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Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion

What it is:An intensive, prescription-quality acne treatment.What it is formulated to do:Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion kills bacteria and treats inflamed breakouts. It is designed to reduce sebum production, helping to prevent future acne.What else you need to know:This advanced skin solution contains encapsulated benzoyl peroxide 5%, the most advanced and successful acne-fighting ingredient on the market. Its benzoyl peroxide content is time-released to clear blemishes without drying the surface of the skin.
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Questions & Answers for Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion

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at night or morning
i have very sensitive skin and i wanted to only use this once a day? which time? i also got the goat creme so does that affect anything?
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
lanikai12
(21046)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
7 answers
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answer 1
I use at night. My old derm said that BP (the active ingredient) can increase sun sensitivity, and you can minimize this by using BP products at night.

I'd also start using an oil-free SPF during the day if you aren't already. This can help manage the increased sun sensitivity.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
mtmorce
(Austin, TX)
answer 2
After getting a facial and consultation with the Kate Somerville experts from their flagship store in LA, I was recommended to actually use the Anti Bac in addition to the Goats milk lotion. The Anti Bac will help clear and prevent acne, while the Goats milk lotion promotes healing of my existing acne blemishes and scars for my combination skin. Hope this is helpful!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
fly3r
(Hayward, CA)
answer 3
This product is compatible with any moisturizing cream that does not contain retinoids, salicylic acid, other alpha/beta hydroxy acids, and the like. I too have sensitive skin and follow this lotion with the Goat Milk cream, which has been a great combination for me. As with most intensive treatments, it would be best to apply this lotion on a clean face at night, rather than during the day, if only applying once daily. Remember that the chemical exfoliation will increase the skin's sensitivity to UV rays, so be vigilant about using some form of sunscreen or sunscreen-containing product of at least SPF 15 during the day.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
hsnyck
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I also have pretty sensitive skin and only use this once a day. I haven't been sticking to a super strict routine or anything, if I use it in the morning I don't use it at night, etc. I don't know about the goat's milk, but definitely use a moisturizer with this!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
lasurfgirl
answer 5
I would recommend using this at night as it is quite drying so it may make you uncomfortable during the day.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
excellentrg
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 6
If you're only going to apply this once, I would choose night. I think the product will work better when applied directly to your skin without any of the other barriers that you'd get during the day, i.e., makeup, powder, primers, excess oil, etc.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sarahk
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 7
I would only use it at night.
In case it causes any unsightly redness, or any problems at all, it will all be gone by the morning.

I dont know anything about the goat cream. I have heard a lot of people say they like to use it if they have dry skin, but I am pretty sure its meant for the body.

