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Despite similar language, the caveman regimen is in no way related to the paleo diet! The caveman regimen is actually a skin care technique (or lack thereof) to get rid of acne. This treatment only requires one step which makes it the easiest skin care treatment available!


Don't wash your face. 

Why use the caveman regimen?

I explained this in one of my previous posts (unfortunately I can't remember which one at the moment), but washing our face can do more harm than good. One reason I switched to natural skin care methods is because of the acidic mantle on our face. You know how our blood levels need to be at a certain pH (acidic) level? Well so does our skin. The skin on our face has a natural acidity of a 5.5. When we use facial washes, acne medications, and other products that contain chemicals, it disrupts our acidic mantle. That may not seem like a big deal, but when we ruin our acidic mantle we make our skin more vulnerable to bacteria. Good bacteria can live in a 5.5 acidic environment on our face but bad bacteria can't. When our acidic mantle is disrupted, we're making our skin more prone to bad bacteria. This also may not seem like a big deal, but keep in mind that acne is not caused by oils, hormones, and clogged pores alone!! Acne forms because bad bacteria mixes with all the oils and sweat on our face. 

With that being said, the caveman regimen is used to restore our acidic mantle and heal our skin. A lot of people use it to treat their acne. It also allows our skin to get into a natural cycle of oil production. When we see our skin has become oily, what is the first thing we do? We wash it. This robs our skin of the natural oils it needs to stay hydrated which causes our skin to produce more oil to compensate for the oil we took away. Honestly, we've thrown our skin into this awkward cycle of oil production that causes it to produce more oil than we need. 

Rules of the caveman regimen

The caveman regimen is different for everyone. Some people only splash their face with water. Other people who are hardcore caveman don't allow any water to touch their face (at least for the first 30 days.) This also means people don't exfoliate their skin for the first month. Sounds gross doesn't it? People allow all their dead skin to gradually pile on their face for 30 days. But I've read that once people exfoliate after a month, the skin is super smooth!! People have also claimed that the inflammation of their acne has decreased and that their pimples (if they continue to get any) come and go rather quickly. 

Also, for all you ladies out there, this means no make up (even if it is a natural make up such as a mineral powder foundation.) The point of the caveman regimen is to not put anything on your skin that could be potentially irritating. This is why some people don't allow water to touch their face. The water we drink and shower with still has fluoride and other chemicals in it. Hardcore caveman regimen people won't take any chances! 

The challenge of the caveman regimen

So this face treatment seems simple enough right? Don't wash your face. That's it! No fancy soaps, No exfoliators. No cleansers. No honey, jojoba oil, or tea tree oil! It's simple...and cheap! So what's the challenge of this treatment? 

Let go of your control. 

I don't think we realize how attached we are to our products until we have to get rid of them. Acne especially, is a very emotional thing. When we experience a break out, all we can think about is how our skin does not look the way we want. We want to do everything in our power to make our skin look flawless. We see a pimple and use 23434 different products to get rid of it. I personally think this is the biggest challenge of the caveman regimen..surrendering the need of our control over our body, and allowing our body to naturally work with our skin. So that means if you see a pimple, you don't touch it. If the skin on your face become flaky, don't exfoliate. If you skin becomes oily, don't wash it. Normally your skin becomes worse in the beginning of the caveman regimen because it's trying to figure out how to get back into it's normal cycle. But once you allow your skin to breath and figure everything out on its own, it will improve with time. 

Also, keep in mind the caveman regimen has worked well for a lot of people, but it does not work well for everyone. Everyone is different so your skin may or may not positively respond to it. But hey! People say the same thing about acne prescriptions (hence the variety of acne medications instead of a universal one that works for everybody) so the caveman regimen is no different!! 

My experience with the caveman regimen

It hit me a while ago that I am doing 50% of the caveman regimen. I'm not intentionally trying to do the caveman regimen though. I just noticed I somewhat qualify for it because I don't wash my face anymore. I posted some natural facial mask recipes (click here) a few months ago to help all of you wean off your facial washes and acne prescriptions. When I first became paleo I used my natural facial masks all the time. But honestly, I can't even remember the last time I used them!! I'm not hardcore caveman because I still allow water to touch my face and I'm not legitimately keeping track of how many days I've gone without washing my face but I know I haven't washed my face in weeks!! Also, I do wear bare minerals foundation (a natural mineral powder that doesn't clog pores) but I'm slowly weaning off that too. I used to wear it every day but now I only wear it if I know I'll be gone all afternoon or if I'm going to an important event. And since it's not waterproof I just rinse off my face in the shower to remove the foundation. 

