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#941 mazgan

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:48 AM

The scars left behind by acne are just as tough as the acne :/ I've decided to just accept mine for now until I ca afford treatments when I'm older...

the thing is there is no good solution. all ways are so complicated, costly, and not even ensuring satisfying results. so fucked up =/.



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:16 AM

Im on my 5th day on the hardcore caveman regimen, nothing except a dry towel touches my face, I have moderate acne, and a lot of red spots.
Already on my 3rd day I saw a difference in my face, there is a bathroom mirror in my university that because of the light position or whateve exposes all of my marks and all my facial problems, but now yesterday when I looked myself in this mirror it didnt look that bad at all.
I have two or three zits that are really small, that were there already before I started this regimen.
Im getting really happy with the results and I hope it continues this way and only get better and better.

 

I will do the hardcore version for 30 days, then Ill go back to using sunscreen and going to start washing my face once a day, water only.
Using an anti-acne sunscreen (contains salicylic acid) going to destroy this acid mantle again?



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:35 PM

So I started doing the hardcore one 2 days ago. I've also played volleyball both days. I haven't touched my face with anything. And the sweat just dried on it. Are  you allowed to wipe off the oil/dirt/sweat with a towel. Or are you suppose to let nothing not even a dry towel touch it?



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 04:11 PM

I'm going to try this. I'm a girl, but I don't wear make up so I have absolutely nothing to lose.

I started out with minimal spots. I got the odd one here and there but it wasn't anything major. However, people still noticed and started to comment. It was then that I began to use products and began to scrub. From then on, my acne got worse with each month that went on. I've only ever got spots on my forehead and chin so only ever used products there. Until recently, I never used moisturiser on my cheeks and so they were clear. When I started, I noticed small breakouts. Should I carry on with moisturiser, I know that I would only worsen my skin.

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 07:59 PM

I'm going to try this. I'm a girl, but I don't wear make up so I have absolutely nothing to lose.

I started out with minimal spots. I got the odd one here and there but it wasn't anything major. However, people still noticed and started to comment. It was then that I began to use products and began to scrub. From then on, my acne got worse with each month that went on. I've only ever got spots on my forehead and chin so only ever used products there. Until recently, I never used moisturiser on my cheeks and so they were clear. When I started, I noticed small breakouts. Should I carry on with moisturiser, I know that I would only worsen my skin.

u might have something to lose, because when i tried this it only made things worse. i think this is bad for people like me with extremly oily skin and blocked pores... but u wont know untill u try.

 

about the moisturiser - why the hell would u use it if u know in only worsen ur skin?

and if u really must use, u should try finding something natrual that doesnt worsen ur skin, u can try some oils like jojoba oil but they can also worsen (for me jojoba worsen my skin, but for some poeple its good) so u also have to check what is good for u.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:15 AM

Really looking forward to trying this over either spring break or summer (when im not in school) Theres so many damn approaches to this method tho. I will not wash my face for about 3-4 weeks If i can help it and then try wash maybe once a week or something. I'm also just getting tired of having to slather products on my face...

 

-Hopefully it will work for me thats the thing im looking forward to the most.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 08:41 PM

Hey so I'm a 16 year old guy with mild acne that's really been affecting my self esteem among other things and after being fed up with my acne after 2 years i came to this website for help and after hours of research came across this thread. Many seem skeptical or are against it while others have had great successes with this regimen, I am one of the skeptical but honestly there's not many other options left so i've decided to try out the regimen and will keep this page updated throughout my journey for anyone who is still reading. Wish me luck guys


Edited by alexela, 14 February 2014 - 07:51 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2014 - 07:31 PM

Day 3: nothing has touched my face except for the occasional splash of water in the shower. I have seen little to no improvements, in fact maybe my skin has worsened a bit. There are a few small whiteheads that have sprouted and a large pimple on my left cheek as well. My skin has also gone from being generally dry to being extremely oily and my face shines like there's no tomorrow and it feels quite uncomfortable, but I do my best to not wipe it off. I wish to stick it out as people say that it will worsen before anything gets better, so maybe within the next few days minor improvements will be visible and give me a little bit of hope. Here are some pictures of my left and right cheeks, my main trouble areas.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:04 PM

About a week of the regimen and I've taken note that my skin no  longer has that thick layer of oil around my face and it doesn't feel uncomfortable. My skin has acquired a sort of shiny, glow without the discomfort of a thick oily layer.Some of my acne seems to be going away these flat, red marks on my skin are being left behind where the acne used to be which I'm hoping will also fade. and while i still do get the occasional whitehead I've yet to had any major breakouts. The changes seem to be slight, however it's only been one week and I have high hopes that things will keep improving.(Ignore that pen mark on the left picture lol)

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:59 AM

So I'm guessing you're not allowed to use makeup at all on this regimen? I would like to start as soon as possible but I don't finish school until May (six weeks out) and I'm not sure if I want to finish off the semester looking like a pepperoni pizza. If makeup is allowed, is it only organic? Do I have to just clean it off with water?



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:12 AM

So I'm guessing you're not allowed to use makeup at all on this regimen? I would like to start as soon as possible but I don't finish school until May (six weeks out) and I'm not sure if I want to finish off the semester looking like a pepperoni pizza. If makeup is allowed, is it only organic? Do I have to just clean it off with water?



Allowed? Are there police?

Most of this caveman stuff s nonsense. not disrupting skin function with soap or cleansers is good. The no water, dead skin masks & & any other claims or rules are nonsense.

I haven't used and soap or cleanser except foot hand washing in several years. I wear mineral powder foundation. I wash with water & a cloth. And use oil to remove eye makeup.

Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Posted 30 December 2014 - 07:40 AM

Would love to hear how this works out. I wonder if part of the reason I have acne is because I got one or two spots, went ape shit and started treating the hell out of it, and then ended up just making it worse.






that is exactly what happened to me and im soo trying to fix it. that's why I started this. about 5-6 months ago I had perfect skin but I had maybe two tiny little pimples (not even) and I decided to use a cleanser by neutrogena on my face. it didn't bother me. until I bought this other scrub from neutrogena that was made specifically for oily, acne-prone skin. I don't have acne prone skin. I gave myself acne-prone skin. so I started breaking out from the sudden change of products. so I bought proactiv. it didn't do much for me and burned my skin like crazy. so I dropped it. cold turkey. and at the time I didn't know that you can't just stop benzoyl peroxide. so now my skin is soo bad. but I'm not sure if this is the right path for me. considering that even when I had perfect skin I didn't use anything at all. I used water but that was it. soo right now my skin is dry and dark and brown. it's dead skin and it looks horrible. I'm hoping this is a healing process because I fear that I might just be making it worse and once I take the dead skin off, I'll just have more acne.

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 02:00 PM

Why is this called the Caveman regime? Why do we think that Cavemen didn't groom themselves or wash their faces? Also, why do we assume that they didn't have acne?

 

Every mammal has some sort of grooming ritual. Early humans probably did too. 


Current status: CLEAR. Hyperpigmentation. Redness. Occasional Pimple. Clogged pores between eyebrows. Meh. 


Current skin-care regimen: 
Simple Micellar Water on a few cotton rounds, AM/PM.
Artistry Youth Xtend Protecting Cream (AM/PM)
Artistry Youth Xtend Eye Cream (PM)

Breathing. Sleeping. Exercising. Doing/Eating things that make me happy. Not obsessing about my skin.

 

How I got clear (between Jan and April, 2015):

Morning: 

Panoxyl Creamy Wash 4% BP

Clindamycin 1%

Artistry Youth Xtend Protecting Cream - SPF 15

Evening: 

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

Differin (Adapalene) (every other night or so)

Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Cream

 

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Loryna. Switched from Yaz, 6/1/15


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:03 PM

Did anyone else get a bunch of whiteheads the first few days? They're almost grosser than big pimples and they're freaking me out please help



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:54 AM

I'm doing a version of this regimen. I'm on day 8 now and things are going amazingly! I'm trying not to get too excited yet. The only thing I'm doing daily is wiping my face with green tea after I workout just for a teeny bit of exfoliation and to remove the excess sweat. So far, my results have been amazing. My skin looks great and it gets better every day. I have noticed 2 to 3 whiteheads but they're gone withina day or two. I'll post again in a few days with my progress. I am also a girl and I have been using a tiny bit of makeup. A few days ago I did use some honey to take off the makeup but I used makeup today (Just concealer) and I'm not going to wash it off. I think it will be fine because it was only a small amount. I'm planning on using honey on my face once a week and seeing how that goes this month. So far I am super excited because it seems like it's actually working!

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 02:06 PM

Ok my skin got so much better and then worse 

 

PLS HELP I WANNA KMS ACNE IS SO TERRIBLE I'M JUST A TEENAGER TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE OMSJEHTJHHHHHH

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I'm going to sp soon I can't have all this nasty red shit on my face why did @God do this to me I just wanna feel pretty again



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Posted 15 February 2015 - 05:44 AM

How long have you been doing the no washing?

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:17 PM

A week or so



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 03:06 AM

I think you have to give it more than a week or so...i'm on day 15 i think...and its up and down but it seems to be working over all..i'm definitely giving it another couple weeks before i make my decision. Hang in there!

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 09:32 PM

Ok I definitely want to encourage people to hang in there at least a month. I almost quit because around the two week mark, I started breaking out (small surface ones) all over my forehead. I panicked because it was so bumpy and it looked so congested. So then of course I picked at it amd it looked terrible and I got really depressed. BUT, I was determined to stick it out a few more days and not pick...its been magically clearing suddenly. I'm on day 20. I wipe my face with green tea everyday after I work out amd use a tiny bit of spot concealer and I wash my face with a mild soap every 4 days or so. I almost gave up. Right when you feel like giving up, just try to make yourself stick it out a few more days. You might be surprosed to find you're almost at the turning point. Be patient amd don't freak out at the break out around day 14


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