One of the phases we talk about going through in NMT is the powdery phase. This phase usually comes some time after the weeping/oozing phase has cleared up and the skin is a little thicker and stronger.
My powdery phase has been somewhat unique, as I was training for a race and it was middle of summer. I was spending many hours in the sun each day, often shirtless, and developed a really strong tan.
When the powdery skin phase started, my skin started shedding a lot as usual and you could very clearly see where the powdery areas were because underneath the tan was my normal white-ish skin, and the contrast was extreme.
Here are some photos of me at the start of the powdery phase and at the end:
The first photo was taken on February 21, the second photo was taken on April 13 – 52 days apart.
The second photo is still not “normal” skin, but you can see the colour is beginning to even out and the powdery-ness much less prominent.
This phase is much more bearable than the initial phases, and in fact hasn’t affected my life at all. Sure, I look a little funny, but there is very little physical pain or discomfort. Just life as normal while I continue let my body heal. In the end, it’s just another phase in the NMT journey 🙂