In 2004, I suffered an outbreak of what I will call Volcanic Pizza Zits on my cheeks and jawline. It wasn’t the first skin freakout I’d experienced as an adult, but it was the worst, and it left scars on my face and self-esteem. While I’ve managed to more or less keep my skin under control through a combination of birth control pills* and chemical exfoliation, I’m constantly waging war against my giant moon-crater dirt-trap pores.
Just when I thought I had a handle on things, my skin decided to cultivate acne cysts on my chin. Like a stubborn, unwanted guest, chin acne is the absolute WORST. Chin acne will not disappear even if you pointedly leave it alone. Nay, it will instead make itself comfortable on the most prominent spot on your chin for weeks, even months, eating all your food and drinking all your liquor until it becomes a fat, purple throbbing Barnacle Zit. The only way to get rid of it is an expensive cortisone injection from a dermatologist, but if you are needle phobic like I am and extremely finicky about doctors (the ones I want to see are all booked up), all you can do is cry, wait, remember that Tina Fey gets them too**, and cry again.
I used every zit-zapping potion, prescriptive and over the counter, in my possession on my chin but nothing worked, not even when I smothered my chin with the stuff to pre-empt breakouts. I happened to be reading Beauty Snob when Renee Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst Treatment was mentioned, and when I clicked over to her website to check it out, I bought a bottle within seconds. Renee Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst Treatment stands out in a sea of anti-acne solutions because it recognizes that adult acne is a different, harder to kill beast. Despite being acne-prone my entire adult life and knowing that my Barnacle Zits (cysts) were different from the Volcanic Pizza Zits (pustules) of my early-twenties, it never occurred to me that they needed to be treated differently.
I’ve been using the Anti-Cyst Treatment for about two weeks now, and I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m fairly certain it killed a budding Barnacle Zit and I’m now using it on a couple of painful nodules on my neck along my hairline. I know, I’m revolting, but let’s hope this product will make me a lot less revolting towards the new year!
*Works well, but causes hyperpigmentation. I now save birth control pills for skin emergencies.
**Bossypants. Seriously, the anecdote about her chin acne made me feel better about mine. Oh, the power of celebrity!