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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:20 PM

I have been doing water only for about 3 months now & I'm 99% clear. I have one tiny pimple smaller than a pin head.  I know how it is I have had moderate to severe acne for 7 years. I understand each person is different, but really soaps,cleansers will only irritate your skin. You DON'T need them. When you wash your face with a cleansers or soap, it gets rid of the oils you need to fight bacteria. Or your body will begin over producing them. Thus, making you look oily. If you apply oil/moisturizers for dry skin, then your body thinks it has enough oil and will stop producing the oil you need to fight bacteria. Also, you don't want to wash your face with water too often, because even water can be bad if used too much. Here is what I do...
 
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--at night I take a bath (not a shower) sometimes I do shower though & when I do shower I wash my hair & avoid letting the shampoo get on my face as much as possible the reason I avoid the shower is because I like my water to be really hot & that can really aggravate my face so it's the water temperature & shampoo as to the reason I prefer a bath over a shower




--after that or sometimes when I am in the bath i use water that is LESS than luke warm....think of the temperatures of rain, rivers, lakes, you get it..I splash some of the water on my face about 3-4 times then wet a white wash rag (i don't trust the dyes) and I gently wipe away my make up/dead skin I don't apply moisturizer I let my skin do "it's thing"  and in the morning I'm not oily nor dry 

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--i don't wash or anything in the morning but I do put on my make up I use Neutrogena Healthy skin liquid foundation (the only thing my skin will tolerate) & a little bit of the skin clearing powder.I try to balance everything out..(my acne didn't clear because of the powder) because when I used that & washed my face I still had acne.. I have had to be very picky with my make up some products that Neutrogena & other companies make definitely break me out about an hour after I put it on (so pay attention to that, when testing out make up) 

-other things I have tested out I have tried skipping on so many foods for months at a time & it didn't really help much I'm allergic to milk (i had a test done) but I still love it & still drink it ..stupid right? but i drink it everyday and I'm still clear..i'm definitely not saying eat bad..but i'm saying i am not the healthiest person on earth. i try to drink a lot of water but at room temperature I usually drink about 3-4 16 oz bottles a day.

sorry for blabbing on just wanted to share my experience on things..oh and i've tried going caveman before i actually went with the routine for about 8 months things didn't get worse, but they didn't get all the way better until incorporated water into the "doing nothing method"..but if you think about it cavemen USED water..so yeah..basically what i personally recommend is if you have sensitive skin don't use hot water/warm water/cleansers/soaps/most make ups...one more thing tweezing my eye brows has always broke me out..& it still does when I do so I have stopped doing that..point is different things cause different bumps but cleansers & soaps definitely won't help the situation..they might for a couple hours but not long term..pay attention to your bodies reactions but don't stress yourself out!



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 01:36 PM

Okay I need some help from long-term water only regimen users. For the first week this regimen was amazing for my skin, it's never felt so healthy, but recently I've been having problems with itchiness. After splashing my face with cold water and patting dry, the skin on the creases of my nose and my chin get really itchy and then I either get a whitehead there or it is really red.

 

If anyone else has had this, let me know how you combated it without using any products. It could be that I'm using cold water or because I'm using too much water, I just don't want to change anything without accurate advice being given first.

 

Thanks! 



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 02:33 PM

Are you using unfil

 

Okay I need some help from long-term water only regimen users. For the first week this regimen was amazing for my skin, it's never felt so healthy, but recently I've been having problems with itchiness. After splashing my face with cold water and patting dry, the skin on the creases of my nose and my chin get really itchy and then I either get a whitehead there or it is really red.

 

If anyone else has had this, let me know how you combated it without using any products. It could be that I'm using cold water or because I'm using too much water, I just don't want to change anything without accurate advice being given first.

 

Thanks! 

 

Are you using unfiltered tap water?



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

Are you using unfiltered tap water?

 

Yup, I don't really have a choice though unless I start buying bottled water and using that. I guess I could get water from my refrigerator...but it's freezing cold.

 

Is unfiltered tap water that bad? D:


Edited by LewisS, 06 April 2013 - 02:38 PM.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:32 PM

Okay I need some help from long-term water only regimen users. For the first week this regimen was amazing for my skin, it's never felt so healthy, but recently I've been having problems with itchiness. After splashing my face with cold water and patting dry, the skin on the creases of my nose and my chin get really itchy and then I either get a whitehead there or it is really red.

 

If anyone else has had this, let me know how you combated it without using any products. It could be that I'm using cold water or because I'm using too much water, I just don't want to change anything without accurate advice being given first.

