i’m asked the above question: when’s a good time to start exfoliating?
i’ll try my best to answer this: whenever your skin is ready for external stimulation.
as the skin is under a state of hyper sensitivity during the recovery, any tiny stimulation may be unbearable for the skin. what’s worse is breaking out in hives because it’s so irritated.
but i think that there is nothing wrong is doing localized exfoliation, such as on parts of your skin which can tolerate slight scrubbing/rubbing. just leave the scabby parts alone because there’s a reason for a scab to form there.
as a general rule, it’s a good idea to help our (healthy)skin exfoliate dead skin cells at least once a month. i have this figure in mind because our skin takes 1 month to age from a new cell to an old one.
some may think that we shouldn’t exfoliate our skin because the purpose of our skin is to protect us! that’s why, it’s important to do it very gently so as to not remove too much protection. getting rid of some is good as it is just part of the life cycle of a skin cell. and accumulation of too much dead skin cells may cause problems like clogging of pores, dull, dry and dehydrated looking skin.
you’ll never know until you try, so test it out and see if it’s working for you. if not, ditch the plan and wait a while longer.
personally, i only started exfoliating after i’m pretty much healed as i know my skin just can’t tolerate any form of exfoliation back when it’s red, dry and itchy all over. (scratching constantly already helped exfoliate my skin.. but i’m not talking about this kind of unhealthy exfoliation)
i hope this is a comprehensive answer.