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question for battyHi Batty,

I often get cystic acne around the time of the month that my cycle begins and after it ends.  I have changed my diet drastically and only use Batty’s Bath products.  I just purchased the Manuka Honey CP soap and then I noticed a few more break outs, which is fine because they were probably coming anyway.  However, I wanted to know which soap you recommended over the other (Charcoal vs Manuka honey).  I get hyper pigmentation easily and after some months the acne scar will fade away but I don’t pick at my acne.

Sometimes pimples pop on their own because they get so big. I have combination skin (dry and oily) and I only break out on my cheeks.  I just wanted to get a good recommendation for this.  I also use the Tea Tree Facial Nut Scrub, the Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub and the Cystic Acne Mask.

Thank you so much!


Hi There!

Thanks for your question!Batty

Firstly, to answer your question of which soap I would recommend for you between the Charcoal CP soap and the Manuka Honey CP soap, I would say to go with the Charcoal soap.  Although Manuka Honey is a super popular ingredient for acne prone skin, you won’t be getting a lot of benefits from it since it’s in a “wash off” product.  The Charcoal CP soap on the other hand works a lot faster and works well as a wash off product.  Also, you mentioned that you’re using the Cystic Acne Mask which has honey powder in it – so you’ll already be getting the benefits.

Additionally, the Charcoal CP soap will also help with the hyper pigmentation that you mentioned you experience easily (my skin is the same way!).  If you’re interested, I made a video where I talk about how I faded my acne scars naturally – there is still fading to be done, but my skin has come along way and perhaps what I share in the video will help you too.

Around the time in your cycle that you break out the most, you can start putting a thin layer of the Cystic Acne Mask on under your moisturizer.  This will help to control acne bacteria and hydrate your cheeks (dehydration is one of the most common causes of oily skin) which should help you to see more balance over all.  The moisturizer will help “seal” the mask into your skin so your skin can soak up all the good ingredients – not “sealing” the mask in when applying a thin layer can result in the air absorbing a lot of the hydration in the mask, therefore leaving your skin without it… and depending on how dry of an environment you spend most of your time in, this can result in hydration not only being pulled from the mask, but also your skin – so applying a moisturizer or serum over top is crucial when applying a thin layer of the Cystic Acne Mask.
You mentioned that you only break out on your cheeks. You may already know this, but the good news about this is that most detox and digestive system related breakouts happen on this area of the face (see detox breakouts here & skin mapping here). Since you’ve drastically changed your diet, I suspect that these breakouts will continue to get less severe the longer you stick with a clean diet. Supporting your digestive system (possibly adding a digestive system supporting supplement, including a probiotic) will go a long way to furthering your clear skin journey.  Additionally, since your acne is increasing with hormone fluctuations, addressing hormonal imbalances would also help.  I talk about tackling both digestive & hormonal causes of acne in a Q&A blog post here.

skin support serum and tea for balancing hormones

Batty’s Bath Skin Support Serum & Skin Support Tea also help with hormonal based acne.  Feel free to check them out and see if they are right for you. If you decide to go with the Skin Support Serum, I would recommend applying once daily on an area of your body other than your face.  You can apply it once every 3 days when your breakouts flare up the most, but the rest of the month, stick with applying it some place other than your face.  The product page for the Skin Support Serum has a diagram of suggested areas. As for the tea, it works the best when taken twice a day.  

If you don’t like using a moisturizer during the day, I would recommend using the Patchouli Moisturizer at night.  If you’re looking for a scent free moisturizer to use during the day that would be good for your skin, go with the Facial Primer & Daily Detox Moisturizer.

I hope that helps!

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natural skin care support

Batty’s Bath Skin Support Serum is made with natural ingredients and is recommend for those who are experiencing skin problems due to hormonal imbalance.  Take a look at the break down of ingredients and their benefits below:

  • Wild Yam Root – Helps balance hormonal breakouts and flare ups (such as flare ups of acne, rosacea, or eczema). It’s also an anti-inflammatory.
  • Red Clover Blossom – A blood cleansing and nutritive herb useful in inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Chaste Tree Berry – Is the superior hormone balancing herb for women (and as such, it helps balance hormonal breakouts and flare ups)
  • Burdock Root – A gentle yet effective herb for bringing the body back into balance. As an anti-microbial it is used for skin eruptions/blemishes and a variety of skin conditions.
  • Sarsaparilla Root – Traditionally used as part of a “spring clean” or health detox as it is known for being a great  blood cleansing tonic. It’s also useful in calming inflammatory reactions (which are often the cause of skin problems!)

BONUS: The Red Clover Blossom also fights acne causing bacteria! If you think bacteria might be the cause of your acne, see this blog post for how to fight it!

Mackensie sent us this review of our Skin Support Serum:

I’ve been struggling with acne for years. The kind of acne that makes you want to stay home from family functions and not go out with friends. My face didn’t break out, it erupted. 

This serum has changed the texture of my skin, has reduced the redness and has calmed my acne considerably. I am SO impressed, and I am so happy I found this product. I actually feel like I have a face again, and not just acne. 

Thank you Batty for creating this, it has saved my skin. 

Thanks for a great review Mackensie!

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

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soothing relief for eczema

Radiant Rebel Adelle emailed us to let us know about the success she’s had with her Batty’s Bath eczema products – but not for eczema at all! Adelle was experiencing red irritated, bloodshot eyes from season allergies so she started using Visine eye drops to try to get some relief from her irritated eyes.  She found the Visine dried her eyelids and caused cracking.

She decided to try putting Batty’s Bath Eczema Serum and Eczema Ointment on her eyelids because she didn’t want to keep using prescription strength hydrocortisone cream.  She found a huge improvement after only a few days, even more than the hydrocortisone cream!

Eczema Products Help Seasonal Allergies

Adelle applies the Eczema Serum to her eyelids in the morning and then applies Batty’s Bath Primer Facial Moisturizer, then her usual makeup routine.  At night Adelle has been applying the Eczema Serum and Ointment to her eyelids.

Thank you so much Adelle for letting us know about your success with our Eczema products!  We love to hear about how Batty’s Bath products improve your life, especially during allergy season!