When it comes to acne, it seems there are a million and one ways to treat it.
Now, I’ve tried many a DIY acne treatment in my day, but none that seemed as crazy as this concept. What is it I’m talking about?
What if I told you to do nothing to your face.
When I say do nothing, I mean, don’t even wash your face. In fact, rarely let water grace your face at all.
I’m crazy right?
Well, this crazy DIY acne treatment concept is actually referred to as the Caveman Regimen.
What Is The Caveman Regimen?
If you’ve heard of the Paleo diet, then you know what the caveman regimen is. Basically, it is Paleo for your face.
The root idea is that our cavemen ancestors did not use acne products and face washes to clean their skin. In fact, they didn’t even rinse their face unless they happened to be dippin’ in a stream or lounging in a lake. And guess what? They weren’t applying any medicated creams or rinses. They were just using water.
The premise behind this regimen is simple. If you don’t do anything to your skin, your body is left to control your natural sebum (oil) levels.
We so often forget that using harsh, pH altering, oil stripping products can actually do more harm than good. Some of these products strip our skins natural protective barrier that is there to organically protect your skin from acne causing fungus and bacteria.
So what exactly am I saying here?
Stop washing your face!
The theory behind this practice is that once you stop washing your face regularly, your sebum regulation will start to normalize. Because you are no longer stripping your skin of its natural oils, your body won’t have to go into overdrive to reproduce oil.
What Sort Of Results Can You Expect?
I know this DIY acne treatment sounds crazy. I’m basically telling you to go against everything we think we know about good skincare.
But what if it worked for you?
There are a few things you’ll likely notice if you forego the face washing for a month or so. First of all, you may experience dryness and flaking of the skin. This is caused by a buildup of dead skin cells.
Normally I would tell you to try a homemade microdermabrasion recipe, but in this case I’m just going to suggest dry brushing. Dry brushing will slough away all those dead cells gently and reveal your baby soft skin below.
Secondly, you may want to try moisturizing with a natural oil like jojoba, rather than store-bought. Jojoba oil is great because it’s very similar to our own natural sebum.
Next, it’s important to know that you still will get the odd pimple or zit. This is bound to happen with whichever acne treatment you try. The good news is, these pimples will come and go a lot faster.
A general rule of thumb for this DIY acne treatment is to avoid using any cosmetics or makeup. Since you won’t be washing your face, you won’t want to put something on it that will do more harm than good.
Finally, this may work best in short term spurts. To be honest, I haven’t read many reports from people who gave this caveman regimen a go for longer than a few months.
Are you brave enough to forego the conventional and try something this crazy? More importantly, have you ever tried this caveman regimen before? I am dying to hear your thoughts on this acne treatment, so share in the comment section below!