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#1321 Brissyguy

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:34 AM

I live in Australia, and if you're not directly in the sun it's always glaring at you. How would you get around this? At the moment I probably only wash my face once a day at night anyway. Thoughts?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:55 AM

Sorry for reopening an old thread, but...

I read this thread over a year ago. I had been struggling with very bad acne for 5 years up to that point. I had tried every cleanser known to man ranging from neutrogena to johnson&johnson to LUSH products to actual lemons/potatoes/tomatoes/etc... each for ~3 months at a time.

My conclusion: Holy mother of god, this (not washing face) works I tell you. It really, really works.

Oil and dirt are GOOD, beautiful things! They're both completely natural: we are literally coded to exist in a harmony with them, so don't worry about them! They've both had a lot of contact with my face (I'm an athlete so I know a lot about that sweat/oil/dirt in my face). What we should be worried about is the unnatural environment we're putting our skin in when we touch any cleanser (natural or unnatural) to our face.

This worked for me. Thank you so much. To those still struggling: hang in there because it will get better!!! There are plenty of people out here who have been through it!

Summary: Eat raw, organic food. Drink water (nothing else). Have a good source of fermented vegetables/fruits that you can eat every day. Go outside into the sunlight. Stop fighting dirt/oil and live in harmony with it: wash it off with plain water. Watch your acne disappear permanently.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:25 AM

Oil and dirt are GOOD, beautiful things! They're both completely natural: we are literally coded to exist in a harmony with them, so don't worry about them! They've both had a lot of contact with my face (I'm an athlete so I know a lot about that sweat/oil/dirt in my face). What we should be worried about is the unnatural environment we're putting our skin in when we touch any cleanser (natural or unnatural) to our face.


GOOD LORD, I can't stress this enough.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

This has been tested and proved working for so many people, there should be a pinned thread about this..It can help many struggling people. It worked for me and i am FINALLY clear after a 4 year battle with hideous acne, God bless

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:14 AM

Days 6, my skin has never looked better. I am going to do this for 1 mounth and see how it works. I started to realise that this IS the cure for my acne after 3-4 days where my skin changed DRAMATICLY (sorry for bad english lol) and i thought to myself. THIS is the reason why my face clears up when im at festivals! I am not washing my fucking face!
I will come back and give you guys and update after week 2 i think.
BTW: i use nothing at all. I dont wash or anything

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:40 PM

I just want to thank everyone who contributed to this topic. I stopped washing my face, and after almost 2 months, my terrible acne is almost completely gone. My face is the same color as my neck and it never gets shiny or oily. I did modify it just a little bit to suit my needs. But anyway, THANK YOU!! smile.png


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 11:36 AM

hey guys, i have difficulty in removing the dead skin mask... its stuck so hard.... i removed by washing but its still there.. help((


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:40 PM

Hi all

 

I have just started this about two weeks ago and thought I would share progress.

 

First, some background: I'm 29, male, and haven't had acne or pimples since I was around 20. When I was about 14 I started to get them and that's when I started using cleansers. I can't remember what I did before then, my skin just was just never on my mind (oh how good it was to be a kid), I probably just used water or soap.

 

Anyway, I never really tried to go back to just soap and I had read that using it on your face is bad anyway. So I continued using acne cleansers for years after I probably didn't need to use them. My skin then became unbearably dry about 2-3 years ago and since then I've been through different cleansers and routines numbering in the tens. Most of them didn't make my skin feel any better.

 

Earlier this year I thought all these chemicals were no good for me and I heard about Dr. Bronner's (DB) which I started using. It was no less drying but my skin has felt and looked better than it had in those 2-3 years. I would follow up cleansing with just the Lavender Coconut Lotion.

 

However, the dryness was still not something I was happy with, so that's why I have since tried doing away with everything.

 

I'm not trying no water yet or at all. I've been splashing my face with water daily (in the shower) and a little massage to loosen/remove any top-level grime. Two or three times when it's gotten flakey I have gently exfoliated with a wash cloth.

 

I think I made a mistake by not moisturising. The first few days I did but then I thought I didn't need any, so for about a week I stopped. However, my skin started to feel inflamed (hot and itchy), like there was a lot of activity going on under the surface. Some red spots started to appear too. It was only in one area, just the top of my cheeks.

 

I suspect the moisturising provided my skin with a barrier and it was maybe fighting off bacteria. Or maybe it was working hard to provide moisture itself, but my skin didn't feel that dry on the surface, but perhaps it was underneath. I have started applying lotion again (the DB one) and it doesn't feel as irritated. BTW the lotion's main ingredient is coconut oil. I have tried just coconut oil in the past but I don't like the smell, and even my partner had commented on it that it was strong. This lotion doesn't have that smell.

 

Besides that...hopefully hiccup...my skin's been really comfortable. The tone was the best it's been in years (same as neck), but it is a bit redder again, probably due to the inflammation as I mentioned. Hopefully that will repair as I continue moisturising. I think I can do away with it eventually...but I think maybe it was too much for my skin going cold turkey. We're talking 15 years here of at least cleansing and moisturising daily!

 

I will continue to update with my progress.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:38 AM

Does the caveman work if you have seb derm? I mean, the dead skin build up is really impressive. I just woke up, did not wash my face yet, but I can feel the dead skin already (though it can not be seen). Any advice?



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:23 AM

im 13 and i have acne alot i have it on my forehead chin nose on the side of my head above my lip, if i did this everyday would it go away 



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

Has anyone else experienced an "uneven" buildup speed of the skin? My nose builds up quickly, but other spots do not.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:25 PM

I'm gonna try it but honestly I'm scared! And can we still use perscription topicals while doing this?



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:21 PM

DAY 21- no water/ no nothing.

