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#1 NoWash37

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

I started the no wash regimen 7 days ago, after I found a blog about in on Acne.org, I read a lot of blogs on acne because my skin has been horrible for the past 4 years. It wasn’t as bad four years ago, but it’s been getting worse and worse and now it’s the worst it’s ever been. Over the four years, I’ve been doing everything to try to get it better. Antibiotics, creams, diet changes, Dan’s (stupid) regimen, natural remedies (manuka honey, tea tree oil, aloe vera, apple cider vingar etc.). Everything kinda helped, but not really. Dan’s regimen “helped” with the acne but my face was flaky and always red. It looked like crap and I could see my skin dying. I decided I would rather have had the acne than continue using it. The regimen was wasting my time and energy, I couldn’t be in the sun and all I thought about was my face, since I was starting at it in the mirror for more than an hour a day.

Unfortunately, after I stopped the regimen to try a more holistic approach, I broke out like crazy!!! Like crazy! I didn’t know you couldn’t stop benzyl peroxide cold turkey and I paid (and am still paying for the mistake). My skin has never been the same and I will never go back on anything that could do that to my face. I started having more cystic acne and there were only a few small areas on my face that didn’t have acne or red scars from acne (spoiler alert – it’s the places I never put the benzyl peroxide). (DO not quit cold turkey if you’re using it. Wean yourself off slowly. Like start using it only once a day, then every other day then every other two day and so on until no more. Then do not wash your face at all!) But the solution still did not click. I thought I just now needed to work harder to clean my skin with natural products (like the honey and shiz), but honestly they didn’t really help. Like kinda, but not really.
I’ve been so frustrated with my skin that I would cry every day and pray that I could have normal skin one day. One day when I would not be insecure about how it look. I dreamed of a day I could have my future husband touch my cheek out of affection. Anywhooo, after googling things like “I want to rip my skin off” (out of frustration, don’t worry I’m not that crazy, well maybe acne made me a little crazy), I found the caveman regimen. The blog started with this guy who was just as frustrated (and kinda as crazy) as me saying how he hated his skin and he was going to punish it by not touching it, not cleaning it, not doing anything for a month. No water, nothing bc he was sick of it. The blog continued and everyone said their good lucks to him and told him to keep them updated. Over time he started blogging about how much better it was getting. He said his face was finally healing itself, like it was gross at first, bc the skin was super oily and the pored were filing up with sebum , but he saw that the pimples were healing. I kept reading the blog and did more research and saw that a lot of other people were saying how amazing it was. I was so angry and desperate at this point that I said eff it, I;m doing it.

I was extremely hesitant at first because I am a girl with lots of pimples and scars, so I have been wearing a lot of face makeup to hide it all. I couldn’t imagine not wearing makeup, but I thought about it and decided wtv, I decided I would put on make up the first day and not wash it off, just keep it there. I knew my skin didn’t break out to this makeup (Laura Mercier mineral powder), since I used to put it on areas where my skin was fine and pimples never formed.

The second day on the regimen, my face was sooo oily, but I kept going. I was at work all day so I didn’t look at my face all day like I would’ve if I was at home, but I’m sure my co-workers were like wtf and had the common decency not to ask, but wtv they were going to see it clear soon so I didn’t care. Over the week my face looked gross, super oily, white stuff coming out of my pores, white heads everywhere (the pimples were healing), my face was flaky and I my face smelled a little funny, but I kept up my strength bc even though my face looked gross I knew it was bc it was healing and not like the bullshit healing that all those products say happen (the few of months where you break out like crazy and then magic it kicks in), but like actually healing. My cystic acne was going to the surface and drying out. All my pimples were becoming white heads, my smaller pimples were drying and falling off my face. Like one or two new pimples, but they’d dry off extremely fast (I used to get multiple new pimples a day). It was honestly crazy how fast it was healing (compared to before where I’d have a cystic pimple for weeks).

