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

Updated 12/1/17. 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. 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.

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 but it can sometimes take up to a six months to bounce back naturally. 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.

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 flattens the visible appearance of 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 really 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. I certainly understand that it’s very painful and my clients 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. Your body will naturally reabsorb the infection. When it comes to concealing it with makeup, It’s a lot easier to cover a closed bump with makeup, than a picked-at, oozing scab right? The choice is yours.

If you suspect your cysts are hormone related, read my expert tips for preventing adult hormonal breakouts.

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    Hi I have suffered from red painful lumps on my face for years not knowing what they was they take weeks to go down the last time i had 2 together & managed to get the swelling down with ice but took over a week, i now have another & after searching the internet i think i they must acne cysts they only appear round my period! I am in the UK do you have a supplier in the UK?
    Thanks inadvance.

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      What you are describing does sound like cysts so the Anti Cyst Treatment would be a great product to try. We sell our products only at ReneeRouleau.com but we ship to the UK every day 🙂

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    Hi there. I was recently given a steroid shot, but I’ve also just ordered this product. Is there any issue/danger in using this product after receiving the shot?

    Thanks!

    Posted By: Katherine  | 

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      No, the product should not have any negative effect on the skin afterwards. Enjoy the product!

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    Hi I’m 29 frm uk I red all comment . I hv deep red scarred skin nothing is working on it got chemical peeling creams retinol creams n loads of stuff nothing worked. got 4laser treatmens co2 didn’t make any any difference . Cn u suggest something which make at least 50% reult

    Posted By: nida  | 

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    I’ve sebaceous hyperplasia. Can I use this product?

    Posted By: ameen  | 

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      Sebaceous hyperplasia is not an infected cyst. It’s essentially a skin growth so you’ll need to have it frozen off or burned off from a dermatologist.

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        Thanku ma’am… Is there any other products to treat sebaceous hyperplasia?

        Posted By: Ameen  | 

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        If you exfoliate regularly with an AHA (acid) serum or use a prescription retinoid or retinol, these all help to prevent them but once you have them, you simply have to get them removed.

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    I am purchasing the Anti-Cyst Treatment for my son who has cystic acne. He is currently using Benzoyl Peroxide 5% wash twice daily, Clindamycin 1%/Benzoyl Peroxide 5% gel daily and Tretinoin cream 0.05% at nighttime. Is the Anit-Cyst Treatment safe to use with these other products at the same time?

    Posted By: Lisa  | 

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    Would this product be effective in treating Hidradenitis suppurativa?

    Posted By: Karla  | 

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      Yes, it could. It’s worth trying it.

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    I’m allergic to any kind of benzoate including benzoic acid. Also allergic to salicylic acid or any type of thiosalicylic acid. Is this product safe for me to use. I only get these cysts once and a while but NOTHING helps.

    Posted By: missy  | 

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      You shouldn’t have any problems with this, Missy. Enjoy!

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    I have had a red cyst acne on my brow line for a month before I found your product. I have been using it for over a week with no sign of improvement. Any suggestions??

    Posted By: Kelly  | 

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      Then perhaps it’s not a cyst? Even without using a topical spot treatment, they shouldn’t last that long. I would suggest seeing a dermatologist.

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    Hi there, I’m just wondering if your anti-cyst treatment is safe to use when pregnant? Also I understand that salicylic acid is great for acne prone skin, but is not recommended during pregnancy – can you suggest an alternative exfoliant please?

    Thanks!

    Posted By: Melanie  | 

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    Hi, Do you apply it at night with a Q-tip after washing/showering and then leave it on as you sleep?

    Thanks!

    Posted By: kyle  | 

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      It comes in a pump and you can just pump out a drop onto your finger and apply it to the cyst after washing/showering and then leave it on as you sleep.

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