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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

What it is:A dual-action exfoliation method that seemingly smooths away years in as little as two minutes. What it is formulated to do:Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is Kate's top-selling product, and the next best thing to seeing Kate in the clinic. This signature, expert formula works both physically and enzymatically to deliver safe, dramatic results in one application—and in the comfort of your own home. It effectively combats acne and blackheads, reduces discoloration, and polishes skin for a smooth complexion. Ideal for all skin types except sensitive skin, it harnesses the power of fruit enzymes to clarify skin by removing dead cells and eliminating bacteria. Skin will appear healthy, youthful, and vibrant. What else you need to know:This product comes with a packette of Daily Deflector™ Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, a powerful antiaging sunscreen. The 0.5 oz mini size treatment comes with a holiday bag while supplies last. Research results:According to Kate Somerville, a 25-person study revealed the following results after 1 use:- 72% reported significantly reduced appearance of skin roughness- 88% reported an improvement in the appearance of skin texture- 72% reported an improvement in their complexion- 72% reported suppler skin- 84% reported softer and smoother skin
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Questions & Answers for Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Question
Do I rinse
The instructions say to leave, then follow with moisturizer. I have never used an exfoiator without rinsing it off.Are you supposed to rinse with water after you use this or not?Thanks
asked 3 years ago
marita13
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
You do want to rinse gently with water, then pat dry.
answered 9 months ago
Westcoasty
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 2
Yes, rinse well.
answered 11 months ago
UrbanOtter
(Boulder, Co)
answer 3
Yes, you definitely want to wash the ExfoliKate off after about 20-30 seconds. ExfoliKate will help your moisturizer/skincare products absorb more quickly and deeper.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
Ziggydhorse
(Palm Springs, CA)
answer 4
YES!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
candycanegirl
(Troy, MI)
answer 5
Definitely need to rinse
answered 3 years ago
dwalmer
(Germantown MD)
answer 6
I always rinse. I don't know what directions you have, but the one I have says to leave on 2 minutes, rinse and dab dry.
answered 3 years ago
carriec82
answer 7
yes rinse it off after a minute or 2!
answered 3 years ago
evm731
(San Diego, CA)
answer 8
Yea. You're supposed to massage it in, leave on for 20 - 30 seconds then rinse with warm water. . .You're skin is going to feel so great afterwards.
answered 3 years ago
ppacheco
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 9
Yes, definitely rinse this off after 2 min (per instructions on my sample)
answered 3 years ago
effini
(Long Beach, CA)
answer 10
Hi Marita,

