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28th of June

I started this regimen 4 days ago and since then I have kept a quite detailed diary. I will write here the first 4 days and then start posting every day or every other day, based on the changes I will be observing.
First things first, my skin is a combination of oily skin on my T-zone and normal (neither oily, nor dry) skin on my cheeks. My most prone to breakouts areas are my cheeks and once in a blue moon, my jawline or around my eyebrows.
At the moment I'm taking 30 mg of zinc, vitamin D3 1000 IU, 200 mg of magnesium and one teaspoon of bee pollen daily. I have been taking these vitamins (except for the bee pollen which I recently included in my routine) for aa few weeks and they didn't make a noticeable difference. I plan on upping the doze of vitamin D3 to 5000 IU/ day but I am looking for a blend that doesn't contain magnesium stearate.
I also drink peppermint tea 3 times per day (I will soon reduce my intake to 2 times per day) to control my hormones. I have heard that spearmint might be more efficient in this matter but in my country, English is not used as a first language and our words do not differentiate between peppermint and spearmint.
I stopped using cleanser, toner (DIY fermented rice water with a little bit of apple cider vinegar), aloe vera gel, moisturizer, sunscreen (however I'm not going out much because next week I'm having exams. stress and fear and PMS . AMAZING), makeup, spot treatments, clay masks and acne treatments (isotrexin and skinoren)

  • 28th of June:
I started my day by only washing my face with some lukewarm water and patted it dry with a clean tissue paper. Usually, my skin is rather oily in the morning so this time I kind of....vigorously tried to wash away the oil from my skin....Currently, I have a few big burns on both of my cheeks because I have used a harsh acne treatment on my sensitive skin right after a clay mask.....and then I applied a spot treatment with bee pollen, propolis tincture and honey and even though it stung like hell for a few hours, I ignored the symptoms and woke up to raw, inflamed patches (from my ear to my jawline). I know, stupid. I am applying a cream called Avene Cicalfate. I have a few whiteheads on my cheeks, some bigger than others, small red bumps almost all over my face, and hyperpigmentation from previous pimples.
  • 29th of June: IMPROVEMENT
My skin is very oily. The burns are healing because I am applying the cream from Avene twice per day. They have already formed scabs, thing that usually happens after 4 days. The biggest whitehead on my right cheek is shrinking and it already formed a scab. It soooo hard not to pick at it......The red bumps on my forehead have reduced in number and I have a new small blind pimple at the corner of my mouth. It hurts everytime I try to speak.....
  • 30th of June: still on the extremely oily skin train wooo....
The red bumps on my forehead disappeared completely. The blind pimple near my mouth is shrinking and it does not hurt as much as before. In my case, blind pimples used to hurt for 2-3 days and then linger on my skin for up to a week and a half. The small whiteheads and red bumps near my burns disappeared as well and were replaced with 3 small whiteheads. Also, my burns healed, leaving behind only some discolored patches. I have one big whitehead on my right cheek and it's so hard not to pop it...but however, by the end of the day, I blotted my skin with a tissue paper and it kind of....popped itself i guess...(without blood and much pus)
Another pimple on my right cheek that was a big, red pimple in the first day, shrank and became a whitehead. So basically, everything comes to the surface right now.
  • 1st of July: My skin is still very oily and a little bit itchy but I'm seeing small improvements everyday.
My skin tone is evening out, even on the patches from my burns.
The small whiteheads on my left cheek are still there, no difference. The blind pimple near my mouth shrank visibly.  The whitehead that I popped yesterday by accident became a whitehead again (at least it's coming to the surface) alone, without other 3 pimples following him, like it used to happen. My skin looks definitely better.
I have one new blind pimple on my cheek, near my nose. It is rather big, but it does not hurt. I can already see a small whitehead forming underneath.


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5th day: I still did not wash my face and it feels so refreshing to sleep more and not have to spend one hour to apply all my creams and treatments. My skin is still oily (nothing new) but I am very happy to notice that my skin is improving little by little, everyday. 
I have a few new whiteheads on my left cheek, but they are very small and hardly noticeable.
The blind pimple on my right cheek became a whitehead (and that's surprisingly fast, because they usually linger on my skin for a week  and then I stupidly dry them out with a clay mask)
The other whitehead popped itself while I was sleeping and I can already see it is forming a new head. Ugh. It's immortal. 
My other pimples and bumps that were on my face in the beginnig sharnk.

