Ok, so it’s the end of Day 2 of my Vi Chemical Peel. With a little help from my well known friend, Benadryl, I survived. I have to say, last night, going to bed was the WORST part. I typically have pretty sensitive skin, for example, I break out on my hands from decorating a Christmas tree. The absolute WORST…. when I broke out from using “firm grip” to hold my swimming suit in place for a pageant. Although I didn’t get a wedgie on stage, I got a really bad rash that lasted like 2 weeks! Anyway, you get the picture. When I went to bed, it was not burning, more of a warm sensation. My face felt fine. It was my neck! Holy moly was it itchy! It was so annoying and I could not fall asleep. After wrapping my neck in blanket and being totally irritated, I pulled myself up out of bed and got the Benadryl, I also used the post peel anti-itch cream. Totally wish I would have done those 2 things like an hour earlier. I woke up again at 4am, ready for some more Benadryl. Bottom line, if you get a chemical peel, take Benadryl, it helps a ton!
Ok, so in the morning… I felt pretty good! These pictures were taken shortly after I woke up. You can see a lot of the redness had disappeared. Just a few spots of hyper-pigmentation. The itching and burning had were almost gone. Now, my skin just felt tight. I spent the rest of the day nursing my skin by lathering it with the anti-itch post peel lotion and SPF 50. I looked pretty greasy all day. But I was feeling good!
As the day wore on, my face just kept feeling tighter and tighter. This brought on another sense of itching, the dry, pulling feeling. I also knew I had 1 more towelette to apply 1 hour before bed. I was not looking forward to that! As the night continued, I started to notice the beginning of some slight peeling. You know when you have a sunburn, your skin gets that shiny, kind of waxy look? That’s exactly what I had going on. I used the final (thank god) towelette and took some more Benadryl. Guess what?! No burning or itching! I think my face has finally toughened up! Now I really feel like I am in the home stretch. All I have to look forward to is about 2-3 days of sloughing off my whole face. off We will see how that goes!
Oh, and you might be wondering…. did I work out? Sure did. Oops. I couldn’t resist. I made sure my face didn’t sweat. I actually kept a towel around my neck to keep it dry from sweat. I was NOT willing to make my neck itchy again!
Ok, well, time for bed! I will give my Day 3 update tomorrow! Just a side note… Michael and I have a progressive dinner party with our neighborhood on Saturday. We are hosting drinks. I sure hope I don’t look like the walking dead.