If zits—whether they’re of the single-offender cystic type or full-scale bumpy breakouts—are an inextricable part of your existence, then you already know that there’s only so much preventative skin care can do. Yes, a diligent acne-fighting routine will certainly help to ward off future facial activity, but every once in a while you’ll still wake up to a blemish you didn’t see coming. Them’s the breaks.
In those instances, you reach for the big guns. For me, said weapon is the best-selling Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment ($24). It smells horrible, stings your eyes, and leaves a sexy spot of chalky pink sediment wherever you apply it, but it’s a powerhouse of blemish-fighting capabilities. Worn overnight or around the house on a lazy Sunday when you won’t be leaving the house, it annihilates even the gnarliest of under-the-skin pimples, thanks to a very potent formula of sulfur, zinc oxide, camphor, and salicylic acid.
EradiKate is a necessity, the kind of thing I’d like to tote around everywhere should a breakout come at me from out of left field. Its only downfall is that it comes in a glass bottle, and that glass bottle should not be shaken up lest it disturb the sulfur that settles at the bottom (that’s the stuff you actually apply to your face via cotton swab, not the clear liquid on top of it). This makes it no bueno for traveling or anything else that doesn’t involve just sitting on your bathroom sink.
The solution? So simple, so smart: Kate Somerville EradiKate To-Go Acne Treatment ($40 for 30, $22 for 12) is the beloved product made portable in individually wrapped, pretreated swabs, so you can at long last stay armed wherever you go. To be fair, I can’t think of anywhere I’d really want to sport the telltale spots outside of the comfort of my own home, but I’ll be tossing a few into my purse anyway should an appropriate situation arise. It’s better to be safe than sorry.