You must rinse this product off. You can leave it on up to 30 seconds. After you rinse you can apply your moisturizer on top. We hope this helps!
answered 3 years ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Use everyday?
Can I use ExfoliKate everyday instead of once or twice a week? Would it be bad for your skin?>
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
vbrooklyn
(Santa Barbara, CA)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
9 answers
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answer 1
I use this twice a week. I use the Micro Glycolic Polisher two or three times a week, and then Murad's clarifyng mask about once or twice a week. My skin can take it without getting irritated. But I always follow with a good serum and moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
nicky888
(Central Coast, California)
answer 2
I heard Kate say that she uses the gentle one every day, but she recommended twice a week for the regular one.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
acsmtrainer
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
In addition to working as a scrub, ExfoliKate contains an enzymatic exfoliator, which works like a peel to dissolve surface skin and impurities. Unless you have super resilient skin, you should not use this more than two times a week. It may take a couple of weeks for the damage to show, but daily use will most certainly dry out and irritate your skin.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
trinny
(Charleston, SC)
answer 4
I don't think you should use it everyday, maybe twice a week stretching it. If your skin isn't sensitive. But I say once a week is good enough. Plus it's a very expensive product, you don't want to overuse it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
Aralyn
(Dallas, TX)
answer 5
ExfoliKate is a pretty intensive exfoliator. I would not use it every day. I use it twice a week.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
answer 6
It depends on your skin and tolerance. I used this 2-3 times a week rotating it with lighter scrubs/masks the other day. It can burn, but I got used to it. You want to make sure you don't overdo either because your skin can produce more oil and make it worse. Proceed with caution.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 7
I don't see why not, however, the product is a little pricey so you might not want to do that. Doing it 3 times a week would probably do better
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
cindela
(Bradenton)
answer 8
Depending on your skin type I would only do 1-2 times per week. You will love the results and want to use it more, but really only that much is necessary.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
pugmar
(Thornton, CO)
answer 9
No, I believe it is recommended 2X / week.. if not it may be too harsh
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
samantha6021023
(Brooklyn, NY)
Question
if i buy 4 tubes of 0.5 oz
it will be cheaper then the 2 oz. is it possible?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
sallylug
(nj)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
9 answers
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answer 1
I wish the original poster had mentioned the prices when she asked the question. Currently the 0.5 oz is $22 and the 2oz is $85, so no, the 2oz tube is cheaper.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
AKRinNY
answer 2
woww... some of you seriously need to learn how to add.
answered 2 years ago
linac1
(New York, NY)
answer 3
I prefer the smaller size because it lasts forever and does not seem to lose its efficacy over time. Two should last 6 months
answered 2 years ago
obessive
(MARIETTA, GA)
answer 4
Yes
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
jassini
(Salt Lake City, Ut)
answer 5
i've tried both and the smaller tube seem "less full" than larger
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ppoopptini
(irvine, ca)
answer 6
I always purchase the smallest tube because of the lower price and it last a long time because you only need a pea size. buy a few tubes at a time and you will be amazed of how long they last. date the tubes when you start using them to keep track.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
jenjean
(Anchorage, Alaska)
answer 7
Isn't the .5 $20 and the 2oz $80. So its the same
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
cosmeticjunkie2
(Florida)
answer 8
No, it will end up being more than the two-ounce because of tax, and at least ten dollars over even without tax added on. It's price is set in such a way that the company can provide it to people with an income that can't afford such a large sum on a face wash, but still need a good product to use.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
caveat
(Dallas, TX)
answer 9
Yeah - wow! You are right! 0.5 oz = $19 - multiplied four times makes $76 as opposed to buying the 2 oz for $85 - that is ridiculous!!!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lovelines
(Chicago, Illinois)
Question
I have rosecia, will it be safe to use exfoliKate
Do you use a moisturizer after using exfoliKate.
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Orange, Tx)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
8 answers
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answer 1
I don't think this would be suitable for you. It's quite intense and burns in the two minutes you have to leave it on. It also has a strong smell.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
laurainky
(Paducah, ky)
answer 2
this product contains 3 types exfoliants - physical beads, chemical exfoliants (salicylic and lactic acid) and enzymes (pumpkin, papaya and pineapple) to dissolve dead skin cells. plus it also contains cinnamon to give you an instant "rosy glow" basically meaning it will sort of inflame the skin... if you have rosacea maybe you want to try exfolikate gentle in the green packaging. it does not have the cinnamon nor the salicylic so would be more appropriate for your skin type. and consider only using it for 20-30 seconds. or you can try the new sephora collection dual action exfoliator. it is super gentle! =)
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answered 3 years, 10 months ago
littledazey
(clifton, nj)
answer 3