 

I feel like I should give back to this thread- since it has helped me. I wasn't sure anyone was still paying attention to it though.

 

Anyway- I'm 33 and have had mild-moderate-severe acne (varying widely) for about 16 YEARS. : / I've tried much- damn near everything I've ever heard about (accutane when I was younger, ProA off and on, BP only, oils, steaming, etc.). I ended up finally getting more 'natural' (only using a boscia cleanser twice a day- with some moisturizer when needed (which was pretty much all the time)). Then I stumbled on the 'Caveman Regime'. It seemed stupid, but it stuck in my head. After a few days I googled "Do I really need to wash my face" or something like that and ended up on this thread. I've read nearly all 67 pages of this post, desperate for this to be the answer.

 

I will try not to state opinions. I will try and stick to facts and try to answer any questions you guys have.

 

So far for me it's (roughly) gone like this:

Day 1~3: worsening- more and bigger acne.

Day 4~6: slightly improving completion overall- color more even- old acne healing- not much new acne.

Day 7~10: much worsened- not as singularly severe as first days- but many more pimples- color still good.

Day 11~16: gradual improvement- old stuff healing- fewer and fewer new smaller whiteheads- tiny bit of flaking.

Day 17~now: more flakes (unevenly, yes Islandsand)- a few whiteheads every other day (but small and gone fast).

 

It is scary, but  had more or less given up on everything else (including life in general)- so had nothing to lose. Almostclear- I would say this doesn't totally work for hormonal acne (if you're young still). But it is a good general rule. The point is to remove all irritation (which can be too much water too) and allow the skin to build up it's natural barrier again (~27 days for the new skin cells to travel up).

 

I could go on and on, but for now will leave it at that.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:11 PM

what if your acne is non-inflammed and you get trapped oil beneath the skin? 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:25 AM

what if your acne is non-inflammed and you get trapped oil beneath the skin? 

Sorry for lagging on this. I checked every day for about a week and there was nothing.

 

Anyways- 2 parts, as I see it:

 

1. Acne is by it's nature an inflammation- even if it appears not red. I took this from wikipedia article on 'inflammation': "Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process." Therefore as acne is a response to trapped oil and bacteria within the skin- inflammation is necessarily a part of it- and so 'non-inflammed acne' isn't a thing. I think you may mean like whiteheads though- which in my experience are a less serious (less intense) reaction.

 

2. What I've learned about oil and my skin is interesting. A few things first:

-Acne has 2 parts- oil (sebum) and bacteria- which mix

-Oil is always going to be present- as is bacteria (the good bacteria though helps to keep the harmful bacteria at bay (by consuming the same food and by creating a slightly acidic atmosphere through its waste (poop))

-It's very true what everyone says about dry skin produces more oil.

Before starting this (I'm about 1 1/2 months in now) my outermost layer of skin was really damaged. So the thing that I was doing was keeping the outermost layer damaged and thin + killing (twice a day) all the harmful and beneficial bacteria + causing an increase in oil production. It was the perfect storm! The harmful bacteria came anyway, mixed with the excess oil and immediately was able to get under my skin. My skin was about as bad as it has ever been.

 

I was a mess, but now I can say, officially, as someone who has SUFFERED (insanely suffered) with acne for about 16 years- this 'method' works. It makes sense and it works. I am, now, in the process (at 33) of wondering what to actually do with my life now that I have it. : D  BTW- a 'shout out' to Waterwater- if you ever see this- the next blunts on me. 

 

I hope this helped. Fire any more questions at me if you like. I spend a lot of time alone- and research and have tried A LOT. Peace.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:52 PM

I'm wondering if I should try this method...

 

I'm a 15 year old male who has slight acne (I personally believe its worse than it probably is), mainly around my moustache area and chin. I've had slight acne for a year or two now and I've tried many methods... washing my face in the morning (shower) and at night (sink)... using acne creams like benzoyl peroxide (which I HATE, it made it worse- plus I dislike chemicals on my face)... I've tried the Extra Virgin Olive Oil method, which didn't do much at all.... switch to an electric razor rather than blade, didn't help, looked worse.....

 

Just to say, I've tried many methods. I also noticed my face gets dry... again, around my upper lip, chin, and nose. Its all bad in the morning, and not until noon does my skin produce oil to reduce the flakyness and starts to look better. But then my nose gets very oily... and when I get home from school I pat it dry with a cloth. So... my face is either too dry, or too oily.

 

I've thought about going to a Derm but I want to try solving my acne myself. My older brother, 19, takes meds because he had bad acne as a young teen. I believe mine isn't that bad- my cheeks are actually great and not once have I got anysort of acne on them. My forehead wasn't the greatest for a while back, however, the past months its been great and I havent had any problems with it. So in all, its just my facial area where I tend to have pimples. My nose isn't bad, except for light blackheads.

 

Now... I've always noticed my face looks amazing when I wake up in the morning. It looks smooth, my complexion is even, and the acne's redness is down. Plus, no dryness is visible at ALL. But, after I get out of the shower, pat my face dry, and finish up in the bathroom, my face starts it cycle again. Complexion is meh... flaky dryness shows up around the chin and moustache area.

 

To try and stop that I stopped washing my face with any sort of soap. I just let the water splash down on my face- and I've kept the water at an okay temp- not freezing, not burning. But, again, I get the same results.

 

Now... after seeing this thread, I'm wondering if I should try this method to achieve my "pre shower" look. Tomorrow morning, I'll shower (I have to shower- I feel all greasy and my hair is gross if I dont), and I'll wash everything with soap as usual, but when I wash my hair, I'll try to avoid getting any water on my face and tilt my head back.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 03:36 AM

i completely agree - i would not stop washing your face - maybe use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil?






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