I’m resurrecting this blog because I have made significant progress and I really wanted to share it with you all. And I wanted to catch you up on how I got here. Progress pics below.
In my last post, which was 7 or 8 months ago, I was deciding whether to end the caveman regimen. I did decide to end it and have not been on it since then. It simply wasn’t working; I wasn’t seeing the progress that others were seeing at 3 months. At that point, I started using a “barrier healing” moisturizer called Zerafite and a light sulfate free vanicream cleanser. It didn’t do much of anything. I also used Biom-8 oil thinking I had sebhorreic dermatitis; didnt do much of anything either. For the next 2 months, my skin continued to break out, and it felt like a cycle I couldn’t break. As hard as I tried to find answers for the source of my acne, I couldn’t find anything.
Fast forward to late January. I got food poisoning from a bad salad. I was sick for about 3 days. I couldn’t eat. I was relying on about 4 saltine crackers, a couple bananas and a couple sips of gatorade a day. I lost a lot of weight in those three days and even in the following week. I was on a minimal diet of crackers, bananas and gatorade for a week, and I don’t think I ever exceeded 1000 calories a day. During this time I was recovering, my skin CLEARED UP. No joke, I woke up on the second day of my food poisoning and looked in the mirror; no inflammation, no active acne, everything was healing. I thought my skin must just be looking pale because I’m sick. I splashed my face, put some moisturizer on and went back to bed. I didn’t expect that even after recovering from food poisoning, my skin would remain calm. Around this time, I also stopped exfoliating completely. And I attributed my clear skin to lack of exfoliation. I thought I had found the holy grail. I seriously thought not exfoliating and being extremely gentle to my skin was causing this drastic healing. I almost wrote a post about it here on the magical effects of not exfoliation and extreme gentleness.
About 2 weeks after recovering, I started a new job at consulting firm. I felt really happy my skin was healing. I love my new job, my new boss and my new place. Things were good. I continued my routine of Zerafite moisturizer morning and night, Vanicream cleanser only at night with no exfoliation or rubbing ever. About 2 weeks after I started my new job, my skin broke out really badly. It was seriously pissed off; it was breaking out painfully and in places I don’t normally break out. I was seriously devastated. It dragged me into a state of depression and hopelessness. I had to wear makeup to work when I swore to myself months ago I would never do that again.
Then, in March, coronavirus hit. I had to work remotely. It was a blessing for my skin (and only my skin) because I didnt need to wear makeup anymore. I resolved to use this time as a break to address my skin issues. At this point it was breaking out as it did before, red, and dry dry dryyyyy as hell. I switched to a new thicker moisturizer; Cerave Moisturizing Cream. I used that for three weeks. No change. At all. It even got worse. I decided to go BACK to Zerafite. I stayed up late every night scouring for solutions. At this point, I’m a veteran in acne treatments; I know better than to believe there is a magic potion out there that will fix all my problems. Readers, do not hop from product to product. There is no magic potion. And I’ll tell you why.
The last and final thing I haven’t tried is significant diet change. I dove right in. I had nothing to lose. I started with an elimination diet to find potential food triggers. I was on the most restrictive version of an elimination diet. I didn’t just cut out dairy, gluten and sugar and other common allergens; I ONLY ate leafy greans and meat. All day. Every damn day. No exceptions ever. No starchy vegetables like potatoes, no beans, no rice, no oatmeal, no nightshades, no fruit, no corn, no soy, no nuts. Essentially, I was on a low carb diet. My skin had a hard time adjusting in the first week. But I reached a breaking point after the first week; NO dryness, NO breakouts, NO redness. I’m currently on 15 days straight with no breakouts.
It all made sense. When I had food poisoning I was also on a restrictive diet because I was so nauseous all the time. That’s how my skin cleared up. And when my diet returned to normal, my skin became angry again. Something was causing a reaction in my body, causing inflammation and breakouts and dryness and redness. I still don’t know what the foods are that cause my acne. All I know is carbs and sugar break me out. I ate brown rice for two days and experienced that uncomfortable dryness again. Once I removed the rice, dryness was gone.
Guys, my skincare routine is still the same. Its the same it’s been since December; Zerafite and Vanicream. It was only after my diet change that I experienced serious healing.
If you have been struggling and you’ve tried tens or hundreds of products or remedies to no avail— try an elimination diet. Find potential food triggers. Or use it to help yourself get on a healthier lifestyle. Read more about the elimination diet. Be informed. Keep going.
My three progress pics are below.
One is from October 2019 when my skin was at its absolute worst.
Second one is what it looked like my first week of the elimination diet.
And last one is from today, 20 days into the diet. The difference is clear as day. Any marks you see in this photo is just scarring. I have no active acne.