you about something, we have to actually know whether it does what it says it will do. With all of that said, I've applied Anti-Cyst Treatment once or twice a day, every day, for the last three weeks.


The treatment is a thin serum that's meant to go on a cyst not your entire face. Lucky me, I've had one on my neck since early June, and another erupted on my chin two weeks ago. So sexy! Anyway, after cleansing, I used a Q-tip to apply a small amount on each cyst and continued with my usual skin care regimen. (Especially if you're acne prone like yours truly, don't use your fingers to apply topical treatments; your filthy mitts will put bacteria all over the place.)

Did I see results overnight? Nope, but two days later, I did. The first thing I noticed was that the swelling had gone down significantly. If you've had this kind of acne, you know that cysts can be incredibly painful to the touch. After a few applications of the treatment, mine weren't as red, and they were far less tender. Within a week, the cysts were smaller in depth and diameter. I also used the treatment on burgeoning baby cysts, and they didn't develop into big ones.The chin and neck cysts are still ever-so-slightly present, but they're practically invisible at this point. More importantly, nothing had affected their size beforehand.

Overall, if nothing else has worked for your cystic acne, I recommend buying this. No, it's not cheap, but I can tell that it'll last a long time. It's literally the only over-the-counter product that has affected my cysts at all. Use it only on closed blemishes (but you already know not to mess with a cyst, right? Right?) and start using it nightly. And then let me know if you have similar results — or if any other cyst-fighting treatment has worked for you.

Taz14917802 Taz14917802 4 years
does this only work for cysts? what about blackheads, whiteheads or pustules and papules? ive been breaking out ALOT lately *sigh* and im only 13 pls help someone!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I find it works best on cysts that are just forming.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
IMO three weeks is not long enough to see results when dealing with cystic acne since it is deep in the skin. You will probably see results in at least six weeks but then again I am not a dermatologist, just a acne sufferer.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
@testa — I'm sorry you didn't have any results. I really appreciate you reporting back, though. If you try the turmeric, let me know if it helps at all. I've been in NYC for fashion week, and I left mine at home. Breakout city (though stress miiiiight have something to do with it, too).
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
So I bought the treatment and I used as instructed for 3 weeks with no results :( I agree with Annie though, that if there's a treatment like this, try it before injections. The upshot of it was that I have somewhat sensitive skin, and I didn't have any negative reaction to this product. Oftentimes topical treatments give me rashes or redness at the least, and I had no adverse effects. So for anyone with sensitive skin worried about trying this product, I didn't have any issues with it. My doc recommended trying a chemical peel next, so I guess that'll be my next effort. Thanks for the tip though! And I'll give the turmeric a go too, why not right?
Renee-Rouleau Renee-Rouleau 6 years
@Annie Had never heard about turmeric...very good to know! Thanks!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Testadura, I've had similar issues — the same cysts grow, then shrink, then grow. The neck cyst is almost gone at this point. Short of having a cortisone injection, nothing else but this treatment (or waiting for up to a year) has made the cysts go down. So if it's between the injection and the product, I'd try the product first. If that doesn't work, you can see a derm and ask about an injection. The other thing that seems to be helping (disclaimer: ask your doctor before taking any supplements, yada yada) is turmeric. I take a turmeric supplement once a day, since turmeric helps reduce inflammation. When I remember to do this, my acne calms down a bit.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
Thanks Renee, sounds like a product worth trying.
Renee-Rouleau Renee-Rouleau 6 years
@Yoiebear Thanks for that great feedback! And you too @Styrch (Sarah)! @Testadura Here's a bit more info about cysts. A cyst is typically triggered by a surge in hormones, such as occurs during a woman's menstrual cycle. For some unknown reason, the skin's oil glands become hypersensitive to this cascade of hormones, and react by overproducing sebum--so much, in fact, that the oil gland itself becomes engorged, swollen, and hardened with the excess. Unable to push the extra oil into the lining of the hair follicle (which leads to the surface of the skin via pores), the gland bursts underneath the skin. This causes acute inflammation and irritation, and leads to the redness and soreness of cystic acne. What you are experiencing is infection that keeps getting re-infected. The Anti Cyst Treatment can definitely help with older cysts to get your body to absorb any residual infection--to make them be gone for good. We have had many, many clients that have had tremendous success with it so It's certainly worth trying. But if they still remain, then you can look at a cortisone injection.
yoiebear yoiebear 6 years
I LOVE this product. In fact, after I ordered it and realized how well it works, I bought other products from Renee Rouleau and my skin is brighter and clearer than it has been in 20 years (I'm only 30 and started breaking out at 10). I've honestly never before used products that do what the maker claims and I've tried everything including well-known acne programs that really don't work.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
My problem with cystic acne is I've had the same cysts for over a decade. They flare up, then shrink, then flare up, and shrink. Does this treatment actually dissolve the cyst wall so the cyst is gone, or does it just reduce the inflammation of the cyst? Mine tend to blow up for a week or two then just go back to a hard little nodule I can still feel under my skin, but I want them GONE.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Renee beat me to it — I checked this morning and, as she has pointed out, there are no essential oils. Lickety, you might want to see a dermatologist just to get those new bumps checked out. (Can never hurt.)
angri angri 6 years
Awesome, Renee, thanks for the info!
Renee-Rouleau Renee-Rouleau 6 years
Hello everyone! It's Renee Rouleau! To answer your questions, the product is only sold on my website and in our two Dallas skin care spas. Here is the full ingredient list: Anti-Cyst Treatment: Water, Lactic Acid, Ethyl Ester, Carboxy Methylcellulose, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben. A little goes a long way! Be sure to read lots of my skin care tips for treating cystic acne at Enjoy!
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
lol, "reader, tears have beed shed". i have never had a problem with my skin, but this summer is different. and i think i may have this. i thought i was getting bug bites. going to try this product.
ginamb ginamb 6 years
Is this only sold online on or has anyone seen it in a store? Thanks.
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
@GummiBears and angri --I don't have this as I don't get cystic acne (thank the gods. I have only had three and that went away when I switched birth control), but the three active ingredients are Lactic Acid, Ethyl Lactate, and Carboxymethyl Cellulose (found on We Heart This.) I can PM one of the WHT ladies who have a bottle to see if they have the box and can write me a list for you (I have an account there.)
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I don't have one on the bottle, but let me see if I can track one down.
angri angri 6 years
I'm like GummiBears, I have to avoid a whole bunch of ingredients. The company sounds promising, in general (judging by ), but I can't find a full ingredient list. Anybody have access to that?
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Does this contain tea tree oil or sandalwood oil? Those are just a portion of ingredients that I cannot use on my face.
styrch styrch 6 years
By the way, it works really well as a preventative, at least for me. I put it on the places I'm prone to getting them like my chin. I love this product.
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