This week’s Brand Spotlight features Kate Somerville Skincare, in particular the products geared toward blemish prone skin and combating acne. This is a brand that I’ve used in the past and my mother is quite fond of her anti-aging products. The founder, Kate Somerville, is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician and owner of her own medi-Skin Clinic which offers aesthetic services and cosmetic corrective procedures.
About two months ago my skin went completely haywire. I was desperate to get things under control. Usually when I’m dealing with breakouts there are a number of different products that have proven effective, everything from Murad’s acne line to the beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. I’m also a fan of Clinique’s Emergency Gel Lotion as a spot treatment for very persistent cystic acne. Basically, I tend to use a combination products with the primary ingredients being salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Anyway, my skin wasn’t responding as it usually does to these ingredients so I thought it might be helpful to change things up. Sometimes your skin becomes accustomed to something and you have to rotate.
I’ve used sulfur-based acne treatments before, Kate Somerville’s EradiKate as well as the Mario Badescu version and Benefit’s former Boo Boo Zap. Anyway, I revisited sulfur hoping that it would help with my current skin issues.
While browsing the Kate Somerville site, intending only to purchase the EradiKate, I came across this nifty four-piece daily cleansing kit for eliminating acne and preventing new breakouts. Kate Somerville products are on the expensive side so this kit was the perfect opportunity to test out some additional products at a decent value.
The products in the Blemish Banisher Kit are formulated to attack existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts using four targeted treatments. It retails for $55.00 ($80.00 value) and contains: a full size of the EradiKate Acne Treatment along with deluxe sizes of the Oil Free Moisturizer, ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Treatment and Detox Daily Cleanser. These products are formulated without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances & dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
I’ve been using the Kate Somerville Blemish Banisher kit for about two and a half weeks, every evening and sometimes in the day, keeping everything else is my skincare routine the same Overall, I am happy with this kit which really is helping to clear some of my stubborn blemishes. I may update this post in a few weeks with some before and after pics so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are my thoughts on the Kit as well as an additional product from the Acne line which I received as a deluxe sample with another purchase.
Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser
The Daily Detox Cleanser claims to wash away makeup, residue, and excess oil leaving skin feeling cleaner, brighter, smoother, and softer. Phytic Acid, an exfoliator, is designed to brighten skin tone and fade the appearance of imperfections. Salicylic, Glycolic, and Lactic Acids gently remove dead cells. Vitamin B Complexes prevent over-drying of the skin. Aloe Vera and Allantoin are intended to calm the complexion. Tea Tree and Tangerine Peel Extracts refresh skin.
I enjoyed this cleanser which has an interesting yellow colour. It is gel like in texture and has a moderate foam. I did not experience any irritation and it cleaned my skin very well without drying the skin.
A full size of the Daily Detox Cleanser which is 4 fl oz. retails for $32.00 USD.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Acne – Clearing Exfoliating Acne Treatment
The ExfoliKate Acne Treatment is formulated to gentle polish the skin, helping to clear up acne and prevent new breakouts. Salicylic Acid helps clear imperfections without over-drying. Green French Clay and Amazonian Tree Extract are designed to help the skin maintain healthy moisture levels. Fruit Enzymes and Jojoba Beads are intended to renew and rejuvenate.
ExfoliKate is a chemical/physical exfoliator combo and the beads in this product are very mild. It is applied to clean skin, massaging gently for about 30 seconds and you can leave it in for up to two minutes. This is when the chemical exfoliators go to work. There is a tingling sensation whilst on the face that feels invigorating but does not sting. My skin was left feeling very smooth. I used it about 2-3 times a week.
A full size of the ExfoliKate Acne which is 2 fl oz. retails for $65.00 USD.
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer
The Oil Free Moisturizer is formulated to absorb quickly to provide balanced hydration and moisturization, without clogging pores. Essential Amino Acid Derivatives are designed to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Red Marine Algae improves the look of firmness and elasticity. Algae-Based Tighteners are formulated to tone and tighten. Oil-Absorbing Spheres balance oily skin for a shine-free look.
This moisturizer is made to be used with the other products in the line, a.m. and p.m. However, when used in conjunction with the other acne fighting products, which by their nature can be drying, I feel that this is just not hydrating enough for the evening. While it would make an excellent day time moisturizer, sadly, it does not contain an SPF.
A full size of the Oil Free Moisturizer which is 1.7 fl oz. retails for $65.00 USD.
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment
Containing the highest concentration of sulfur allowed in over he counter products (10%), EradiKate provides on-the-spot treatment intended to help clear & calm acne flare-ups, heal blemishes and prevent future breakouts by combating further bacteria buildup. When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel, reduces skin oiliness, and prevents pore blockages from forming. The product also contains AHAs to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and Zinc Oxide to control excess sebum production. This product is not to be shaken. You apply by dipping a cotton swab into the product and applying directly onto the blemishes.
It is worth noting that sulfur over the long term can be irritating to some skin types, so this product, and products like it, should be used sparingly. I never use sulfur-based acne treatments over long periods of time, but either for short cycles (a month or two) to help clear stubborn blemishes or as an occasional spot treatment. I find it to be extremely effective.
A full size of the EradiKate which is 1 fl oz. retails for $24.00 USD. The size in the Blemish Banisher Kit is full size.
Kate Somerville Hydra Clear – Hydrating Acne Gel
The Hydra Clear Acne Gel is designed as a lightweight acne treatment and moisturizer to reduce and prevent breakouts, soothe irritation, and control shine while providing moisture. In others words, it is an acne treatment that claims not to dry the skin out. Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae provide moisturization. Salicylic and Phytic Acids boost exfoliate dead skin cells for a clearer complexion. Willow Herb and Natural Oat-derived Extracts help soothe irritation and reduce redness. It also contains a “Mineral Blend” designed to regulate sebum production and help minimize the appearance of pores.
I’ve really been enjoying this product. True to claims it does not dry my skin out and wears well under makeup so I can used it in the day as well.
i hope this review wasn’t too long but I wanted to give each product a proper overview. While Kate Somerville is pricey, the kit is a good deal and should last at least one month or more (the EradiKate is full size so that will last you longer). I’ve definitely seen a reduction in the severity of my breakouts and will continue to use it. As mentioned at the beginning of this long post, I’ll probably post a before and after next month.
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