Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment Review
Like nearly everyone who has ever experienced it, I hate cystic acne. I hate the pain they cause with even the slightest touch, and the way they linger for days and often, weeks. I hate the way they feel larger and heavier than they actually are, and most of all, I hate that there isn’t much I can do but wait once a cystic outbreak appears. Sure, there are things I hate more – like pictures of feet, war, and natural disasters. But sadly, there are no products (that I know of) I can purchase to stop any of those things. There are, however, a small handful of products that claim to treat cystic acne. The way I see it, if I’m going to be forced to encounter the occasional foot picture on Instagram, that perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to shell out $40 for the product I’ll be reviewing today, Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment.
What is it?
Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment is a spot treatment serum designed to heal and reduce inflammation of cystic acne. This product claims to reduce recovery time by approximately 50% on average.
According to the Renée Rouleau website, this product contains ingredients that will decrease bacteria, reduce inflammation, and dissolve pore-blocking dead cells, as well as a special ingredient that helps the formula to penetrate the skin more deeply than the active ingredients alone.
Water, Lactic Acid, Ethyl Ester, Carboxy Methylcellulose, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben
The ingredient list for this product is surprisingly basic, but it contains some very well-documented ingredients:
Lactic Acid – Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, which is a group of food-derived natural acids that have been clinically proven in a multitude of studies to effectively treat acne, improve acne scars, firm and smooth the skin, and in smaller amounts, moisturize. Lactic acid in particular is milk-derived, and happens to be less irritating than other AHAs such as glycolic acid or citric acid. There has been plenty of research on the efficacy of lactic acid, such as this one from the Department of Dermatology and Venereology at the All India Institute of Medical Science, which shows long term topical application of lactic acid to be a highly effective treatment against acne.
Carboxy Methylcellulose – This water-soluble polymer is the special ingredient that helps this formula penetrate the skin more deeply than the active ingredients alone. It also happens to be an effective stabilizing agent.
According to COSDNA, this product contains no red flags in terms of acne triggers or potential irritants.
Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment comes in a small, frosted glass bottle with a pump. The pump is very well constructed, and I find it easy to control the amount of product I dispense.
Be warned – Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment smells funky. The smell is very sour and medicinal.
The instructions say to apply one drop nightly onto clean skin as soon as the cyst forms. I find one drop to be a lot for me, even for my larger cysts. When I use Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment, I only use about half a drop for one cyst, and this is plenty.
The Renée Rouleau website also says this treatment can be used 2-3 times a week as a preventative measure on areas prone to cystic acne. When I use the Anti-Cyst Treatment this way, I use half a drop on the cyst, then gently dab the remaining product over my acne prone areas.
I’ve used Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment a total of 20 times over the past four months. I find that it does seem to reduce the healing time of a cyst, though I couldn’t really find a good scientific way to measure how much the healing time reduced. I just know it seemed shorter. It didn’t feel like magic – I didn’t dab this serum on and then wake up the next morning cyst-free.
In addition to newly formed cysts, I also tried this serum on cysts that were a week or so old. It seemed to work for them as well, but once again – I have no way to measure how much the healing time was shortened. I just know that it seemed faster.
I did experience some drawbacks, however. Even though lactic acid is a gentler AHA, it was often still too much for my sensitive skin. I also suspect my acid sensitivity is magnified by my Retin-A usage. When I tried to use the Anti-Cyst treatment as a preventative measure in acne-prone areas, I actually got more breakouts. Many of those breakouts were, ironically, cysts. Because of this, I have to be very careful when I use this product to only use it on an affected area, and not to use it for too many days in a row. Someone who is not as sensitive as I am would probably fare much better with this product as a preventative treatment.
Overall, I’d say this product works, and it’s certainly a viable solution for someone who gets an occasional cystic outbreak. It’s not an overnight miracle, but it does seem to accelerate the healing time noticeably. For cysts that are not newly formed, I think this product is more effective than putting a cold compress on the area, but less effective than a cortisone shot from a dermatologist. For newly formed cysts, I’ve personally had great results from cold compressing. Personally, I think cold compressing was more noticeably effective than the Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment, but the Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment was definitely easier and less time consuming to do. My cold compress method involves wrapping a paper towel around a ziplock bag full of ice, and pressing it onto the cyst in 5-minute intervals throughout the day. It’s not really something I can do at work, and we all know cysts don’t care whether or not it’s the weekend.
I think this product would certainly be worth the $40 price tag if my skin weren’t so sensitive. I believe those who can easily tolerate AHAs would benefit greatly from this product, but I probably won’t repurchase it.
+ Reduces healing time of cystic outbreaks
+ A little goes a very, very long way – this bottle will probably last me a year
- Can be irritating and/or cause more breakouts for those very sensitive to AHA
- Smells bad
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 3/5 – Does reduce healing time of cysts, but in many cases, a cold compress was equally or more effective. The AHA was a bit strong for my very acid-sensitive skin
Quality: 5/5 – Excellent ingredient list – lots of proven actives and a solid product formula
Value: 4/5 – $40 is pretty steep – though the bottle will last a very long time because so little product is needed to be effective
Where to Buy
I bought my Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment from the Renée Rouleau website, where it retails for $40.