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Current Routine

Randomly popped by. I started wearing makeup.... God, a year ago? Longer? Since then, was oil cleansing to remove the makeup, and this is what contributed to my skin issues. The oil itself is totally fine, not an issue, but the removal process was effing with my skin. Wash cloths are a huge no-no, cotton pads were better but still caused issues over time.... And cleansing oils with emulsifiers dry my skin out. I recently had issues with super irritated, red, burning, flaking eyelids from u

ashala

ashala

04/03/15

 

Hi, Random Update

I really don't know how many people stumble upon my locked main thread, my gallery, or this blog thing. But for those of you who are reading this... hi! I haven't made any updates here in well over a year, and honestly acne as a whole is not something that I've really concerned myself with in the last year. I still worry about my skin overall a bit, but I've become ridiculously relaxed over my skin and I've even started wearing makeup again and not freaking out when I get zits. Anyways, wh

ashala

ashala

07/29/14

 

What The Heck, Going Caveman Again

In the last few months, and especially few weeks, I've done a number to my hair. On Sunday it was super dry. So I haven't showered since then. Which means that I also haven't bothered to wash my face since then. I've already been doing water-only successfully for a few years so not washing my face now for a while really doesn't make my skin look or feel gross or unclean. I had also exfoliated with a dry washcloth (my version of dry-brushing) but was a bit too harsh on my skin, and in these few d

ashala

ashala

03/20/13

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03/24/13

 

Rundown Of My Water-Only Skincare Routine

I don't really see the point in "updating" anymore since my skin's progress is basically the same every time, especially now that I think I've found what works best for me. So here I'll just give a run down of my routine! I shower generally once a day, but not always. I do not wash my face outside of the shower. 1. Wash hands and go about regular shower routine for other areas of body 2. Splash face with water once or twice. Pat dry. 3. Exfoliate by dry-brushing with a baby washc

ashala

ashala

02/05/13

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02/06/13

 

Caveman / Water-Only Update 8

Finals are now done, and overall my skin is doing better. It freaked out a bit during finals but with more sleep and getting back into exercise I am feeling better about myself. My routine still consists of water-only. I shower usually once a day and will rinse at the end of my shower (one or two splashes max and then pat dry). I've also stopped using a washcloth as a means of washing or wet exfoliation, but now use it a few times a week or as needed to dry-brush/exfoliate the skin. I will

ashala

ashala

12/21/12

 

Caveman / Water-Only Update 7

Oh wow! I've discovered something new. It's called moderation Yeah.. wait moder- what is that? Yeah. So like I posted earlier I have been using washcloths. And let me just say, excellent for exfoliation! But not so great for my face every day, probably because I don't use a moisturizer. I saw that using it lightly daily didn't work well, using it hard worked well in terms of keeping away flaking but it resulted in lots of redness, irritation, oiliness, and BREAKING THE EFF OUT. Thankfully

ashala

ashala

12/01/12

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12/21/12

 

Caveman / Water-Only Update 6

I've been feeling kinda down about my skin lately. I started picking at my face (little clogs or whiteheads) and the results of said picking are quite visible on my face. I have 5 tiny picked-at scabs on my chin and I picked at a small zit on my outer cheek this morning. I had also used my Clinique makeup remover on my brows last week when I tried brow filler for the first time in years, and I wound up with clogs and tiny pustules there that are now pretty well gone except for one scab (sticking

ashala

ashala

11/26/12

 

Caveman / Water-Only Update 5

Just to recap, I've pretty well been clear of inflamed/active acne since.. I guess 2011? At that point I'd still regularly get a few zits, and near the end of that year and into 2012 is when those periodic breakouts grew further and further apart until they no longer concerned me (a zit, maybe two, occurring maybe once a month or less). But during this time I still had issues with some flesh bumps/clogged pores, mostly on my forehead but also on my chin and a bit on my cheeks. My marks were also

ashala

ashala

11/12/12

 

Caveman/no-Wash Update 4 (Day 43)

Just to recap, I've pretty well been clear of inflamed/active acne since.. I guess 2011? At that point I'd still regularly get a few zits, and near the end of that year and into 2012 is when those periodic breakouts grew further and further apart until they no longer concerned me (a zit, maybe two, occurring maybe once a month or less). But during this time I still had issues with some flesh bumps/clogged pores, mostly on my forehead but also on my chin and a bit on my cheeks. My marks were also

ashala

ashala

10/21/12

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10/21/12

 

