A VI Peel is a medium-strength, medical-grade chemical peel from Vitality Institute Aesthetics. This in-office treatment minimizes signs of sun damage and aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture and tone.
It also targets acne—in fact, the peel’s creator, Dr. Abdala F. Kalil, formulated it as a way to treat his teenage daughter’s stubborn breakouts. It works by removing both the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and the uppermost section of the underlying dermal layers, allowing them to be replaced by smoother, brighter skin.
The formula contains a proprietary blend of active ingredients, including salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), phenol, vitamin C, and retinoic acid. The combination can deliver dramatic results more quickly than chemical peels that include only one of these ingredients, with less downtime than deeper peels.
It’s a much stronger acidic solution than at-home chemical peels, so it needs to be administered and monitored by a medical professional.
A VI Peel can treat a variety of skin concerns, and most people are a good candidate for the treatment. In fact, it’s suitable for most skin types. It’s one of the safest peels for people with olive, medium, or deep skin tones, who are usually at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation from chemical peels.
There are five types of VI peels, each suitable to a specific set of skin conditions.
Your provider will help you determine which formula is best for your skin concerns and how many treatment sessions you’re likely to need for optimal results.
For the week leading up to your peel, you’ll be asked to stop using prescription retinoids as well as any products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid; beta hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid; or benzoyl peroxide.
You’ll also need to avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and laser hair removal for a week before the procedure.
These ingredients and treatments can temporarily weaken the integrity of the skin’s protective barrier and make skin more prone to burning and irritation.
Your whole appointment should last 30 minutes or less. Your doctor or aesthetician will begin by cleansing your face with acetone. This helps degrease the skin so the combination of acids and vitamins can penetrate deep into the dermis.
Your doctor or aesthetician will then apply several layers of the solution with cotton-tip applicators, small makeup pads, or a paintbrush. The application itself takes only a minute. You may feel some tingling or burning during the application, but most people find this sensation brief and tolerable. After this, the process should be pain-free. Your skin may temporarily turn frosted-white in the areas where you’ll get the most peeling.
Once the peel solution penetrates completely, your provider will apply sunscreen, to protect your skin. You’ll leave the office with the solution still on your skin and instructions to rinse it off in four hours. After you rinse it off, you’ll be free to apply makeup until the peeling begins.
Depending on which formula you had, you’ll also receive three to five towelettes for home use. They contain vitamin C and tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A) to boost the peel’s exfoliating effects and encourage the outer layers of skin to slough off.
Because you’re removing the solution at home, you play a big role in making sure your recovery goes well and you end up with the results you want.
You’ll see your final results about seven days after the peeling stops, and the length in which your results last will vary person-to-person.
Keep in mind though that you may need a series of treatments for optimal results.
The peel’s maker, VI Aesthetics, suggests an initial series of up to four treatments. The frequency will depend on your skin type.
After you achieve the results you want, a follow-up treatment every three months can help maintain them. Your results can be extended if you take good care of your skin, including using sunscreen daily.
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