Ask Belle: The Best Cystic Acne Treatment
Mar 6, 2013
This isn’t exactly an Ask Belle, because I don’t have a specific question for it, but readers often ask how I treat my very-problem skin. Recently, I found a brand of products that I had never heard of before and plonked down $40 for the latest “miracle cure.”
I’ve done this hundreds of times before. If I could have back all of the money I spend on skincare products, I could pay off my student loans. Clear skin is my obsession. But this time, the product actually worked…and worked on the stubborn cystic acne that not even dermatologists had a solution for.
It’s called Renee Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment ($39.50). I use the clear gel on in the morning and at night, and I apply it to theareas that I know are a problem. Number of blemishes has reduced. Size of blemishes has reduced. Duration of blemishes is down to a manageable week-plus instead of a month-plus.
I also purchased their BHA Clarifying Serum ($44.50). This AHA serum with salicylic acid and lactic acid helps erase dark marks from acne and smooth skin. You only use it a few times a week, but on the mornings after use, I notice a positive difference in my skin.
What if you don’t have acne?
Hold on, I need to stop being totally jealous…
The Renee Rouleau product line contains products designed to help nine different types of skin. Typically, brands only talk about oily, combination, normal and dry…maybe sensitive. She talks about all of those and others as well. So I think anyone could find products that worked for them, esp. if they’re entering their 30s and just starting to think about things like AHA, Retinol, etc.
Also, I found the prices to be very fair. Perhaps I’m just warped by the cost of anti-aging product lines from Kinerase, SK-II and Kate Somerville. But the majority of her products are under-$75, and a kit with 11 full-size products can be had for under-$400. Compare that to some of the kits that give you trial sizes, and I think it’s a much better value. Not inexpensive by any means, but value for your money is much higher.
I like the products I purchased a lot. I also like the company’s decision to focus more on what is in the bottle than on the packaging, avoid synthetic ingredients and to be cruelty free. And lastly, I love that I can email the company for advice on what products to buy and that they.actually.respond with helpful information. So check out their product line, and let me know what you think.