You may want to do a test patch. It is pretty intense. My skin is very sensitive and I tend to turn red easily but I think this product ultimately helps texture, redness, and clogged pore that result in break-outs ... I'd do a skin test patch just to be safe.
answered 4 years ago
rhomdie
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
Yes
answered 4 years ago
shortie5
(San Jose, CA)
answer 5
YES! It will soak right in because you have new baby smooth skin shining through. Treatments should be applied directly after exfolikate so ey can work better!
answered 4 years ago
justin29
(San Jose)
answer 6
i would suggest exfolikate sensitive instead! and definitely always use a moisturizer! especially after exfoliating, it should absorb a lot quick and work better.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
makeupjonkey
(atlanta, ga)
answer 7
No, you should not use this product if you have rosacea. The product is not intended for use by anyone with sensitive skin and this could make your rosacea worse.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Georgetown, KY)
answer 8
For help with personalized product recommendations and advice, we invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) & select option 2 to speak with one of our Beauty Advisors. Thanks!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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rid of blackheads?
just wondering if this gets rid of blackheads, specifically on and around the nose and if it doesn't do you guys know a product that does?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
hillboo3
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
8 answers
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answer 1
It didn't clear my blackheads, but smoothed my skin of rough patches.
answered 11 months ago
UrbanOtter
(Boulder, Co)
answer 2
it totally does. another good product is Ahava's dead sea facial scrub or their deadsea mud mask. I don't think it's sold on this website.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
TisforTina
(Somerville, MA)
answer 3
This product helps to clear blackheads, but I also use the peel off luminizing mask by boscia first. Stick to giving yourself a facial every three days until you see an improvement. Then after you wipe off the Kate Somerville mask with a warm washcloth will be ready for extraction. You may want to go get a facial or ask a professional for some tips so you don't damage the skin while extracting the blackheads.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
jennamargaret
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
This is a serios issue with me...I still have the problem after using for 2 months. Maybe a bit less noticeable.a
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
janene
(San Clemente CA)
answer 5
I've only tried it once, but the blackheads on my nose appeared to have cleared out significantly!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
adriennea
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 6
Yes, it has just the right texture of really fine grit to get into the creases around the nostrils where my blackhead used to give me fits. I rub it in gently because it really WORKS and then let it sit on my face for about 10 minutes. When I rinse it away, the blackheads are softened, and it only takes light pressure to get the debris out.
answered 2 years ago
victoria100
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 7
I don't think it really gets rid of black heads but I think that in conjunction with pore strips or an extractor it would definitely help prevent them. When you use pore strips I find that they work better when you cleanse your nose with toner or an alcohol swab first.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
glamz24
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 8
I really like the ExfoliKate for getting rid of dead skin cells and I do think it helps clear black heads too! I like it alot!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
sodiva
(Fayetteville, AR)
Question
appearance of this product
What is color and texture of this exfoliate?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
SuKi123
(Boston, MA)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
8 answers
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answer 1
it's seaweed green and the texture is fine beads
answered 10 months ago
jojojo77777
(New York, NY)
answer 2
It's a thick, dark green, gritty texture that smooths out as you work it into your skin.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
ERR1168
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
It's a green color and the texture is like a scrub. More of a gel than a lotion.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
bethbeautiful
(Raleigh)
answer 4
It is a dark olive green gritty paste texture, but don't let that discourage you, smooths on great and easy to use and rinse off. Others I've used tend to leave grit behind
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
diannah147
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
the color is green and the texture is similar to fine, wet sand.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
emmiiy
(Edgewater, NJ)
answer 6
The product is green with a texture of a fine scrub. It also tingle when you apply to the skin. Do not use if you are going tanning.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
ktryboi
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 7
The mask is a green color and the texture is gritty
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
bethyvic
(Edina, MN)
answer 8
color is mossy green and it has a gritty texture
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
chelseabird
Question
Do I have to moisturize after using this?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
yazmin22
(Laredo, tx)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
8 answers
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answer 1
I moisturize after using it because my skin has become drier with age. I use another Kate Somerville product for this, just a "Q-tip-full", and it works very nicely. That also helps if my skin is feeling a little sensitive after.
answered 9 months ago
Westcoasty
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 2
yes of course. you should always moisturize after using an exfoliator or mask.
answered 10 months ago
jojojo77777
(New York, NY)
answer 3
Yes, please!