 

Thanks! 

 

Make sure to let your face AIR DRY, always. This should take care of the itching. Tap water vs unfiltered water shouldn't make too much of a difference as long as you only wash with cold water. I also incorporated the use of a wash cloth to gently remove any minor dead skin build-up, primarily in the areas you've been getting irritation.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

I was going to say the same thing, let your face air dry. Also, do not use hot water or even warm water. Those kind of temperatures can irritate the skin. I have noticed that if my skin piles up for too long without me using a wash rag to gently wipe it away, it will cause little white heads. That's why I suggest using a wash rag, but don't scrub your skin. Also, start with clean areas first, because if you wipe the pimple and then a different area it can spread. Another reason why your face could be itching is it might be possibly healing. I know when my face began healing it did itch. Most wounds big or small will itch as they begin to heal. If you have used harsh products for a long time, your skin may be recovering from that and trying to heal itself. 



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:41 AM

Are you using unfiltered tap water?

 

Yup, I don't really have a choice though unless I start buying bottled water and using that. I guess I could get water from my refrigerator...but it's freezing cold.

 

Is unfiltered tap water that bad? D:

 

Some tap water tends to dry me out so I use either bottled water or boiled tap water (works for me). Give boiling a chance first because it's cheaper: I pour tap water into a huge pot, let it reach a rolling boil, then let the pot cool and pour the boiled water into containers. Give it a shot. If boiled water continues to dry you out, then move on to bottled water.



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:50 AM

Thanks, I'll give that a try.

 

It's so annoying that some people have done this all their lives and have no skin problems whatsoever. I can't even use only water without getting dryness/acne. UGH!



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:57 AM

@Lewis, I feel for you.  Honestly, what works for one person may not work for another.  That would just be too nice of mother nature.  I've thought a lot about going back on water only (with wash cloth and cold water) like Clark says, but I'm not convinced.  Again, I for 99% of my life, used plain ol dove soap and nothing happened.  Hot water, cold water, crazy pore clogging moisturizers, toners, you name it--CLEAR SKIN. Things went south when I went to a derm and got put on some strong stuff that destroyed my face. 

 

I'm still getting zits but much much less than when I did with caveman, water-only. The scars are terrible. My red splotchy face makes me sad. I'm still working at getting the blackheads to disappear.  I'm afraid I'll be purging those for quite some time.  But I can deal with the couple of zits I'm getting now.  If I can cover it up and go out, then that's how i'll have to live my life.  Because with the water only, I couldn't live my life. 

 

I think it's amazing that it worked for people.  That's great. I'm so painfully jealous.  But I was too afraid of potentially very bad scarring to let things continue on.  I am a lost cause now unfrotunately. I miss having pretty skin and feeling attractive.  Never take anything in life for granted!!

 

On a pleasant side note, I have been experimenting with some masks.  The milk/nutmeg or yogurt/nutmeg masks work wonderful!  They are great for exfoliating and tend to calm down whatever pimple I may be experiencing.  Neutorgena stopped carrying my moisturizer so I have been testing some but haven't found a good one.  Would love to find one that won't give me whiteheads.  I used Lancome forever and it was brilliant but now I'm an acne sufferer so apparently thinking about moisture makes me break out.

 

Cheers



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:37 AM

I'm just not sure what works for me anymore. Using products dries out my skin, using only water dries out my skin and I'm way too afraid to try the complete caveman regimen. I really want to be able to use nice products that aren't for acne and work on other aspects of my skin, but whilst my skin is in this condition I can't do anything.

 

Others would say my skin is fine, but it constantly feels so sensitive and itchy.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

The water only dried my skin out.  The dry skin led to more breakouts.  The itching never went away.  I don't know. Some people are just lucky that this works for them! Maybe some day I'll try it again.  But I mean, the whole thing just lends itself to terrible obsessing.  Did I use the wash cloth too much?  Did shampoo touch my face?  Is the water chlorinated?  OMG!!!  Maybe if I would've seen results then I could deal with the obsessing but it was seriously the worst thing I ever did to my skin and my mental/emotional state.

 

You can drive yourself nuts.  If it ain't working, drop it.  Some of us just ain't lucky.  I read one guy slowly weaned himself off of products and then did the water only which worked for him.  Maybe some day. Sigh.

