I saw what Meaghan called a ‘second peel’–not all over, only around my mouth and chin and it was really more of a flaking than outright peeling. For the first time in almost a week, I wore foundation today! Well, not foundation exactly, but Boscia BB Cream. This was a perfect choice as it’s highly moisturizing, has an SPF of 27 and imparts a little color too. My face looks so, so smooth! Even the BF noticed and commented and this guy doesn’t notice anything and mostly just grunts.
Something unbelievable happened–my pores are smaller. No, they really, really are! My skin is smooth, the texture has improved and my pores are smaller! Even now, more than two weeks later, I can’t believe it and keep checking in my magnifying mirror. It’s true! The large pores on my cheeks by my nose are smaller–noticeably smaller. In my opinion, that alone is worth the price of admission. My brown spots are not gone, but they are lighter and more easily covered. And….another miracle happened. The lines underneath my eyes, especially my left eye are softer. I specifically asked Meaghan if it was possible to apply the peel in that area and she assured me it was fine so she paid special attention to it. Because of that, my under eye area was swollen for a few days and honestly, it looked good that way–no hollows. But alas, after the swelling went down (it wasn’t noticeable to anyone but me), the hollows came back–a peel can’t correct that but it definitely did soften my lines. I tried to take pics but I can’t capture it well enough to post. However, here are some comparison pics–I hope you can see the difference.
On the left– before pic, in middle and on right– after. Tone is better, brown spots are lessened, texture is more refined. Bare skin-yikes!
If you look carefully, you can improvement in the texture and tone, especially on my chin and the brown spots are lessened significantly on my forehead.
Final Thoughts: Would I have a VI chemical peel again? In a heartbeat! I would have one every month if I could. Actually I don’t even think that’s recommended. I would like to have a VI peel maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I am VERY pleased with my results. I had no idea it would make such a significant difference. I know it’s probably hard for you to tell from my bad pictures, and I know I keep repeating myself…but my brown spots have faded, my pores really are smaller, my skin tone is more even and the texture of my skin smoother and more refined. I’m going to keep up the peels and I can’t wait to have another one and see my brown spots fade even more. I highly recommend the VI peel, there was virtually no down time, it was painless–there were a few times of discomfort, but no pain and even the discomfort was minimal. Remember though, I do not have sensitive skin so your skin may react differently. However, that said, the people at Calidora Skin Clinic are very careful to talk to you about your skin beforehand and check your comfort level at every step. I’m thrilled with my results, one VI peel gave me results I haven’t been able to achieve with years of trying over the counter products!
Read about the entire adventure:
Some products that helped me along the way:
I mentioned before that I used hydro-cortisone cream on my neck–it stops any itching and hydrates too. Although my face is not sensitive, my chest is and I used Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Calming Cream to stop the itching and calm the irritation. On Day 6 (above), when I started my second flaking, I used dermaglow Hydration Fix Serum during the day and at night. This is one intense moisturizer that gets the job done quickly! After that I switched to Josie Maran Argan Oil to soothe and hydrate. I wanted something that would hydrate AND heal and it turns out I made a good choice. Within a few day, my skin was back to normal.
If you are considering getting a chemical peel, the VI Peel is a great choice because it is gentler than most, but still highly effective. How genius is it that they put the numbing solution right in the peel? I really appreciated knowing that all the staff at Calidora who administered the peel were licensed nurses or physician;s assistants–this isn’t always the case–many clinics use esthicians. While I was aprehensive at first, it was much easier than I expected–I had NO down time, I was only uncomfortable a few times, never experienced any pain and am pleased as punch with the results. As always, when considering any type of procedure, do your research and check the facility. Good luck!