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Video Series: Why Do I Still Have Acne? Cause #5

In our video series “Why do I still have acne when I follow an awesome skin care routine?“, you’ll find out the 7 factors that might be causing acne even though you’ve got your skin care routine under control. We’ll go over quick tips for healing the most common root causes of acne! In this video we cover internal cause #5: hormonal imbalances.

Don’t have an awesome skin care routine? Or you’re not sure? No problem! We’ve got a work sheet to help you out! You’ll find it here.

Want even more info on internal causes of acne? Right this way…

Stay tuned to the blogfan page, or youtube for the next video in the series! :)

 

P.s. the jingling in the background is my rescue dogs ;) They always get excited when they hear me talking because they think I’m talking to them haha.

Q & A: Are the Pineapple & Green Tea Facial Cleanser, Charcoal Soap and Patchouli Moisturizer the right products for me?

question for battyHi Batty,

I just want to make sure I purchased the right products for my skin.

Right now I’m using your pineapple/green tea face wash, the charcoal soap bar and the patchouli moisturizer. I love all 3 products I just don’t know if they were the right picks for what’s been happening to my skin.

So I used to have full-blown cystic painful acne, until I was put on a 6 month round of accutane, now that worked last year. Currently my problem is dry skin, with small bumps under the skin mainly on my cheeks, I saw two aestheticians even had a micro-dermabrasion. One thought the bumps were an allergic reaction to either sugar or gluten, the other a bad reaction to mac makeup. My family doctor didn’t really listen to the allergy thought and put me on a tactupump prescription that’s benzoyl peroxide and something else, but its way to severe for my skin. It gave me a chemical burn 3 weeks ago. These tiny white bumps sometimes will turn into a pimple they surround my jaw line and near my ears and cheeks.

I also take an omega3 supplement for skin, and a daily multi vitamin.

 

batty's answer

Hi There!

It’s hard to say exactly what might be causing the bumps, and it could be a combo of things.
Here’s my thoughts…
  • Are you still using mac makeup? Or another non-natural makeup brand? If so, be sure to put the ingredients to the test to see if they might be part of the problem. You can do that with this flow chart (also, if you come across coconut oil in any of your makeup products, check out this post.). I’m particularly thinking about pore clogging ingredients that might be causing the bumps. 
  • Do you have any known allergies or sensitivities? Generally the ones that most commonly cause skin issues (particularly acne) are dairy, refined sugar, hormone-laden foods (especially meats & other animal products), and to a lesser extent, soy. Although I should note that if you have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods they could be a major factor .. this also translates to skin care products too – for example if you’re sensitive to a particular botanical or herb (when ingested or used topically), there could be other ingredients in that same botanical family that result in skin issues.
  • Because of where your breakouts are, I suspect a hormonal imbalance (or sensitivity) maybe a root cause (or THE root cause) of the breakouts you’re experiencing. Have a look at the internal aspects in answer part this blog post.
  • The products you’re using are a good fit for what you’ve told me about your skin but I feel strongly that a super calming + hydrating product as well as a product with gentle anti-bacterial properties (to keep p.acnes bacteria from thriving) would be extremely beneficial for you. The two that would fit the bill would be the Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel and the Cystic Acne Mask.
    • The hydra gel would help calm your skin, give it a dose of hydration (which is desperately needed after being on accutane – I was on a 6 month round of accutane over ten years ago and even today my skin has a permanent need for high doses of hydration – this is the cornerstone of any post-accutane users). The way to use this gel would be to apply it (just a thin layer is needed) after washing your face and before applying the patchouli moisturizer. I would suggest doing this once a day (either in the AM or PM).
    • The cystic acne mask will also calm your skin + give it a dose of hydration but it also has anti-bacterial tea tree oil in it. Since there’s no other anti-bacterial ingredients in the products you’re using, I would suggest using this mask once a day by applying a thin layer after you wash your face and before applying your moisturizer. So for example if you’re applying the hydra gel in the AM after washing your face, apply the cystic acne mask in the PM after washing your face. 
    • You can also use the cystic acne mask as an actual mask – if you find that your skin is doing better with the hydra gel under your moisturizer, then use the cystic acne mask as an actual mask. you would do this by first washing your face, then applying a thick layer of the mask. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes, then wash off with warm (not hot!) water and a gentle face cloth. While your skin is slightly damp, apply the patchouli moisturizer. If you use the cystic acne mask this way (instead of under your moisturizer), I would suggest trying to do this 3 – 4 times a week. 
  • If you’re not already doing so, I would also recommend rubbing the charcoal soap bar on to a face cloth and using the face cloth to apply it (in gentle swirling motions) when washing your face. This will provide a mild exfoliation (so dead skin cells don’t build up and clog more pores).
  • A note on the supplements you’re taking – great work! :)  If you’re interested in additional supplements that could help i would highly suggest…
    • taking an antioxidant supplement (which naturally aids the body in reducing inflammation. Inflammation is a building block of acne)
    • taking zinc. Zinc helps speed up the body’s ability to heal the skin – so current breakouts fade faster, scarring is less likely, and your skin restores itself more readily. I take 30 mg most days and it has really helped me. If I go too long without taking both of these supplements (antioxidant and zinc), I notice the difference in my skin fairly quickly. Note that your multi vitamin probably already had zinc in it, so if you want to take the same dose I do, be sure to subtract the zinc you’re already getting from your multi-vitamin from the 30mg total. 

