I started this blog because I have recently undertaken the ‘Caveman Regime’ to see if it will silence my acne. Firstly, a little about my good friend acne and I. I started to get acne when I was about 16. I guess on the scale of things it was mild to moderate. I took antibiotics and all sorts of lotions and potions. I even ate raw turnips at one point! Then sometime in my early 20’s after a seriously painful breakout around my neck while on minocycline, the doctor recommended me to a dermatologist. He put me on the dreaded Accutane. For me, it was a breeze. A bit of dry skin around the mouth but clear skin! No suicidal thoughts, no hair loss. Since finishing my course I’ve had the odd breakout, the odd pimple, nothing major. Until this year, my latest breakout is refusing to budge. I think it could have been set off by a switch to a new moisturiser.
For years since my Accutane course, I’ve been cleaning my face with a salicylic acid wash, followed by a glycolic acid wash followed by a benzoyl peroxide gel. I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that I’m causing my own acne with overzealous washing with these harsh chemicals. So I have decided to go caveman….in other words I’m going to stop washing my face!!
Basically, you don’t let water touch your beautiful face for about a month. After a month you exfoliate the dead skin (with a cloth I presume) and from then on use water to wash your mug!
For a lot of people, especially women who wear make up, following this regime is an impossibility. I fear a number of things myself. Firstly, that my presumption is wrong and I’ll get the motherload of all breakouts. Secondly, the flaking dead skin. This has always been a problem for me, particularly after using a beard trimmer. But I’m willing to give this a shot.
Well I got the idea for this blog on Day3 so I have to backtrack a little.
Day 1: so it’s the first day since not cleaning my face yesterday. My problem area is that whole area between the cheekbones and my nose on both sides. I have small whiteheads and red crusted areas from previous ones. Have a sore whitehead on my chin and some crusty/red dead areas by my mouth, but that’s not too noticeable with my stubble. There are some under the skin in my problem area and no doubt I’ll be greeting these new guys in the coming days!