Is A Cortisone Shot The Only Option For Treating Acne Cysts?

Updated: 9/7/15. Of all the types of acne someone can get, cystic acne is both the most frustrating to treat and can be the most damaging to the skin.

What is cystic acne? Those hard, painful bumps and blemishes that develop deep within the skin, and often appear on the chin or jaw line, and can linger for weeks.

Cystic acne, whether chronic or intermittent, is one of the most frustrating types of acne lesions to deal with. What happens in cystic acne is not a pretty picture. It 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. Because these lesions start so deep in the skin, scarring (red, dark and purple marks) is an all-too-common side effect.

Read: How Can I Fade My Acne Scars?

They are most often resistant to most topical acne treatments since products designed for treating acne generally work on the surface to dry out the bacteria. In the case of cystic acne, the infection is not on the surface of the skin but rather down in the deeper layers. Have you ever used a drying spot treatment on a cyst to not only find that you’re still left with the sore bump on the skin, but now you have dry, flaky skin on top?…

Traditionally, acne cysts have been treated at the dermatologist’s office with either oral antibiotics, or for a quick, fast remedy, a cortisone injection is given. The downside of cortisone injections for cystic acne is that they are expensive, plus the time spent waiting in a doctor’s office, and more seriously, the skin can atrophy in the injection site and can end up looking sunken in. It usually is temporary and can take up to a few months to heal. Every time you’re injecting a needle into your skin, whether it’s for purposes of reducing wrinkles with cosmetic fillers or treating acne cysts with cortisone, there is always a risk.

So what’s an alternative to cortisone shots?

Enter Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment. Not only do I know this product can take the place of expensive cortisone shots—both from the thousands of clients who have told me so over the past 20 years since I developed it, but also because Elle Magazine says so! I was very excited see my product featured in the August issue when Beauty Editor Emily Hebert said it was her favorite product because “Anti Cyst Treatment saves me from pricey cortisone shots.”

“It’s one of the only topical solutions I’ve found that actually flattens bumps overnight.”—New York Magazine

If you suffer from cystic acne, I really suggest you give this product a try. It’s been a best-seller in our line since 1996—and even celebrities like Lisa Rinna swear by it!

You can purchase Anti Cyst Treatment here.

How does it work?

It uses a purified form of lactic acid along with an advanced delivery system to get into the cyst to dissolve and digest the cystic infection and encourage a quicker recovery. Most users find that it heals the cyst 50% quicker than when using nothing at all. I consider it a miracle and our customers do to. If you get cysts, you have to try it.

The most important advice I can give when it comes to cystic blemishes is not to pick at it. The infection is deep under the skin and while it’s very painful and my client’s will say “I feel something under there and I want to get it out”, cysts are NOT meant to come out the surface. They develop deep within the skin and heal deep within the skin. It’s a lot easier to conceal a closed bump with makeup, than a picked-at, oozing scab. The choice is yours.

Read: Get Control Of Cystic Acne Before It Scars Your Skin

Read: 11 Causes Of Blemishes

Read: Avoid Eating Dairy If You are Prone To Acne Cysts

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