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Q&A: Oral antibiotics and acne- does it really help?

question for batty

Hi Batty!

I was told that only oral antibiotics can help with cystic acne. Can you tell me how this works for cystic acne? My twins get those on their faces a lot, and I really do not wish to put them on oral antibiotics because it can suppresses their immune system.

Thank you for any insight!

batty's answer

Hey There,

cystic acne maskYou definitely don’t want to put your twins on antibiotics. You already mentioned that they would suppress their immune systems, but they are also only a band-aid solution. Many people find that when trying to clear up their acne after getting off of antibiotics  is even harder (chronic acne is often linked to poor or ineffective digestion, and you can imagine how much damage antibiotics adds to the equation).

The Cystic Acne Mask I offer isn’t a one-shot solutions for cystic acne. It’s meant to be used as part of a natural acne clearing journey (more on this below).

For more info on internal causes of acne see the answer section of this Q & A article:
http://battysblog.com/2014/07/04/qa/

You didn’t mention whether or not your twins are teens, but if they are, you might find these two links helpful as well:
1) http://battysblog.com/2014/04/11/qa-should-i-continue-with-your-rosacea-kit-what-do-you-recommend-for-teenage-acne/
2) http://battysblog.com/2014/04/15/honest-review-of-detox-kit-from-teenager-with-cystic-acne/

I hope that helps! Please let me know if there’s anything I can clarify or help with further.

lovebatty purple

Weekly Recap (Oct 20 – 26)

Here’s this week’s photo recap! Check out what I’ve been up to (or have at least documented ) since the last recap post!

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week, and then recap them here on the blog once a week.

To see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag.image divider

Quick Tint Moisturizer

Today in the Batty’s Bath studio: restocking Quick Tint Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer.
(Oct. 20)

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Halloween decor

A new addition to my Halloween-365 décor.
(Oct. 20)

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What I wore

What I Wore: Headless Horseman sweatshirt, uber comfy hippy flares and planet/galaxy socks (to celebrate the upcoming Orionids Meteor Shower on Wednesday night/Thursday morning).
(Oct. 21)

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Batty in Japan

Flashback to eating meatless okonomiyaki in Tokyo, Japan – nom nom!
(Oct. 22)

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Masquarade

Thanks for the great night Toronto and @tbloxsidge
(Oct. 24)

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Halloween socks and tights

I fall more and more in love with these tights every day.
(Oct 24)

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Chilli the pup

This beauty is having a sleep over with my fur kids tonight. I’m not sure who’s more excited – me or them, LOL!
(Oct. 25)

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Halloween party

@klizmay and I having a great time at Carey’s Halloween party – despite vampire fangs that didn’t fit or stay in my mouth, LOL. This pic also doesn’t do justice to Karla’s rendition of starry night – it was awesome! As was @johntario‘s Van Gogh.
(Oct. 26)

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The extras…

I’m currently watching/listening to:

Watching….

    • Supernatural – season 9 –finished
    • The Originals - season 1 – started + almost finished
    • Side Note: for those of you who don’t know, I fit in so much tv time because I watch tv while packing orders ;)

Listening to: same as last week: nothing much! I’ve been “in the zone” and have found myself realizing that hours upon hours have passed while I’ve been working away without any music playing in the background! However I did do some mega driving and was listening to some mix CDs, and albums by: The Dixie Chicks, Duffy, and Pink.

What I’m reading (non-work related):

    • Extraordinary Love: 9 Enthralling Paranormal Romances - Box Set with 9 different authors. I haven’t gotten any further in the first book, Of Eternal Life by Micah Persell since the I first mentioned this box set here.

 

Customer Review: Plump and juicy pineapple acne relief!

after acne kit

Some people are blessed with naturally perfect skin. Others need just the right amount of TLC to get their skin in shape. It’s not always an easy process to figure out what works for your skin, but that’s where Batty’s Bath products come in to play. Our goal is to help you help your skin, every step along the way.

Take a look into Sarah’s journey and her thoughts on the Acne Repair Skin Care Kit.

“After detoxing my skin when I first started with Batty’s, I started on my way to acne recovery and balanced skin.

It wasn’t easy at first to figure out what was right for my skin. It had an oily T-zone and was affected by lactose, allergies, stresses, hormones and diet. I had tried 2 other kits, having some relief but wasn’t quite getting the balance I was seeking. I read everyone’s reviews carefully, and Batty was very supportive and knowledgeable, while helping me get the balance I was trying so hard to achieve.

Then it happened, I bought the Acne Repair Skin Care Kit. Since I have combination skin as some would call it, with a small touch of rosacea, it was difficult to find a full balance. I could tell by the second day of use that my face started to balance itself. I can’t fully express the satisfaction that came from finding the right kit for me.

