Okay, so I just joined this site today, but I have been following posts and threads on here for quite a while. I am 22 years old and have suffered from moderate to severe acne since I was around 14 years old. I have tried so many different over the counter products. I have been on numerous antibiotics, you name it. The funny thing is, none of it really ever helped. Sure it might seem like it's help, or they give you the motto "it gets worse before it gets better." That wasn't my case...that stuff can really irritate the skin. Last year in July, I became devastated I paid $300 for another topical treatment that did NOT work. I decided to give up, that was the best choice I think I've ever made. I actually quit washing my face completely. I didn't let water get on my face until this January. You would think when you go without washing your face for so long that it would be terrible. That's what they want you to think! Therefore, you build up a vicious cycle you dry your skin out with harsh products, and then apply a moisturizer. If you want to completely stop washing your face with cleansers or soaps, I say go for it! My skin looked so much better after I stopped washing it. I’m a girl so I wear make up. At night I had to take that off, but to take it off I just used a paper towel or a bath towel. In January I got curious to see if I could use water without it irritating my skin. I have to say, I’m glad I did. At night I use a wash cloth and gently wipe away my make up/any dead skin with a luke warm wash rag. Then I splash a little water on my face. Sometimes I let it air dry, sometimes I don’t. As of right now, I have no active pimples. I have not gotten any cysts in almost a year! The pimples I do get heal within 1-2 days. I had to post on here, because I feel like I could stop someone from making the same mistakes I did. I am left with scarring now, and I’m doing what I can to treat that. One thing I do notice about myself and other members with scarring on this site is that most of the scarring is in the same place you would scrub the most on your face and put the most pressure, spend the most time on. I should add my skin is not oily or dry it evens itself out. If you develop a pimple, fight the “urge” to pick at it, pop it or “wash it away.” I wish I would have realized this 7 years ago. Why do I think I started getting acne in the first place? It was probably from being on too many antibiotics, or using make up I could have even became suddenly allergic to the products I was using. I know how it is to be a teenager, and you get one little pimple and freak out and you begin to use acne products. What I have realized is that acne products only make things worse. I suggest to people suffering from severe acne to go with even getting your face wet for many days, use the “do nothing” method. I have noticed acne can also spread, so you probably shouldn’t use a wash rag right away. Wait for the oil on your face to build up, because the oil you produce is good if you think about it. The oil produced can help “push out” the plug of the pimple. I am also taking a probiotic right now, but that’s sort of for a different reason. Just wanted to share my experience, feel free to write back. =)
Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:22 PM
Topical acne treatments help. Those who get completely clear with them are very lucky. I found that if your topical regimen isn't working try treating it internally or stop slathering so many chemicals on your face.
Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:54 PM
I too am doing something similar to this, although I initially started it unintentionally. It hasn't been too long and I'm already seeing significant changes in my skin, it's really very surprising. I'm a guy so showering once or twice a day is a must otherwise the lady friends start to complain lol, but when I do shower I only use water on my face. Every three or four days or so I then wash it with cetaphil and put on some ACV. So far I am blown away how doing so little can make such a big difference.
I definitely think this will not work for everyone though. If someone has severe acne then this is likely not a good idea; for the majority of those with severe acne I can't see anything but trouble with such a passive regimen. I had to take care of my moderate acne a few years back with some fairly strong topicals, and I can't see what I am doing now helping much if I had the acne I used to.
Everyone's skin is dramatically different though, I'm glad it's working for you xscarringx.
Edited by CBIOT13, 13 April 2013 - 04:58 PM.
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Here's A Few Acne.org Threads Of Mine You May Find Useful/Interesting (updated 7/25/13)
-- DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/324606-flakydryoily-skin-try-this/
-- How to Ice Inflammed or Picked at Cysts http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/327532-acne-redness-removal-trick/
-- Milk of Magnesia Uses http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/329385-ways-to-use-milk-of-magnesia-for-oily-skin/
Other Threads Worth Looking At
-- Oily Skin Research Thread: This shows some of our previous efforts and explains the mechanisms behind oily skin.
