Everything on my chin has healed. The leftover marks seem less red and bright.
Cysts on my chin- one turned into a big boy- but than god its on the under side of my chin and not visible. But it's still in full on pimple mode.
Exfoliation isn't required as much now. I'm thinking I just had to remove the old bad skin for a bit to get to the new healthy skin. A clean slate.
Im wondering if eventually I should get a glycolic acid peel or something.
Today I got my period- at work. WONDERFUL.
Everything on my chin is almost gone except one which is still in a drying stage and will probably scab off in the next two days. My face looked really good today. Should look even better tomorrow. At one point I caught my reflection in the mirror and thought I had forgotten this entire experiment and put on foundation! YEA SERIOUSLY. The foundation never really covered it all up anyway- and the zits would become visible at the end of the day. So my skin tone is THAT changed. Also-these zits don't seem to be leaving as bad of red marks- but it is still early to tell. I will update on that.
Nothing seems to be popping up additionally except a tiny painful cyst on the bottom of my chin. Not visible really so I'm not bothered with it. I can't really tell yet if this is going to be what I call an actual major cyst or if it's going to be a quick minor cyst that disappears over night. It seems really small- here's hoping it's minor.
As my routine is occasional face washing (water only), occasional wash cloth gentle exfoliation, twice a week or less face steaming and extractions... I thought I'd link everyone to this video on DIY pore extractions.
I have to say that I dont seem to need to put anything on my face to help with extractions now that I'm not washing and there is no product buildup or dry skin on my face anymore. However I DO really steam my face for quite a long time before I push out my pores. I have a little pore extraction tool (probably really old as it was my moms) and then I use the backside of my thumb nails (nail down) very gently.
To watch DIY Extractions Click here
Wow- I can't believe I haven't washed my face- or put ANYTHING on it in 15 days.
All of the 5 big red painful hormonal chin zits are dry as a bone. They will be gone very soon. I haven't even gotten my period yet though- this is just PMS! I wonder if I will break out again when the flood begins... Interesting. The pattern is changing a little bit.
Ok two things in this post.
1. The hardest thing about this experiment is self control in not using makeup. Sigh. If I could just dab a little cover up on my chin (AND MY CHIN ONLY) I would look so good. Oh I would look good. FABULOUS.
I mean honestly- at this point- the notion of putting soap on my face is totally foreign. Kind of weird. The surface of my skin is ALREADY so dry- I CANT wash it! HA! That's crazy. Buuuut below the surface it is a little oily and clogged...what to do what to do...oh yea- EXTRACTIONS- MY FAV! Whee! I should just become an Esthetician. I'm like an Esthetician hobbyist. HA! And what is weird is that NOT washing my face seems to sort of coax my pores into half cleaning themselves out. It is EASIER to extract a clogged pore. It's like my skin is already partially pushing the mass out itself. So bizarre. I'd like to isolate myself for a year on a desert island and not shower or shave or do anything to my skin and see what I look like. Hairy probably. LOL.
2. I still cannot get over how my ZITS DRY UP ON THEIR OWN. Better. BETTER than if I had glopped some harsh drying agent into a little dome and let it dry before touching my pillow. BETTER PEOPLE.
Well the menstrual cycle break out happened. Sigh. 5 big BIG ones on my chin. I mean I'm sure you can imagine the intense desire I have to wear makeup. I've gone to work two days in a row now with no cover-up and I got some nice little subtle comments.
Anyway- the rest of my skin looks great. And EVERYTHING is already drying up. That is what is STILL so miraculous about this- the healing process is definitely sped up and the drying process more successful. Still haven't cleansed my face. Still really have no system daily- I just wash with water when my face feels kinda clogged and dirty.
So- I should get my period in a few days. Hopefully this heals fast and leaves no marks- that is really what I am hoping for.
Also- I have to say that it is totally definite that I have hormonal acne. I believe not washing my face has CLEARED UP any other acne I would get in my non- menstruating weeks. I think that THAT acne was caused by skin sensitivity and smearing crap (cleansers, soap, cream, astringent, concealer, foundation, powder, blush, bronzer- YOU NAME IT) on my face. I just don't think my skin can handle stuff on top of it!
I think I might have over- water washed my face. It was kind of dry yesterday. To make matters worse I had to take two showers yesterday. One before work and then one late at night after being around a ton of sick people. I figured it helped my chances of not getting sick if I scrubbed any potential germs off my body.
So no face washing today or tomorrow of any kind!
So I am beginning to embark on my menstrual cycle. It should be coming in the next week or two. My cycle has never been 28 days... in fact it's more like 40 days quite often. So I never really know when I'm due to start... but usually I can tell by what my face is doing!
