Q&A: Which product(s) could be causing my dry and flaky skin?

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Hi Batty,

I just started using the following products, and my face has drastically become alarmingly:
1) tight (you can see the skin pulling on the sides of my face and around my eyes when I smile), and
2) flaking off around my nose, eyebrows, and on my chin.

Which of these products could be causing it?

Before my latest order I was using:
Evening: Charcoal Soap, Quick Stick Acne Fix, Skin Support Serum, Primer Moisturizer
Morning: Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub, Pachouli Moisturizer, Mineral Foundation
Once a week: Dead Sea Mud Mask

For the last 4 days or so I’ve been using (thinking this would add MORE moisture overall):
Evening: Green Tea and Pineapple Cleanser, Quick Stick Acne Fix, Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel, Soothing Eye Gel, Primer Facial Moisturizer
Morning: Green Tea and Pineapple Cleanser, Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel, Primer Facial Moisturizer, Mineral Concealer, Mineral Foundation, Oil Absorbing Setting Powder
Mask: I also used the Cystic Acne Mask 2 days ago for an hour

I haven’t changed anything else. How can I get the moisture back into my skin as quickly as possible? I’m not sure which product is causing this! I realize my skin may need to get used to something new, but I need to clear up the tightness and flaking this week because I have a wedding on Saturday.

Thanks Batty. Hope Little Man is doing well!


Hey There!

Quick stick acne fixIt just sounds like it’s the either the eye gel, hydra gel, or cystic mask not fully absorbing into your skin.

When that happens all of the gel based products turn into what looks like a peel off mask … and can easily be mistaken for tight flaky skin. None of the products you’re using will ACTUALLY cause your skin to be doing what you described so that’s why I’m so positive that it’s the gel products not fully absorbing.

To counteract this here’s a few tips….

  • Wash the cystic acne mask off fully by using an exfoliating scrub or the green tea and pineapple cleanser with a face cloth.
  • When applying the eye gel, only apply a very thin layer. If you still find it’s not absorbing well, apply a serum or moisturizer over top. (a thin layer of serum is preferable).
  • Mix the hydra gel with your moisturizer prior to applying it to your face. i.e. mix about 1/3 of the hydra gel with 2/3 moisturizer in the palm of your hand, then apply.

By following the tips above you’ll find your skin will be back to normal and ready for the wedding. If I can be of any more help, please let me know!

(P.S. If you’re really worried about it, just skip the gel products until after the wedding, then try the tips above.)


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  • September 11, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Q&A: Which product(s) could be causing my dry and flaky skin? (CONTINUED) – Batty's Blog - […] Hey Again! I’m glad to hear the flakes are gone! I think for further use, yes, night time sounds like the best time for your skin – that way, when you wash your face in the morning you don’t have to worry about any un-absorbed product hanging around during the day! I think after some time you might not have to exfoliate as much, but it will depend on how your skin reacts with repeated hydration treatments. I think that focusing on absorption will be key – and by that I mostly mean making it as easy as possible for your skin to put the gel products to use… and for now, mixing them with other products your skin already absorbs well is the best course of action. I wouldn’t hurt to use your super soft wash cloth after using the mask (because you’ll be applying a thicker layer of it) for the foreseeable future. And using the cloth until your skin starts to take in the products more readily would be advised as well. When you get to the point where the gel products you have are almost empty, we can look into if they are a good idea to stick with, or if switch up the hydration part of your routine would be a better idea. For example, if your skin is reacting the same way after using up a full jar of hydra gel (that you’re mixing with a serum or moisturizer for optimal absorption), switching to the hydration mist and/or serum would be what I’d suggest. The mist and serum absorb well into even the most stubborn of skin… and they won’t leave behind the flakey / tight symptoms that you’ve experienced with the gel products. We might even find that after using the mist and serum as the hydration part of your routine for several months that your skin is more open / able to absorb the gel products. Time will tell! Let me know if I can be of any more help or if you have any more questions. Have a great week! To read the initial post to this question: click here […]ReplyCancel