Either way, I used to use this only at night, and I got by fine.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
mrfrontera
(Orange County)
Question
how drying is this?
asked 4 years ago
alyyk123
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
That depends on how dry your skin is to start with and how much you're applying this product. I have combo/oily skin and I applied this product twice daily to smaller spots on my face. I used an intensive moisturizer at night, and it seemed to keep the dryness at bay. Start by using this once daily with your regular moisturizer and see how your skin responds, then you can adjust.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sarahk
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 2
You don't need too much... a very thin layer or it will dry out your skin. If it does dry out your skin, try doing it just at night before bed instead of in the morning AND at night.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
liltrex
(Corvallis, OR)
answer 3
It has not dried my face out at all, I use it every morning before I put anything else on my face.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
casper11
(Springville, AL)
answer 4
Compared to the 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide I was using, this is far less drying, even though it is 5%! My skin really dried and flaked with the other Benzoyl Peroxide I was using, but with this, it makes my skin a bit drier but not to the point of flaking, just enough to mattify and tighten a bit.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
vicc
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
It certainly can be drying. I have combination skin, more prone to be oily in the summertime. I use this product twice a day, but am sure to moisturize each time I do with an oil-free moisturizer, else I get aligator-like...not pretty!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
hodgkins2010
(Maine)
answer 6
It did dry my skin out a little bit in the beginning, but after a couple weeks of use I use it twice a day and there is no drying anymore.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Cerritos, CA)
Question
Can I moisturize after?
Can I put moisturizer on after I put this on...I use Dr. Weil's mushroom redness relief and it really helps counteract the redness that BP causes...but I've been alternating the two lotions every night...is it a bad idea to apply the cream after the clearing lotion has dried?
asked 3 years ago
slcg1520227
(New York, NY)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
It is a moisterizer, so, in theory, you shouldn't need another one. It can be drying though. When I first tried it, I was given a sample, and the lady told me to only use it once a day, so it didn't dry me out too much. I wash my face in the mornings and apply Clinique's Dramatically different gel, and at night I wash my face and apply this. If you have really dry skin, to where you would need an extra moisterizer, this product might not be a good idea, because it can be drying. When I use it, only applying this at night, it makes my skin feel moisterized, and really silky and smooth.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
rgammill
(Fair Grove, MO)
answer 2
yes, just make sure the clearing lotion has completely dried. i find this product to be very drying, so i have always put a thicker lotion on over the top and wake up with clear and soft skin!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
lieselotte
(Seattle, Washington)
answer 3
It probably is. I had this same problem (I returned it tho) and I would see how the lotion would begin to move around the anti-bac lotion in white streaks. try maybe the lotion first, then the anti bac.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
jojocakes
(New York City, NY)
answer 4
You definitely need a moiturizer on top of it. Be careful and gentle with how you apply the clearing lotion. Do NOT rub it in. Just tap on gently. Then follow with a calming moiturizer, preferrably a cream. I use Perricone nourishing moisturizer for senstive skin and the combo has been working great for me. Perricone instantly reduced the uncomfortable itchy and tingeling feeling Also it does a wonderful moiturizing job!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
moment5211
(Buford, GA)
answer 5
Anti Bac is more of a treatment, I would highly recommend using a moisturizer over it. One of Kate's tips is to mix it with her Goat Milk cream to calm and soften skin. I personally use it with Oil Free if I do use it during the day and a high SPF, if I use it at night I use Deep Tissue.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
aspenskimommy
(Above Sea Level.)
answer 6
I've actually been putting a moisturizer on beforehand, letting it absorb, and then putting on the anti bac.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
lasurfgirl
Question
Which moisturizer do you use with AntiBac?
I do feel like AntiBac is helping me with my acne, but it dries out my skin a lot. I do apply it twice a day because I prefer to have acne-fighting treatment under my makeup, as well as overnight when the skin is healing the most. Instead of decreasing the frequency of application, is there some kind of moisturizer I should add to it? I see the Kate Somerville moisturizers but they're so expensive and packaged strangely.
asked 2 years ago
Anonymous
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
You need a good heavy-duty moisturizer. Antibac used to really make my face red and dry...I began using Oil Free Moisture by Kate Somerville but it didn't work as well as her Goat Milk Cream. If you don't want to use her line then I would suggest something like Clinique because it will be oil free or gentle enough that it won't clog your pores/break you out. :) Use it twice a day and especially right after using the Anti-Bac
answered 11 months ago
NadaS
(Dearborn, MI)
answer 2
I use PTR Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer. It's a gel consistency and not greasy at all.
answered 1 year ago
Treds
answer 3
I only use this at night and it doesn't dry my face out at all. You should find a different lotion that just moisturizes your skin throughout the day and as long as your wash your face every night you should be ok
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
jlexo
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 4
I like Nourish (with a drop of Quench Serum in the winter) in the morning and Cytocell at night. I sometimes use a drop of Argan oil at night over the Cytocell if I am more dry. Works great!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
coolmom3
(Washington State)
answer 5
I really recommend adding the REN ClearCalm3 Night Serum with this product. I have been using that at night and really believe that it is helping me to avoid any dryness that can happen with the Anti-Bac Lotion. I haven't had one flakey patch of skin or irritation and I think it's because the night serum is so gently and hydrating. The REN serum also helps to fade past acne marks which is terrific!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
productjunky22
(Florida)
answer 6
I've been using Argan oil but find it isn't being absorbed fully now that the weather is getting cooler, I'm going to try REN moisturizer or Aveeno
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
lsutiger
(Baton Rouge, LA)
Question
Is the consistency more like a cream or gel formula??
asked 10 months ago
kannef
(Chicago)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
it has a thin, creamy consistency
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Kamaria
answer 2
cream that soaks into the skin very nicely
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
fashionjunkie3
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 3
It is a cream.
answered 6 months ago
Aimee11
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
It is kinda in-between. I do find it a little hard to spread evenly over my face though, so I mix one pump with another gel product I use.
answered 9 months ago
artfart
(Oakland, CA)
answer 5
This is a creamy, lotion-type product. It goes on easily under primer/moisturizer and absorbs right into your skin. Just be careful not to put it on before bed or you will ruin your pillowcase cause of the benzoyl peroxide.
answered 10 months ago
myholygrail
(Battle Creek, NE)
answer 6
The consistency is something between gel and cream.
answered 10 months ago
aiden1
(Henderson,NV)
Question
how often do you use this?
asked 4 years ago
alyyk123
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
5 answers
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answer 1