So I have a tiny blemish on my cheek right next to my nose and two little ones on my chin. All are on the left side of my face. It's so funny how these zit patterns are. Chin is usually on the right and nose area is usually on the left. But my chin decided to keep it fresh and break out on the left. Oh well.
Anyway- they are really minor. I expect them to be gone soon. They are the non-scarring kind.
I was looking at my face this morning thinking- if I could just speed up my skin healing process and get rid of all of the red marks from old zits- my skin would look beautiful and perfect!
I am considering getting a lazer treatment on my face to remove temporary scarring. I think in terms of skin care I'm going to channel all the funds I usually spend a year on cleansers and what not into getting a few skin treatments a year. Maybe like two facials and some lasering every year. Just and idea.
I thought it was only day 7!
So... my skin still looks great. I am so happy.
All I am doing once again is nothing... occasionally washing my face. Yesterday (day 8) I used a wash cloth in the shower in the morning to VERY VERY VERY gently exfoliate my face a little bit. And only because I felt like I was literally shedding my old face and needed to help remove it. I feel like when I got out of the shower I had a new smoother glowing skin. Seriously. Today I did nothing in the morning (I don't wash my face in the morning usually if I am going to wash it) but tonight I steamed my face with a hot washcloth:
Get the washcloth scalding hot- ring it out and then hold it with your hands 1/2 inch away from your face. DO NOT LET IT TOUCH YOUR SKIN. But you can kind of form a pocket of heat between the washcloth and your face. Hold it there until the washcloth cools down a lot. Do this 5 or 6 times and then at the end use the lukewarm wash cloth to gently scrub your face. Then you can gently extract some of your pores. Then use cold (NOT TOO COLD) water and splash your face to close your pores.
THIS HAS BEEN TOTALLY WORTH not wearing makeup and having all my red marks and current zits revealed. WORTH IT ALL.
The natural moisture is so fabulous. So much better than any moisturizer. Seriously- I can't get over this. My skin isn't dry for the first time in years. YEARS. The even tone on my face makes foundation and cover-up totally unnecessary. The only thing is that I would love to just dab a bit of concealer on the red marks on my chin area from old zits. But I am resisting. If I can get to the point where those marks have faded on their own and my skin looks like this at least 3 weeks out of the month... I wont feel like I need ANY makeup.
I used to use the Philosophy cleanser "purity"... and I have to say of all the ones I used it WAS the best but still awful for my skin. The real purity is water and your skins own oils but anyways- I remember they have a kit which promises that after a month or two one will be able to go makeup free.
I mean listen everyone: the real go makeup free kit is already IN your face. Your natural face oils. THAT is how you go makeup free.
I think non-modern societies tend to have clearer skin. At least that's how it appears. And if that is true it is probably because they aren't rubbing all sorts of weird chemicals on their skin. If they do put something on it they put olive oil or a very very very basic cosmetic. I mean do they have a face cleanser? An astringent? NOOO.
I mean I wonder if really horrible acne being so widespread wasn't caused like this:
Modern human sees (fake) perfect actress on stage wearing tons of makeup. (or something like this) and wants said "perfect" face.
Modern human gets better mirrors and lights.
Modern human starts to notice miniscule zits and larger than theirs pores on face.
Modern human grows older and notices tiny wrinkle on forehead.
Modern human begins smearing crap on their face to "correct" their flaws.
Modern human's modern child beging smearing crap on themselves at a young age.
Modern child then believes that the NORMAL minor acne during modern childs adolescence is ABNORMAL and now can and should be cured by smearing crap.
Modern child smears crap until modern child permanently has bad skin (at least for those of us with sensitive skin to begin with) until modern child stops smearing crap.
Once again it is all relative- I am not seeking pore-less porcelain perfect skin here just relative clarity and health. But what if the BAD SKIN had by all of us acne ridden people is caused by all of us just having SENSITIVE SKIN???? That this is just how OUR TYPE of skin responds to SMEARING CRAP ON IT from a young age?
At first when I started this experiment and blog I thought about saying that I didn't think people with VERY severe acne should do this. Or people with incredibly greasy skin. But now I think that those people should try this the most. I really think skin sensitivity, dryness, medication burning and all the other shit is probably taking people from having bad skin to having HORRIBLE skin.
IT IS WORTH A TRY and is COSTS NOTHING and at the very very very very very very least your SKIN will look healthier. And if all these products aren't clearing your skin anyways then why not have imperfect skin that looks healthy and moist? That isn't so irritated that it chaps, flakes off, has zit clusters that take two months to heal. Very few people in the world really have perfect skin anyway... it's all relative. And I promise if you can stick with this for over a week your skin will improve in some way.
Really- someone else HAS to try this with me.
