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When I first started working at Kate Somerville, my skin was out of control. I was constantly battling acne, and always feeling like I had to work hard to cover not only my blemishes, but marks from old breakouts as well. Before Kate Somerville, I’d tried every product out there, but never managed to achieve my goal – to confidently go makeup free. Today, I’ve finally found the combination of products that produce amazing results for me, and I can’t believe the changes I see in my skin! I no longer have to hide behind makeup!

These are the products that dramatically changed my skin. For the most part, there are no set rules; it’s all about finding the right active ingredients and products for your skin! That’s why Kate developed a variety of treatments that contain different active ingredients: there’s something for everyone!


Roll away scars - fades the appearance of old and new scars

D-Scar, Scar Diminishing Serum – My hero product – When I do get a blemish, I don’t have to worry about dealing with the aftermath of a dark mark on my face for months. D-Scar helps heal, condition, and smooth my skin at a rapid pace; it was the missing piece in my routine. There’s no other product that has made my skin look so smooth, clear and even. D-Scar has dramatically changed the texture, overall tone, and healing time of my skin. I will never go without D-Scar! I always make sure I have a backup, just in case I run out.
Usage: As Needed

Detox Daily Cleanser
Detox Daily Cleanser

My essential first step – This cleanser is the base of my entire routine. I always cleanse twice, once to remove any pore-clogging oils and another time to let all of the amazing active ingredients do their job. I let Detox sit for at least a minute before rinsing.
Usage: AM and PM

Anti Bac Clearing Lotion




Anti Bac Clearing Lotion

My standby – This treatment is amazing at reducing oil levels and inflammation, while treating and preventing blemishes. Being in tune with my skin is really important; when I’m feeling dry, I reduce usage, and when I’m feeling oily or blemished, I increase usage. I also like to alternate active ingredients, so I switch off between using this product and using ExfoliKate Acne.
Usage: Weekly, As Needed

ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Treatment


ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Acne Treatment

My maximizer – When I feel like my routine needs a boost, this is my go-to product. I like to mix it with my cleanser and let it sit for up to 2 minutes when I’m in the shower.
Usage: 3 Times a Week






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  1. Brianne
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow thanks for the helpful tips!!!!!

  2. Denise Cartright
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    This is great information for people with acne. I am 50 and have always taken good care of my skin a few years ago i started to notice the crows feet and small lines on my face. What products do you recommened for aging skin?

    • Victoria Della Ripa
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

      Hi Denise,
      We have some amazing anti-aging products available to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump and smooth skin and restore a youthful glow! Check out our anti-aging selections at this link:
      To start, I highly recommend some of Kate’s best-selling products: DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment, RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream, ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, and Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8. Please don’t hesitate to ask any other questions!

  3. Amber
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Does the D-Scar Serum help with red spots left after acne is gone? I read a lot about people having dark spots but for me they are more reddish. Any suggestions? I’d love to not have to put concealer on these spots everyday to even out my skin. Thanks!

    • Victoria Della Ripa
      Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amber! D-Scar absolutely helps fade the appearance of both old and new scars, including the marks left after a blemish is gone. The tone and color of these marks depend on your skin color. I also highly recommend incorporating an exfoliating treatment into your regimen and ensure you are applying a broad spectrum sunscreen every day no matter what!

  4. Nina
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Victoria,
    I am 33 yrs. old with very dry skin and very prone to breakouts. Any product recommendations? Can I use the ret- A sphere?

    • Victoria Della Ripa
      Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Nina! Do you experience breakouts from sensitivity to products? Are you allergic to any ingredients? Anyone over the age of 30 should definitely consider using a Retinol product. I also highly recommend Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum – it’s like a drink of water for your skin and will leave your complexion smooth and balanced without it feeling weighed down.

      • Nina
        Posted January 30, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

        I’m not allergic to any ingredients. I just dry up easily. My breakouts are mainly hormonal. Can you recommend a product regimen. Any makeup recommendations? Thanks so much for your advice.

