I'm on day 4 of the caveman regimen and I've been having a lot of doubt with it right now.
To give some background on me: I've had persistent acne for the past almost 2 years, and everything I've been trying has not gotten perfect results. My last routine was using salisylic acid (Biore face cleanser) while taking Doryx (doxycycline) every day. I had been taking Doryx for the past 7 months, and since it's an antiobiotic, I have not been happy having to take it for such a long period. My acne was getting better, but it wasn't getting good. My skin would still pop up with new acne almost every 2 days, and the scars are healing very poorly. I have extremely, EXTREMELY oily skin (well, oily forehead and sides of face, but dry cheeks and lower half of face) and I was feeling discouraged because I was not getting the results I wanted.
I read about the Caveman regimen and have been hearing a lot of good things (as well as bad, but the raving reviews I heard kept me interested) and decided to try it out for myself. It's day 4 and I think the caveman regimen just isn't for my skin type. My forehead is so oily and greasy and shiny and SO itchy and disgusting, I feel embarrassed to go outside. I've gotten tons of whiteheads in the past 4 days that weren't there before, and some of my acne is turning cystic now. My cheeks are drying up and having the dry flaky skin that I've heard so much about online; however, I'm a dark-skinned person, and dry flaky skin is VERY noticeable on me.
I don't know what to do, I'm at the end of my rope here. I want so much to feel good about myself but literally anything I try brings up bad results for me. Is this expected? I've read a lot of people doing the caveman regimen, but they had drier skin than I do. Did anybody try it and have very oily skin like me? How do I hold out? Should I just give up and move onto a new face wash routine? Please help!
I forgot to mention, I'm a 21 year old male who has never worn makeup or really any facial products before. I never had "teenager years" acne and just started getting acne when I was almost 20 year old. My current regimen is basically full-on paleo, without any water touching my face, and limiting showers to prevent shampoo or conditioner to get from my hair onto my face. I'm changing the towel over my pillow (not every night though, because I'm kinda lazy about washing my towels constantly). I have a relatively good diet with little fried foods. I love food so I eat a lot of it, but I avoid spicy things. My sleep schedule is currently pretty good, and I'm getting a solid 8 hours nightly. I go to the gym constantly, at least 4 times week. I also drink a lotta lotta water, probably about almost 3 liters a day.
Edited by cavemaner, 08 July 2013 - 09:49 PM.