It was like scrubbing my face with fresh, juicy pineapple every morning and evening. I found that the After Acne Mist was penetrating my skin and helping bring it back to life. I’ve always loved Batty’s Primer Facial Moisturizer, so it topped off the routine with a really nice moisturized and fresh feeling. At night, when I used the After Acne Serum, it was a very gentle and enriched oil pulling/ balancing technique which really helped get deep down care to my skin.

I give this routine 5 stars! It has brought balance back to my skin.

Thanks, Batt’y :)”

– Sarah (Acne Repair Skin Care Kit)

Keep up the great work Sarah, and we are so happy to hear you’ve found your Batty match.

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Batty’s Bath Annual Soap Drive- There’s still time to vote!

Annual Soap Drive

If you haven’t noticed the flurry of activity on the Batty’s Bath Facebook Fan Page, your missing out! This year’s Annual Soap Drive is turning out to be one of the best soap drives we’ve held yet.

What is the Batty’s Bath Annual Soap Drive you ask?

Each year, Batty hosts the soap drive as a chance to give back to her community and a local charity. The Soap drive plays entertainer to a little, friendly competition in order to select which charity will be the beneficiary for that year. Once the charity is chosen (by you the fans), Batty donates a portion of all soaps sold between Nov. 1st and Dec. 8th (The day the shop shuts down for holidays).

There’ still time to vote, and the charities need your support!

This year’s voting has been closer than ever, and every vote makes a difference. So how can you get involved? It’s really quite simple.

VOTE by “liking” the charity of your choice from the album of submitted charities on the Batty’s Bath Facebook Fan Page (the collection of pictures that all say “Batty’s Bath Annual Soap Drive” + the name of the charity). The album is pinned to the top of the page, so it’s easy for you to find. Liking the picture with the charity you want to win is the only way to have your vote count, and can only been done once.

How can I help my favourite charity?

Tag them, message them, share their photo so more people can come here and vote for them. Basically, spread the word! But be quick, voting ends at midnight (EST), Oct 31, 2014.

We will announce the winner on Nov. 1st.

Q&A: What products do you suggest for my Milia?

question for batty

Hi Batty.

I have milia under my eyes and small bumps like milia on nose are. Do you have  any suggestions on how to treat them?

Thank you!

batty's answer

Hey,

Thanks for your email! Below you’ll find my thoughts and suggestions:

Milia can be removed by a dermatologist, but for an at home treatment, the best advice is: consistent GENTLE exfoliation. I stress GENTLE exfoliation because harsh exfoliation can actually cause a outbreak of milia. You may want to try one of my products with pineapple enzymes, as it provides exfoliation inside the pore without the abrasion. The two products I have that contain pineapple enzymes are my Green Tea & Pineapple Liquid Facial Cleanser and my Pineapple Facial Scrub (the Pineapple Facial Scrub will provide two types of gentle exfoliation).

My suggestion as far as a routine would be to….

  • cystic acne maskAM & PM Exfoliation+Cleansing: use the Green Tea & Pineapple Liquid Facial Cleanser in the AM and the Pineapple Facial Scrub in the PM (note that all my facial scrubs are made with whipped soap so you don’t need to use another cleanser or soap along with them – they cleanse and exfoliate at the same time).  The clays in the Green Tea & Pineapple Liquid Facial Cleanser will also help draw out impurities that could be blocking the pores.
  • PM Treatment: For the milia on your nose, after exfoliating, apply my Cystic Acne Mask on the problem areas (in a fairly thick layer) before going to bed. This thick layer won’t completely absorb into your skin and will dry hard so you’ll need to wash it off in the morning. The ingredients in this mask will help hydrate the area (which helps skin cells slough off easier), kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and if some of those bumps are acne, help clear those up as well.
  • PM Treatment: For the milia under your eyes, do the same thing as mentioned above (apply a thick layer before bed) except with my Soothing Eye Gel (after exfoliating the area). When applying the Soothing Eye Gel, don’t worry about trying to rub it in, just gently pat it on.
  • AM Treatment: Apply a super thin layer of Soothing Eye Gel under your eyes followed up with your moisturizer*. I would also suggest applying my Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel to the bumps on your nose is a very thin layer followed up by your moisturizer. (Note that when using the Soothing Eye Gel, Cystic Acne Mask, or Hydra Healing Gel during the day, they should always be applied in a super thin layer and followed up with a layer of moisturizer or serum).

    * – be sure your moisturizer doesn’t contain pore clogging ingredients (all my facial moisturizers & serums are free of pore clogging ingredients – for more help on making sure the products you’re using aren’t contributing to the problem, see below).