On the third day I rinsed my face, but like hardly touched my face with the water. I did not let my hands rub my skin and I used cool water. My face felt really dry after that and my skin kept flaking off (dead skin cells). The next morning it was oily again and continued the oily, white coming out of pores, flaky thing. Again, this sounds bad, but I was so happy because I saw it was healing.
The one thing that annoyed me was that sometimes my eyes would start stinging and get really watery. I think that because my face was so acidic to combat how alkaline it was before, some of the acidic oil got in my eyes and made it this way. I just tried to blink it away and used a tissue. It looked like I was straight up crying (which was a little embarrassing during a meeting I had with a client at work!), but again healing =happiness.

Update; I am right now on day 8 and my face it drastically better. No more cystic acne. Hardly any active acne, just the dried up scabby pimples that were cysts but came to the surface. They should peel off any day now. Then I will have no pimples. Just a shit ton of scars, which makes me pretty angry, but then I just remember - “holy crap! I have no pimples!” I also stopped using makeup. Makeup plus all this crap makes it look even worse. Now my skin is dry (I used to have super oily skin!!!!!, and is flaking off the dead skin so you can see the makeup too easily on top of the flakiness). It looks better without it.
So guys, I am serious. If you have acne, and want it to go away and stop using that crap everyday that doesn’t really work (some days you think it does and then you break out the next), please just try not washing your face for 3 day, lightly rinse it with cool water (try not to touch your face really), then don’t wash again for another 3 days, and then again lightly rinse with cool water and repeat for the rest of your life. Also, try your hardest not to pick at your face. You’re going to be extremelyyyyyyyyy tempted to bc of all the stuff coming of your face, but you need that stuff to heal. Resist picking, it’ll just mean it will take longer to heal and your face will look like crap longer.

I’m finally excited for my skin. I haven’t had this feeling ever. The idea of not having to think about my skin makes me so ridiculously happy. The idea of one day letting someone kiss my cheek makes me want to jump up and down out of glee. I know it’s corny, but I don’t give a darn.

Good luck to anyone that decides to do this. I can’t remember being so happy for trying something. And it’s the easiest thing! Just don’t touch your face! And for the love of G-d, stop using Dan;s regimen, he might’ve meant well but that stuff is horrible. It will only make you dependent on it and ruin your skin’s ability to heal itself.

PS - Also!! Just so you know I was on the macrobiotic diet (no glutten, dairy, sugar, hardly any meat, few fruits, less coffee, etc.) this entire time. I was on it for 7 month and it didn’t really help, btu I stayed on bc I lost weight and honeslty felt that when I ate lots of sugar, my face got worse, but like just the diet did not help. Idk if it helped me heal faster or what, btu I think you don’t need the diet for this to work. To be honest.

The understand the scientific reasoning behind this, read about the acid mantle and your skin's PH. Also, check out the blog I mentioned here that inspired me (http://www.acne.org/... face__st__280)

#2 srilub

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:13 PM

Dear NoWash37,

 

I am completely with you. I had sudden bad acne for several months. I fortunately did the organic mud pack routine and such. But I was washing my fact twice a day. Keeping my hands super clean and all. Every time it just got worse and worse.

Now, I do not use any kind of soap on my face. I shower once or twice a day, but no soap. Only the pits and privates get a little bit of soap. I cut back to shampooing once a week. Washing my face with soap to once a month.

 

Here are some things you can still do to keep your body clean. First of all the chemicals in the soaps are like poison to your skin. So, just stay away from them. Take a wash cloth and scrub yourself once a week all over. This is enough cleaning. you can use the baking soda regimens seldom (you have tons of help on youtube).

 

Now, your skin will start to heal itself and glow too. The scars too will go away. 

BTW - you can wear makeup. But do not use chemicals to clear it. Washcloth and fingertip is enough to carefully clear the makeup. I dont do foundation. Just eye liner. So, it is easy for me. But when I did wear foundation on days I needed to hide my scars, I only wiped with a wet wash cloth. 

 

These days, we are crazy into hand sanitizers, cleaners, soaps, detergents and all. But all the cleaning we really need is with water. Unless we are working with grease and such on a daily basis, we dont need to chemically clean our bodies. 

 

We have to stop over cleaning our bodies. We are exposed to more chemicals and pollutants. Perhaps a layer of our own skin protects us from open pores.

 






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