It’s been just over three months since I stopped washing my face and stopped letting water touch it too.
This means no washing, no soap, no water, no cleanser, no toner, no honey, no jojoba oil, no moisturizer, no sunscreen, and hardly any makeup aside from an occasional dab. Nothing. I do nothing to my skin. Check out the links below the video for the past articles about my caveman regimen experiment, so you can get up to date if you want to know more about what this is all about!
So far, I am so stoked on this regimen. It’s done some wonderful stuff for my skin and acne.
The first month wasn’t so great… my face got very blotchy, dry, bumpy, and very flakey. But I took it as a sign of healing, and, luckily – it was.
My skin has only gotten better and better over time – it’s no longer flakey or dry. It’s very smooth. The congestion and whiteheads I usually had on my forehead is gone. The amount of inflamed acne has reduced significantly, and if I do get a bit of acne, it seems to be much smaller, not nearly as red or obvious… it seems like it “blends” in better with my skin and isn’t so “angry” looking.
And the small acne that does pop up here and there also goes away VERY quickly compared to before and so do the red marks. Like practically by the next day the pimple will be gone, and by the day after that, the red mark will be gone too.
This worked out so much better for me than I ever thought it was going to, especially because I had been using only gentle, natural products for a long time before I tried this. Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like it works for everyone, but for me, it’s been so great.
Elaboration Note: You may have remembered that when I was first starting this, my plan was to do the “no water” thing for a month, and then wash my face, or get it wet every three days or so.
In the second month of the regimen, I splashed my face with cold water and exfoliated the flakiness away with my fingers a couple of times (two weeks apart), and while it did help reduce some of the flakiness, it seemed like it also just made my skin very dry and made any red marks stand out and look more obvious.
So as time went on and my skin naturally stopped being flakey, I just naturally stopped making a point to splash it with water. Mostly because I just wouldn’t think about it and forget, and two, it just didn’t seem like there was much of a point if it was just going to make my skin dry. So the “no water” part continues.
Note that I don’t freak out if my skin gets kind of wet, like a little bit from washing my hair or whatever…. I just keep that to a minimum and pat it dry after or air dry. Doesn’t seem to be a problem.
Past Caveman Regimen Articles and Videos:
Have you tried the caveman? If so, what was your experience? I know not everyone’s experience with it has been positive, so I want to hear the good and the bad.
** UPDATE ** This topic has been so popular, I’ve finally decided to create ‘Caveman Regimen: The Ultimate Guide’ to answer all your questions and help you through the terrifying process of letting of of skin care (as well as help with modifying the Caveman to suit you and your needs better). Click here for more details!