I'm on day 30 and I had a doctor's Appointment. Just a normal physical because I'm going for my drivers permit. She took one look at me, and I could tell, all she saw was my acne. She asked if I was using anything and I told her some products I tried, but that I had stopped using them because they didn't work. First thing she did was prescribe a antibiotic to kill the bacteria inside that was causing it. Then she prescribed a gel that you put on the acne that speeds up cell turnover. She told me to take these pills and when I finish the bottle I m done. Then I didn't get the gel because it's an over the counter thing, so she recommended a product called OXY 10 which is a benzoyl peroxide face wash. I was leary to use this but I'm going to give it a try. Needless to say, the caveman didn't work for me. It may work for others, but not for me. Which I should have known because I have acne on my shoulders and back too. Anyway, I'm hoping this will work. I wouldn't discredit the caveman, it was a good learning experience. But I think moderation is better then abstinence. She also said that using the gentle Dove soap bar as a cleanser after I sweated is great because it moisturizes on it's own and doesn't have hash fragrances. I'm glad she said something, but I'm also embarrassed that it had to get to this point. I wish my parents would have said something. Anyway, I'm gonna be optimistic about this new routine and we'll see how it goes. I'll probably start a new blog about it.
I haven't felt a need to update because my skin has relatively been the same. I have noticed that the black heads on my nose are sort of "pushing" themselves out. I don't know what to do about that. I've been sticking to exfoliating once a week. You would not believe how amazing it feels to get the grease and dead skin off. Some mornings I will wipe with a warm wet wash cloth. I'm not as itchy as I used to be. I just got some zinc tablets and I've been taking them for three days now. No change yet. Being 20 days into this, I can't say Its worse for me. It's nice not wasting so much time and money on products that don't work. I will pray stay with this even if it's just for the sake of not needing to wash my face and not being addicted to those products. But I can't say it's helping at all either. I wish I had the same success with this that others did.
So I'm roughly 18 days into this. My skin seems the same since day 1. But it's itchy!! I don't know why. I know it's not eczema or a rash. Is this a normal thing on the caveman? I don't really know what to do about it. And the texture of my skin is horrible. I wiped my face with a warm, wet wash cloth today, and that felt really good. I'm meeting with family tomorrow so I'm a little worried. I'm definitely going to continue with this, because I've come this far, but unless my skin really shows a difference by the end of next month, I'll probably start a gentle cleanser and moisturizing at night. I'm looking to at getting some Zinc too. I really hope the itching and texture goes away.
I'm about three weeks into this. Now I would really count the first two weeks because the first week I exfoliated twice, the second I tried a three day thing, but this week I really didn't wash. I only splashed with water in the morning after my workout, and used oil to remove my makeup at night. Yesterday I used a natural toner to remove some oil because I was going out. My face feels and looks horrible. I know wearing makeup can't be good for me, but it's so bad I'd look like a freak if I didn't. I'm going to give this another week, maybe two. I'm going on vacation to the beach soon and I hope I clear up by then (it's in a month) but if I don't and I come back with bad skin, I'm going to use a gentle cleanser by Aveeno and a moisturizer for the winter. I'm not sure if I'll use a toner, and I'll probably stick with olive oil to remove makeup. I'll probably won't go back to harsh acne products, but just having skin that feels clean will be amazing. And I'm not sure if this is a bad idea or not, but I'm going to use a sugar and oil mix to exfoliate at the end of this week. My face feels gross, and I don't care I just need to clean it. I've never been more disappointed with my skin in my life
I'm really fed up with my skin. I can't stand living like this. I know I'm a beautiful girl but my skin makes me look so ugly. I want to stick to the caveman routine but what if I'm wasting time and I really need products too fix it. Because right now I don't know if my skin is purging or reacting. I have more breakouts then I ever did before and it's so itchy. I've cried more about my skin this week then I ever have before. It's affecting my mood, my relationships and my faith. And I can't stop wearing makeup. This may be affecting it, but I can't stop. Somebody please tell me it gets worse before it gets better or tell me to stop. I don't know what to do.
