NOT WASHING MY FACE FOR A MONTH
Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:24 AM
I had enough of this cystic acne that was ruining my face. And the makeup didn't do it justice. It was probably because i had a lot of stress and ate unhealthy for a while. I even got signs of insuline resinstance. ..
So I tried a keto diet (low carb)! And no more cystic acne. I still got a bit of less severe acne. And then I stumbled upon this forum thread!
I'm giving it a go! It's the sixth day and I haven't had any zits for 2 days! I have only washed my face once under the shower with cold water and without touching it.
I also stopped using make-up, only doing mascare and eyebrows sometimes.
I think this works best if you don't use any products at all and let your face heal on it's own.
I started thinking way back and I think washing my face, birth control pill and lots of sugar were the bad guys. I stopt doing that and now my face is clearly healing!
Thanks allot for all the info! I'm very grateful!
Posted 06 January 2015 - 12:25 PM
So, quick run down, acne sufferer for 8 years and I've tried it all blah blah blah... even as far as accutane (ony for 2 days, the side effects were horrendous and it felt like my body had poison in it). Anyways, after seeing the lovevitamin clear her acne from this I decided to give it a try. I'd always thought about how I was sure my skin woud be clear if i were stuck on a deserted island for months on end and didnt touch it LOL, so i finally read this thread and was like f*** it im gonna do it anyways even if poeple are gonna see my face udring all the nasty transitions.
Curently Day 2! I have about 6 or 7 active pimples on my face that I had since starting. I was really worried about this regimen, because I have a very oily forehead, but srprisingly it hasnt been near as oily as I thought! my face feels lincredible, love this regimen. Feels so great to head to bed without spending or worrying about staying up longer to do my whole shebang. I did make the switch about half a year ago to all natural products (wash with manuka honey, tone with witch hazel and cetaphil moisturizer) but my acne still wasnt clearing up. This seems like the next thing on the list. really excited about this! My face looks amazingthis morning: some of the pimples are drying up, while certain areas of redness on my face are totally shrinking away! I'm being really careful not to touch my face with my fingers as well. Hope its going well for all you guys... will keep regular updates through my journey... i plan on showering every 2cd day, and shampooing my hair every 3-4 if i can. Not getting my face wet though! seems to be the best way to go about it from what the thread is saying
Another thing, I've found supplements and changing my diet have nothing to do with my acne. The only thing I've noticed and will continue to use for the next month while on this regimen is COD LIVER OIL (the fermented kind). The Omega 3s in it will be great for those with crazy dry skin doing this no wash/just water journey. Check it out, do some reading the benefits for acne are great and I've personally noticed some improvement in the week ive beentaking it.
OH AND! for those in the forum that were mentionng their skin was really itchy under the dead skin mask, and for those were were worried about it, I aint a doc but i honestly thik this is an incredible sign. I heard itchy skin means healing skin (or really dry, but that would only be the first couple weeks of this regimen im assuming) because if it was just dryness that wouldnt make sense, the dead skin mask is literally like a healing mask, the layer of deadness is keeping moisture and oils retained underneath to promote healing. So def think its a good thing. Question: when i do get this dead skin mask, what is the best amount of time to keep it on without gently wiping/scraping it off? 2 weeks? It sounds to me like 30 days minimum of no water abd then after that poit its okay to take off? im also seeing 60 days? not sure which to go by.
For the females out there, i really really dont think wearing makeup on this regimen is a good idea. the whole purpose of it is so your skin can breath, heal and go back to normal. this wont happen, or at least it seems silly, to be putting powder or oil based makeup on your skin. clogs your pores bottom line, and thats the last thing you need when not being ableto properly wash it off. If you wear makeup daily, i think youll have to pick between makeup or this regimen. If you are worried about going no makeup, dont be! Ive done it for a year now (well still mascara and concelear under eye) and you get totally used o it. feels much better and the majority of guys dig girls with no makeup! my ex said they are way more beautiful. plus a carefree attitude is always attractive. but bottom line what matters is how you feel, not guys, but just thought id add that in there for a boost to help encourgae you to ditch the facial war paint
Edited by smiles23, 06 January 2015 - 03:31 PM.
Posted 06 January 2015 - 10:45 PM
Update as of evening of day 2: two tiny new pimples came up today but we're gone by evening. Pimples going away Sooo fast compared to when I used to wash. Also, the pimples I do have since before I started no wash regimen really hurt if I lightly touch them. But of itchiness on my cheeks as well. Weird. Anyways will update in a few days.
Posted 07 January 2015 - 05:25 PM
Day 3 here. Unfortunately my oil production upped a bit on my forehead, just so happened to be when I had to spend the day in the airports. Other than that, I had a whitehwD last night that pushed itself out, so I could see some of it poking out so I lightly wiped it off. Freaking out about having an open sore I took a dab of honey and left it on it over night. Nice scab today. Still have same amount of zits but my colouring is really improving. Although!! Something so strange, my pimples are SO tender/painful. Didn't have that before starting this regimen... Take care will update soon
Posted 08 January 2015 - 10:20 PM
So I ended up rinsing my face once with cold water last night, just because I didn't feel comfortable sleeping on my pillow after having been in the airplane all day.
However, I broke down tonight and washed my face. The feeling was unbearable... and my skin was really starting to look nasty... i have two fairly itchy red spots under my eyes and I kinda freaked out cause some ppl on this thread developed seborrhic dermatitis from not washing... looked exactly like it. I think it may be better to ween off.. so my plan is to start washing only once a day (at night) and then after a week or two I'll wash once every second day... I noticed more of a dead skin buildup on my scalp oddly enough when i was doing this regimen the last couple days. Oh well, at least i tries cold turkey. Will come on back here when I can get down to nothing without having a weird skin rash!
oh- I may give the acne bootcamp program a shot as well then since I'm back to washing. heard some good things and doc neal answers your questions within a day (not affiliated with them btw)
Edited by smiles23, 08 January 2015 - 10:20 PM.
Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:29 PM
I just wanted to come on here and just warn you... I think this can totally work for a lot of poeple but be very careful if you have overly oil skin. Seborrheic dermatitis is super easy to get with this regimen if you have very oily skin. I got it and had to wash with dandruff shampoo for three days before it went away.
Be careful if you have super dry skin as well because you could potentially develop eczema as well.
Just a caution, watch your skin carefully.
Posted 15 July 2015 - 08:28 PM
I've been reading acne.org forums for a while now, trying many different things. I decided this topic would be my first post. Just wanted to let everyone know I am trying this regimen (mainly so I can ask questions, also for my own personal diary), on day 4 now.
Things I've noticed:
1. My pimples actually heal on their own now. No need for popping, it just clears and scabs over.
2. Has anyone had problems in the morning/night when you are sleeping? Sometimes when I am half asleep/waking up i would pick a pimple, and it gets pretty messy. I just cut my nails and hoped for the best tonight
3.Everyone has talked about their skin complexion getting better, mine has gotten darker (not from tanning, more like the dead skin turning dark).
4. Irritation is unbearable, My skin is not oily, instead it seems dry (mostly because its flaking). How has anyone dealt with this?
Posted 01 August 2015 - 09:04 AM
I think it was important to start off with not washing my face at all. It broke my psychological NEED to have a squeaky clean face and cured my fear of oil and sweat. I think it also gave my skin's acid mantel time to rebuild. Having said all that, i live in and extremely humid climate. I found that at least in the summer, washing my face with a gentle %100 natural once daily works very well. Once the summer is over and its not so humid i may go back to not washing...we'll see.
My point is, play around with what works best for you, but I highly recommend no washing or washing every 3 days at most for the first two months, then you can start washing a little more often and it shouldn't cause problems. I think the extreme caveman is a little unnecessary...washing once every few days was very beneficial in keeping the infamous dead skin mask from forming.
But I highly recommend this regimen. It cured me of acne. My skin is wonderful now
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