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VI Chemical Peel: Should You Get One?

Updated: October 9, 2022

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If you’re considering a VI Peel treatment, you may be wondering if it’s the right choice for you. This post will explore the pros and cons of VI Peels so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to get one.

1. What is a VI Peel

VI Peel, created by Los Angeles-based Vitality Institute, is a four-part chemical peeling treatment that uses various percentages of glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and vitamin C to rejuvenate skin. Generally, each of the products in the VI peel kit are applied one at a time over several days so your skin can gradually acclimate to the chemicals. The VI Peel is best known as a great first-time peel for all age groups who want fresh, healthy, and radiant skin.

2. What it does for your skin

As the name suggests, the VI Peel is designed to help peel off the upper dead layers of the skin. Periodic peels are recommended to maintain that youthful glow as it helps exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin so that you look younger and more vibrant. It’s also great for minimizing lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, dullness and dryness. Anyone who wants glowing, younger-looking skin could benefit from a VI Peel.

3. What’s in the VI Peel

Below are some of the main ingredients inside the chemical peel:

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and Phenol: TCA clears away dead skin cells to reveal the new skin layers below to treat concerns like skin discoloration, scarring, and wrinkles, while Phenol is often used to treat deeper concerns like sun damage, pigmentation, and facial lines.

Salicylic Acid: Salicylic acid is used to exfoliate the skin and clean the pores, can reduce mild breakouts of whiteheads and blackheads, and prevents future skin breakouts.

Retinoic Acid: Retinoid acid is a derivative of vitamin A and it helps to regulate growth and differentiation of skin cells, resulting in a reduction in acne, inflammation, and oil production.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that counters some of the damaging effects of the sun and pollution, reducing pigmentation and improving the appearance of the skin.

Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydrocortisone: The more targeted versions of the VI Peel might contain the above ingredients for their abilities to target breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and inflammation.

4. Who can get a VI Chemical Peel

It’s a good idea to have a VI peel if you are considered with fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage or hyperpigmentation that you want to reduce. The treatment is also great for making your complexion look brighter and more even, which is why it’s often done before a big event. VI Peel may also be recommended for people with darker skin tones, but it’s important to consult with your provider before treatment as aggressive treatments can cause hyperpigmentation in those with darker skin.

5. How long does the treatment last

The results of a VI Peel are generally long-lasting, although they will fade over time as your skin continues to age. Most people find that their skin looks noticeably better for up to six months after the treatment.

6. How much does a VI Chemical Peel cost

The cost of a VI Peel will vary depending on the location and provider, but it typically ranges from $300 to $600.

7. What are the side effects

As with any chemical peel, there is a risk of side effects with the VI Peel. Some common side effects include redness, irritation, dryness, scaling and flaking. These typically resolve within a few days to a week after the treatment. However, in rare cases more serious side effects can occur, such as scarring or skin damage. It’s important to discuss any potential risks and side effects with your provider before getting a VI Peel.

So, should you get a VI Peel?

The answer depends on your individual skin needs and concerns. VI Peel is a great treatment for rejuvenating the skin, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment, talk to a licensed skincare professional who can help guide you in the right direction for your unique skin needs.

Our team at ELLEMES Medical Spa in Atlanta, GA can help answer any questions about this revolutionary procedure and how we can make sure you’re getting exactly what your skin needs. Contact us today and set up an appointment today!

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa