An Expert A Day: Kate Somerville, Founder, Kate Somerville

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to afford the luxury of a live-in dermatologist, who would stand by our sides, morning and evening, to offer counsel for our skin. Because the world is flawed, the next best thing we could think of was to ask you what skin issues were plaguing you, and then have your favourite experts answer them. Consider us your skincare medium to the ~other side~. We asked Kate Somerville, founder of Kate Somerville skincare, about dealing with acne.

  • What is the best way to deal with cystic acne and subsequent scarring? Is there a non-invasive way of healing pitted acne scars?

    When it comes to acne, I find sulphur, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil to be among the most effective ingredients. If you suffer from cystic acne, you should speak with your dermatologist, as over-the-counter products may not be strong enough. He or she may prescribe a topical or oral medication to help treat cystic breakouts. Healing pitted scaring is tough. There’s only so much that product alone can do. However, there are great professional options like microneedling, laser, or peels, which are all very effective in treating more severe scaring.

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    Photography, Blair Gauld. Model, Sian Henderson at Priscillas.

  • Diana

    Hi the file, do you know where the lovely gold creol earrings is from?

    • Betsy Greaves

      They’re H&M!

      • Diana


  • Naturally Radiant Skin

    I find micro-needling (even just the at-home kind) to be soooo good for my acne and the subsequent scarring. My sister is experimenting with Cosmetic Acupuncture at the moment – I’m excited to see the results of that!

    • Betsy Greaves

      What products do you use for at-home needling?

      • I have the Stacked Skincare roller. It’s fabulous! Purchased it on Amazon – the shipping cost more than the device but it was truly worth it!

        • Betsy Greaves

          So tempting