So here I am, I can finally say I made it 1 month of just washing my face with water in the evenings. Wow, what can I say? I'm so happy I took the leap and... it wasn't near as brutal as I thought.
The big jaw breakout purge I got that started at the beginning of the 3rd week is about 60 - 70 percent better than it was. So recap of the first month, this is what I’m noticing: whiteheads came and went within one to two days, drying up extremely quick. Red bumps have been slower, taking longer sometimes up to 5 days to come to a whitehead. So far I only have a few red bumps left to come to a head, a couple whiteheads that are dried and waiting to fall off. Im just waiting on some older pimples that dried up to fall off as well. Depending on the size the pimple was, itll take a bit longer for the skin to release the dried scab/bit (yuck sorry not sure what to call it… the covering? lol). Pores significantly shrunk the first 2 weeks and remain tight and small almost everywhere expect purging places.
I notice dead skin builds up way faster/more in areas that you are having pimples/breakouts. This supports my theory that the dead skin is used by the skin as a way to protect healing skin underneath. Less disruption less chance of scarring/hyperpigmentation so again keep the exfoliation to a minimum or don’t do it at all cause it seems to be really important to keep in tact. The skin will naturally slough it off during sleep when its ready. I can vouch that I’ve noticed my skin doesn’t look as good when I exfoliated even with a simple soft sponge. Lately I’ve just been rinsing my face briefly under the shower head which is usually enough strength to get rid of the loose flakes (but not long guys, or itll dry the skin too much). Whatever the water doesn’t get rid of for dead skin just means its still intact and doing it protective purposes. The bumps on my forehead are much much better, I can really feel the blackheads being pushed out. The bumps changed during the 3rd week to almost like hard tiny nubs sticking out (blackheads being pushed out). They are annoying and SUPER easy to pick away at if youre chillin, so best advice keep the hands off the face at all costs! Tons of bacteria under those nails/fingers and “irritation causes more acne” as Dan says. They are pretty annoying though, I do miss the feeling of a smooth forehead lol but honestly I know this too shall pass and in time the blackheads will be out and it'll be naturally smooth again:) If you feel like your skin needs some sort of exfoliating/feeling a bit greasy, just lightly use your fingers (clean) in the shower after your face has been in the steam at the end before you hop out to just lightly aid whatever is sticking far out to slough off nicely. This seems to work nice and is better than full on exfoliating with the sponge.
Alrighty, my updates for now! I’ll be back soon to check in. In summary, despite the purge Ive most definitely noticed a huge positive difference with this regimen. I am definitely sticking it through. Thanks to you all for checking on my posts, gives me some support to know people are interested in how this is going! Fell free to ask me anything in the comments if you have questions... strength and positivity to you all!