I use this twice daily -- once at night after removing my makeup, and again in the morning, under my makeup. If you have sensitive skin, I would just use this at night.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sarahk
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 2
I use this in the morning before serum and moisturizer and at night the same way.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
coolmom3
(Washington State)
answer 3
Twice a day, morning and night.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
liltrex
(Corvallis, OR)
answer 4
I use the Anti-Bac clearing lotion (about one pump is good) both morning and night. Definitely follow up with a moisturizer!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
jesspsd
(San Diego, CA)
answer 5
Morning and night. I started out once daily at night but eventually moved to twice a day after seeing how clear it made my skin.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Cerritos, CA)
Question
how long does this last if used twice daily?
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
ac1014
(New York, NY)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
5 answers
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answer 1
I go through about a bottle every 9-10 months. I use once a day. I find it works better on me when applied in a thin layer, because this gives the product a chance to really absorb. A thicker layer just sits on the skin.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
mtmorce
(Austin, TX)
answer 2
I use two pumps at night and one pump during the day religiously, and my it lasted four months.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
overyonder
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
the first answer was way off topic.
It should last you anwhere from 3-4 months depending on how heavy you apply it. it could last you 5 months even 6 id imagine. because i just use a little tad to apply over my face - really light coat with main application on cheeks and chin. then use a moisturizer - dont rely on this as your moisturizer. even if you have oily skin id use a moisturizer because it wil help prevent any damage from free radicals and uva rays (if it has spf in it) which youll need because this is an acne med
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
shaundizzle
(San Clemente, CA)
answer 4
I don't think anyone can answer this as it depends on how you're using it. I only use this once a day, if needed. Sometimes I use 2 pumps worth on my face, back and chest, and some days I use half a pump on a few spot on my face. I've had mine for a couple months now and have a lot left.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
idesign
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
1,5-2 months
answered 5 years ago
princess2
(CT)
Question
Is it worth me buying?
I just purchased the Detox Daily Cleanser and was looking into purchasing this as well. I have pretty good skin that is really sensitive but I only break out every once an awhile with a few pimples. Is this something that I could put on these few pimples to clear them up along with the cleanser?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
chelsp
(Jupiter, FL)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
5 answers
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answer 1
If you only get the occasional pimple, I would go for Kate Somerville's Sulfur Spot Treatment. I used it for about a year and it works great! The only reason I switched to this product was because my skin sort of became used to the spot treatment and it stopped working as well.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sarahk
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 2
I don't know about just putting this on pimples, if that is all you need I would use Eradikate, which dries them really fast. I use this to prevent pimples and for that it is a miracle product. Hope that helps!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
coolmom3
(Washington State)
answer 3
Yes! A lot more gentle and works pretty effectively overnight on pimples.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
liltrex
(Corvallis, OR)
answer 4
my skin is senstive as well, plus I don't get the small pimples my are the cyst type and it really has worked, nothing else has done what this product has done!!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
casper11
(Springville, AL)
answer 5
You can definitely use this as a spot treatment, and wear it under makeup. It is great for preventing breakouts as well, and if you feel it is overdrying, you can just use it every other day. You can also get the Clearing Mask and use it ONLY as a spot treatment at night. EradiKate is also a good spot treatment, but it is more drying.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
vicc
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
does this break you out at first?
I was wondering if this product makes you break out to bring things at surface, or if it just clears up without the breakout at first? I have bad experiences with products breaking me out without healing!
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Miami FL)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
5 answers
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answer 1
I just got mine and have used it three times. So far, its amazing! I qould 110% reccomend this to everyone(:
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
ashweed
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
clears without breaking you out. Initially, it does take a few days (for me 2) to clear your skin but in my experience once it clears it stays clear and you can use it to maintain clarity.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Kamaria
answer 3
Honestly it will not break you out but at first you may notice dryness/irritation, combined with redness on your face. This is what happened to me at first. I was discouraged but I got a good moisturizer and began applying it to my face right over my treatment and my skin adjusted to it :)
answered 11 months ago
NadaS
answer 4
This product cleared my skin up without breaking me out. For my skin it has been a life saver, even though it will dry you a little just add moisturizer. I've been using it for 3 weeks and have yet to break out, I love it!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
lsutiger
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 5
It didn't for me. I had terrible skin, and I was given a sample of this to try for a couple of days. The sample ended up lasting 2 weeks (because you only need a small amount) and then I bought a bottle of it. It helped with clearning up my skin right away, it didn't cause me to break out at all.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
rgammill
(Fair Grove, MO)
Question
all over or just in the area?
I personally breakout on the lower half of face, rarely anywhere else. Should this be applied all over or just area the most broken out areas?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
Pavonica
(Seattle, WA)
on Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
4 answers
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answer 1
If you don't breakout in a specific area, I'd only apply it to the "zone(s)" that you normally break out in. I apply it to zones rather than only where I have breakouts at the moment because it does a fantastic job preventing further breakouts.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
mtmorce
(Austin, TX)
answer 2
I would apply it only on the areas where you typically breakout. It also prevents breakouts too, not just treats it. But if you only breakout on the lower half of your face, I would just use it on those areas.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
vicc
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I only apply it to the affected areas. I think this is best if you have sensitive skin like me so that you don't irritate areas of your face that don't need it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
idesign
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
I would definately recommend applying the lotion to any areas that are prone to breakouts, obviously excluding sensitive spots such as the eye area, but if you only break out on your chin, cheeks, nose, etc. I wouldn't personally apply it all over. It's up to you, but you can expect to experience moderate dryness, flakey patches and possibly redness and increased sensitivity when it's applied to areas of your face that aren't oily or overproducing sebum
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
mandy
(SuGaR LaNd, TX)
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