By: Rachel Mazza
My Acne Story: Facial treatment
After careful consideration, I decided to get a VI Glow Peel. This is described as follows on the VI Glow Peel website:
"VI Glow Peel - "Lunchtime Peel" uses a unique blend of active cosmoceutical ingredients (Trichloroacetic Acid 7% , Salicylic Acid 2% and Retinoid Acid 8%) , creating one of the safest 15 minute "minimal downtime" medical peels designed to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. The peel is incredibly effective in removing sunspots from the hands and chest and eliminating the wrinkles associated with sun damage on the décolletage. The peel may be repeated as often as every two weeks, if necessary, for damaged skin. For average skin we recommend to repeat the peel once every three months to repair damaged skin and prevent the underlying aging of the skin."
Before the peel was applied to my face, the cosmetic surgeon said that it was important to make sure all of the acne cysts on my face were removed. That required the very annoying, uncomfortable process of her draining all of the acne on my face. I’ve always thought it was bad to pop or squeeze them but she did it in such a way that was supposed to minimize scaring. She then washed my face with a deep cleaning solution and applied the peel. It came in a small bottle that she carefully rubbed into my skin. It smelled really strange and tingled a bit, but didn’t burn or anything too dramatic. I had to leave it on all day and couldn’t wash my face except for with these post-peel pads that contained more of the VI Peel solution.
After the peel, I have to be honest, my face looked horrible. The peel turns your skin an orange color, like a bad spray tan and it smells weird. Also, since she had just popped all the acne, my face was blotchy and swollen. I was told not to wear makeup for a week and to limit my sun and wind exposure—it was better if I wasn’t in the sun at all because your skin is really open and exposed and even a little bit of sun could cause major burns and damage. It is said that it’s supposed to be a minimal impact peel, so you can still go about your life, but being realistic here, no one is going to want to leave the house looking like that. On the second day, the orange color started to fade, but then the peeling process began, so I still didn’t want to leave the house until it was all over. If you’ve ever had sunburn, you know how intense peeling can be and this was exactly that. I was told to absolutely not pick or pull at the skin because I could damage the new skin underneath. To help the peeling process along, I could use a special moisturizer that came with it. The entire process lasted about a week in total before my skin was officially done peeling.
To Be Continued...