All the zit issues from yesterday have dried up and are healing. I have a new small cystic zit above my right eyebrow- but it appears to already be shrinking.
Some parts of my skin still appear dry, if I lightly run my fingernail over my cheek dry skin comes off.
Having my skin naturally moisturize itself through not washing is really making me feel like Moisture- OIL is the cure for all my skin problems. I want to put oilve oil on my face! Maybe I'll try it!
Really this is amazing. I mean I really had my doubts. I figured this would improve the moisture content of my skin and stop that awful flakey dryness- maybe make it easier to cover up my zits because they wouldn't be so dried out or scabby. But no- its amazing.
First of all my skin looks fantastic. FANTASTIC. Every part of my face that is not broken out is dewy- I look younger (which is relative because I'm only 27 but still my skin looks more vibrant and less tired). The color in my skin is uniform, I have rosy cheeks. I really look like I have clear skin (at least when from far enough away that you can't see pores) I look how I look when I have face makeup on. I look how I did in high school or college before this awful outbreak began! Manageable zit quantities. Zit quantities that don't make me feel like a monster. I look great. I think the red temporary zit scars are healing faster, the pigmentation is fading. God- except for the small healing scar-colony on my chin area (about a 2 inch diameter on the right side of my chin below the corner of my mouth) my skin looks CLEAR- even like I have a GOOD complexion. Amazing. Of course in direct unflattering light you can see I have clogged pores...but whatever.
The zit next to my nose that I popped is totally gone.
This morning I didn't have a single new zit on my face. Just healing red scars. By the end of the day today I have a tiny inflamed- I have to call it a "pore-zit" because it is so small- on my chin right in the middle of the exterminated zit colony and I have a tiny white head- pore sized, no red zit underneath. I'm going to wait until morning to take care of them- I want to give them time to possibly heal themselves over night. The white head I will pop and extract and I will wait for the tiny red pore-zit to form a head and then pop it and extract. This now seems to be all I need to do to "help" my skin heal/prevent bad acne.
I'm thinking my new skin regimen might end up being:
Extraction Facials.. thats it.
Although I was thinking: if I am not going to use harsh cleansers to wash my face- but I do have pores clogged with excess oil and skin then how can I naturally without the stress of extraction remove the oil? Well water won't do that... but OIL will right? I know from my studies that the Romans used to wash with oil. They would put oil all over their bodies and then literally use a scraper to scrape it off. This removed all the dirt and bacteria. So, couldn't I wash my face with oil? I googled it and came across this sketchy site:
Weird but It's says basically everything I have been thinking. I may eventually look into this further and try it when my face just feels too gross. I mean the furry feeling is maddening. And I figure in mid-winter my surface-dry sensitive skin might really benefit.
But I am still hoping my skin cleans out my pores a bit on it's own.... although from what I've read this is unlikely. Except for the pores that regularly produce zits on my chin/cheek area, really the only reason to have them all extracted is aesthetic. If it's not causing a zit it's not doing harm. But still- my nose looks a lot better when the pores are empty. I can semi-extract my own face but I'd prefer a thorough job. I just need to find an esthetician that does only extractions and wont insist on actually putting any products on my face.
Question is: will this clarity and even tone continue when my period starts? To be honest I doubt the clarity will. I'm pretty sure at this point and due to the reaction to birth control that a lot of my acne is caused by hormones. But I'm starting to see that any breakouts outside of my cycle may have been caused by over-sensitivity sue to over cleansing and dryness. I am going to predict that during my next period that the acne will be less and will be solely on the chin area. I'm also going to guess that it will heal much faster than before. And to be honest- I can handle a small zit cluster once a month if the rest of my face looks this good. The even tone and vibrancy of my skin is the best part about this. It makes the acne much easier to swallow. The dryness is what makes is so incredibly unhealthy looking. Not the red bump.
Anyone with dry skin on the surface and mild to moderate acne really should try this. It's only been 6 days!
Last night I popped the zit next to my nose and extracted the pore. I didn't wash my face at all last night with water.
Today the small zit next to my nose is healing and wil probably be totally gone tomorrow.
Once again a zit is drying up on its own.
The one thing that is really bothering me about my face is my pores. I have always had very clogged rather big pores on my nose and immediate cheek area. I have clogged pores all over my face though- but the pores aren't as big and therefore visible. I feel like there is almost a soft carpet on my face of clogged pore cylindrical masses slightly sticking above the surface of my skin. I just want to scrub my face to get it all off.
But I'm thinking- are my pores pushing this extra sebum out themselves? Is this what is happening? Normally I would extract is all out with my little tool or my fingernails and then an exfoliating facial scrub-but after reading about how sensitive facial skin is I wont do this. Maybe if I used a washcloth tonight when I washed my face with water I could scrape some of it off gently? Sigh. Not sure what to do- it's driving me nuts. But I think for now I will continue the hands off experiment and leave it alone.