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Ok I know I am supposed to avoid applying anything on my skin but I used a little bit of oregano oil directly on my whiteheads because they are enormous, and I'm not exaggerating. Monday I have my first exam and I cannot simply bring myself to get out of the house and look people in the eyes with two monstrously big whiteheads in the middle of my cheek, completely obvious.

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6th day: My skin is just a little bit congested, I have a small whitehead between my eyebrows. The small whiteheads from my left cheek reduced in number and the ones that remained seem to have turned yellow and hardened a little bit.
About my two big and angry whiteheads from my right cheek.....erm....that's a funny story. One of them hardened and formed a scab, and the other one....well, I popped it. I tried to get out as much pus and blood as I could and now I have a small, red bump. 
I am really surprised that the small, red pimples I had on my cheeks when I first started this regimen disappeared completely and the hyperpigmentation caused by my past pimples is fading more and more everyday.

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7th day: I can't believe a week passed! Well, nothing much changed today, I had my exam, I did not drink my peppermint tea, sadly, and the two big pimples on my right cheek (I removed the scab from the otherpimple  too...) are now only  two small, red dots.
My skin is kind of congested and slightly itchy

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9th day: my skin is a weird combination of oily skin and dry flakes so I guess the dry skin mask everyone is talking about is going to visit me soon. The two big pimples I popped not long ago, dried and formed a scab that fell by themselves today, leaving behind only a little bit of discoloration. My skin is still looking good, except for two red spots on my jawline and one on each side of my temple; but they might be caused by my poor diet recently (LOTS of sweets, beer, pasta, ice cream, grilled meat and this weekend I went to a barbeque and all that smoke probably affected my skin somehow). They are simply red, not painful, little bumps; contrary to what I had expected. Usually, I get lots of pimples on my cheeks. I eat sweets? I get 3 huge pimples the next day.
Right now my skin seems rather calm which is comforting. Still congested, but it looks better than before

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12th day: my skin is still a combination of oiliness and dryness. Today i started getting a few pimples: small whiteheads near my mouth, some soon-to-be whiteheads (just some ees bumps) on my cheeks and others between my eyebrows. My nose is very congested and itchy. The pimples from the other day grew in size 

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The beginning of the 2nd week: well, my skin is starting to rebel against me. It's very rough, full of flakes, my nose looks like sand paper, i even have dry flakes in my eyebrows and on my eyelids....
As if that was not enough, I have one big pimple on the right side of my jaw, one blind pimple, a red patch that will probably grow into a blind pimple, two whiteheads and some red bumps, all on my right cheek, the pimples on the sides of my temple reduced in size and I have two small pimples that wait to come to the surface, along with other small red bumps on my left cheek.
I still think they are caused by my poor diet and stress. Starting today I will stay away from sweets. I will eat only fruits and 99% dark chocolate (yup, they sell stuff like that in my country). No sweets, no beer, no bad carbs 
I will also take 2000 IU of D3, because I can't find 5000 IU, I changed my magnesium brand from oxide to citrate and I will take 30 mg of zinc from one tablet because I always forget to take both of the 15 mg zinc tablets I had, and some days I even forget to take zinc at all. I will start taking rooibos tea twice per day instead of peppermint tea. I will see how this will affect my acne....

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25th day: I don't really know what to say about this regimen. I might have found out my acne is caused by my diet. 
Right now I have a huge whitehead on my right cheek and two blind pimples that hurt like hell, near my mouth. 
The caveman regimen itself was really helpful on my skin, meaning that it looks way better than it did in the beginning. I am just battling with discoloration now. After I finish the regimen I will start exfoliating gently twice a week with a sponge, and keep it simple as that.

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So almost 2 months passed and today I woke up to something that scared me to death.....
I think I developed rosacea or something. My face is red, itchy, and it has lots of little bumps. 
I continued the caveman regimen and did not wash my face. Now I have this.
IF ANYONE SEES THIS AND KNOWS A WAY TO HELP ME, PLEASE COMMENT, I REALLY NEED IT

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a very, very late opinion on how things turned out after I started the caveman regimen. I'm still doing it.....in one way or another. My skin is so much better. I solved my rosacea problem by cleansing my face with safflower oil, exfoliating gently with my hands and blotting the excess oil with a paper towel. After everything calmed down, I started applying aloe vera gel twice per day, nothing else. I'm still not washing my face, not applying tons of chemicals, not stressing out. I must say it's amazing. It didn't break me out, my acne scars are healing and the few pimples that show up once in a while heal fast. I also discovered Ayurveda and started following its principles, and now I'm in the best condition I have ever been. My skin is happy and so am I.

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