My Chemical Peel Experience

Just those words “Chemical Peel” sound scary, right? I envisioned my skin melting off, peeling, being red for days, not being able to leave the house without a huge hat and glasses disguise and being in a great deal of pain. 

I’ve always been far too nervous to even try one, until today.

A few weeks ago I went to Dr Alek Nikolic for a VISIA Complexion Anaylsis of my skin. I actually filmed some of the experience and you’ll get to see more in the vlog. Coming later this week.

The VISIA consultation is repeatable facial imaging, which enables you to track treatment progress and outcomes effectively over time. The multi-zone masking automatically identifies the critical region for each complexion feature and VISIA instantly analyses spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, brown spots, red areas, and Porphyrins.

It’s fascinating and a little scary all at the same time, but it’s really interesting to see the outcome and allowed me to truly understand what I need to focus on with my skin, so I can age gracefully.

After the consultation, they put together Exuviance products for me that would target any problems areas and ensure I look youthful forever.

I’ve been using the products for just over a month and I’ve received so many compliments on my skin, it’s incredible. My skin feels more plump, softer and I don’t notice those little lines that snuck up on me, as much anymore. Happy dance! I’ll post again about the products, as I think they deserve their own blog post. If you really can’t wait to see them, I don’t blame you, click here…

In the consult, they suggested an Exuviance chemical peel and instantly heard me gasp and saw my wide eyed shaking head. They assured me that it wasn’t as bad as it sounded and I told them all my concerns.

I arrived this morning, feeling a little anxious, but I was welcomed so warmly and instantly felt comforted. Vashnee talked me through every single stage. She let me know exactly what to expect.

I was pleasantly surprised about how quick the whole process was. My skin was a little pink afterwards, but nothing that meant I needed to go in hiding. I chose not to wear any make-up for the whole day, just to allow my skin to breathe. My skin feels ever so slightly tingly, but it feels soft and there is no burn or peeling at all. YAY!

I tried to photograph the process as much as I could, so you can see everything and see how my skin looks. For 100% authenticy, there is no editing here at all.

Before anything has begun…IMG_1944

Step 1: My face was cleansed and dried.

Step 2: She applied a product that removed any excess oil/ product so that my skin was perfectly prepped for the peel to be applied.

Step 3: I was told that she would now be applying the peel. I was handed a little fan and told to fan my skin if the sensation needed it. She told me it would feel like 100s of little ants running on my skin, which sounded so funny. It actually feels itchy tingly, with a slight burn – nothing that’s too unbearable. The minute she had applied it, she fanned my face and as I felt the cool air swishing over me, the burn disappeared. “Burn” feels like such a strong word, it’s really not bad. She watched my skin constantly to see how it was reacting and after 3 minutes, she removed it with lukewarm water and a soft sponge. IMG_1937

Step 4: A mask was applied over my skin…IMG_1929IMG_1943

Step 5: Eye pads were placed onto my eyes, followed by gauze.IMG_1936IMG_1935IMG_1942IMG_1930

Step 6: After the gauze was applied, she applied a goopy minty cold mask on top. It smelled like toothpaste going onto my skin. The cold was refreshing. I was left to relax and when Vashnee returned she told me to touch the mask. It had gone hard and it was warm to touch, as it was drawing all the heat, even though it was cold on my skin. IMG_1934IMG_1933IMG_1941IMG_1932IMG_1939Step 7: She pulled the mask off, along with the gauze and the eye pads.IMG_1938IMG_1945

Step 8: She washed my face off from any excess mask and then applied the oil free Heliocare Gel SPF50 that I use daily.

Here is my face right afterwards… No major redness that needs a disguise, no melted skin off my face and no pain. IMG_1946IMG_1947I think it’s really important to research your chemical peels and to ensure you go to someone professional.

A few benefits of a chemical peel:

  • Lighten unwanted pigmentation and even skin tone
  • Brighten your skin
  • Lighten Acne blemishes and prevent further break outs
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increase collagen and elastin

I am so impressed! To book your consultation, call (021) 797-0960 or visit

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  • Reply Linda

    I’m also terrified if chemical peels. I wish they’d give it another name. I’d love to see your face after 1 day and then 1 week to see any changes/improvements!

    July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      I’ll definitely let you know! I agree… the name is off putting! Thanks for stopping by x

      July 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Thank you for sharing your experience about chemical peels, which was such a useful and informative post 😉 x

    July 28, 2016 at 9:21 am
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