Just thought I would add my experience on here since I was doing the caveman regimen for 3 months.
I'm 23 and had clear skin up until I turned 20. I had oily skin with mostly papules and pustules and an occasional cyst. I was using the Shiseido skincare kit since I was 13, but switched to acne products once my acne started to flare up. I'm fair skinned with sensitive skin and all my acne would pop up on my temples, cheeks, and chin. My forehead and nose have always been clear. I was mostly clear when I came across this regimen and thought it would help with the whiteheads and few papules that I had left.
In August, I came across acne.org and decided to start the caveman regimen because I wanted to try a more natural approach to my acne since I already live a very healthy lifestyle. I rarely drink any alcohol, cook my own meals, and record everything I eat, mostly because I am very into fitness. I sleep 8 hours a night and change my pilowcase every night. I exercise 6 times a week with weight training and cardio. I recorded day by day my progress with the caveman regimen, so I'll share the key points of my journey.
Day 1 of the regimen, I had tons of whiteheads along my cheeks and jawline and 1 pustule on my cheek.
After a month, I noticed that my face was getting extremely oily and itchy and I was getting more pustules and papules, EVEN on my forehead ): The areas where I would break out were dry and less red. I noticed the hyperpigmentation from the pustules and papules were fading and overall my skin looked better. I started splashing with cold water every few days.
After the second month, my skin was no longer oily or itchy and it seemed like my skin had found a natural balance of moisture which made me very happy! All my whiteheads had disappeared, but I still had the pustules.
After the third month, my skin was still balanced, no whiteheads or pustules! BUT, I started getting cysts ): I didn't change anything in my routine and the cysts would not go away. This was the reason I quit the caveman regimen. By the time I decided to quit I had 15 cysts on my face! I could not continue any longer because my face was in so much pain. During this whole process, I did not wear any make up.
I just started on Dan's Regimen this week and my cysts are starting to decrease in size. I also started drinking a Skin Detox tea from Yogi, taking probiotics, and taking zinc. Before I started the caveman I was taking a multi-vitamin, fish oil, iron, and Vitamin C. I also cut out dairy while doing the caveman regimen which I think helped a lot.
Even though I stopped doing the caveman regimen, my skin is still balanced in terms of moisture and am very happy that I still tried this routine.
Sorry for the long post!
acne in thse places sound like a food intolerance. I got cysts in thse areas & they turned out to e a reaction to citrus. Try a methodical elimination diet to figure out what intolerances you might have
Also, while the 'caveman' regimen stuff about no water & dead skin masks is nonsense, not using cleansers & chemical filled products on your skin is still a very good thing. Save your money to spend on better food. And take a little step in saving the planet.
I know that dairy did cause me to breakout within hours. I want to try to solve my acne problems internally since I know that is where the root of the problem is, but I feel like I need to do something topically in the meanwhile so that I can have my skin under control. I will try eliminating other foods slowly! Thank you