Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment

A week before my Lent Experiment was to finally end, I picked through the brands from which I hadn’t yet tried anything, and researched which products might be worth picking up.  Ms. Somerville’s Acne Treatment kept cropping up, and my old stand-by Clean & Clear had expired long ago, so I figured I’d pick one up.

Kate’s website states that the product “contains the highest level of sulfur allowed in order to calm acne flare ups and free skin of further bacteria buildup,”  which is 10% sulfur.  Inactive ingredients are Isopropyl Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Camphor, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Iron Oxides. I must have some prevalent testosterone flowing through my teeny tiny veins (really, they’re bitty), because I completely didn’t read how to use this product for the first two days.  It has a huge sticker on the top of the bottle that says “DO NOT SHAKE” – while I’m not quite THAT oblivious, I thought it just meant not vigorously so as to not stir up the sediment and make it too potent.  Lamer lol!  It meant exactly the opposite.  The correct way to use the treatment is to stick a Q-tip directly in the sediment and then apply that to the specific area. D’oh!

For the past two nights I have used EradiKate properly, applying it to this stubborn pimple I’ve had at the edge of my right brow for what seems like months.  The sediment is Pepto pink, and applies as such and leaves a big dusty pink splotch.  It stings just a touch when applied, but the sensation fades quickly.  Aside from the less than pleasant smell (not exactly sulfur but still kinda gross, like I don’t want to put it on when the BF stays over), it seems to be shrinking the spot effectively, albeit not overnight or anything.  But, as I said, the pimple has been lingering for quite a while so I suppose it will take longer to disappear.  I will update if its successful at geting rid of it once and for all .

Price: $22USD (unsure of CDN price as I bought it in the States and Sephora won’t let the product through the ‘Canadian checkout’ for me to check).

Something about dermatological lines always makes me feel distrustful for some reason, which is an odd, out-of-place reaction, no?  They should know the deal more so than regular brands…I guess I just feel like they’re trying to market themselves and therefore are less credible overall or something.  Has anyone else tried Kate’s products?  Are they a yay or nay?  I just don’t know…I’ll have to try something else down the line to get an accurate feel for their true efficacy.

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  1. #1 by Loodie on April 28, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Acne is near and dear to my hear … scratch that … face. AND its not dear. I fucking hate it. I’ve been battling acne since I was in 5th motha fucking grade … so I’m slightly bitter on the subject lol. I am so tough on acne fighting products because many (not saying this one) pry on people emotions. Often times they make claims (because they are not regulated) and hope that in peoples desperation they will make a purchase.

    I did see Salicylic acid in the ingredient list, which is a plus. This or benzoyl peroxide are the two main ingredients in most OTC medications. What percent salicylic acid i wonder? Sulfur is also listed but it’s not nearly as prevalent on the market; nor as effective (just my opinion though). The price point was a bit high so for something containing standard ingredients I would probably go for something way cheaper …. and I mean real cheap, like in the $3 range

    Definitely let us know how it works for you. :)

  2. #2 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on April 28, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    This sounds just like the Mario Badescu acne treatment which I tried once long time ago. It’s pink and looks like calomine lotion leaving funny looking dots all over your face! That also worked very slowly and I didn’t feel was very effective. My youngest sister tried it with me at the same time and it did the same for her. I’m very curious about Kate Somerville but the product I hear the most rave about is the Exfolikate. I’d pick that up but not anything else, I think. Darn cross-border shopping restrictions!

    • #3 by Latoya on April 30, 2011 - 1:18 pm

      @ Loodie: You’re hilarious. You should write a blog…..oh wait ;) On a serious note, I’m sorry that you have such a battle with it!! Have you found ANY products that are above par for acne? I haven’t put too much effort into finding acne products but it would be nice to find something that works effectively and quickly. Unfortunately I don’t think this is the product. It has shrank the stubborn spot by my eyebrow but it wasn’t a miracle in any sense. I’ll be more interested to see if it keeps it away (as it’s been a recurring issue). Then I might be more inclined to be impressed.
      @ Liz: I know which Mario B. product you mean and it does sound similar. And I believe it gets similar positive reviews – although it appears that neither of us are in that camp! I have heard a lot about ExfoliKate too but I have to be careful with exfoliant products and my eczema so I haven’t given it a look yet. I’ll be interested to hear if you pick it up!

  3. #4 by Loodie on May 2, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    I guess you could say I had a “serious” acne problem that no OTC meds could fix. Only a dermatologist solved my problems and even that took a decade. What finally did the trick was Accutane (twice) which has it’s own issues. Once it all went away I was clear and I mean not even a single thing for two years straight. Now I guess my skin has normalized and I get one or two near my … ehem … Crimson Tide lol which is easily controlled with 2% salicylic acid treatment products. My skin freaks with benzoyl peroxide based peoducts. If you’re getting one in the same place I would look at physical causes. For example if your hair falls to one side of your face and u get one there all the time. It may be due to a clogged pore from the extra oils from your hair or even because of hair products. Also keep an eye on whether you accidentally touching your skin ( with potentially dirty or oils hands) when you are moving hair out of your face or itching etc. I guess the key (at least for me) is to find something that works, but MORE IMPORTANTLY making it a routine like brushing your teeth, not just using something after a pimple pops up.

    • #5 by Latoya on May 5, 2011 - 9:20 pm

      @ Loodie: All excellent points!! Thanks for the insight :) I can use any advice you have, it definitely comes in handy!

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