 

Totally and completely sucks. It's a gamble on how your skin will react and I lost big time.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

This is a little irrelevant, but I thought I would mention it. If your skin has a hard time healing or if it takes a while for a pimple to go away, I suggest you try probiotics. It works with the digestive system, because it contains bacteria that is needed for breaking down food. Many of us acne sufferers don't have enough of the bacteria from all of the different antibiotics we have used in the past.(antibiotics destroy most bacteria good or bad) We need certain bacteria in order to function properly. This is what I believe helped me get 99% improvement along with water only. Don't give up though, you will find your answer it just takes time. I also wanted to mention that I don't over wash my hair. I wash it about 2 times a week and use Head & shoulders. I wipe my face off with the wash rag most of the time after I get out of the shower/bath. I know that too much dead skin can cause acne so that's why I wipe it away gently at night using my pointer finger under the wash rag. 



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:14 AM

my first post, i thought it wil lbe best for me to join in on a discussion in which i am actively participating in.

 

first of all before i started this water only method (started 3 days ago) i have used a RIDICULOUS amount of products on my face, various cleansers, argan oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, the list goes on. All of which have only made my face worse and i have ended up in a very viscous circle. It started in October 2012 when i started developing a few spots (prior to this i have always had 90% clear skin). from this point i spiralled out of control and ended up absoultely destroying my face with products, and even using boiling hot water on my face.

 

As it is i have dry sensisitve skin already as i have had eczema since birth although it is now under control. since beginning the water only method alothugh it has only been 3 days my facial redness has decreased significantly and i seem to be getting less spots occuring. although like many others i am starting to shed loads of excess skin and my face is generally more drier. i am using e45 cream as a face moisturiser but i have now decided this is way to thick for my face and have instead opted for 'simple rich kind to skin moisturiser' which i have just bought to do.

 

What i really want to know is because i have such sensitive skin, would it be best for me to only use cold water as opposed to warm? the last 3 days i hav only used warm water and i HAVE experienced quite a bit of excessive drying. i beleive my face reacts better to cold water, but im not sure if this will remove any grease off my face especially as i am not using a cleanser!

 

also, i have unfortunately been left with blemishes on my cheeks from the scars from the past, to the stage where people ask me if i have been on holiday because my face looks darker.

im wondering if anybody else has/had this same predicament and if the water only method helped naturally clear up their blemishes and overall appearance?



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:16 PM

Hi Ramsay,


It's a toss up on who you talk to.  Everyone has had different results.  I think the people you want to talk to are the people it worked for.  Your problem sounds like how mine started.  If it works for you, awesome.

 

My experience?  First two weeks--wow, this is working, amazing!  Weeks 3-4, oh...my....HELP.  I probably wasn't getting rid of the skin enough or moisturizing.  No clue. 

 

Good luck to you!  I still believe this is probably how mother nature intended it but honestly don't know how to do it without completely destroying my face.  Now off to search for getting rid of blackheads and shrinking pores. 



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:22 AM

Oh nelly- im around 4 days in now since  i started and i have already seen fanatastic results. on the second day i also had an issue with dead skin, but after scrubbing my face pretty hard, using just a towel i removed ALL traces of dead skin, and when i moisturised afterwards it felt like i had new skin! haha.

 

since then i have had literally no dry patches on my face; due to the new skin being hydrated and not having being disturbed by anything other than water. this is 100% working for me and i am ecstatic about it, even just 4 days in. how is your face looking now? are you still doing this method? or are you using added products...

Either way, for me this works, with a regime of:

 

splashing only cold water on my face in the morning and letting it AIR DRY. as of yet i havent needed to moisturise after using this method which is great. (the less things which touch my face the better)

last thing before bed i soak my face in warm water a few times to remove and grease, debris from my face, and then once again rinse with cold water. after this i DO apply moisturiser before bed to give my skin chance to replenish its hydration levels. although soon i might even try avoiding even mosituriser unless compleletely neccessary.

gutted that you had a relapse from your great results ohnelly, but were you sneaking in any foregin products here and there? make up, cleanser, balm, oils etc?


 

 

The water only dried my skin out.  The dry skin led to more breakouts.  The itching never went away.  I don't know. Some people are just lucky that this works for them! Maybe some day I'll try it again.  But I mean, the whole thing just lends itself to terrible obsessing.

did you ever let your skin air dry? and what moisturiser did you follow up with? maybe if you approach it slightly differently your skin would not dry out