        • Victoria Della Ripa
          Posted February 2, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

          Hi Nina, based on the description of your skin (dry and prone to hormonal breakouts), I recommend using the following products:
          Gentle Daily Wash, Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum, Nourish Daily Moisturizer, followed by Serum Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+.
          PM, I recommend Gentle Daily Wash, Quench Oil Free, and Nourish
          Weekly, I recommend Clearing Mask once a week (you can also use this as a spot treatment every night, but if you are using it as an all over mask, limit to once a week), Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads once a week and RetAsphere twice a week PM.

          • Nina
            Posted February 9, 2013 at 5:03 am | Permalink

            Can I use the goat milk instead? I’m worried that nourish will clog pores and cause breakouts.

          • Kate Somerville Skin Health Expert
            Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

            Hi Nina, you can definitely use Goat Milk Cream, it works well for dry sensitive skin. It’s also fragrance free. The fragrance in Kate Somerville products are from essential oils and Botanical Extracts. Nourish does contain Orange Peel Oil and Lavender Extract. That’s why I inquired if you were allergic or sensitive to certain ingredients – because although the oils and extracts are Natural, Essential Oils and Botanical Extracts, some people still experience sensitivity to these ingredients (at times this can lead to breakouts). Keep in mind, Goat Milk Cream contains no anti-aging peptides or ingredients – but through proper moisturization your skin will look more hydrated and plump and fine lines will be less noticeable. Plus, you will be using other products that contain anti-aging ingredients. You can also try 24 Hour Pimple Punisher for your hormonal breakouts as another option in addition to Clearing Mask. 24 Hour Pimple Punisher works well for hormonal breakouts because it doesn’t dry out your skin. The Gel side is for AM and the Clay side is for PM. The Clay side contains 2% Salicylic Acid and the Gel side contains Natural Willowbark and Tea Tree Extracts.

  5. noreen
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I have problems with dark spots and scars after ingrowing hair,and acne, ingrowing hair is a big problem plz give any advice for what to use?
    I have a lot of acne, and dry skin with oily t-zone.
    Need a am/pm program plz recommend.

    • Victoria Della Ripa
      Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Noreen, one of the most important steps to preventing ingrown hairs, balancing skin, and improving tone is exfoliating. Check out Kate’s suggestions for acne prone skin here:
      Based on your skin concerns, this is the regimen I recommend for your skin and your goals!
      AM (in order of use) Detox Daily Cleanser, Clarifying Treatment Toner, Anti Bac Clearing Lotion (use in oily and acne prone areas only), D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum (on healing blemishes and old scars), Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum, Oil Free Moisturizer and Serum Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ (Sunscreen is ESSENTIAL when battling dark spots).
      PM: Detox Daily Cleanser, Clarifying Treatment Toner, EradiKate Acne Treatment (on inflamed blemishes), D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum, Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum, Oil Free Moisturizer
      Weekly: ExfoliKate Acne (use 1-2 times a week) after cleansing and before other products
      Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads (use 1-2 times a week) – Leave 2 days in between using ExfoliKate Acne and Clinic-To-Go.

  6. Posted January 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this post. Keep up the good work.

  7. Drea Cotter
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Just want to start off saying love Kate Somerville products!!! I have battled with cystic acne for most of my 20’s and these prodcuts are the only thing that has helped. I was on many prescription drugs thoughout my 20’s, and even the harshest antibiotic that is out there. I stopped taking that certain antibiotic beacuse I wanted to get pregnant eventually and can’t conceive for up to a year after taking that medication, plus it wasn’t helping my ance anyways. The only thing that worked were Kate’s products, and I am living proof that acne can stop when using them! I use AM/PM Detox Daily Cleanser, Clarifying Treatment Toner, Anti Bac Clearing Lotion, Oil Free Moisturizer. Once or twice a week I will use ExfoliKate Acne, once a week Clearing Mask, and if I feel a breackout coming on EradiKate Acne Treatment. I also have purchashed Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads and Micro glycolic polisher but have not tried them yet. I am about to turn 30 in a week and notice lines around my eyes and mouth, and very dehydrated and dark under my eyes. What would you recommend for this? I do see some products that I would love to try but are costly with just having my first baby. I was wondering if I could use something around my eyes for dehydration and a heavier moisturizer at night. Also what would be the best product for scaring for me, Clinic-to-go, micro glycolic polisher or new D-scar serum? My scars are some dark spots, and a few pitted. Also if Kate needs a face as living proof for acne line I’m ready!

