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Week 10

barnabyc23

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Hi everyone,

How many of you actually keep up with these updates? Honestly kudos to you if you read my boring posts. Anyways, my skin hasn’t changed much this week. 

What I’m experiencing: A couple more break outs. Dryness and itchiness is pretty intense and frustrating. The weather is cooling down a lot and it irritates my skin. 

What I’m doing: nothing! 

Other notes: Really thinking about ending this caveman regimen attempt. Though my acne is marginally better than when I first started, the texture and overall feeling of my skin has worsened and has not improved even a little bit. When I first began doing absolutely nothing over 1 month ago, I had intense dryness. And it has not gone away except on hot days where I sweat. Almost two months later, my skin progress is plateauing and the texture issues and dryness are still there. I’m starting to believe that the caveman regimen really only works for people with oily skin. Ive had dry skin all my life; though, it was manageable in my younger years. (As a kid, I moisturized maybe twice a week?) Now, the dryness is really bad and I simply dont have the genetics to recover from it without the support of moisturizers. I read a post on reddit (link below) written by a chemist that said skin can’t perform its biological functions without water. Oily skin has an advantage because it forms an oil barrier to protect the skin from water loss. Dry skin is just left exposed to water loss, pollution, bacteria and theres nothing it can do. That would explain why my skin improves drastically after hot sweaty days. And it explains why people with oily skin saw results on the caveman regimen so much faster than I did. So, is it realistic to think leaving my genetically dry skin alone will help it heal? I’m starting to think the answer is no. In fact, I’m starting to think leaving my dry skin to fend for itself is actually causing these breakouts, intense dryness and flaking every week. I have a lot to think about. By the end of this week, I will make a decision on ending the regimen.

In the meantime, I suggest reading this reddit post I mentioned above, on why most moisturizers don’t really work. 

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Have you thought about doing the acne.org regimen? From what I see on your page it looks like you have only done the caveman regimen?

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On 10/4/2019 at 1:01 PM, TristaBass89 said:

Have you thought about doing the acne.org regimen? From what I see on your page it looks like you have only done the caveman regimen?

Unfortunately, my skin reacts really poorly to benzoyl peroxide so I wont be trying the acne.org regimen. I have tried a multitude of other treatments; I just haven’t kept track of them on acne.org. My treatment history includes; salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, oil cleansing method, apple cider vinegar toner, lotion p50, tretinoin, clindamycin, vaseline, hyaluronic acid moisturizer + vaseline, cerave products only. 

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On 10/7/2019 at 8:54 AM, TristaBass89 said:

What happens to your skin when you use Benzoyl Peroxide?

I don’t get painful cystic acne often but thats what BP does to me :/

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I am only asking to find out if you are allergic to it, which it doesn't sound like you are. The BP is supposed to draw out what is under the surface. A lot of people who have cystic acne use the regimen and although the first months are horrible, its all worth it in the end. 

Have you heard of Rael Acne Patches? My sister in law gets cystic acne and uses these patches. You should check them out on Amazon. They have excellent reviews and most of them are from cystic acne sufferers. Its an all natural way to try to heal the acne. 

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