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:03 PM

Ugh. I am here to report negatively, sort of. So the water only method is not exactly working for me anymore.. =/ Right now I have about 5 pimples..let me tell you I think it sucks more when you go awhile without getting any and then BAM here they come..ugh..I seriously had a break down yesterday! My boyfriend talked me through it though, and I feel a lot better. He really has me thinking that it's my make up..I am highly guessing that he's right. Now to the positive part of the water only method. That means water only..no products during the day (which my self esteem won't allow me to do right now, but I'm working on it)..I think guys have a better chance at this working, because they usually don't wear make up. I know some do & if I was a guy I probably would too. Anyways, I will say this, even though I am still breaking out, it is minimal and I can deal with it. I know for a fact that water keeps it from getting worse. I am slowly going to wean myself off of wearing make up, & continue to use the water only method. ..ohnelly do you wear make up? I'm not trying to get off topic here, but just wondering & yes ramsayjay3 water has helped with my pigmentation problems from acne too.. i do notice that they definitely fade waaay faster.I would say less than a month & they fade & I am extremely pale. The way I look at the water only method, is how much damage could you really be doing? Nature didn't intend for us to put hundreds of chemicals on our face. In the long run I think water only will definitely benefit anyone who tries it. One more thing, I read this somewhere and it seems kind of true if you think about it..(can't remember where I read it at) The longer you have used harsh products in your life the longer it will take your skin to completely heal itself. It makes since, I went about 7 years of washing with harsh cleansers and it is slowly but surely getting better.I will never go back to using a soap/cleanser on my face again. As soon as I can stop wearing make up, I will most likely never go back to that neither. Sorry guys long post I know.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:44 PM

Hello Ramsay and XScarring,

 

No, I never let a single product touch my face in those thirty days.  I didn't use any topicals, soap, or makeup of any kind. I never once let a moisturizer touch my face.

 

I thought it was working really well the first two weeks.  Then the explosions began.  Ramsay, your true test will come.  It seems that people either have great success or around 3 weeks, things go south.  If it works for you, then super!  Honestly, it probably is the best for your skin. 

 

After I threw in the towel around the 30 day mark, I didn't grab any Finacea or BP.  I just started a daily routine of washing my face with a gentle face wash and then followed up with a gentle moisturizer.  I have been doing that since and it has worked fairly well.  I have not had any cystic acne.  My face is covered in red marks and scars from the water-only which I am currently trying to fade with AHA masks (i just ordered a moisturizer with AHA).  I still get white heads, which I think are from the remaining blackheads that I have been unable to get rid of because of the water-only method.  Those whiteheads are probably 80% less than when I was doing water only. 

 

My face is much better.  Remember too, there are millions of people whom are able to wash their face and not have acne.  The acid mantle can repair itself after you wash your face. BUT, with that said, if you are using all those medications, then I don't know.  I think that's what really ends up destroying it.  I think I may have benefited from doing the water-only, if only to repair my skin and start over.  But the acne scars are hideous.  I haven't brought myself to wear makeup yet but now that I can wash it off, I might just start!

 

Not sure what makeup I could use though...



Oh, and when I say I gave up around 30 days, it's because I had probably 500 zits.  My cheeks looked like they had been permanently slapped.  I had 400 blackheads and terrible acne covering every inch of my face including my normally flawless forehead.  I had blackheads where I had never had blackheads.

 

Since leaving that method, my forehead, nose, and chin are clear. 



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:31 AM

I do agree with you completely there. My boyfriend washes his face with anything damn near & so do my friends. Ugh! I think it has something to do with acne products (washes, topicals, etc.) & acne medications like antibiotics. Ohnelly when you were doing the water only method, what kind of pimples were you getting? Like size wise? This is going to sound silly, but maybe they were recovery pimples. After there is trauma to the skin on the face (acne washes,hot water, tweezing eyebrows, shaving) sometimes pimples will appear. Also, hair conditioners and hair products break me out in cysts. Especially Herbal Essence & all brands of mouse. It really irritates  me, but I have come to terms that I am different & my skin is just extremely sensitive. .



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:16 PM

i wish I could do water only.  What ends up happening is I get these huge cysts in my chin area that hurt so much I can't sleep.  I could deal with moderate acne, hell, even bad acne.  But when I get cysts, its downright unbearable.  Its like a pulsating pain, as if you just cut yourself. 



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:28 AM

i wish I could do water only.  What ends up happening is I get these huge cysts in my chin area that hurt so much I can't sleep.  I could deal with moderate acne, hell, even bad acne.  But when I get cysts, its downright unbearable.  Its like a pulsating pain, as if you just cut yourself. 

  Have you been using any hair products or make up? When I say hair products I am mainly referring to styling products. Also, I mentioned it somewhere before that Herbal Essence shampoo gives me cysts, not on my forehead like one would think. Instead, it ends up on my cheeks, so dose styling mouse.