In my article on healing BXO naturally, I talk about anticipating a “peel”. A peel is when the BXO skin starts flaking and peeling away, to make room for newer, healthier skin underneath.
Often, healthier skin is not evident after the first peel. You might have many layers of BXO skin to peel away before you see any new, fresh skin emerge. This is normal, albeit frustrating.
So if you are going to endure this long period of healing, it’s important to know what a peel actually looks like. What are you looking for? How do you know if you’re on the right track?
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, when I was going through my heavy peels I never thought to take a picture of it. But it’s reasonably easy to describe.
The first stage is the skin starts to look shiny or scaly. This is a typical Balantis XO, or male lichen sclerosus symptom. This typically happens with the penis glans. It can almost look like your penis is lightly covered with saran wrap or cellophane, and might also appear a little wrinkly. This is what I like to call pre-peeling. If you keep the skin dry religiously and your foreskin retracted, you should see a peel rather soon.
Finally when the peeling starts, it will almost look like skin healing from sunburn. The skin will be dry, and will first start to flake, and then slowly you will start to see it peeling away and falling off. Usually the process takes a day or two.
One of the most important things to remember here is to NOT peel it yourself. Once you see the skin peeling, leave it be, and let the skin peel on its own naturally. If you do start trying to hurry up the process by peeling it yourself, you risk peeling off some skin that isn’t yet ready to be peeled, and it will leave raw, broken skin underneath. This is going to set you back a long time, and all your hard work will be undone. So please, do not peel the skin manually. Let it fall away by itself naturally.
Once the peel is over, it’s a good idea to start treating it with natural treatments again to prepare it for the next peel. I like to “treat” the skin when it’s feeling rather raw and tender, and then leave it to dry and peel when it feels a little stronger. But remember, all this is anecdotal advice. You will need to try out your own cycling of treatments and see what is best for you. I discuss all the natural treatments you can use in this article here.
Remember, the one constant goal is that we are trying to get old skin to peel away – whatever you can do to achieve that means you’ll be on the right track. Think of it as shedding your old damaged skin, on the way to a new healthy you.
Best of luck and wishing you good health soon!