  • Be sure to avoid pore clogging ingredients that could be causing the milia in the first place (milia develops because either sloughed-off skin gets caught in the pore, or when something clogs the ducts leading to the skin surface). This flowchart goes over some of the most common pore clogging ingredients to avoid (as well as other problem ingredients). Also watch for coconut oil – it only clogs pores in less than half of the people who use it, so it’s often overlooked as an ingredient that could be causing the problem. Your skin may not have a problem with coconut oil but it is worth mentioning.
  • Dry Clay MaskUse a clay mask (I would suggest my Dry Clay Mask mixed with aloe) on the problem areas 1-2 times a week and exfoliate well after. This will help draw out impurities that could be blocking the pores.
  • It’s also been suggested that milia develops after excessive exposure to the sun – although there’s debate about whether it’s the sun that’s actually causing the outbreak, or whether it’s the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens. So stay out of the sun as much as possible and use natural sun blocking ingredients when you’ll be in the sun for long periods of time (like titanium dioxide and zinc – some of my products contain these ingredients but won’t provide enough protection for long periods of time spent out in the sun. If you’d like to know which natural sunscreen I use on my face when I’ll be working in the garden for several hours or going to the beach, just let me know and I’ll pass along the info).

I hope that helps! Please let me know if there’s anything I can clarify or help with further

lovebatty purple

 

Weekly Recap (Oct. 13 – 19)

Here’s this week’s photo recap! Check out what I’ve been up to (or have at least documented ) since the last recap post!

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week, and then recap them here on the blog once a week.

To see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag.

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Batty's nails

Halloween nails from Tokyo still going strong! (Oct. 13)

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work station

What working on this Canadian holiday Monday looks like. Laptop + sleepy dog cuddled up to me + sporting my nightmare before Christmas onesie. It’s a comfy cozy work environment while I print postage for orders that came in while I was in Tokyo. Tonight + tomorrow, Momma Batty and I will get them all packaged up and out the door for Wednesday morning. If you’re waiting on an order, it will be on its way to you shortly. (Oct. 13)

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Fall and winter soaps

Fall + winter limited edition soaps have arrived at Batty’s Bath ! Head over to battysbath.ca for all the details. Check out all the memorizing soaps specially made to commemorate the season! Small and large gift packs are also available at shopbattysbath.com (Oct. 15)

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Halloween soaps

Halloween soaps are still in stock! Usually I’ve sold out before October even starts but this year I made 3x as many as previous years so there’s still a few available! Them seem to be getting snapped up pretty fast though! If you’re interested they’re available at shopbattysbath.com (Oct. 15)

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Gingerbread soap

Today in the studio: making hundreds of these little cuties! They will go out as freebies in all of the November + December Batty’s Bath orders! I’ll also be bringing a limited number of them to the Frederick Art Walk with me (see the battysbath.ca events page for the art walk date + details). It sure smells like Christmas in the studio today! (Oct. 15) … pst, mini gingerbread men soaps are available in the online shop for anyone who’d like extras!

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Batty's outfit

What I Wore: a bit wrinkled now from lots of time spent in the car. I love that the majority of my wardrobe doesn’t seem “out of season” during the month of October, and I get fewer comments about all the bats/pumpkins/skulls I wear. Each October I think I’ll be safe from all strange comments but not so much. Besides the one odd ball comment from an elderly fellow, today was a good day to be out and about in the world. (Oct. 16)

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Batty's pumpkins

Pumpkin carving was a success! Ran out of time to paint the baby pumpkin though. The baby sprouted up in my pumpkin patch at the very last min! I’m surprised he even had time to turn orange. (Oct. 18)

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OSPCA sign

Flashback to one of the creative signs that was put together when I worked at the Renfrew County OSPCA in Petawawa … I believe this was Julie’s handy work! (Oct. 19)

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Quick stick acne fix

Restocking Batty’s Bath “Quick Stick Acne Fix” spot treatment sticks! These babies have really picked up in popularity! More info available at shopbattysbath.com (Oct. 19)

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Little Man dreaming

I love my work environment. At this very moment I’m working on my laptop and this dude is using my leg as a pillow while he dreams. He stopped snoring right before I started recording but I could still feel his lips twitching. I wonder what he’s dreaming about. (Oct 19)

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Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails (Oct. 19)

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The extras…

I’m currently watching/listening to:

Watching….

    • The Walking Dead – season 4 – finished
    • Supernatural – season 9 – started (and almost finished! One or two episodes to go).
    • Side Note: for those of you who don’t know, I fit in so much tv time because I watch tv while packing orders ;)

Listening to: .. nothing much this week! I’ve been “in the zone” and have found myself realizing that hours upon hours have passed while I’ve been working away without any music playing in the background!

What I’m reading (non-work related):

    • Extraordinary Love: 9 Enthralling Paranormal Romances - Box Set with 9 different authors. I haven’t gotten any further in the first book, Of Eternal Life by Micah Persell since the I first mentioned this box set here.

 




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