    • Victoria Della Ripa
      Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

      Hi Drea! Thank you so much for sharing your skin success story and congratulations on your new baby! It truly is amazing how the right products can have such a positive impact on your skin. First, for your eyes, I recommend CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream – it is clinically proven to reduce roughness and dryness. Plus, it fades the appearance of dark circles, and reduces lines and wrinkles. It’s an Allure Best of Beauty Winner! As far as the lines around your mouth goes – it sounds like you could benefit from an added dose of hydration. Try Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum – it has great anti-aging properties, it feels like a glass of water for your skin and absorbs super quickly. This is one of my absolute must haves – I will not go without this product. Layer it under Oil Free Moisturizer AM and PM. I have a feeling this will be the perfect addition to your routine and add hydration without weighing down your skin. One more tip, avoid using Anti Bac in your mouth area if you are not blemish prone in this area. It can dry out this skin, since it’s thinner around your mouth and eye areas. Generally, I recommend only using acne products in areas where you are blemish prone. I definitely recommend Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads and D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum. Micro Glycolic Polisher is a deeper level of exfoliation and really works well for more mature skin types and as a part of a more anti-aging focused routine. Clinic-To-Go is amazing for refining skin texture, scarring and for more sensitive skin types. This can be incorporated into your current routine by replacing 1 use of ExfoliKate Acne or you can try Clinic-To-Go twice a week and mix ExfoliKate Acne with your cleanser once a week, or apply Clearing Mask. Just take two days in between these treatments since Clinic-To-Go, Clearing Mask and ExfoliKate all help with cell turnover. You don’t want to overstimulate your skin. You will see a huge difference with using D-Scar – it helps to fade the appearance of both old and new scars, helps to normalize skin texture and makes skin softer and smoother. Apply AM and PM after cleansing and toning. You can also apply it over Anti Bac and while your blemishes are healing. If you get a chance, please write product reviews on our website! Personal recommendations are so important! You can upload photos of your skin as well! Please don’t hesitate to ask any other questions!

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  9. Diane
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I have large pores and very oily skin, will get an occasional breakout from time to time, but not very often. I am also concerned about some lines on my forehead. What do you suggest? Right now I am using Daily detox cleanser, clarifying toner, Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum, cytocell eye cream, and a Tarte bb cream as moisterizer and sunscreen. At night i use the cleanser and toner, cytocell serum, cyto cell eye cream and retaphere (which i feel since using the retasphere, my pores on my nose have gotten larger) I use exfolikate once a week, clinic to go once a week, and the clearing mask once a week… i am not seeing anything great with my skin. I am 32years old. help!!!

    • Kate Somerville Skin Health Expert
      Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Diane, I do not recommend using RetAsphere every night – along with ExfoliKate, Clarifying Toner, Clinic-To-Go and Clearing Mask, it sounds like you are over doing it and over stimulating your skin. You are using a lot of products to stimulate skin and draw out oil, and not enough replenishing products besides the serums. Try taking out the Clearing Mask for now, and only use it as a spot treatment on your occasional blemish. I would also reduce usage of the Toner to once a day or when needed (if you have a few dry flakies etc). You need proper hydration and moisturization to keep skin balanced – especially oily skin. If you are overstimulating, you will start to produce more oil, which is probably why you feel your pores look larger – they are producing more oil. Reduce using RetAsphere to 3 nights a week. On the other nights, I recommend using Nourish Daily Moisturizer or Oil Free Moisturizer. Also, incorporate a Serum like HydraKate Line Release Serum or DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment. These serums immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and are absolutely amazing for expression lines – like the ones on your forehead. Use either DermalQuench or HydraKate AM and PM before your Quench Oil Free or CytoCell Serum. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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