Although I feel like I currently have the forehead of an eighty-year-old, this is good progress. Wounds are healed up, cracks are healed up. Last chapter.
I am often reluctant to exfoliate dry skin as it frequently is still attached somehow. Maybe I am not doing it right or too aggressively, but prematurely removing the flakey skin seems to take off a little of the good skin too. It is a shame to damage good skin because it is also still connected to the old dead skin. Either way, with my delicate skin, it tends to leave a freshly damaged little section of skin that now needs to heal and the cycle continues.
I am often embarrassed by my flakey skin and paranoid the moisturiser that keeps it looking normal is wearing off. Out comes the cap to hide under. Despite this, I feel it is a window I need to go through to give the freshly healed skin underneath a chance to get ready. Maybe it is overly optimistic, but I actually look forward to this period of flakey old man skin as I know it is protecting the new skin underneath. Kind of like the anticipation of a present I have worked still wrapped up but close to being revealed. When it is ready it will fall off naturally and gently, usually in a bath or shower, and reveal the new healthier looking skin underneath.
Still, I need to layer up on the moisturises and not let the world see me too dry but also to hydrate and protect the new skin underneath. If treated right, this new skin will be more resistant to scratching and rubbing damage and infection. Have to protect this new baby that I have worked hard for. Home straight.
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