What better way to end Acne Awareness Month than with a review of a product that single handedly cleared up my skin. Over the last 8 years I have tried every brand on the market which claims to help breakouts – Proactive, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Clean & Clear, Benzac AC, Dermalogica, Mario Badescu, St Ives, Aveeno, Clinique, Garnier, Bare Minerals, Formula 10.0.6, Simple, Differin, Clearasil, Bioré, Sebamed, Avène… and the list goes on. You name it, I’ve probably tried it.
Acne fighting products tend to use either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Over the years I have discovered that salicylic acid does nothing for my skin, but benzoyl peroxide works – so if you’ve been struggling to find an acne treatment that actually works for you, maybe take a look at the ingredients and see what you have been using. You might need to make the switch to benzoyl peroxide like I did, or vice versa.
Enter: Kate Somerville’s Anti Bac Clearing Lotion. This lotion is formulated with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. It’s meant to help clear existing acne, minimize excess oil production and reduce blackheads, and it undoubtably does all three. This stuff is pure magic in a bottle.
Retailing for $67 at Mecca it’s one of the more expensive blemish creams that I’ve tried, but it can be used in the morning and evening, 1 to 3 times a day depending on how you need it. In terms of breakouts, I get it all – regular whiteheads, sporadic cystic acne and those annoying tiny under-the-skin bumps that never seem to go away. Straight after buying this lightweight cream I applied it at night all over my face like a light-weight lotion and woke up to find my breakouts significantly reduced! I’m talking about genuine visible results! (Let’s face it, not a lot of products actually do this even if they claim to…which, interestingly, I don’t think this product actually claims). The next day I wore it under makeup and I was so happy to find that it kept my skin from looking oily!! Better than any mattifying primer I have ever tried.
I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, morning and night, and my skin has never looked better. Not only did it clear up my existing breakouts super quickly, but since using it I’ve hardly had any new ones which is unheard of for me!
How to use it: The back of the bottle does warn that excessive drying could occur and to reduce the amount of usage if this happens. Unfortunately, I have found the Anti Bac Lotion to be very drying. At first it was perfect, but as my breakouts cleared up I began to find the lotion more and more drying, to the point that my skin was actually a bit flaky and felt tight – a sure sign that I needed to reduce my usage. So this is how I would recommend using the cream: apply it all over your face as a lotion, not a spot treatment. Then once your acne begins to clear up, only use the lotion on certain areas of your face that are still a bit problematic, or dilute it with a moisturiser. Finally, once the majority of your face is acne-free, just use the lotion as a spot treatment. This is what worked best for me and it kept the dry skin to a minimum while treating existing breakouts and preventing future ones from happening. So there’s actually a lot of different ways to use the Anti Bac Lotion!
- Kate Somerville recommends to mix the Anti Bac lotion with a moisturiser and apply it all over at night to help fight breakouts. I think that this is a great way to use it if you no longer have any active breakouts, but want to use the lotion as a preventative measure without drying out your skin.
- Use the lotion as a spot treatment instead of all over the face at night.
I genuinely can’t say enough good things about this product, but you don’t believe me, the reviews on Sephora and Mecca are also glowing. If you’ve learnt anything from this post it’s that there isn’t one product which works for everyone. You just need to get to know your skin and understand what ingredients work for you.