**WARNING** Make-up free pictures ahead…
Overwhelmed by people’s interest in my Caveman Regimen experiment for Acne, I thought it was high time to post an update.
I’ve posted my Caveman Regimen before and after photos here as well.
(* big deep breath * Be brave, Anthea)
I always feel so vulnerable posting photos of my face completely make-up free but I can find the strength to do it if I know others might be helped from my experience.
On the Caveman Regimen, makeup, and all other skin products such as cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliating scrubs are prohibited. If you do happen to put a bit of cover-up on a pimple because you just can’t stand the embarrassment of going out in public with acne, then it is best that you DON’T wash it off at the end of the day.
This might seem contrary to all the conventional acne advice out there on the market, and it is. But it’s all the washing and fussing with our skin that irritates it so much, and this is the whole principal of the Caveman Regimen.
There were a few times in the first month where I used cover-up and at the end of the day I just let my skin’s natural self-cleansing mechanisms do their work.
So what’s been happening since my first month on the Caveman Regimen?
Well, I went a bit off track, that’s what…
There were a few things I really wanted to try after my 30 day Caveman Regimen experience, and thought I’d give those a shot and then resume the Caveman at a later date.
Dermarollers are fantastic for skin problems like fine lines of aging, open pores and acne scarring because they stimulate our skin’s natural collagen fibroblasts to produce more collagen. I’d had a short series of professional treatments last year and now wanted to try the home-use dermaroller.
This treatment might seem pretty barbaric – rolling dozens of needles over your skin – but it does work wonders in aiding skin repair and rejuvenation. I have definitely noticed my pore size and fine lines decrease in the 8 or 9 months since I had the treatment done.
The other things I wanted to try, based on the advice of Tracy Raftl, acne survivor, from TheLoveVitamin.com, were Manuka Honey and MSM cream.
Yeah, I know honey is not vegan, and I don’t plan to use it forever, just until my skin is clear. I don’t eat honey. But I have found that Manuka Honey is amazing for using on troubled skin. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and works wonders for rapid healing of blemishes.
I’d also heard MSM cream was excellent for restoring skin affected by acne scarring in particular, so I thought I would give it a try.
MSM cream (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is an organic source of sulfur, which is found in all cells and tissues and is critical to the health of our skin and nails (in addition to bones and joints). MSM is purported to improve the integrity and resilience of the skin and collagen tissue while also offering antioxidant protection.
And the last thing I wanted to try was jojoba oil as a moisturiser. Jojoba oil is a very light oil which is perfect for facial skin because it resembles our natural skin oils (sebum) so closely. Using it can trick your skin into thinking it is already producing enough sebum so that it doesn’t overproduce oil.
So over the past 2 months my skin routine has looked like this…
In the morning I rinse with water only. If I have a blemish I dab on a bit of manuka honey to the affected area and leave it for about ½ an hour and then rinse off with a small amount of water.
I use a tiny bit of jojoba oil to moisturise if I need to.
During the day I only use a tiny bit of concealer for pronounced spots.
At night, I generally don’t wash my face, except for removing eye make-up if I have used any that day. For this I use a tiny bit of olive oil and a facecloth. Otherwise I usually just go to bed.
Every 3rd night I’ve been doing a Dermaroller routine. First I remove any make-up from my face. Then I apply a small amount of jojoba oil. Then I apply the dermaroller treatment. Afterwards I apply the MSM cream, which helps with any skin irritation and redness from the treatment.
So, as you can see I’ve kept my overall fussing of my skin to a minimum. I’m not using any regular commercial products. Even the MSM cream I’m using is free of petrochemicals, preservatives and perfumes.
Caveman Regimen Before and After photos
The photos on the left were taken one month after beginning Caveman Regimen. My skin is not blemish free, but my tone has improved and the white bumps under my jaw are visibly reducing. The bigger blemishes below my lip and on my cheek are the ones that I couldn’t help but pick. 🙁
The photos on the right were taken two months after finishing my 30 day Caveman Regimen experiment. I had also completed my second month of being 99.9% low-fat raw vegan. Prior to this I was eating probably 80% raw with a low-fat cooked vegan meal at night with my salad.
The side angle photos are where you can really see results in my skin tone. Bumps and blemishes have definitely improved, showing that taking my low fat raw diet up a notch, and becoming fully raw (high carb, low fat) is really making a difference in clearing my skin.
So, What next?
At this point I don’t feel quite ready to go back to the full Caveman Regimen. I want to keep experimenting with my fully raw low-fat vegan diet for healing my skin, and to keep using the dermaroller and jojoba oil. I’m using the Manuka Honey and MSM less frequently now as my skin has healed, but will continue to use them where necessary.
Conclusion – Have you tried the Caveman Regimen to heal your skin? If you’ve tried it, please comment below and let me know how it turned out for you.
If you haven’t tried it, do you think you’ll be brave and give it a go? I’d love you to join me on this journey and share your experiences here…
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