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A DIY Acne Treatment You’ll Think Is Crazy!

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DIY Acne TreatmentWhen it comes to acne, it seems there are a million and one ways to treat it.

You can treat it by eating certain foods or cutting some out all together, using acne face masks, spot treatments or balancing your hormone and stress levels.

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!

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  • My husband swears by this! Most of his family has moderate to severe acne and they wash with soap and acne treatments regularly. He, on the other hand, hardly ever has had a pimple the entire 9-10 years I’ve known him. And he only rinses his face with water and only uses soap when needed to wash stubborn hunting face paint off!

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  • That’s incredible! Sounds like such a crazy method, but obviously it works. Thanks for sharing :)

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  • I don’t think I could be brave enough to not wash my face!! However, I used to suffer from horrendously oily skin and multitudes of pimples and acne (some that left horrible purple scars all over my cheeks!) but have since found a solution. I still do wash my face, however I use the OCM (oil cleansing method) in the evenings and sometimes the morning, depending on how congested my skin feels. This really works for me because it seems to scoop all the muck out of my pores and cleanse my skin yet keeps it moisturized. As a result, I’m not stripping my skin of all the oils and so it’s not overcompensating by getting icky and oily (like it used to in the past)!! Before I started this my makeup would be literally melting off my face since it was THAT greasy. Now, I don’t even get a shiny nose. In short, if you’re suffering from oily skin that is giving you pimples you should try out the OCM.

    When I’m not cleansing using oil, I simply wash my face using plain ol’ oats. They are really moisturizing, and after that I just pat my damp face with 2-3 drops of sweet almond oil. It’s fabulous!

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  • The caveman regime works! I’ve been doing this for over a year now. I discovered this through a blog called The Love Vitamin. In the beginning I had bad breakouts and everything seemed to be getting worse but I used sheer will power to keep up with it and after about 2 weeks my skin started to adjust to not being washed harshly. I only washed my skin weekly with plain old water. The acne just eventually died!!! It was the best advice I could ever get. No more wasting money on expensive products that only wreak havoc with my skin and more importantly with my health. Now, I’m doing full body caveman regime which means I shower only twice a week with only COLD WATER. I believe even lukewarm water is bad for the skin. My shampoo is baking soda and it works perfect. I have never seen my skin feeling so nice since I was a kid. It just makes you wonder how many people spend so much money on toxic products and they will never know there is a better way. The caveman regime is definitely an enlightening experience. Simple, cheap and attacks the root of the problem.

    People may imagine that if they shower only once or twice a week they are going to smell bad and that might be true for some. It depends on how toxic you are. Clearing the diet is a must if you don’t want to stink like a skunk! That basically means no processed foods. Especially pasteurised milk products were one of the biggest offenders in my case.

    Thanks for spreading such important message!

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  • Great way to treat acne. Acne can be a major problem for many people. But there are some simple yet effective ways that can help sufferers to get rid of acne. Eating proper food, exercising and washing face regularly, applying honey to the problem area are some simple ways to treat acne effectively.

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