Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment (find here)
I first saw this product on Youtube on Checkinthemirror‘s channel as one of her favorite acne treatments. Since I’m a fan of the Mario Badescu products that I’ve tried (glycolic acid toner review here), I read reviews on the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Reviews were mixed and I decided to pass for the time being. But upon hearing some raves for the Kate Somerville line in general I decided to try this product out.
After a month of testing it on my skin, I’m ready to review it!
From the Sephora website:
EradiKate Acne Treatment
What it is:
An effective blemish banishing therapy.
What it is formulated to do:
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment heals blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly!
What else you need to know:
This skincare solution provides the highest level of sulfur allowed in order to calm acne flare-ups and free skin of further bacteria buildup. The result is a clear complexion that lasts!
The price is $22 for 1 oz of product. (The Mario Badescu drying lotion is $17 for 1z) Quite pricey for a skincare product, but I haven’t had much results with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatments in the past. This is a dual phase product with a light pinky sediment with a layer of isopropyl alcohol on top. Essentially you’re getting 0.5 oz of active product, I think it will last a while. The isopropyl alcohol layer is there to keep the pink sediment from drying out.
Sulfur is a ingredient that causes the skin to dry up and peel. I’ve heard that your outer layer of skin is renewed every 30 days or so. So this essentially speeds up that skin renewal process.
To apply this treatment, you dip a clean Q-tip into the bottle to pick up the pink sediment at the bottom. It has a wet powder consistency and dries to a light pink powder on the skin.
After using it on two different types of acne, cystic and surface acne, I feel that this product does work. But up to a point. This is no acne miracle product, but knowing what the active ingredient is and its purpose, it does do what it claims to do. Sulfur makes the skin slough off quicker than if you try to leave it alone, as it speeds up the skin cell renewal process.
For surface acne my spots dried up within a day and completely healed within a day or two. Cystic acne does take time for it to rise to the surface and this product does not make that process any faster. But once it does come up to the surface I do see that the EradiKate treatment helps with the inflammation, and the drying and subsequent healing process is faster with nightly treatment.
And now. The smell! I’m not a fan, but I can deal with it. Justin affectionately calls me “match face” when I treat my spots. But hey, beauty is pain! Or smell, in this case. It doesn’t stop me from using it.
So! Will I buy it again? Yes, I think I would. There are products out there that prevent acne and products that will treat acne when its already here. This product is the latter. In my experience the EradiKate acne treatment helps dry up and heal my acne faster. I’ll try my best to prevent acne, but when it pops up I just want it gone! 😛
Pros: Skin turnover is faster, helps heal blemishes quicker.
Cons: Expensive, smelly.
Rating: 3.75/5 stars