Other than that I currently have NO ZITS- just reddish marks of old zits and healing dried up zits that are basically gone. My skin texture looks smoother and the color is more uniform. I'd say I even have a nice little pinking in my cheeks.
I'm going to go to the grocery store and buy an aveeno soap bar- I checked cetyphil and it has alcohol in it. I think I may cleanse my face or just my nose region once a week with this pure oatmeal bar. It's what I used in highschool- maybe thats why my skin was better?
But maybe not. Will see. As for now I'm doing nothing. Just waiting to see what happens next.
Ok what is crazy is last night I appeared to be getting a zit on my chin. The good old clogged pore white head that may turn into a cyst. So I popped it and extracted the cylindrical mass from the pore. Usually this just results in another zit. But I woke up this morning and it was totally dried up.
My face still isn't oily anywhere but my nose- and not very much. It's strange because my old zits are really drying up on their own. It's no different than the healing drying pattern one usually sees with acne medication.
I did get a small zit on my cheek/nose t-zone region but it's so minor. Just a little red bump- the kind people without acne probably cry over but I don't even really consider a zit. But to counter it in the shower this morning I splashed water on my face- patted it off my nose quickly on the towel and then splashed it again. I may end up needing to cleanse my nasal region... I'm thinking I might end up washing just my nose and the cheek part right next to it every couple days and then wash my entire face like once a week with cetaphyl (sp?) but as of right now I am doing no cleansing. I have to fully do this experiment to see if my skin can correct itself.
Oh and btw- EVERYONE is SOOOO against this idea. I talk to this older woman at work who has suffered with acne all her life- all over her shin. She is pocked with scars. I told her about my experiment and she responded with "you can't do that!" I've been very open with everyone that I am doing this.. and everyone is almost religious about face washing. But the truth is that my face isn't behaving any differently at day 4! So far zits are drying up, I have no new zits except a tiny one and to be honest my skin tone looks a little more even and... healthy?
Who knows... we'll see!
I'm no longer going to wash my face.
About me: I'm a 27 year old female. I have had acne since I was 13- but really it became out of control when I was 22. Before that I experienced horrible Bacne in junior high (many painful cysts, white heads, bleeding zits etc)- but once in high school my back was clear and my face was clear except for maybe 0-4 zits at a time or the occasional dreaded cyst. I hated it then- but I realize now it wasn't so bad.
At 22- the Bacne returned- 10 years later- randomly! I had gone off the pill- but all throughout high school I hadn't been on the pill! This was followed by acne on my face. From 22-24 it was bad. I mean really bad. I looked back at some pictures and marvel at my self control in not going on accutane. At 24 I went back on the pill for 6 months and it really really helped. It almost seemed to break the cycle. Since then the cystic acne is much less- except on my back. But I do go through periods of back clarity and then BOOOOOMMMMM PIMPLE COLONY! HAZAAA! My face always has something on it. Always. Chin zits. Ew god- but less cysts after the brief pill taking period. Why can't I just go on the pill and have all of this fixed? BECAUSE THE PILL MAKES ME FEEL CRAZY! Seriously- massive anxiety attacks out of no where. And when I'm not on the pill? Totally fine. So the pill is pretty much out. Even taking the time to try and find a birth control pill that doesn't make me feel crazy would require a period of crazy and to be honest I'd rather have a beard of zits. I also tried going gluten free and it didn't work. FYI. This is really experiment NUMERO tWO.
All of my acne is basically on my chin. But when I get a zit on my lower cheek area I just cry. I can't help it. I cry. It takes months to go away and usually there is a mark- a red scar. I had acne before but I didn't scar and I'd say that since I was 22 I now have 3 scars on my face. My skin is very sensitive. Very dry. I go back and forth with different medications and different cleansers and makeup etc all to try to fix my skin or cover it up. Nothing works. Nothing covers up shit because theres always some flaky dryness, or a scab or something that needs to be there to heal so you know what- I GIVE UP!
I am not going to wash my face. I am going to splash water on my face twice a day and pat it dry with a towel. Maybe I will get down to just doing this at night. I will use no moisturizers (even sunscreen) nor skin makeup. I will even try to cut down on chapstick and lipgloss- but this may be hard because winter approaches. I will apply eye makeup and use eye makeup remover- but I don't break out on my eyelids so I figure this is ok- ha!
Today is the end of my third day and I am seeing results- which is why I started this blog. What's really strange is that after 3 days there was still some flaky dry skin on my chin I had to ninja style peel off at work before anyone noticed.
We will see where this goes.