I hope that helps!

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Weekly Recap: April 6th to 12th

Here are just some of this weeks photos from my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week.

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

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Customer Review: Patchouli Facial Moisturizer

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Infused with Patchouli Essential Oil, this formula is specifically made for sensitive and problem skin. Patchouli Essential Oil is known for it’s unique ability to combat skin irritations, acne and inflammation.

This is one thing that no girl should be without! Even if you don’t breakout often, you’ll want this on hand when you do breakout to make sure those nasty zits hit the road – and fast!  This thick, rich, and creamy moisturizer penetrates deep to rejuvenate and nourish your skin without leaving it feeling greasy.  A little bit of this moisturizer goes a long way because of the robust nature of this formula.

Additionally, Batty’s Patchouli Moisturizer helps to sooth and calm eczema when combined with using natural soaps (so you’re not aggravating your skin with chemical detergents!). Apply to any problem areas as often as needed to help get relief! If your skin has cracked in some of the areas where you’re experiencing eczema, apply our body balm.

Combine with one of Batty’s clay masks for the ultimate acne fighting combo!

Camee sent us this wonderful review of the Patchouli Facial Moisturizer:

I tried out a sample size of the patchouli moisturizer and was so impressed I had to immediately order a regular sized jar of it. It is a super thick formula and a little bit goes a long way. The first night I put it on my face before bed I was unsure of how I felt about the scent of patchouli but by the third night using it I had begun to love the smell and found it very relaxing and calming before bed. The dry areas I had around my mouth and nose have vanished and my recurring problem acne spots are smaller and much less red. I have tried expensive moisturizers and other natural ones and none have ever helped my dry skin like this one has. I never ever write reviews as I rarely find products I am impressed with, but I am absolutely in love with this phenomenal moisturizer!!! 

Thanks for the great review Camee!

If you’d like to know more about many benefits of using Batty’s Bath Patchouli Moisturizer click Here.

Want to read other reviews or write your own review on this product? Click Here.

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Is congestion trigging your acne?

Common cause of acne - congestion - this post pin points causes and provides solutions

We talk a lot about the common causes of acne here at BattysBlog.com and today’s no exception! Today we’re talking about congested pores – one of the most common triggers for acne.

What is congestion?

Whether it’s sinus congestion or pore congestion, we’re not talking about anything good! In simplest terms, congestion in your skin is when your pores get clogged up. Clogged pores don’t allow your skin’s natural oils (sebum) to easily pass through them to the surface of your skin. That’s bad because on the way to the surface of your skin, we want that oil to push out any debris that’s inside your pores, and moisturize the skin once it gets there.

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What causes congestion?

