Hello! So I got my first Vi Peel which I was super excited about. Since the Botox post was popular I figure y'all would like this too. Besides, it's well established I'm beyond any sense of privacy or shame here.
I got my first peel years ago - a mild Glycolic peel added onto my facial when I turned 23. Then a few years ago I went to a friends Botox party, I was 26 and scared of Botox at the time but I got a TCA peel and liked the results but not the price tag so I bought the solution online and started doing them myself. All was fine and dandy at home until I stopped following the instructions, opps. The peel was supposed to be applied with a cotton pad , I had the genius idea this past march to brush it on. It dripped and got too deep into my skin resulting on uneven peeling.
So I had to wait for that mess to heal before I could get it professionally fixed. I decided to switch to the vi peel because its supposed to be better and hurts less, tca literally produces tears. I selected germantown aesthetics because they had a good price ($450 for a series of 3) and were well recommended. Their office is really nice, it's in a converted house; clearly there's big money in germantown medical beauty treatments.
So here you have me before the peel with no makeup what so ever, clearly in need of better skin
The peel is looking to fix the acne scaring, dark eyelid shading, clogged pores and general dullness exhibited in this picture.
Where it all went down:
This pic is mostly so I can have something to have as the post pic on Facebook that isn't my terrible untouched up, peeling face. Charlotte, the aesthetician, was very nice and explained everything before she had me lay down for the procedure. She washed my face, cleaned it with a hot towel (nice touch) and then wiped it with acetone to remove any oil. The peel was then wiped on in three layers. It burned a little bit at first but quickly calmed down, way less painful than TCA indeed. After I was given my next 7 day instructions and supplies - face wash, peel protectant and SPF 55, which was included with the peel, which I did not expect. I did tip Charlotte since she's not a nurse and the receptionist said it was ok, but apparently most people don't because it is a medical office.
So here I am right after the peel, my face is a little swollen but basically I look sunburned:
Here's post peel day 1, with bare minerals makeup. I'm at work and although not my best look I certainly am not in hiding, people who say they have to hide for a week are way dramatic.
More pics and updates to come in the following days, stay tuned!
So I imagine most of you reading this ate women, mostly my friends but perhaps a random person or two who stumbled upon this while googling vi peel. But I've got to beleive there's at least one straight guy out there reading this, if nothing else out of a weird curiosity about the strange things girls do, so here's your warning straight guy, or anyone else who gets Icked out easily, look away.
For those still curious, here's a pic of a piece of skin that peeled off while watching lost before bed:
Just to give you an idea of what exactly is peeling off. Yuck, I know, you're welcome. It kind of reminds me of those biore strips ( don't even pretend you don't look at them with weird fascination upon being pulled off, we all do). Well see those spots on that skin flake, that's crap that was clogged in my pores; yeah, double yuck. Basically, the top layer of skin seals that crap in and they during a peel the skin becomes a giant biore strip. It makes me wish I had an itty bity pore pressure washer to get in and clean out anything that deeper than the top skin layer.
Here's day 3, absolutley no makeup:
So I had intended to wear makeup on day 3 but I peeled faster than I thought so I was red and raw, makeup was not a good idea. I had my handgun permit class that day so I wasn't terribly worried about it, maybe my self standards have just dropped but I didn't feel like I looked frightening, just like I spent a day in the sun without sunblock, and who hasn't seen that before?
For days 4 and 5 I had already planned to stay away from the public so ill show you sans makeup as well. My goal here is to show what this is really like, when you can cover up and what that looks like and when it's best just to stay home and be bare. Right now I'm on my least favorite part, when the fresh skin is tight and shiny. These days require the most commitment, the skin will peel again but this time it will be in little flakes vs the sheet I showed above. While the peeling is good tight skin cracking is bad, it can cause scars. To prevent this the face must be moisturized at all times. In my day 4 pic you can't see it but I have lots of flaking in my mouth, chin and nose areas. I took sans top so you could see how red my face is compared to the pale skin of my neck and chest. And yes, the peel has cause a few new pimples, I hate this part too because they will scar if disturbed so I just have to let these sit, uncomfortable pressure and all.
Day 5, I spent most of the day hanging with a friend who was kind enough to say it was looking better. Then I went out with a group for dinner and the queens gave me a hard time for being out, bitches!
Day 6 was back to work and then a meeting at night. No one even asked what happened to my face but I think the girls read this and knew and straight boys just don't pick up on these things. It having just been a holiday weekend I can pass off any pinkness as a sunburn at this point. One of the guys did ask what I did over the weekend and I talked about staying in, it's important to avoid din exposure while recovering. He didn't seem to get it, but most straight guys don't.
Day 7, at work in makeup looking mostly normal. Still a little itchy and slightly flakey.
So it's been a week and my skin tone is almost normal, my cheeks are still a little pink but no biggie. So how did we do?
Lip and chin area:
A majority of clogged pores have been cleared, scaring is faded but not significant. No firmness added what so ever around die turned lips, but Botox (yes Botox) has been recommended, appt is June 3rd and ill post a review.
Nose and eyes:
Major pore unclogging in this area. Eyes have faded slightly but not by much. No difference in under eye lines, will continue with Botox.
Faded one acne scar but brought out a new pimple which will most likely scar, sigh.
Shrunk pore visibility but created an outbreak. Ugh. Ill have to do a mask on this and hope it doesn't create new scars.
So what's the verdict? Overall it was way less painful than a TCA peel but similar results, which is disappointing because its supposed to be stronger. A great way to clean out clogged pores and improve skin tone but so impact what so ever on lines, boo! For scar treatment a series of 3 is recommended, which I purchased, so well reexamine in September for the final verdict. Would I recommend it? Maybe. If you've never had a peel before get it done professionally and pay attention. It was very similar results to what I got at home when I didn't go rouge on the instructions. You'll need to be prepared for at least 6 days of redness, 3 days of major peeling and a lot of itchy uncomfortableness for a week and then a breakout, so a total of 10 days complete recovery time. Your call , but for me I like the quarterly pore unclogging - which btw I never had problems with as a teenager, life is so unfair!
Post peel #2, before and after side by side no makeup: