1.) After a while I noticed a buildup of dry, dead skin on my face, particularly around my nose. However, the only time this dry skin was noticeable was if I scratched at it. I believe that dry skin getting into pores and causing acne is a myth. Think about it, when you were younger your body should condition itself to having that dry skin on its face. The body isnt naturally self-destructive. It's not going to cause a bunch of inflammation with its own shedding of its skin cells. What if this build-up is supposed to act as a sort of make-up that makes the skin look smoother and at the same time stops harmful bacteria and substances that would cause acne from coming into contact with your pores? Exfoliating it off would only make your skin susceptible to all the acne-causing substances throughout the world.
2.) One of the main ideas behind the caveman regimen is that the products were using actually causes acne. Aside from harsh chemicals causing their own inflammatory response, I have another theory as to why this might be true. If you're a gazelle in the wild, and a cheetah is coming at you, you're not just going to stand there. You're going to run like hell. Well, if you're "acne-causing bacteria" why would you stay in the same place when a cocktail of chemicals designed to kill you is invading the skin? The logical "fight or flight" response of organisms kicks in and the bacteria is going to run like hell and spread to other areas of the skin. A bitch far-fetched, im sure, but something worth thinking about.
Anyways, that's all I have to say. My skin is healing, and I believe the dead skin is a good thing. My face doesnt overproduce oil. The only time it did that was when I constantly exfoliated. As an experiment yesterday, I got rid of all the dry skin that I call a natural make-up with an exfoliant and my skin looked horrible even 8 hours after I did it.
As another experiment, I had multiple sugar binges throughout the three weeks and I found that I'd get new breakouts the next day. I know a lot of people say "durrhurr it was probly underneath the skin for weeks waiting to come out. nuffin 2 do wiff sugar." Yeeeah.. Well I dont believe that. Maybe some kind of acne can be under the skin for weeks, but our bodies werent designed for that kind of slow response. If it were, we'd have been picked off in the evolution arms race.
Edited by fennecer, 04 March 2012 - 03:21 PM.