It particularly takes off the top layer of your skin. It is strong! Be professional about it! This is not for children!

It works best with Serums.
answered 10 months ago
tySheep
(Anchorage, AK)
answer 4
This product dosn't dry me out much at all, and I have dry skin so I know. :) Still, I like to use a gentle moisterizer after just because it's good to 'feed' that newly exposed skin you know what I mean? ;) The acids in the product are very good for eating through dead skin cells and repairing, but your skin will want some moister after going through that.

Just be careful to use a natural product like Rose Hip Oil. If you use a moisterizer with a lot of chemicals, you may have a bumpy reaction.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
Wolfmoon0
(Ramona, Ca)
answer 5
Yes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
triciapp
(Sparta, NJ)
answer 6
Yes, after using this product apply moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 7
Yes, definitely. After exfoliating you should always use a moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
rhapsody
(Glen Ellyn, IL)
answer 8
i would highly recommend it, exfolikate is a pretty hardcore treatment..
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
caligrl
(san diego, ca)
Question
Do you rinse this off?
Got a sample from the store and directions do not mention rinsing the product off, but rather, pat dry and use moisturizer. I have very sensitive skin and am dismayed to hear the reviewers who say this is very strong and has beads in it. can anyone comment? Do you rinse it off? Seems like you would need to if it is so strong.
Thanks!
asked 1 year ago
whatnnisleft
(Seattle, WA)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
8 answers
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answer 1
I find the strength is in the fine beads, not in the enzymes, personally. My skin was sensitive after the first time I used it, because I rubbed too long, not believing it would be so good. But after that it's worked great. I use it in the shower and rinse it off before washing my face, so that my natural skin oils give a little more protection.
answered 9 months ago
Westcoasty
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 2
I rinse mine off.
answered 9 months ago
jenjen41
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 3
of course you rinse it off. after leaving it on for 2 minutes you have to rinse it off with water.
answered 10 months ago
jojojo77777
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Yes, please do so.

When starting, do not leave on longer than 60 minutes. If you have cuts or open skin on your face. It will burn it. Wash your face gently before using this product, but make sure your face it clean.

You will be fine, just be professional about it.
answered 10 months ago
tySheep
(Anchorage, AK)
answer 5
i used my sample in shower and used like face wash with hands and let sit for a minute and then rinsed off and did my normal thing. i really liked it. its not that harsh...just look pass the green color.
answered 11 months ago
MrsDaisyMay
(marshall,tx)
answer 6
Yes!!! Instructions on the Kate website direct you to rinse it off. I use a washcloth to make sure I get every last bit.
answered 11 months ago
UrbanOtter
(Boulder, Co)
answer 7
Are you sure you have the intensive one and not the one for sensitive skin? If you have sensitive skin I would NOT use the intensive one. Its great, but it definitely is, as its named, intensive.
answered 11 months ago
Nma427
(Boston, MA)
answer 8
Yes, this product must be rinsed off with warm water and skin patted dry.
answered 1 year ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Use with AHA's or Retinoids??
Can you use this product with AHA's or Retinoids? Currently I use a 10 % AHA (Glycolic acid) and also a retinol and sometimes Retina-A. I'm not sure if you should be combining these other products with this treatment- it may be too harsh??
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
voteobama08
(WDC)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
7 answers
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answer 1
From a scientific perspective, I think you should be able to use all of them, but only at certain times of the day, or alternating days.

For the retinol: AHAs/BHAs and retinol should never be used at the same time of day, since they inactivate one another! The acids work at a very low pH (around 3.5), whereas the retinol only works at a pH of 5.5-6. When you use both together, you get an in-between pH that makes both products ineffective. ExfoliKate has both AHAs (lactic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid). That means you shouldn't be using Exfolikate or your glycolic at the same time as your retinol (you may already know that...) Most dermatologists recommend using AHAs/BHAs and retinol on alternating nights, OR using AHAs/BHAs in the morning and retinol at night.

For the AHAs: If your skin has adjusted to the 10% daily glycolic, then your skin may actually be less sensitive to this product than the average person's. You should be ok to use both, but I wouldn't use both on the same day (since two AHA/BHA products in one day would be too exfoliating).