-- My failed but enlightening experiment going the "less is more" route, aka "The Caveman Routine"
Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:26 AM
This post is regarding the dead skin with the water only method. I have an idea that the reason we all are experiencing dead skin, the skin is healing. I'm not 100% sure, but it kind of makes sense. When I got laser treatment about a year ago, my skin began sloughing off. It was dry for awhile after that too and continued to slough off. I am just wondering if the dead skin is a process showing that our skin is finally trying to heal itself. I mean after all many of us have used all of these harsh chemicals for years. We have pigmentation problems & scars that need to be healed. The water only method definitely makes my skin less irritated, however I am going to tough it out. I am still wearing make up, but I am going to get past that part too. Another thing, when I got the laser treatment done, I got little white heads and they told me that is a sign the skin is healing. Therefore, that's what I think all of this is. For now, I gently exfoliate with a paper towel and warm water. I am still getting small white heads here and there, but let me remind you I do wear make up everyday and have for 8 years. Ugh. I hate make up. I know one thing though, every pimple I get is normally very small and heals within a couple of days. What's even weirder, is that the marks fade away way quicker than they used to. The way I look at things, is this is the best method that has worked for me. No I'm no where near perfect yet, nor do I expect to be any time soon, but I think this method will be beneficial for me in the long run. I really wish i would have did this sooner. I used to have acne on my back when I was around 14 years old, I mean severe acne on my back & I didn't do anything to it, because it didn't really bug me. Of course it's gone now, and has been for along time with no marks, scars left behind. Another stupid thing I did which I am paying for now, is the constant use of make up every single fucking day. Now I am to the point where I feel like I can't live without it, but I HATE it at the same time, because I know it's destroying my skin too. I know that is kind of irrelevant, but I am begging younger girls to not become dependent on it like I have. Make up will only make things worse over time, trust me. After I get subcision a few times (maybe more) for my scars and a laser treatment, my plan is to stop wearing it completely. Sorry just rambling on here.
Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:41 AM
Oh and I actually this method is great for severe acne, because when I stopped washing at all my cystic acne went away. I think part of the reason acne gets so bad, is that it can spread. When we wash and exfoliate our face, it opens the would and spreads, kind of like poison ivy. I have noticed this, I think that is why many people get clusters of pimples. I would almost consider to go without washing until you have only 1-3 active break outs and avoid those areas when you are wiping off make up, exfoliating, etc. Save those areas for last and gently wipe them. I used to be a troubled teen and believed scrubbing would "wash" my acne away. Boy, was I stupid? I really wish i was as educated on everything as I am now. Since I am rambling on today, I thought I would add a few more things. If I take ibuprofen, withing 3 days I will form a cyst on the exact same spot on my right jawline. It's crazy, it took me awhile to realize that though. I actually figured it out when I got pregnant (you can't take it while your pregnant). Well after I had the baby, I took one because I had a migraine and what do you know 3 days later I began to get a cyst, but instead of scrubbing it to death, I let it heal up. It was gross, kept scabbing over as it was flattening day by day. Another thing I think, is that some pimples are caused by allergic reactions to products. Like I just mentioned. I think that our acne products have made us more sensitive over time, because it strips away our protective layers. Therefore, things will irritate us more. I think with time, the water only method would make our skin tougher and we will be able to use different products again (not acne products) but things like (shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, make up, etc.) I remember when I was a teenager I could put damn near anything in my hair, without making my acne worse. Over the years, as I continued to use acne medications I have to be VERY careful as to what I use. I think that's what acne medications really do, is make you more prone to get acne. Therefore, it is hard to pinpoint triggers etc. One more thing I read somewhere, a girl went to the dermatologist , because she had a bunch of white heads and inflamed acne. He asked her how many times a day was she washing her face and she said twice a day. I guess he freaked out and told her you should only wash your face like once a week. I understand his idea behind that too, from experience of not washing my face for 7 months. You would have thought my face would have got worse, considering I was wearing make up, but it actually got slightly better. I started using water though, because I wanted even better results. Now my skin is flaky, but I think I'm on the way to progress. After all, I did like 7 years of damage to my face with products. it's not going to be an overnight, days, weeks, months thing.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:26 PM
There is some truth to your method.
Not to use abbrasive scrubs or harsh chemicals on your face.
But I do think you should clean you face, to get remove some of the oil off your face (it may contain some contaminants from your environment, pollen, pollution etc.)
As for oil, you should use on your face, it will "push the pimple" as you say.
Once you clean your face use extra virgin coconut oil, there will be improvements and your skin will feel smooth and soft.
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