I wanted to post another update…
I think I am finally seeing blue skies!! The last week and a half has been tough, I won’t lie purging period has been a bit hard on the self esteem since my skin pretty much decided to purge all my underground acne all at once. Good news though, I have not gotten any other breakouts other than one or two pimples that showed up by my temples so this is great news; my skin is pushing out whatever it needs to without breaking out in otherwise clear regions. Thankfully it was Christmas holidays, so I was able to hide away and relax for the worst of the 3rd week purge. If you know you have underground acne (aka not acne like pustules or blackheads or whiteheads that are already “surface”) I would recommend waiting until you have a week off from work or school for the purging. Its so hard to gauge though obviously, because cells cycle is about 4-5 weeks, so best guess undergrounds will surface around the 2.5-3.5 week mark on this regimen. But honestly, if you cant that’s fine, its about 1-2 weeks of courage, but after things finally start to see light :-D
hang in their your skin will thank you!!!
Almost all my red bumps have surfaced to whiteheads, and about all of my whiteheads are dried out now. Actually, if I run the back of my finger over my left jaw, almost everything is completely dried out. Great news, because things should fall off naturally on their own within the next week or so. Clear city is coming!! I think the “dead skin mask” ( I don’t have it, just minor flaking and a thin layer of dead skin on the forehead) acts as a barrier under which the skin regenerates and heals, as dry skin acts as a humectant. This in mind, I’ve made a huge effort NOT to exfoliate with my konjac for over a week now. I’ve only had minor flaking and I think this has been SO helpful to my skin since it’s really been able to do whatever it needs too without added agitation. I would suggest just exfoliate if the flaking is truly unbearable and/or hard to function in public with dry skin. Otherwise just let it be. I’ve also gone to bed with the complete freedom of no water splashing a couple times this week which felt SO good, and I probably noticed the best results in my skin on mornings where I didn’t do the water splashes the night before. I CANT believe how emotionally freeing this feeling is to just hop in bed when your tired without washing your face!!!! Perhaps the “true” caveman would work, but I definitely think for oily skin, water splashing helps for the first week or two.
Again, my skin tone on this regimen has returned to times of clarity/pre acne. It’s been such a confidence boost when looking in the mirror. The bumps on my forehead from week 1 and 2 have seriously shrunk/gone away, now looks relatively clear however certain areas feel a bit rougher… my best guess is it’s the last of the blackheads being pushed out. Cheeks remain clear, just waiting on that huge purge to clear. Man, OCM seriously screwed up my skin. If I didn’t have the undergrounds from that ordeal, just active acne to begin with, I guarantee by now I would be pretty clear. I think that’s why some people report doing this regimen and seeing results from day one with it progressively getting better. (A side note for ladies: over a month now of letting my skin be/no makeup not even eye makeup and I’ve noticed huge differences in my eye area…. Dark circles almost gone!!)
Sorry all, Im gonna wrap this up shortly cause this is getting long. I just really want to provide you guys with as much detail as possible… hopefully my results from here on out will be shorter J I’ve been doing 45 minutes of power walking with weights everyday to get some exercise, drinking TONS of healing herbals teas while I watch my skin renew itself (milk thistle tea, tulsi tea) and been doing inversions for a few days for about 10-15 min a day to get oxygen rich blood flowing down to my head. This has many health benefits including a mini natural face lift lol, but I found its gotten blood flowing to my skin better and thus speeding up the healing process. Much recommended!!
That’s about it for now. SO happy I did this, I’ve proven what I thought when I started this: the skin is smart, and knows how to regulate itself and clear itself without intervention, if you let it. Best wishes for the new year and will update again soon.
Take care and sending out peaceful vibes during your journey!