I thought rather than blogging each day about my journey on the caveman regimen, I'd make a thread so I can share my progress each day. Previously I did the 'water-only' regimen, but it dried me out so much that I caved in and went straight back to using a cleanser and moisturiser. Tap-water is full of chemicals, so giving that up to makes sense to me.
This time I've decided to go full caveman, meaning I will do absolutely nothing to my face. I mean there's no proof to say that cavemen didn't wash their faces now and then in the local river/lake, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't their top priority. I found that the time in my life that I was the clearest (although still prone to getting the odd pimple), I didn't wash my face as often. Even since I began using harsh cleansers twice-a-day and treatments, my skin has been dreadful. It's oily, highly acne-prone (due to the oil) and very sensitive. For the past few months I've been taking a very minimal approach to my acne which is working great, but I think going the whole hog will transform my skin completely. Plus, it's the cheapest regimen that I've ever been on!
I've been reading 'The Love Vitamin' blog and Tracy (a student holistic dietitian) that blogs on the site is also on this regimen. She had pretty severe acne and then decided to take an holistic approach to healing her acne using products such as Manuka Honey and Jojoba oil alongside improving her diet. She also now does nothing to her face and her results have been pretty amazing (her skin is flawless) and the key to that is her skin no longer produces excess oil (to compensate) and her 'acid mantle' is restored. You should really check out her blog/YouTube channel. Her goal is to cure acne, not treat it.
So it's day two and I haven't done anything to my face for the first time since I was around 10 years old. It still feels relatively clean and the oiliness isn't all that substantial. It's just as oily as it is normally, but less dry in areas that previously were. It feels calm. I have no current actives, just healing/scabbed ones from a breakout I had a couple of days ago.
There's nothing much to note right now other than my skin feels exactly the same as it normally would at this time of the day. Not extremely oily nor extremely dry, just...right? Admittedly, it does look a little shiny, but not unnaturally shiny. Often my skin sometimes looks that stripped of oils after cleansing that it's just deathly looking (pale, dry, damaged), it never glows, but today it is glowing.
I'm thinking over the next few days I'll have a lot to post about as my face adapts to not being cleansed. I'm sure it's not all going to be sunshine and roses, but I've tried everything for my persistent acne and my skin generally seems better when I leave it be. I'm just one of those that are drawn in by product advertisements claiming miracle cures...no more!
Hopefully this works out. I know it's not for everyone, but it's worth a shot. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy following my journey on this regimen! I'll try keep things a little briefer in the future...
Edited by LewisS, 29 April 2013 - 02:34 PM.