WATER ONLY WASHING - About Me:
I'm a 22 year old, gluten-free vegan. I live in Vancouver. My diet is very healthy, and I work out 6-7 times a week with my mother. I take some vitamin supplements (a Hair, Skin, and Nail Vitamin B supplement, and a cranberry supplement because I recently had a kidney infection. P.S. all my supplements are vegan, gluten free, and natural). I drink sometimes (especially in the summer) but I'm trying to knock that off because I want to really get back into my fitness routine. I also never smoke weed or cigarettes. Sometimes I'll eat candy and chips (following the gluten free and vegan guide lines), but thats usually only when my boyfriend has it around and he's a bad influence.
I've suffered from acne pretty much since I was around 13-14. I've been treating it on and off with a truckload of different shit. Benzoyl Peroxide and Retin-A are the only two things that have ever helped. About four years ago, I went from eating meat and dairy to vegan, cold turkey. I also stopped my birth control dead at the same time. I had started off with such mild acne, treated it with birth control, and then stopped, and my face went nutso. Honestly, it has simmered down since then, because I believe my body was flushing out toxins and all that garbage. But BC has definitely messed with my hormones ( I still get hormonal acne around my womanly-week and a few strands dark looking chest and neck hair that a pluck (sorry to be explicit, but I'm a natural blond, so dark hair on my body is very bizarre).
I also recently (within 5-6 months) have stopped eating gluten, which has helped so much with my acne. The only time I get a pimple now is when I pick, and I sometimes pick still, but not so much anymore. This is another thing I am working on, and I am getting better.
Before starting this water only plan, I was using the full-blown Acne.org regimen. Cleansing morning and night, BP, and moisturizing. I was still getting pimples (mainly during my period or after I picked or when I ate really bad).
WHY I DECIDED TO DO THIS:
What has made me want to do this the most is the quality of my skin. Before I was using the regimen, my face never had fine lines and never ending dryness and flakes. I've been on the regimen for over a year, and the flakes never went away. I could never wear make up without scrubbing the dead skin off my face, which left my face tight and dry. The regimen worked for my acne, mostly. But it is very flawed and very impractical. I used to have to go to bed 2 hours before I went to sleep just to shower and do the regimen, waiting for the BP to dry. ANNOYING! What a waste of my time and hours in the day. So stressful and so much work!
My skin has never looked this old and lifeless. I'm a vegan, and before I was using the regimen, my skin was still vibrant and youthful looking (with acne). Now it's white, washed-out, lifeless, lack-luster, fine-lined, and dead with red spots and scarring. I used to love how glowing and bright my skin was. Now, I'm sick of the tight skin around my mouth and around my eyes.
Now, let me inform you (whoever may or may not be reading this) that the only skin on my face that is clear is my forehead and my nose (I used to break out here when I was a teenager, but it cleared up after Birth Control). My cheeks were the issue after I stopped BC and became a vegan. My forehead has a few black heads sometimes, same with my nose. But I rarely ever get a full blown pimple on these areas. These are also the only areas I never put BP. WTF DOES THAT MEAN? I can rub my forehead with dirty hands and do anything I want to it, but it doesn't break out. That has to mean something!!!!!
Also, I used to never wash my chest and neck with soap. I don't know why.. I was a lazy teenager, but I never washed those areas. A few years ago, I started washing my back and chest with soap and started breaking out in those areas. My boyfriend used BP on his back (he was having the same problem) and having success, so I started doing it too. It wasn't working that well, and my back and chest were so bad, that I decided to stop washing my body with soap and using only water and a wet cloth (I wash the areas that don't see the light of day with soap though, I'm not a hippy LOL). My back and chest acne went away, and the only time I ever get a blemish on those areas is during my period.
I think my skin is trying to tell me something. (STOP WASHING YOUR GODDAMN FACE!) My boyfriend used to have horrible acne, and was treating it. Then one day he just stopped doing anything to it, and his acne went away. (He literally said to me, "I did nothing to it, and it went away."(How infuriating)) He's been telling me for years to just "do nothing" to it. Stop washing it! Stop treating it! Don't think about it.
This whole water only thing has appealed to me for months. This is not just some random decision I've made in a few seconds. I've been thinking about this and planning this for months now. I decided not to do it in the summer, because I go out a lot and I don't know how my skin is going to react. So, I'm doing it now, in October when there is not much going on socially and I can hide inside because it's cold and autumn outside.
The acid mantle makes complete sense to me. Everyone I know with clear skin doesn't do anything to it. Even my dad, who had acne as a teenager, started doing nothing to his skin and it cleared up. IT JUST FEELS RIGHT!
Okay, so I'm going cold turkey off the Acne.org Regimen. Not sure how much skin will react, but I feel like my chances are good because my skin isn't severe, or even moderate. It used to be moderate but it's gone down to mild.
Morning and Night:
- Wash face with filtered Brita water ONLY. Pat dry with soft face cloth. (P.S. I always use freshly washed hands when I handle ANYTHING involving my face. You could almost call it obsessive.)
- I've decided I'm going to wear make up during important times, because I only wear make up at social events (Otherwise, I'm au-naturale). Only concealer on spots, bronzer and eye make up. When I wear make up, I'll use the oil cleansing method with Jojoba oil to remove it. I chose Jojoba oil because my skin is used to it and it's pH is similar to our skins acid mantle pH (5.5). It also mimics the oil our skin naturally produces, so it's most fitting for the job.
NOTE: I may stop washing my face with filtered water twice a day, and lower it to once. But I'm a bit of a clean freak, so walking around with the days "grime" on my face is very foreign to me (another obsessive compulsive thing I need to break).
- NO moisturizer. NO toner. NO prescriptions. NO nothing.
ALSO, I've decided if my skin gets flakey (more so than it already is), I'm going to exfoliate with my fingers, and maybe raw honey.
For some reason, this feels right. Yesterday, it was like the universe sent me a message and was like, "STOP!" and I looked in the mirror and I was like.. "It's time." I packed up every single face product I thought I may be tempted to use, put that shit in a box with a note to remind myself why I need to stop using it, and ducked taped that box up so I could never open it again, and gave it to my mom so I'd have to fight my way through her to use any products. Hahahaha! I know myself so well, I think ahead. I wrote down all my thoughts and concerns and discussed it with my boyfriend and my mom. They both have my back one hundred percent. They expect anything to happen, and will be here for me if things get tricky. i'm so blessed to have two amazing people in my life to support me.
But to be absolutely honest, I know my face will be clear. I just have this feeling in my stomach, and in my chest. It's like a dove fluttering around in there, and that dove is "hope" and "intuition" and it's telling me that this is the right thing to do and something I should have done all along. I've never felt so sure about anything in my life.
And what is so weird, is that when I called my mom to tell her I was doing the water only regimen, she told me that she had had a dream about me calling her and telling the EXACT SAME THING a few days earlier. WEIRD! And it's so weird, because I don't believe in God or Angels or anything (other than the movie The Ring, that shit freaked me out). But my body knows this is right, and it's leaping with joy and hope and wonder.
I'm honestly only anticipating maybe a small adjustment period (with some flaking and some break outs) but nothing crazy, and clear skin. It's like my body already knows its path. I know i'm repeating myself but it's such an overwhelming feeling of 'knowing' that it's like filling my entire body. I've never been so positive about my skin before.
Anyway, sorry for rambling. I'm so just excited and so positive, that I know this is right. And I'm usually always right.