Caveman Regimen Update: Loving My Soap Free Face

by Kate on August 3, 2012

in Acne, Frugal Living, Green Living, Healthy Living, Natural Beauty, Save Money, Simple Living, Skin Care

I just love the Caveman Regimen. If you haven’t read my previous post about why I started the Caveman Regimen (and what it is) I suggest you read that first.

It’s officially been a month since I started this whole not washing thing and I just love it. Before deciding to try the caveman regimen, I was washing my face twice a day every day and using benzoyl peroxide and moisturizer to keep my skin clear and balanced. It worked fairly well, but I dealt with constantly dry skin.

Since stopping all of this (cold turkey, I might add) the oil has definitely returned to me skin. It looks more youthful and alive than before. Plus my husband keeps telling me how tan I look, so apparently the benzoyl may have been making me look pale.

I have been getting some minor breakouts here and there. Nothing major, and they go away as quickly as they come. I expected to break out a little during this process since changing or stopping products tends to make your skin go a little haywire as it balances out. Also, as I mentioned, the oil has come back into my skin. Some days…it’s a bit too oily for my taste. But I’m living with it, because I firmly believe that your skin will regulate its own oil production if you don’t confuse it by stripping away the oil it’s producing.  Frankly, even if the breakouts and oiliness I’ve been getting didn’t go away with time, I still wouldn’t go back to my product regimen. My skin looks much better with it’s natural oils and color and a few pimples that it does clear but dry as the Sahara and prone to redness.

But beyond the look of my skin, I just love the way I feel doing this. It’s just so simple! Before Caveman, I used to feel horrible anxiety if I passed out at night without washing my face. I used to spend 30 minutes morning and night just tending to my face. There are better ways to spend that time (hello, sleeping!).
Plus, I like feeling less like a fussy girl. I hate being that chick who needs an hour to get ready before going out. Pardon my french, but eff that.

If you’re thinking of trying this, here’s my best advice:

  • Don’t Neglect Your Diet: The last week or so has been bad for my diet. I just started a new job and it’s thrown me off my routines a bit, so I’ve been eating a little junk here and there and having more caffeine than usual and I think it’s making my skin a little oilier/more prone to breakouts.
  • Avoid Water On Your Face Unless It’s Purified: I had a few days this month where I got overly confident and decided to splash my face with water from the tap. Both times my skin became a little peely and broke out a bit. If you must use water, only use purified water. But frankly, for the first month, I think it’s best to just do nothing. Adding any variable makes it difficult to determine if it’s working for you.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face: This one goes without saying, but it’s especially important when you begin Caveman. The products you’ve been using for years have basically destroyed your skin’s natural ability to fight bacteria (the products took over the job themselves). When you remove those products, it will take some time for your skin to restore the acid mantle (your skin’s natural bacteria fighter) so you’ll want to be extra careful to avoid exposure to bacteria.

Let me end by saying I did NOT end up getting the infamous “dry skin mask” that’s so common with this regimen. Apparently it’s common for people who do this to end up having an excess of dead skin build up and create a flaky “mask” that tends to take about a month to go away. I didn’t get it but if you try it you may. I’m not sure what prevented mine–maybe the fact that my skin just naturally tends to be oily. Maybe because I spent a lot of time in the sun this month. Anyway, if you do end up getting it, from what I hear it generally disappears after the first month. If it really bugs you, you can lightly exfoliate it using a soft cloth and purified water, but it’s best to just let it be.

So anybody else trying this? Share your experiences!

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*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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Danni September 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Started Cavewoman : ) today! I felt super free not wearing any makeup. I’m going to give this an honest shot and see what happens. Honestly, I’m just sick of feeling like I have to wear makeup to be attractive. I’ve forgotten what my real face looks like, not that I wore a ton of makeup to begin with, but I’m reay to become more natural and embrace my natural beauty. I’m definitely not going to tell anyone else I’m doing this, the first two people I told thought it was insane and tried to get me not to do it. Which actually made me want to do it even more. Hah. Also, I would love my skin to balance itself out and clear up….I want my face to heal itself, and I’m hoping for amazing things!

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lightcleansimple September 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

That’s awesome! Not wearing makeup is so freeing. Don’t worry about what other people say about it. Different things work for different people. Definitely be prepared though for some ups and downs. Things may get worse before they get better.

That said, I recently stopped the birth control pill and due to the crazy hormone fluctuations associated with that I’ve had to stop caveman. My skin went absolutely nuts with oil and I just had this really strong intuition that I needed to be washing it. I think once my hormones re-adjust I’m going to try to wean myself off washing again. Planning to post about all this soon.

But good luck! Hope to join you in caveman world again soon!

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Maria September 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I’m thinking of trying this skin care regimen…I didn’t really have acne in high school too much (the occasional outbreak, but nothing crazy)…and then in my first year of college…bam! Acne on the chin, jaw, cheeks…itchy, painful (emotionally and physically ha)…but yeah. I don’t even remember everything I tried (no birth control or anything like that though…mostly just soaps and then natural things)…my most recent thing that I did was a honey mask, jojoba moisturizer, and an apple cider vinegar diluted with water toner thing…it worked for a little at first, but now (8 weeks later) my skin is irritated and I’m breaking out really bad on my chin and jaw again. I suspect hormonal imbalances from stress too…ugh, it’s a vicious circle blehhh haha. Anywayyyy…I’ve written you a novel, sorry – but I wanted to ask you how it was going with the not using anything…is your skin still clear or is it broken out after time? I know everyone’s skin is different…but I’m still just apprehensive on trying this since I read that someone else had a good experience at first with the caveman regimen, but then it took a turn for the worst a month in…and it just made me a little scared hehhh…

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