Hello! I've been visiting acne.org looking for advice for several years, although I haven't posted or created an account until today. I've recently been reading a lot of personal logs from people who have attempted the caveman regimen and after trying countless regimens over a period of ten years with no luck whatsoever, I've decided to give my skin a break and give this controversial regimen a go. I know some people will advise me that this will make my skin worse but I am willing to risk that. At this point in time, my skin is so horrible that I really have nothing to lose. This will be my last attempt to improve my skin without resorting to accutane, which I have been trying to avoid doing for years.
If you'd like a bit of background information about me and my skin before I begin then read on. I am female, 22 years old and have had acne since I was around 10 or 11. Inside my head, I have always perceived my acne as being extremely severe - I'm sure many acne sufferers feel the same regardless of the true extent of their acne. However, looking back on photos of myself when I first started to break out due to puberty, my skin really wasn't too bad at all. This was before I started using make up and experimenting with hundreds of skincare products. Since that time, my skin has gotten worse and worse. As a teenager, I had oily skin with acne predominantly in my t zone and some on my cheeks and my jawline was generally okay. However, as I've gotten older my skin has completely changed. I now have normal to dry skin and my cheeks and jawline are my main problem area. I also get breakouts on my chin, have constant blackheads on my nose, and whilst I get the occasional spot on my forehead, this is the best area on my face. My acne is usually cystic, particularly on my cheeks, although I do get whiteheads in other areas such as my chin and around my mouth. I'm not sure whether my acne would be considered moderate or severe, but it definitely isn't mild.
In the past I have tried countless skincare products, from gentle, 'natural' products for sensitive skin to harsh acne-fighting products containing BP and salicylic acid. I have also had treatments on prescription from the doctor and various kinds of antibiotics. The only thing I have ever tried that helped clear up my skin was Dianette, which I was on for around a year before being pulled off it by my doctor and informed that they are no longer able to offer long-term prescriptions of the medication. I have had several short-term courses of Dianette since then (usually around 3 months), but never with the same effect. This and my jawline acne would suggest to me that my condition is hormonal, although a recent hormone test did not show up any problems. I have always had sensitive skin and fear I may be irritating it with products and particularly with the heavy make up I wear on a daily basis.
I am going to experiment with the caveman regime in order to give my skin a break from products and see how it reacts. I'm not trying to persuade anyone else to do it, I'm not trying to criticize other regimens or judge anyone else for the ways in which they have chosen to look after their skin, I'm not even saying that this regimen will work for me. I'm just trying it out to see what happens. I've started up a blog which you can find here - http://thecavegirldi...blogspot.co.uk/ - where I will be posting detailed updates; but I thought I would post on acne.org as well as I would love to connect with other people who have experiences of this regimen or who are thinking of trying it out.
I'm doing the form of the regimen that involves using absolutely nothing, not even water, on your face and I'm on day 3. So far my skin has been more oily than I am used to. I am not dripping with oil like some people who have attempted the regimen but my skin wasn't particularly oily to begin with. I feel that today it is noticeably oily to look at. My skin feels itchy and uncomfortable and it's difficult to resist the urge to wash. The whiteheads I had prior to beginning the regimen are healing nicely, although one on my chin has formed a horrible black scab that I am dying to remove because I know it would look so much better if I did but I'm avoiding giving in to temptation. After having no new breakouts for the first two days (a record for me), today I have four very small new whiteheads - two of which are under my jaw so can't be seen unless you're looking for them. This is a very minimal breakout by my standards. At this point, whilst I am quite uncomfortable and definitely not enjoying the experience, and not wearing any make up is very difficult for me, I haven't yet experienced any horrible consequences, so I plan to continue with the regimen.
If you are experimenting with this regimen, or have done in the past, I would love to know how it is working or has worked out for you.
Thanks for reading!