Acne. There are a million ways to treat it, heal it, and prevent it. You can do this by changing the way you eat, by using face masks, scrubs, spot treatments, lowering stress, or even by balancing your hormones.
I’ve tried just about everything including many a DIY recipe here and there, but I have to say, nothing sounds as crazy as this concept.
What concept might that be you ask?
Well, what if I told you to do nothing to your face?
Nothing as in, don’t even THINK about washing, exfoliating, or even getting water on it?
Um…what? Am I crazy? Maybe I am.
This crazy concept is known as the caveman regimen.
What is the Caveman Regimen?
Well, if you are paleo or are familiar with the paleo diet then you know what the caveman regimen is…it's paleo for your face to be exact!
The whole idea behind this caveman regimen is that our ancestors didn’t use any form of face care at all let alone even get their faces wet. They never used acne treatments, medicated creams, spot treatments, or astringents. The only “skin care” they used was plain water.
In this day and age, the paleo movement stands behind this premise: If the skin is left to its own devises, it will balance itself. This means that your skin will stop over/under producing oil leaving your skin perfectly balanced and clear when you STOP messing with it.
Most of us douse ourselves with too many face care products to count, some of which strip our skin’s acid mantle; the barrier that protects our skin from all sorts of nasty things. This alters the skin’s PH which in turn allows acne causing bacteria to get nice and comfy.
That’s right. Washing your face with stripping PH altering face washes actually makes room for acne causing bacteria to multiply!
So what am I saying here exactly?
Stop washing your face!
The theory is that once you stop washing your face, your sebum levels should begin to normalize because your skin finally has a chance to stop overproducing oil.
What to Expect From the Caveman Regimen
I know the caveman regimen sounds kind of crazy because I’m telling you go against everything you’ve ever believed about skin care.
But what if this is what finally cured yoru acne or at least drastically improved it? Might be worth it I say!
So what should you expect if you decide to switch over?
Well, there are a couple of things you’re going to notice pretty much right off the bat during your first month on the caveman regimen. Dry skin. Lots of it.
I know that sounds scary! But really it’s just your skin purging the dead skin and normalizing itself. The best way to get rid of it is either dry brushing the skin gently or even using scotch tape to help you remove it in order to reveal the baby soft skin beneath. Do NOT wash or scrub your face! I know it’s tempting!
Secondly, you may want to try moisturizing with hemp seed oil or jojoba oil because they are the BEST oils to use for the skin in my opinion. (read about my thoughts on hemp here and jojoba here). I have also written extensively on what oils are the best for your skin type here.
The next thing you’re likely to notice is that you’ll still break out a little bit. However! These little pimples here and there will actually heal much faster than before! This is because you’re not messing with your face all the time and allowing it to heal properly. Keep in mind not to use any cosmetics during this time to prevent clogged pores.
Basically, if you’re worried about not being able to wash it off, don’t use it!
Lastly, the caveman regimen is sort of a commitment. You can’t just do it for a few days or weeks and then revert back to washing. The best way to go about it is to go all in and really stick to it for the best results. I’ve heard of people swear by this regimen and have never even thought of looking back.
For more great tips on clearing acne check out the articles below:
The Complete List of Comedogenic Oils
6 Skincare Tips That Cleared My Acne Naturally
3 Steps to Improve your Female Hormonal Acne – Anyone Can do It!
The Oil Cleansing Method
What are the Best Oils for Your Skin Type?
The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type
How to do The Caveman Regimen
Have you ever tried the caveman regimen? Did it work well for you?disclosure and disclaimer.