Can the “Caveman regimen” really lead to clear skin?
Thank you for your honesty. Skin fads come and go quite quickly and the Caveman Regimen was one of them! For those who haven’t heard of it, The Caveman Regimen is the anti-skincare regimen. You don’t wash your face at all, and can’t use any skin care products. You gotta think even Cavemen took a dip in a river every once in a while! Thanks to the reader who asked this question. It will help educate everyone about what happens if you don’t clean your face at all… not even with water. Spoiler: it’s not good!
Why cleanse, even if it’s just with water?
- Dead skin cells build up on our faces, and cleansing sheds them better;
- Cleansing removes excess oils that can combine with skin cells and bacteria to form plugs in pores and inflammation;
- Cleansing and exfoliation help unplug pores;
- You have more “glow” when you cleanse your skin, because when the dead layer (stratum corneum) sheds, it allows more light reflection;
- The right cleanser can be therapeutic and treat your unique skin issues. Examples? A moisturizing cleanser for dry skin or a salicylic acid cleanser for acne prone skin.
An approach like the “Caveman Regimen” allows oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, yeasts and molds (always present a little) to overgrow and cause problems.
If not the “Caveman Regimen”, then what?
- Switch to a probiotic gentle cleanser. We’ll have this in the shop soon, but the Eminence Probiotic Cleanser is great if you can find it online elsewhere;
- Never over-scrub or pick at your face, no matter how tempting: this can make the problem worse;
- A gentle Clarisonic daily is fine, as is a gentle facial scrub (I personally love this one) twice a week, if you don’t have a Clarisonic;
- Try adding a refrigerated good quality probiotic or Kombucha to your diet daily. There is a connection between the gut and skin we don’t understand very well yet.
- Reset your skin. Use bland, simple moisturizers and sunscreen for the next 4 weeks and let your skin rest. If you have a budget for this, I carry some that I recommend to clients on my shop here. Or, there are some great drugstore options I recommend on my article about budget skincare (scroll down the page).
- Then, try the Skincare 101 routine I outline here for a proper regimen that will get you great results.
If at the end of the month, if you are still having problems, or you get worse for any reason, you need to see a dermatologist!
Hope this helps, Dr. I