What this means: If I were you, I'd use the glyolic in the morning and retinol at night most days. If you've got sensitive skin, I would use ExofliKate once or twice a week and skip both the glycolic and retinol on those days. If you don't have sensitive skin, I would do one of the following: A) in the morning I'd use the ExfoliKate and skip the glycolic, then at night still use the retinol, or B) in the morning I'd use the glycolic, then at night use the ExfoliKate and skip the retinol. Try some combinations to see what works best for your skin.

Sorry for the essay, but ingredient interactions can be very complicated!! I hope this helps. When in doubt, ask your dermatologist. :)
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
answer 2
Probably not a good idea. Too many products to peel the skin don't make the skin make new skin cells any faster, but can have negative effects. Use one and have patience.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
HippiChickiNiki
(Colorado Springs. CO)
answer 3
Too harsh only if you have sensitive skin.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
littleboo1
(Machesney Park, IL)
answer 4
I use several topical perscription medications for my moderate acne and use this weekly to help keep my pores clean. I use it weekly, the good thing is you can put it on and if it starts tingling to much you can rinse it right off. I leave it on for the full 60 seconds if my skin doesnt feel to sensitive. I would get a sample pack or the .05 ounce (20 bucks) from Sephora before you spend the money on the full size.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
snarebear
(Richmond, VA)
answer 5
I would not recommend this with retin-a at all. First, nothing resurfaces your skin like retin-a so the cost for this product would just be silly. Additionally, retin-a can cause sensitivity (peeling, redness, etc) so throwing this on top probably isn't a good idea. A gentle exfoliating cleanser used in the morning can help deter peeling and aid in the exfoliating process. Just follow up with your favorite moisturizer and sunscreen. Hope this helps and good luck!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mtsnow
(Wilmington, VT)
answer 6
I am on prescription Tazorac from my dermatologist for acne. I use ExfoliKate twice per week at night, and on those nights I skip the Tazorac. I've been doing this for about a month, and everything is working out great. I would recommend skipping other harsh treatments on the same night(s) that you use the ExfoliKate product, but everyone's skin is unique.
answered 5 years ago
atr3810
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I'm not sure what to tell you about the glycolic acid, but I'm using the Exfolikate with DDF's retinol energizing moisturizer and everything is working out great. I hope you find a regimen that works well for you!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
superthankful
(Indianapolis, IN)
Question
Does this product help get rid of blackheads?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
lele43
(New Orleans, LA)
on ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
7 answers
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answer 1
In my opinion, I noticed it did help clear out my blackheads and made my skin feel extremely clean.
answered 8 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
Yes, the enzymes in the product will help to remove excess sebum (oil), and dead skin (dry skin), that end up clogging the pores and collecting dirt inside your them.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
MrDylan
(Wynnewood, PA)
answer 3
no
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
zdog
(Youngstown, OH)
answer 4
I really hoped it would, but I haven't seen any changes. It's a no for me.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
xrevenant
(Ohio)
answer 5
Yes, I believe it does. I have seen a marked improvement on my nose in particular, where I am prone to nasty blackheads. Although I should also add here that I use several other of the Kate Somerville products targeted for acne-prone skin, so they are likely working in conjunction with this product to clear those things up. But for me personally, this is one of her staple products that you should not be without!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mel329
(Park City, Utah)
answer 6
I used to get clogged pores and blackheads if my skin was not exfoliated frequently. ExfoliKate really keeps my skin "clean" and no more clogged pores at all. The fruit enzymes seem to really do the trick for me. I scrub onto my face in a circular motion and leave it on for about 60 seconds, then rinse. If you do this faithfully for 2 to 3 times a week, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
FBRose
(Irvine, CA)
answer 7
Yes, for me it does, but I use the Exfolikate Gentle because the regular formula does absolutely nothing for me, I don't know why. I have combination oily skin (normal cheeks, T-zone very oily with large pores) and Exfolikate really gets my pores clean. I only have to use it twice a week. It gives my skin care routine an extra boost, and it clears out my blackheads. You should try both the regular and the gentle to see which works for you. Hope this helps. Good luck!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
petalstoo
(The Valley, CA)
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