Congestion is caused by a number of things but the most common include:

1) Not moisturizing

024_003When you skip moisturizing your skin, your skin’s natural oil (sebum) gets dried out before it even reaches the surface of your skin! It gets dried up and stuck inside the pore and forms… you guessed it… congestion (aka a clogged pore). The sebum is often mixed with dead skin cells that have flaked off in your pores. Did you know that the INSIDE of you pores shed dead skin cells too? That’s why the next point is so important….

2) Not hydrating

024_003When you’re missing this key component of natural skin care, your pores become dried out (much like what we talked about above), and your skin’s natural oils can’t reach the surface of your skin. In this example, it’s a case of your pores not being lubricated enough for the oils to pass through the pore. This is a big issue because that oil pushes debris – like dead skin cells – and impurities out of the pore (preventing congestion).

3) Using products with petroleum (and other pore clogging ingredients)

024_003One of the most common ingredients found in skin care (especially creams) is petroleum (which goes by a number of other names including mineral oil, paraffinum, propylene glycol, etc). This unfortunate fact means that trying to make sure the first point (not moisturizing) isn’t the cause of your congestion could end up bringing you to this reason for congestion instead! Frustrating I know! We’ve already covered 2 reasons why your skin could be congested – applying products with pore clogging ingredients will just add to the mess! (pst.. don’t worry – I provide a list of easily solutions below!).

4) Over doing it with the wrong moisturizer

024_003Here’s the deal – your skin care only absorb so much! So OVER loading on moisturizer (especially when your skin is already flaky) is not only a waste of product (and your hard-earned money!), it’s also ensuring that all that flaky skin will stick around … more specially, stick to your face – and inevitably, in your pores. Which brings me to my next point…

5) Skipping on exfoliation 

024_003Sloughing off dead skin cells is crucial in making sure those cells don’t stick round and end up back in your pores (causing congestion). The less debris that there is to fall into your pores, the less likely they are to get clogged up! Pretty straight forward right? Right! Just be sure not to OVER do it and try to scrub off skin cells before they are ready! Over exfoliating can lead to redness, inflammation, and damaged skin… all of which created the perfect “acne storm”!

 

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What are the solutions?

1) Not moisturizing = moisturize! 

009_013Simple fix eh? ;)  You should be moisturizing your skin each time after you wash it.

Find the right moisturizer for you from the Batty’s Bath line by using this handy dandy quiz.

2) Not hydrating = hydrate!

025_023Another simple fix here – just add hydration! You might be looking at the screen going “umm what?” lol.. don’t worry! Hydration is one of the most missed steps and least known key components of a balanced skin care routine! So if you haven’t been hydrating up to this point (or aren’t sure if you have or not), you’re definitely not alone! But let’s leave those routines with zero hydration behind shall we? We want lubricated pores after all ;) And to make sure you’ve got the right product for the job, we’ve created this quick quiz to pin point the right hydra product for you!

3) Using products with pore clogging ingredients = replace those products!

007_019The good news is that this is a super easy fix – just be sure that every product you’re putting on your face is free of pore clogging petroleum! This may sound like a daunting task, but don’t worry – I won’t leave you stranded without a road map! Enter: the road map! Otherwise known as our flowchart that will put your current skin care products to the “acne prone safe” test (which includes screening for pore clogging ingredients)!

4) Over doing it with the wrong moisturizer = find the right moisturizer + prep your skin properly! 

019_086So first let’s get your moisturizer sorted! Follow this link to find the right moisturizer for you! Next, know that prepping your skin for moisture, hydration, and treatments that target specific problems, can make a HUGE difference! Prepping your skin includes cleansing (find the right cleanser for you here), exfoliating (see below), and could involve adding a serum AFTER applying your hydrating product and BEFORE applying your moisturizer. For help with creating a skin care routine that includes personalized treatments, check out this page.

5) Skipping on exfoliation = exfoliate!

023_037Another quick fix – just be sure to slough off those dead skin cells each day! This can mean a different method, and different product, for each of us so to be sure you’re using the right method + product for our skin, check out this.

