My VI Peel Results!

Day 6 

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.

Day 7

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.

Pic taken 2 weeks after peel, indoors, natural light

Pic taken outdoors on a cloudy day

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!

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  1. Have you proven to anyone that you’re actually 50?! 🙂 Your photos (before/after) are beautiful! I do have very sensitive skin, so I would have to think about this. However, your results are terrific! Thanks for sharing! x

    • HAHA thanks sweetie–I’ve got plenty of proof! Have you tried any at home peel? They are much gentler–I like the Murad one–review coming soon.

  2. I’ve recently gone back to a home peel system after doing the route of doctor and aesthetician peels. I’m getting at least the same level of results with the at-home. I posted the same type of bare skin photos on my blog. It takes guts, but it’s rewarding to see others who look great without embellishment.

  3. I’ve been anxiously awaiting your results. It’s so great that you are seeing so much improvement. I never considered this before but maybe I should! Good for you.

  4. Your skin does look smoother – YAY!

  5. I love peels, but in about 1 out of 5 I get more than I was asking for in flaking and peeling. I have found that you just need to time it, so you don’t have any major events coming up. Sometimes the results are amazing!

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  6. Had the vi peel 3 days ago, I freaked my self out from reading a bunch of stuff on line,so the doctor only put on one coat, instead of the normal 2 to 3. So far so good, I am peeling, but not too crazy. Skin feels baby soft where it has peeled. I think the people who have had a bad out come probably had to much put on, I have sensitive skin, and a mild rosacea

    • I found the peeling to be quite mild–it only lasted 5 days at the most and was like mild peeling from a sunburn. I need to have another one soon.

  7. Chasti Westmoreland says:

    Help. I peeled some of the flaky skin off on day 3 (today$ Now I have red streaks where I pulled the skin off. What can I do to keep this from messing up my skin. I won’t pull anymore off. I just would like to know how to fix the damage of what I have done.


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