But anyway, when I first began to wean off of my homemade facial masks I would got about 3-4 days without them. I noticed my face would become flaky (dead skin build up) so I would exfoliate after that amount of time. Basically I went from cleansing and exfoliating every day to every few days to once or twice a week to not at all!! I'm not sure how or why but my skin no longer flakes, overproduces oil or breaks out anymore. The only things I currently put on my face is bare minerals for special occasions and water...and it's great! 

Would you be wiling to try the caveman regimen? 
 


Comments

Selena
06/06/2013 2:25pm

Hello,
Great post. How long did it take your skin to normalize to the point that it did not flake anymore, and therefore did not need to be exfoliated. Thank you.

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Chelsea Ledford
06/07/2013 8:38am

Hey Selena!

I'd say it took me 2-3 weeks for my skin to stop flaking. I know it's taken some people a month or so for the flaking to stop so it just depends on your skin type.

Are you thinking about doing the caveman regimen?

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Asiya
06/17/2013 1:32pm

I'm on my 2. day without washing my face. I have always been someone using a lot of pricey procucts and going for facetreatmenst. Yesterday morning it just hits me maybe i should just stop doing anything at all. I went to ask google if that was a good idea and then I came across the caveman regimen, gess I wasn't crazy after all ;) My only problem is that I bike alot and I really need sunscreen or else I get eczema. To day I waited until the afternoon to go out and I stayed in the shadow as mush as posible, and I did not get any problem with the sun.

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Chelsea Ledford
07/01/2013 7:39pm

Hey Asiya!

Glad to hear your skin survived your bike workout that day!! How has the caveman regimen going for you since then? It's been a few weeks since you posted this!!

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Asiya
05/21/2014 1:29pm

Hey :)

It's been almost a year since I posted my comment. I am not a 100 % on the caveman regimen, but close and my skin just love this. Doing the summer I need sunscreen, but in the evning I just clean my face with water and then I use aloe vera gel as a kind of mask. In the morning I never wash my face. Doing the winter I wash my face ones a week or sometimes less. When i wash I only use water and then use a face mask or aloe vera and a good serum. I can still get very tiny spots doing that time of the month, I never pick them and they will go away very fast, and they are so small I think I'm the only one knowing they are there ;)

Asiya
05/21/2014 1:30pm

Hey :)

It's been almost a year since I posted my comment. I am not a 100 % on the caveman regimen, but close and my skin just love this. Doing the summer I need sunscreen, but in the evning I just clean my face with water and then I use aloe vera gel as a kind of mask. In the morning I never wash my face. Doing the winter I wash my face ones a week or sometimes less. When i wash I only use water and then use a face mask or aloe vera and a good serum. I can still get very tiny spots doing that time of the month, I never pick them and they will go away very fast, and they are so small I think I'm the only one knowing they are there ;)

Asiya
05/21/2014 1:30pm

Hey :)

It's been almost a year since I posted my comment. I am not a 100 % on the caveman regimen, but close and my skin just love this. Doing the summer I need sunscreen, but in the evning I just clean my face with water and then I use aloe vera gel as a kind of mask. In the morning I never wash my face. Doing the winter I wash my face ones a week or sometimes less. When i wash I only use water and then use a face mask or aloe vera and a good serum. I can still get very tiny spots doing that time of the month, I never pick them and they will go away very fast, and they are so small I think I'm the only one knowing they are there ;)

Kelly
06/30/2013 11:44am

I'm also doing to cavemsn regimen and I'm on week 3. I have a lot of dead skin build up and a few small bumps but no big ones. They're also flesh colored so they most likely wont leave any marks. I am having much success with this regimen! Drinking tons of water is also helping my skin too!

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Chelsea Ledford
07/01/2013 7:40pm

Hey Kelly,

Yeah I hear it's pretty common for that to happen. A lot of people will start to get bumps and flaky skin but goes away eventually as your skin transitions into a normal cycle. I know my skin flaked for a while but now I don't need to exfoliate at all!! Keep me posted on how the regimen goes for you. I'm so excited you've been doing it for 3 weeks!!! :)

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Chelsea Ledford
07/01/2013 7:41pm

Hey Kelly,

Yeah I hear it's pretty common for that to happen. A lot of people will start to get bumps and flaky skin but goes away eventually as your skin transitions into a normal cycle. I know my skin flaked for a while but now I don't need to exfoliate at all!! Keep me posted on how the regimen goes for you. I'm so excited you've been doing it for 3 weeks!!! :)

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Michael
07/20/2013 11:58am

Hello, on day three here of the caveman regimen, male. I already have a lot of dead skin but just wondering if that will eventually go away in about a month after the skin "adjusts" or you need to exfoliate occasionally to get rid of the gross looking stuff on your face :P

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07/22/2013 7:33am

Hey Michael!