 

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Want to learn more about the common triggers and causes of acne? No problem! I’ve got the info you need right here.

 

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Radiant Rebel Spring Fling Skin Care – Detox

After a long and cold winter, spring has finally sprung here in Southern Ontario!  YAY!!  We are seeing the warm sun,   green grass and flowers start to peak through the ground.

Spring is the time to clear out the clutter and do a really good clean of everything in our lives.  Even our skin!  One of the best ways to do this is to take a good look at any products you are using for those nasty chemical-based, abrasive, abusive, astringent, drying, chapping, zapping treatments.  If they contain any of the “dirty dozen” ingredients, ditch them!

Another way to hit the spring clean button on your skin is to use the Batty’s Bath Detox Kit.

Batty's Bath Detox Kit

 

The detox kit contains our Dry Clay Mask, Charcoal Cold Pressed Soap, Mild Jojoba Scrub and Primer Facial Moisturizer.

Use the kit for a minimum of 3 weeks to give your poor, agitated face a good, clean sweep.

You’ll literally see years of chemical residue lift & disappear, as old, icky petroleum leaves your pores! (Good riddance!)

The Batty’s Bath detox kit is good for all skin types.

The check out our Radian Rebel Reviews of our Detox Kit click here.

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Video Series: Why Do I Still Have Acne? Cause #4

In our video series “Why do I still have acne when I follow an awesome skin care routine?“, you’ll find out the 7 factors that might be causing acne even though you’ve got your skin care routine under control. We’ll go over quick tips for healing the most common root causes of acne! In this video we cover internal cause #4: liver congestion & detoxification.

Don’t have an awesome skin care routine? Or you’re not sure? No problem! We’ve got a work sheet to help you out! You’ll find it here.

Want even more info on internal causes of acne? Right this way…

Stay tuned to the blogfan page, or youtube for the next video in the series! :)

 

P.s. the jingling in the background is my rescue dogs ;) They always get excited when they hear me talking because they think I’m talking to them haha.

Q & A: What can I use to spot treat new blemishes?

question for battyHi Batty,

What can I use to spot treat new blemishes?

batty's answer

Hi There!

Here’s how to spot treat acne:
 
1. Roll on Quick Stick Acne Fix on to any blemishes after washing your face and applying any serums/mists/moisturizers.
 
2. Apply a thick layer (or big glob) of Hydra Healing Gel over top of the areas you applied the Quick Stick
 
3. Leave this on overnight. Some (if not all) of the Hydra Gel will absorb overnight and that’s just fine. It’s also fine if not all of it absorbs. It’s there for your skin to pull from throughout the night. (The Quick Stick is there to kill bacteria, and promote healing – the Hydra Gel promotes healing and gives your skin a big dose of hydration). 

I hope that helps!

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Weekly Recap: March 30th – April 5th

Here are just some of this weeks photos from my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week.

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

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Customer Review: Acne Prone Skin Care Kit

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ACNE IS THE WORST!

It doesn’t matter if you have the greatest friends, the cutest dog, or the best job in the world — when your face is flaring up with pimples, it’s really hard to stay positive!

I spent a whole decade popping in & out of dermatologists’ offices, trying every chemical concoction under the sun to cure my cystic acne.

But once I (finally!) started making my own simple, organic, all-natural botanical remedies, my skin breathed a sigh of relief — and started to clear & repair itself.

It was an astonishing experience — one that I can’t wait to deliver, to YOU.

CHOOSE THE ACNE PRONE KIT (THAT’S THIS ONE!) IF …

  1. You’re struggling with severe, advanced or cystic acne — or if you’re moving from one breakout to the next, rarely experiencing clear skin.
  2. You’re struggling with monthly or hormonal breakouts — every couple of weeks, like (self-esteem-crushing) clockwork.
  3. You’re suffering from a sudden, unexpected breakout that won’t subside — due to a food sensitivity, unusual weather, allergic reaction, or a crazy wave of stress in your life.