So I had a bad day and almost wanted to give up. Of course the first thing I did was reach for the face wash. I wish I hadn't. Anyway, day 11 is the first time I ever cried about my skins condition. Day 10 was really good, and I was excited to finally see a change in my skin, but the next day it seemed really bad again. My once smooth chin had little whiteheads all over it again. I really don't know what to do about it, but this week I'm really going to try and stick to it and not wash at all, just rinse with water. Underneath my skin seems really healthy, and the skin tone is fine. But the acne sitting on top of it is just horrible. The texture of my forehead is disgusting, I feel like a need to take a coarse sponge and SCRUB. I'm really upset, and sick and tired of my skin. I feel like I'm not living to my full potential. I don't even hang out with my family anymore because I'm worried what they'll think.
Day 9 I woke up with the cystic acne back. I had a spot on my chin and later in the day a spot formed on my cheek. Now, first let me say this: I'm no expert, but I don't need to be to tell you to LEAVE. THEM. ALONE!!! Seriously, if you get cystic acne, do not touch, do not pick, do not press..... don't even look at it if you can manage. Unlike whiteheads that are above the skin and can usually be picked with no real problem, cysts are below and need time to surface. So let it sit there for a few days, and even then, don't attack it. This damages the skin so bad. I recommend that if you do make that mistake, at night cleanse the area and dab on some Neosporin or an antibacterial ointment, put more on a band-aid then sleep with the band-aid over the area. I learned from a first aid course I took that wounds heal better if they are in a moist, clean covering. And this has worked multiple times for me, not just on my face.
Anyway, aside from my two new friends, there wasn't much different. My face felt pretty smooth, and I assume it's because I use the olive oil to remove makeup. Guys, I can't believe how much I love this. Seriously, if you're like me where you still need to use concealer on some areas of your face, this works amazing as a gentle, natural makeup remover. It even removes my mascara and eyeliner. Just use different cotton swabs (I use the cotton rounds or pads) on each area so you don't spread your eye makeup to your face. You could probably use JoJoba oil too. I would stay away from coconut because coconut oil congeals. It doesn't stay a liquid. I feel like that could clog your pores. But that's just a personal opinion.
Day 10 was much like day 9, but I have noticed something weird. The left side of my face is nearly completely clear, save for some acne scarring. (I'm thinking of using aloe on this?) The texture is gone and my face feels smooth. The right side is my only problem area. And I sleep on the left side of my face so you think it would be worse. Also, I don't want to get too optimistic, but I think the oil is less than usual. I should mention that I cleansed day 9 and day 10 I just splashed with water. I think you would be okay just using water and no cleansers, but if you do just use water, make sure you don't scrub your face or rub it too hard. Just splash the water on gentle so you don't irritate the skin. Then I'm using the oil at night and wiping that off as best as I can with a tissue. If it still feels oily I'll splash with water or wipe with a lukewarm wet washcloth. But I like to leave some of the oil on because this keeps me moisturized and it seems I don't produce so much oil on my forehead this way.
My chin seems to be doing a lot better. Most of the whiteheads are gone and now when I touch it, it feels smooth. This is a blessing. Honesty for me there is nothing better than reaching up in the middle of the day touching my chin and feeling smooth and soft. A small whitehead will pop up, but if I pick it, it seems to just go away and the skin heals really well. I'm pretty sure my skin was purging. My nose has some blackheads. I'm wondering if they will go away on there own. They aren't very noticeable, so I'm not picking at them.
So having oily skin, my first question is, is this really right for me? Is it good to just leave the oil on my skin without washing? Wouldn't that cause problems? I've read about people who have oily skin and had success with the routine, but I'm still a little worried. That's why I've been gently cleansing here and there. I definitely like the less is more approach. I don't know if I'm comfortable with doing nothing. Could using a gentle cleanser at night and rinsing with water in the morning be what my skin needs? But I don't want to defeat the whole purpose of the caveman routine.
Next, am I just not committing to this enough or giving it enough time? If I completely stop washing, except for a water rinse, will the oil subside? Like I mentioned, I've never really had trouble with oil until the last two years. I'm thinking the harsh products I was using has caused my skin to pump out lots of oil. It's just really unbearable and it's really hard to not reach for the cleanser each morning.
Does skin 'purge' on this routine? I never had whiteheads, and now I do in places I never break out. This is the only excuse I have for them. But if it's not the case, I'm wondering what I should do about it.
Should I exfoliate once a week? Does this ruin the whole process? I'm thinking it's probably good to remove some of that dead skin, but I don't want to ruin the acid barrier.
Does gently cleansing at night ruin the process? I believe the skin can heal itself, and I can't believe I've been treating it so harsh and stripping my skin so much. I know it needs time to heal, but does cleansing nightly, with nothing harsh, really affect it? For some reason, I can't justify leaving dirt, oil, and whatever else my skin gets exposed to, on my face while I sleep. And water doesn't seem to clean that well.
Is there a middle ground? I get that this routine has worked great for others, but I've discovered that I am nothing like others. I saw I guy who cleansed and moisturized the first day, only cleansed the second day, and did nothing the third day, then repeated the process. He did this until his skin cleared up, and said eventually he could go a few more days without cleansing and moisturizing. So instead of going cold turkey, he weaned himself off the products. But again this just seems like a less is more approach. It's kind of what I'm doing now. Minus the moisturizing, because my face just doesn't need it. Does this approach properly allow the skin to heal? Or are you stripping it again as soon as it starts to get better?
And lastly, what next? Let's say I go through with this routine, only using water to rinse, and my skin clears up. Even if the oil goes away, I'm not keen on letting sweat, dirt and other bactiria sit on my skin. Would it be okay to reintroduce a gentle cleanser? I don't want to go through all this trouble to see my skin break out again. I'll never use toners or harsh spot treatments again (I threw my benzoyle peroxide out after reading about the caveman) but I am a clean person. And maybe not all the time, but just like you need to take a shower, sometimes you just need to wash your face.
I'm very concerned about my skin, and tired of waisting time and money. I want to do things right this time. Any reply would be much appriciated. Even if I could have one question answered, I'd be extremely thankful. I might follow the 3 day method for the time being.
I was really desperate when I found the caveman routine. Now, this freaked me out, and I know why. Because I was addicted to the products I was using on my face and the false hope they would clear my skin. But reading about it, it made sense. And did I want to live the rest of my life with a 10 step routine that didn't even work? The worst that could happen is nothing and I'll just go on living with bad skin, but at least I won't be wasting time and money on products.
So I started caveman over a week ago. I was only rinsing with water and using a makeup remover to take off my eye makeup. At first, it was scary, but then it felt like a relief. I wasn't obsessing as much as I used to over my skin, and I wasn't getting as many breakouts. ..Yet. On day four I started getting whiteheads all over my chin, upper lip, on my forehead and in the creases by my nose. I was concerned about this because I hardly ever get whiteheads, and for the most part, my forehead is clear except for looking like a frying pan. By the end of the week, my face felt so gross. I had to exfoliate it. I just used a product I had by Aveeno, which was the Aveeno naturals gentle exfoliater. It felt a little better, but still super oily. So for a few days, I battled with blotting my skin and dusting with a pressed powder to control some shine. I'm rinsing with water morning and night and switched from using a makeup remover to some olive oil on a cotton swab to remove mascara and eyeliner. Aside from the powder, I use a concealer on a few really bad scars I have, and this hasn't seemed to cause a problem. My skin is so oily it usually removes the makeup by the end of the day, but I do wipe over those areas with the oil. This also hasn't seemed to cause a problem. I know, why am I adding oil to more oily, you're probably thinking. But this hasn't seemed to make my skin any more greasy. It works like a moisturizer and keeps my skin feeling pretty soft. And I will rinse with water after using it, so really no problems. My skin is still oily and whiteheads are still there three days into week 2. I did cleanse my skin again today, which I'm hoping didn't effect anything. I know I shouldn't but the feel of my skin is so unbareable. I'm going to stick with this caveman routine and update on how it is affacting my skin. I hope for the best.
I do have some questions about it, so I will post on that later.