It is very common for your face to start collecting dead skin at first. If you want to go hardcore caveman then it would be best to not exfoliate. Your skin will get into a natural cycle where dead skin build up will no longer be a problem. However I can't guarantee how long will take because everyone is different. It could take longer than a month.

If you are desperate to exfoliate, I recommend exfoliating maybe once or twice a week and then gradually stop exfoliating over time. To exfoliate you can use the homemade oatmeal mask recipe I have on my website, or mix honey and cinnamon together, let it sit on your face for about 20-30 mins and rinse it off with water.

Let me know if you need anything else!! Keep me posted on how it goes :)

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Cecilia
08/02/2013 5:05am

Just a heads up ... using cinnamon gave my face chemical-like burns! For some it would probably be great, for others not so much. Like with all new regimes, I would recommend trying it out on a little spot on your face first before you spread it everywhere. It took my face 1-2 weeks to heal!

07/22/2013 7:33am

Hey Michael!

It is very common for your face to start collecting dead skin at first. If you want to go hardcore caveman then it would be best to not exfoliate. Your skin will get into a natural cycle where dead skin build up will no longer be a problem. However I can't guarantee how long will take because everyone is different. It could take longer than a month.

If you are desperate to exfoliate, I recommend exfoliating maybe once or twice a week and then gradually stop exfoliating over time. To exfoliate you can use the homemade oatmeal mask recipe I have on my website, or mix honey and cinnamon together, let it sit on your face for about 20-30 mins and rinse it off with water.

Let me know if you need anything else!! Keep me posted on how it goes :)

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Michael
07/26/2013 8:52am

Hi Chelsea,

I tried out your oatmeal and honey mask, felt really good and now my skin is really flaky again but I guess that's how things work :P

I have another question: do you have anything for backne? I don't really use anything for my body besides water so i'm guessing this is supposed to help acne on other parts of you body like the caveman regimen? I don't touch my back but i'm wondering why backne persists.

Chelsea Ledford
07/28/2013 11:05am

Hey Michael!

How many days did it take for your skin to start flaking again? Also, how often were you exfoliating before you started the caveman regimen?

I haven't researched too much about backne, but the causes seem to be similar to the acne on our face. It's caused when our sweat and oils mix with bacteria and bacteria builds up on our back over time. However, our back is different because bacteria build up could stem from more sources such as wearing a sweaty shirt all day, not washing our sheets, wearing tight clothing or backpacks that rub our shirts against our back, etc. I'm not sure how sensitive your skin is, but backne could even stem from an irritating detergent we wash our clothes with.

I think majority of health conditions stem from diet. I'm not sure what your diet is like but I've read trans fat, heated oils, fried foods, and dairy are triggers in back acne. You could try cutting out those foods and see if there is any improvement. Although my articles were inspired by my facial acne, the advice on He Is HEALth can be used for other health conditions as well!

If you don't think your backne is diet related, then maybe taking an extra step to keep your back clean. Like, if you work out or sweat a lot on your back, wipe it off with a towel or rinse off in the shower. I'm not sure how often you do laundry, but always washing your shirts, sheets, and other items that touch your back would be helpful.

If you're looking for a natural treatment I've read that exfoliating your back with a back scrubber helps. Just don't use an exfoliator that is too harsh because it can leave scars. Also, if you have some tea tree oil lying around, maybe you can fill up a spray bottle with water and a few drops of tea tree oil and try spraying it on your back to dry. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and kills bacteria.

I hope this was somewhat helpful! I wish you luck on your caveman regimen!! Please keep me posted on how your skin is responding to it :)

Kk
09/30/2013 5:34pm

Human blood has a neutral pH around 7. It is not acidic.

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Someone
10/25/2013 3:16pm

I swim competitively 5 days a week- 2hrs a practice. The caveman regimen won't work for me then will it?

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Chelsea Ledford
11/02/2013 2:45pm

I think the caveman regimen could still work for you! If you're swimming 5 days a week it may actually be better for you to not wash your face since the chlorine in the pool water is touching it so much. Washing your skin with even more chemicals may negatively affect your skin in the long run. Have you thought about not washing your skin at all?

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isha bora
05/20/2014 4:45am

Hi.i m on day8 of caveman skin regimen but I m too oily havings bumps over my face more than earlier ........... .heard of flaky skin......bt nt get it yet.......can u give me some suggestion over it

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