Debby sent us this wonderful review of the Acne Prone Skin Care Kit:

After 25 years of battling this acne that I HAD, I have found the only products that have cleared it up in this kit. And it worked fast! I have been using it for about a month now, and have not had one single breakout, cystic or not. Within the first few day I noticed a dramatic, yet beautiful change in my skin! Thanks to Batty and her awesome products, I feel like putting my hair up when I go out! No more hiding for me! Yay! 

Thanks for the great review Debby!

If you’d like to know more about many benefits of using Batty’s Bath Acne Prone Skin Care Kit click Here.

Want to read other reviews or write your own review on this product? Click Here.

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Q & A: Would the patchouli cold pressed soap have the same acne fighting affects as the grapefruit one?

question for battyHi Batty,

Would the patchouli cold pressed soap have the same acne fighting effects as the grapefruit one?

batty's answer

Hi There!

Yes, it would have the same amount of patchouli acne fighting properties, but it would be missing the antibacterial effects of the grapefruit essential oil. I should also note that the full size Patchouli Cold Pressed soap isn’t always in stock as it’s a limited edition soap that I usually only make a few times a year.

I hope that helps!

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Dry Skin / Winter Skin Tip (video): What do to when moisturizing isn’t cutting it

We’re taking a brief interlude from our “Why do I still have acne” video series to share a dry skin / winter skin care tip! It may be spring here but many Radiant Rebels still have skin that is suffering from the winter woes! Plus, here in Ontario, the signs of spring aren’t quiet out in full bloom yet ;)

In this video I share what to do if you’re moisturizing lots and yet still have dry skin.

Next week we’ll continue with our video series “Why do I still have acne” which covers all the reasons you might be suffering from breakouts even if you have an awesome skin care routine. To see the videos in this series head over to our facebook page, youtube channel, or watch them right here on our blog.

To find the perfect products for your routine? No problem! We can help you find the perfect moisturizer, hydrator, and exfoliator + cleanser!

Want even more resources? We’ve got you covered!
Head over to battysbath.ca and check out our Skin Care 101 page :)

Weekly Recap: March 23rd to March 29th

Here are just some of this weeks photos from my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week.

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

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Customer Review: Mineral Makeup Foundation

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Batty’s Mineral Makeup Foundation is formulated to keep your skin looking great while you’re wearing it without causing any problems after you take it off! This foundation won’t clog your pores. It also won’t irritate sensitive, acne, or rosacea prone skin.

This weightless, forgiving, silky matte foundation feels like nothing at all when applied but it covers just like a medium to heavy duty liquid foundation (Build up coverage by applying as many layers as you need)! It evens out your skin tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines, pores, redness, and imperfections.

If you’re looking for a sheer, flaw less, natural looking foundation, look no further! This foundation is natural anti-bacterial power powder! It works as a foundation, concealer, powder, and includes sun ray blocking titanium dioxide (one of the best sun blocking minerals found in natural sunscreen). A little bit of foundation is all you need to create a natural glowing matte flawless face!

Apply our Facial Primer or Quick Tint before our Mineral Foundation for a silky smooth application!

Brooke sent us this wonderful review of the Mineral Makeup Foundation:

I love my mineral foundation!! For a long time I was using pore-clogging liquid foundations from the drug store, putting myself through a vicious cycle of covering up zits only to create more of them. Now I feel good about what I’m putting on my skin– I can see a noticeable decline in my acne since using this foundation (along with the Patchouli Facial Soap and Patchouli Moisturizer).  

Even better, the coverage is incredible!! I normally don’t like mineral or powder foundations because they never covered as well as liquid ones for me. They also always felt too drying, but not Batty’s. This mineral foundation has a silky feel to it. 

I was surprised to find that the two lightest shades were too light for me, as I don’t think I have much color. However, even with Almond, I find the foundation makes me look a little pale when I have to use more to build coverage. I’m going to try Vanilla next, but a bit of bronzer does the trick too. 

Thanks for the great review Brooke!

If you’d like to know more about many benefits of using Batty’s Bath Mineral Makeup Foundation click Here.

Want to read other reviews or write your own review on this product? Click Here.

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