Update Hiatus

I found out today that my cat has cancer and is likely going to die within the next few months or sooner. For a while I'm most likely going to forego updating on here just because I want to spend as much of my time focusing on keeping him company when I can while still trying to get through this semester. It's been a hard year for me in regards to just... terrible life things, which I'm sure few here have had to experience (which I'm thankful for). I am quite upset over this, I love my cat dearl

ashala

ashala

10/10/12

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10/21/12

 

Caveman/no-Wash Update 3 (Day 26)

Just to recap, I've pretty well been clear of inflamed/active acne since.. I guess 2011? At that point I'd still regularly get a few zits, and near the end of that year and into 2012 is when those periodic breakouts grew further and further apart until they no longer concerned me (a zit, maybe two, occurring maybe once a month or less). But during this time I still had issues with some flesh bumps/clogged pores, mostly on my forehead but also on my chin and a bit on my cheeks. My marks were also

ashala

ashala

10/05/12

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10/06/12

 

Caveman/no-Wash Update 2 (Day 17)

Just to recap, I've pretty well been clear of inflamed/active acne since.. I guess 2011? At that point I'd still regularly get a few zits, and near the end of that year and into 2012 is when those periodic breakouts grew further and further apart until they no longer concerned me (a zit, maybe two, occurring maybe once a month or less). But during this time I still had issues with some flesh bumps/clogged pores, mostly on my forehead but also on my chin and a bit on my cheeks. My marks were also

ashala

ashala

09/26/12

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09/27/12

 

Caveman/no-Wash Update (1 Week)

I thought I'd go ahead and do a quick update over here as to what I'm experiencing in my first week of going Caveman. Just to recap, I've pretty well been clear of inflamed/active acne since.. I guess 2011? At that point I'd still regularly get a few zits, and near the end of that year and into 2012 is when those periodic breakouts grew further and further apart until they no longer concerned me (a zit, maybe two, occurring maybe once a month or less). But during this time I still had issue

ashala

ashala

09/15/12

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04/07/13

 

Long Overdue Update: Still No Acne... But Some Other Issues. Slight Change To My Water-Only Routine!

So a bit of backstory. I've had issues with acne since I was 14-and-a-half, and by the time I was maybe 17 my skin was pretty much in great condition acne-wise. I still had oily skin (and dehydrated, which I was not aware of at the time) and it could get quite bad but I didn't break out much and when I did it was just for a little while. In 2010 my acne abruptly got worse after a few months of playing around with different (mostly "natural") skincare. It was focused on my chin and between my bro

ashala

ashala

09/08/12

 

No More Acne, But Picking Still A Problem. Tackling This Bad Habit!

I've been clear now for some time, getting occasional pimples (maybe 2-3 a month?). Those lessened quite a bite over time, but in the last few months I've definitely started picking again. I pick at small whiteheads and flesh bumps, and then those worsen, and then those prompt me to pick... and on goes the cycle. I've refrained from picking for 1-2 weeks now and the changes are great. My forehead flesh bumps are almost flat (although still there, but I can barely feel or see them), the minor clo

ashala

ashala

02/13/12

 

7 Months On Current Water-Only Routine, Follow-Up.

My issues with acne began when I was 14, after tweezing my brows for the first time and using skincare products to try and clear it up. Thankfully my moderate acne cleared up to very mild to mild when I found a cleanser that worked for my skin, but my skin started to become more sensitive and thinner as a result of the daily manual exfoliation offered by the product. In 2010, I changed my routine around in hopes of finally finding a concrete routine that would work at keeping away all of the acn

ashala

ashala

01/02/12

 

Still Clear Of Acne; Interesting Study Promoting Cooked Versus Raw Food.

I thought I'd post a bit of an update about my skin. For the most part, I've remained clear. And by that I mean that I still get a few pimples sometimes, but most of these are either caused by picking, lack of sleep (and thus added stress, which makes healing more difficult), or just random pimples. I currently have one small pimple and a few mini clogs, but the clogs for the most part seem to stem from my keratosis pilaris, which covers the majority of my body. Issues to continue working

ashala

ashala

11/11/11

 

My Acne Journey, And Now My Results.

I decided to create a blog entry for this, as I did not feel comfortable posting an actual forum entry for reasons I'll not discuss. It's been a few months since I stopped posting here, and it's one of the best decisions I've made in regards to acne. Acne is no longer really on my mind, just my remaining marks and shallow scarring are. When posting here, even when mostly clear, I was still worrying about breaking out. I've been able to live a much healthier life, physically and emotionally

ashala

ashala

09/24/11

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