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After Caveman Regimen: Layers Of Dead Skin. Help.

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#21 cosmic crusader

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:08 PM

Have you considered dry skin brushing with a natural-bristle brush? :]

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:11 AM

You know, cavemen were likely grooming each other like apes do. It seems like never touching your skin is a false ideal of how things were in the past. How about just rubbing the flakes off with a dry washcloth?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

Hey I'm glad to see you've stuck it out for the full 30 days and more! I think I did around 47/48 myself and then finally took it all off. I was at the beach at the time and just dumped my head under the ocean water and gently rubbed it all away with my fingers. Idk if you took it off yet or what but I would suggest just getting your fingers wet and gently rubbing all the dead skin off.

I just want to pipe in here. I'm 50+ and have had acne since a teen. As a teen, my diet was terrible--I remember coming home from high school and being so hungry...the only food in the house was white bread, and I would eat 6 slices of toast right away. Then dinner would be high carb, followed by a breakfast of cereal, lunch of a bagel and something like sweetened yogurt, a bag of chips for some salt cravings...anyway, it paved the way to a path of breakouts, combined with hormonal issues. [I am now aware that teens' digestion undergoes a massive transformation, the production of acids and enzymes slows down, contributing to further waste/toxin issues].

For years I had acne. It wasn't until my late 20s that it improved, when I changed my diet. I still had breakouts, which I would say was moderate with occasional cysts, but nothing as bad as in my earlier years, when I ate 80% junk.

By my mid 30s, I was still having occasional pimples here and there. I had been around long enough to start to see a pattern: the cysts were usually hormonal AND if I had taken in waaayyy too many carbs, like 4 slices of bread with a pasta dinner, followed by dessert. It always showed in my face 48 hours later. The other thing I noticed was that when I went to Mary Kay or other beauty product parties and was given a mini-peel, my skin was pink and fresh like a newborn's skin--for about 24 hours. Then it would erupt in retaliation, which I realize now was bacteria infecting raw skin!

Fast forward, 15 years later. My oily face is as oily as ever (meaning, I can make a kleenex completely transparent), and I continue to have hormone issues (I'm on a high dosage HRT patch) but my acne has almost 100% gone away and my skin is better than when I was in my 20s. Truly, I think it's because a) for the past 10 years I have not used anything to cleanse my face but water, followed by a light rub dry with a towel to gently exfoliate; b) I've maintained a pretty balanced diet, and c) I drink homemade kefir every day. I KNOW that any high intake of sugar--a supersize chocolate bar eaten in one afternoon, for example-- WILL absolutely result in major golf-ball cysts on my chin/jawline a couple of days down the road. This is a truth in my corner of the universe.

So, in essence: I believe the body must be healed on the inside (lowered candida, healthy probiotics) as well as the outside (gentle and minimal cleansing). And from what I'm seeing on these boards, that program is working for quite a few people.


As an aside, I think our modern society has associated "oily" with dirty, and our obsession to have what we call clean skin is actually detrimental to our health. All the emphasis on "getting rid of the shine" and "fresh, pink" skin is completely contrary to our bodies' immune system. The so-called "acid mantle", where the beneficial bacteria are nourished by the good fatty acids in our sebum, exists for a reason.

Edited by kimanjo, 26 November 2012 - 11:21 AM.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

You can exfoliate without any products. All you need is a muslin cloth and warm water. I still recommend you wash your face with water at least once a day. Since we have no fur, because we are humans, there's nothing to keep our skin clean apart from washing it regularly.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:42 PM

Apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball (this would maintain the PH balance of your skin which is what the caveman regimen attempts to restore). Since the layer of skin you have is so thick, you'd probably have to apply some pressure when exfoliating and ONLY do this in the areas where it is absolutely necessary. Also, when honey is mixed with water, it creates these little sugar crystals. Honey is also PH balanced, so you can just slather your face in honey, rub around for about three minutes (gently) and rinse of/pat dry. Then leave your skin alone as you have been doing.

I've heard of brown sugar scrubs and baking soda, but keep in mind that these both disrupt the PH level of skin and so I would NOT try these as it would be counteractive to all your progress on the caveman regimen. Good luck.

Edited by Ind1g0, 26 November 2012 - 12:42 PM.