This will be more of a skin care post rather than a makeup review.
So… here's something I don't like to talk about. Acne. I've had it since I was about 9 years old. I just got little bumps on my forehead that looked like whiteheads and that's all. As I got older, the white heads increased in size, and became a zit. I never had a face full of pimples, but every now and then, I'd get a very painful nodule that I'd pick and squeeze at. (TMI I know.) The constant touching my face made me break out worse and would leave horrible dark marks. The acne spread to all regions of my face. You couldn't really tell I had acne if you stood 5 ft. Away from me. But up close in certain light, EWW.
Information about my skin:
Acne prone. VERY ACNE PRONE. I mean it like I'd get a new whitehead everyday. Before puberty I had dry skin. Then normal. When puberty started, and I didn't really clean my face, it transitioned into combination. (Oily T-Zone normal cheeks) when I took interest into cleaning my face at around 11 years old, my skin flipped into oily. (Which gave me even more whiteheads.)
How I discovered the Caveman Regimen:
I've always heard to wash your face. Morning and night religiously to prevent the build up of sebum, oil, and pollutants.
Out of curiosity I decided to Google what would happen to your skin if you just stopped washing your face altogether. That's when I came across the Caveman Regimen.
What the Caveman Regimen is:
Basically, you just quit everything. You're doing to your face cold turkey. No more benzoyl peroxide. No more salicylic acid. No more AHAs, or toners. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Not even water is to touch your face for one month straight. You can not use oils as your cleanser. No honey masks. No jojoba moisturizer. I can not stress this enough, NOTHING IS TO TOUCH YOUR FACE.
Your skin has something called an "acid mantle". It's job is to act as a thin layer of your skin to prevent the entrance and infection of microorganisms. Because we are constantly slathering our skin in various treatments, this tosses our acid mantle way out to balance; and in turn, our skin retaliates with more imperfections. The theory is, if nothing touches your face, your acid mantle will return to normal, and you'll be left with perfect skin. (Yes, even water can throw our acid mantle out of balance.)
My Experiences With the Caveman Regimen:
In the beginning, I had nightmares about how bad my skin would be. Especially since it was already clearing up with the "Juice Beauty Organics To Clear Skin" set I bought. But then I thought after a while, re-ordering would get pricey. On the first week, nothing really happened to my skin. It stayed as-is. The second week is when my skin turned into a grease ball and my acne took a turn for the worst. I had the worst break out of my life. The third week is when I accumulated what is known as the "dead skin mask". I couldn't take the itchiness so I kinda cheated a little. I used extra virgin olive oil and salt as an exfoliator, and phew, was I glad. My skin looked beautiful under that dead skin. My acne had completely decided to peel away. Week 4, my skin was almost perfect. Not too oily, not too dry. The occasional pimple. LOADS OF DARK SPOTS, but still so much better than before.
I'm so happy I tried the Caveman Regimen. Once a week I like to do the olive oil and salt thing to keep the dead skin at bay. Still trying to get rid of the dark spots. They make my skin look so bad. :( (Nothing a good makeup routine can't fix!)
UPDATE! TWO MONTHS LATER:
Pimples. Everywhere. The whiteheads have returned. And it's gotten worse. I regret the caveman regimen.