Intensive vs Gentle kate somerville's exfoliator (medium tone, oily skin)
Hi, I'm 33 asian female with problem skin, oily, congested pores, moderate acnes...but sensitive at the same time.
My esthetician recomended that exfoliate home using enzyme based products. I came across this exfoliator but wonder if I should use the regular & intensive one since I would assume it works more powerfully and effectively?.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
on ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
If you have a Sephora store close to you just go in and ask an associate to make you a sample of both the regular ExfoliKate and the Gentle version. If you've already purchased one and don't think it suites you they are great about helping you return products that have been opened and used if your skin doesn't respond well to it.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
I always start with the gentler version of any exfoliating product because its better to be gentle vs. harsh. If you are unable to go into a Sephora store to talk to a specialist directly, I would suggest ordering the gentle version and trying it out. If you see results, still with it! Sephora has a great return/exchange policy, so if it doesn't work - upgrade to normal.
Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
if you are real sensitive I would say to buy a less expensive product than this one if you can't use the regular version. I found the regular worth the money, but not the sensitive version. try yes to carrots exfoliator for similar experience to the gentle kate, but much less money.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
I would recommend using the ExfoliKate Gentle if you have a eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or any other sensitive skin condition. The regular ExfoliKate is intensive and should be massaged onto the skin and left on for 30 seconds and used once a week. When your skin gets more used to the product, you can leave it on up to 2 minutes. It does have glycolic acid and cinnamon oil, so it is normal to have a flush to the skin right after because of increased blood circulation. One does not work better than the other, you just have to use the one that is more appropriate for your skin.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
I think you should def use the gentle first. I have combo/oily acne prone skin thats not sensitive at all and the regular was a bit harsh on my skin. Its not that it leaves you red or anything but it did purge my skin alot and make me breakout. The gentle is much nicer and still effective. I dont breakout on this one. Good luck
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
(New York, NY)
You should not use the regular ExfoliKate if your skin's even slightly sensitive. The enzyme level is too high for sensitive skin, and will just burn the skin and exacerbate your acne.
Gentle exfoliates just as well as the regular, though it's slightly less effective as a peel. However, if you use the ExfoliKate Gentle a couple of times a week, you'll get the same results. And it's cheaper!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
I would first ry the Gentle exfoliating treatment if your skin is sensitive. I have sensitive skin and am acne prone and this stuff is very good at keeping my pores clear. I think my skin looks healthier since I started using it.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
After my FIRST use, I truly felt like a film of dead skin cells had been cleared away. I use it in the evening, and after washing it all off my skin feels like I just used toner. In the morning my face looks very clear, as though I had been drinking tons of water and just exercised. I really recommend you purchase the gentle Exfolikate. I use mine about twice per week, for about 6 weeks now. I only use a lima bean size amount, and I can't tell that my tube is any lighter than when I first opened the box. It's even less expensive than the regular, for the same amount of product!
Given your sensitive skin I recommend the gentle version. I find it MORE effective than the regular. I can understand why you'd assume the full-strength one is better and more effective, but it wasn' t so for me. Also, the regular one hurt my normally gasoline-proof face. This one has a tingling sensation, but as long as you wash it off no later than the 2-minute mark you'll be fine and you'll get great results.
answered 3 years ago
(The Valley, CA)
No, I think you should just try this one first. It has enzymes in it and I've found it to be quite effective at exfoliating. You don't want to overdo it and strip your skin of its oils because it may overcompensate for the lack of oil and start breaking out more. Also, acids can be irritating and you don't want to wind up with red, irritated skin.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago