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Q&A: Breakouts after using masks?

question for battyHey Batty,

So, it is with sadness that I’ve come to the conclusion that both the dry clay facial mask and dead sea mud mask make me break out. I have been so frustrated with my face because even though I can tell your products are wonderful and SHOULD work, I was still getting regular acne. But, something told me it was the dry clay mask, so I stopped using it for about three weeks. In those three weeks, I got ONE small zit on my chin that I took care of in a day, whereas when I was using the mask around 2 or 3 times a week I would have at least 3 zits per week. To test my theory further, I used the dead sea mud mask a couple days ago and exfoliated twice after using it, just to make sure it wasn’t that. Sure enough, when I woke up the next morning I had a giant, nasty, red zit on the side of my face.

I’m not sure what the problem is, because when I use the mask, I exfoliate after with the tea tree nut scrub, and then since I was noticing it wasn’t enough, I would also use one of those exfoliating cloths. I love the idea of having a little extra cleansing at least once a week, but now I don’t know what to do. I’ve taken to using the masks as spot treatment, but that doesn’t seem to be going that well, either.

Thanks!
batty's answerHey There,

Thanks for your email!

I’m sorry to hear about your conclusion / breakouts. And thanks for letting me know that you’re following through with the exfoliation after using the masks – that’s the step that usually gets missed when a breakout happens – so letting me know that helps us rule that out right away.

As a side note, I want to say that it sounds like you are doing a lot of things that your skin is agreeing with because the very worst you mentioned was 3 zits a week… some people would LOVE to be in your skin- LOL.  However, I know how frustrating even a few blemishes can be! So I totally get why you want to get to the bottom of this.

charcoal soapSince everyone is unique it could be possible that just the clays themselves (as in that grouping of ingredients) is causing the breakouts, simply because of the way your skin is reacting to them (i.e. some people find that their skin reacts to certain groups of ingredients .. and by “reacts”, I’m mostly referring to an inflammatory response). This reaction on its own could spark a pimple to pop up, but before we default to clays being a no-no for your skin, I want to discuss another possible explanation.

What I suspect is happening (by what you’ve told me and I could be wrong because I’d need more info to be sure), is that the minor breakouts you’re experiencing when you use the masks are what is commonly referred to as “detox” breakouts. In a nutshell, the basic concept behind detox breakouts (whether we’re talking about internally prompted detox via diet and/or supplements, or an externally prompted detox via skin care products), is a cycle that looks like this…

  • detox action is taken
  • skin purges toxins / impurities (I’ll refer to them as toxins from here on, but they can simply be impurities or irritants) 
  • if inflammation occurs, a breakout usually follows
  • breakout subsides as toxin purge ends
  • “honeymoon period” – few to no breakouts
  • detox action is taken again
  • skin purges toxins again – this time deeper “pockets” of toxins (re: if the body wasn’t introduced to another moderate to heavy load of toxins during the honey moon period)
  • inflammation occurs again, sparking another breakout 
  • breakout subsides as toxin purge ends
  • another honeymoon period.
  • (repeat)

Now, the thing about this cycle is that (generally) the more often it’s done, the less severe the breakouts are each time (over time less toxins need to be purged if following a healthy life style and the person is focused on detoxifying internally and externally). Eventually the detox becomes about just clearing any recent toxins and not about clearing out the body of an accumulation of toxins that have built up over time. When the person has reached that stage in the cycle, breakouts are a lot less likely to occur, and if they do, it might only be a small blemish or two that clears up quickly.

I’m not sure if that’s what’s happening here, but it’s possible. Like I mentioned, I’d need more information.

However, if you’re finding that your skin is clear – and staying clear – without using the masks (who’s primary* purpose is to detox), then you may just want to skip them in your routine.

*primary = detox. Secondary purpose (which are often just as sought out) depends on the mask. For example you mentioned the dry clay mask; The secondary purpose of that mask (generally) is redness reduction / fading hyper-pigmentation. The secondary purpose of the dead sea mud mask is to give the skin a dose of helpful nutrients.

There’s other ways to detox your skin (if that’s your goal for using the masks), like using the charcoal soap, or focusing on detoxing your body internally (the skin support tea can help with that).

If your goal for using the masks is reducing hyper-pigmentation (acne scars, redness, etc), then there’s other ways to do that too (I talk about this a bit in my acne scars video), that I can help you with.

You mentioned that you like the extra cleansing once a week from the masks. A few suggestions I have to get an extra deep cleansing in, without using the masks, is to use either the charcoal soap or the pineapple facial scrub. I mentioned the detoxing powers of the charcoal soap above, but it also helps reduce hyper-pigmentation. As for the pineapple scrub, it has a whole host of great benefits too – reducing hyper-pigmentation is one of them – another is that it exfoliates on two different levels (one of which clears out dead skin cells and other debris inside our pores – not just the debris on the surface of the skin). I talk about this more on the product page for the pineapple facial scrub. Have a look if you’re interested.

Quick stick acne fixAs far as using the masks for spot treatments- The best way to use them for that purpose is to first apply the quick stick, then dab a little bit of clay over top (the clay will bond to the quick stick application). Although, the quick stick doesn’t need the masks to boost its spot treatment “powers” and could actually interfere with it’s ability to work if the clay absorbs all the quick stick and pulls it away from the skin. The quick stick + clay combo works really well for some people. Others find the quick stick on its own works much better.

Phew – this is turning into a novel so I’ll wrap it up here.

I hope I was able to help! Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

lovebatty purple

Weekly Recap (July 21 – 27)

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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Tea Tree Nut Scrub

Ok, who’s turn is it to stir? My arms are getting a serious workout again making tea tree facial nut scrub. (July 19)

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Batty's garden

Borage is taking over my garden! At least it has pretty flowers on it now but pretty disappointed about it shading out my kale; Lesson learned for next year. (July 21)

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bat mug

Lauryn gave me the best mug ever!

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video games

Arrived just in time for a visit with my wee nephew – Time to teach him about the wonderful world of NES!

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family visits

I love it when my sister and her kids come to visit. Them picking up an order of shipping supplies along the way is the cherry on top.

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There’s no doubt, it’s been a great weekend!

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Customer Review: Makes my skin soft and velvety!

Check out what Carole had to say about Batty’s Bath Patchouli Facial Moisturizer.

Patchouli Moisturizer

Despite what others say, I’m from the original hippies and love the smell of Patchouli. This moisturizer goes on thick, but melts so nicely into my skin and makes it soft and velvety. I haven’t had my skin in such good condition for a long time. I love your products Batty!” – Carole Simcox (patchouli moisturizer)

Thanks for another wonderful review Carole.
Always stay a hippie at heart!

To read more reviews on this product, click here. To write your very own review, click here.

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Q&A: what could be causing my excess dryness?

question for batty Hi Batty-

I have been using your products for a little while now including the tea tree nut scrub, skin support serum, patchouli grapefruit soap and patchouli moisturizer. I have battled acne for years, and finally made the jump to “green” products. I was noticing some immediate improvements in my skin as soon as I started using your stuff.

Lately however, I have been experiencing some bad breakouts again and areas of my face have become really dry. Am I doing something wrong, or using the right products?

Thanks!

batty's answerHey!! Thanks for contacting me. Sounds like the breakouts (based on the info you gave me) are likely because of two different things; Primarily, the dry skin you’re experiencing, and to a lesser extend, your skin detoxing – which can happen even when not using my detox specific products (I explain these types of breakouts in detail here). The skin support serum will be one of the main reasons for your dry skin if you’re using it a lot. Generally I don’t suggest using it on your face anymore than a few times a week. And even that is too much for some people. (On the days you’re not using it on your face, use it on another area of your body instead. More info can be found about this on the skin support serum product page at (shopbattysbath.com). For now, I would suggest not using it more than once a week (to kill excess p.acne bacteria) on your face until the dry skin is under control.   Hydra Healing Skin Rescue GelTo help get your skin balanced (and clear up the dry skin) as quickly as possible I would suggest the following:

  • Not using the skin support serum more than once a week (like mentioned above)
  • add the hydra healing gel into your routine in the AM & PM as soon as possible! (this will make a HUGE difference to getting your skin back on track and keeping it that way)
  • after applying one layer of patchouli moisturizer, wait for it to absorb, and they apply another layer
  • at night, I would HIGHLY recommend using a serum (not the skin support serum – it’s the only one of my serums that is drying – the rest are extremely moisturizing and protecting for the skin). Your best bet would be the Acne BOP Serum or After Acne Serum. Apply a layer that’s thick enough that it won’t absorb right away (so it will slowly absorb into your skin throughout the night). Just be sure to put a towel over your pillow!
  • once a day, instead of using the tea tree scrub or the patchouli & grapefruit facial soap, use one of my other cleansers that are more suited to dry skin like my soothing cleanser, green tea & pineapple liquid cleanser. If your skin needs to be exfoliated well with every wash(which I’m guessing is the case since you mentioned it’s extremely dry), go with the pineapple facial scrub. Without exfoliating extremely dry skin with every wash we risk breakouts (dead skin cells clogging pores). You can even use the pineapple facial scrub in the AM & PM and use the tea tree scrub or P/G soap every 3rd to 4th wash (alternating between the two). So the routine would look something like this: cystic acne mask

Monday: AM & PM – pineapple facial scrub. Tuesday:  AM – pineapple facial scrub, PM – tea tree scrub. Wednesday:  AM & PM – pineapple facial scrub. Thursday: AM – pineapple facial scrub, PM – p/g soap. Friday: start the cycle over again with pineapple facial scrub in the AM & PM.

 Several nights a week, you could use the cystic acne mask as it’s extremely hydrating (which will help balance your dry skin) and fights acne. It can also be used like the hydra healing gel under your moisturizer a few days or nights a week. I hope that helps! Thanks again for your email and please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with (or if you have any more questions regarding the info above, don’t hesitate to send them over).

Be Kind. Love deeply. Scrub gently. 
 lovebatty purple

Weekly Recap ( July 14 – 20 )

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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bare foot in the garden

It’s the prefect evening for walking barefoot in the grass and a pretty sundress. (July 14)

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Little Man

Hey mom.. whatcha working on? (July 15)

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Skin Support Tea

Time to restock Skin Support Tea. (July 16)

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toast with berries

My summer version of peanut butter and jam toast.  (July 17)

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garden treasure

Belly battery surgery complete. So far it hasn’t been successful though. May have to do a more complex surgery on Mr. Toad. (July 17)

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Little Man

Oops.. did I miss Tongues Out Tuesday this week? LOL! (July 19)

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Hortons Farmer's Market

All set up and ready for our last Saturday at the Horton Farmers Market. (July 19)

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cat stockings

The best part of my day? Wearing the babies! (July 19)

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The extras…

Since I didn’t do the “extras” in the last recap post, I’ll be sharing what I’ve been into the past 2 weeks :)

I’m currently watching/listening to:

Watching….

  • The Shield – caught one more episode (I’m into the second season now)
  • Kyle XY – been watching the first and second season

What I’m reading (non-work related):

  • Maggie on the Bounty by Kate Danley – made some more headway (this is the 3rd book in the “maggie mckay – magical tracker” series).
  • The Other End of the Leash (why we do what we do around dogs) by Patricia B McConnell –  so far an interesting read (that I’m pretty sure I’ve read before, but has been a good refresher).

Customer Review: Tasha’s Take On BB Products

Thank you so much to Tasha Tupper for all the awesome product reviews she posted at ShopBattysBath.com! Check out what Tasha had to say below…

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“I was a little skeptical when I first used this product, due to it being oily, but I’ve been using it for a week now and I can’t believe how amazing my skin looks. I went from going a few hours before my face was super oily, to being able to go all day at work without my face looking oily at all. ” – Tasha (balance serum)

“I’ve been using this product for about a week now and I absolutely love it. I put it on before bed and wake up with my skin feeling absolutely wonderful. I don’t know what I would do without it. ” – Tasha (hydra healing skin rescue gel)

 “I’ve been using this cleanser for a week now and I love it! I don’t even need to use a full pump of it to clean my whole face; It smells amazing and my skin feels amazing! This is the only cleanser I will ever use from now on. ” – Tasha (green tea & pineapple liquid facial cleanser)

 Pineapple facial scrub“I’ve been using this for a week and it is just amazing! Leaves my skin feeling super smooth and refreshed! Also, it smells soooooo good…I have been having a hard time not trying to eat it. Definite must have for everyone!” – Tasha (pineapple facial scrub)

 “I’ve been using this product for over a year, and I am still in love with it. I have just purchased my second jar of this perfection, and I purchased my last one almost a year ago (which is saying a lot since I have used it almost every day). It is just the perfect amount of tint. I tend to use mine under the mineral foundation and my skin ends up looking absolutely flawless. ” – Tasha (quick tint antioxidant facial moisturizer)

 “I’ve been using this product for about a week now, and I absolutely love it. I just dust a little on when I am finished my makeup in the morning, and my skin goes all day at work without looking oily. I just absolutely love it!” – Tasha (oil absorbing setting powder)

 “Before I got this, I figured it was going to taste a little weird, but it tastes great (especially with a little organic honey). Not to mention, my skin looks and feels great all over, not just my face. ” – Tasha (skin support tea)

Thanks again Tasha! You rock!!!

If you’d like to read more reviews (or submit your own), head over to the online shop.




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