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What is a VI Peel?

Updated: May 3, 2023

How Are VI Peels Made? VI Peels are made from several types of skin-safe acids and chemicals. Some of these chemicals include trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and vitamin C. When applied to the skin, it breaks down the outer dermis and reveals the fresh skin beneath. The Vitality Institute created VI Peels to help address several varieties of age degradation. This peel uses acids and medically approved chemicals to break down the outer layer of skin (epidermis). Some of the ingredients used to make this peel include the following:

  1. 10-12% of phenol

  2. 10-12% of trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

  3. 4% of vitamin C

  4. 10-12% of Salicylic acid

  5. Less than 1% of Tretinoin (Retin-A) Different varieties of VI Peels may have more ingredients to treat various conditions. These include chemicals such as Kojic acid and Hydroquinone to lighten dark patches or sunspots.

How is a VI Peel Different From Other Peels? VI Peels are medium-grade chemical peels. They're different from deep chemical peels, which cut through the epidermis and deeper into the lower skin levels. VI peels are relatively painless and effective compared to older, less effective skin peels. VI Peels are similar to other chemical peels used by applying a chemical serum to peel the epidermis. However, they do differ in several ways, including:

  1. Less painful

  2. More effective

  3. Works within 3-7 days

  4. Only peels the epidermis

  5. Even skin peel

  6. Balances skin

VI Peels are gentler yet more effective than most chemical peels. They rank as a medium on a scale of superficial, light, medium, and deep skin peel. VI Peels are best known for their simplicity, efficacy, and speed.

What Does a VI Peel Feel Like? VI Peels don't feel like much of anything. They tend to be painless and feel like peeling skin after sunburn (minus the burn). When the skin peels off, it takes only the very top layer of the skin off and contains a numbing agent which minimizes possible pain. The idea that a chemical peel will hurt is one of the most prolific myths. The truth is, not only are these peels relatively mild, but they also contain an effective numbing agent. This is not to say you should get a VI Peel without consulting your doctor. Everyone's body is different, and some people have adverse reactions to VI Peels. These reactions include the following:

  1. Skin swelling

  2. Infections

  3. Burning

  4. Itching

  5. Scarring

  6. Blistering

  7. Arrhythmia

  8. Adverse reactions due to pre-existing conditions

These reactions are uncommon and usually only occur if you have pre-existing issues. This is especially true if you have allergies to certain chemicals and sensitive skin. Don't worry, though. Derma Star offers a vast array of VI peels no matter what you need.

How Long is a VI Peel Session? Most VI Peel sessions only take 30-40 minutes. There are several ways you should prepare for your VI Peel, such as avoiding excessive sun exposure a few weeks before the treatment. Therefore, while preparation may take several weeks, the session is brief and quick. VI Peels can last longer than 30-40 minutes if you have your exam on the same day. This is a simple meeting with a medical professional where they review your medical history. You don't have to have your exam on the same day, however. Peeling will likely start to occur a few hours after the session. It usually persists for about 4-7 days, depending on the type of peel you receive. Peeling is usually painless and virtually invisible. Many people use mild lotion or moisturizer to assist in the peeling.

Where You Should Get a Professional VI Peel Many people are afraid of anything labeled "chemical" nowadays. However, VI peels are not only harmless, but they also improve skin health! Derma Star Skin and Laser are experts in all things skincare related. They provide all four types of VI Peels, so no matter your needs, they have the treatment for you! Get in touch with them today to schedule your appointment!

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