Vi Peel... Is it worth trying?
A Vi Peel is a chemical peel made to treat acne, acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, sun spots, and hyper pigmentation. This peel is formulated to rejuvenate the skin and restore a more even skin tone.
The VI Peel ingredients:
- Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) – stimulates Collagen growth, decreases pigmentation and helps deep scar healing.
- Retin-A – helps fade dark spots/ scars, fine lines, improves uneven skin tones.
- Salicylic Acid – is a beta hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate the skin.
- Phenol – is to treat the texture and pigmentation of the skin.
- Vitamin C– an antioxidant used to brighten the skin and lighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
The procedure takes 30 minutes complete.
After the procedure, you are given a take-home kit which contains the following: 2 packets of gentle face wash, 3 towelettes, an anti-itch cream, and a sunblock.
Instruction packet given:
I got my Vi Peel done at Skin Works Dermatology & Medspa in downtown Manhattan with Maria. She was great and explained the entire procedure before we began and again before I left the office.
I have had acne for over 6 months now and decided to try the Vi Peel. I have done chemical peels in the past but my dermatologist recommended the Vi Peel because it is a stronger peel.
KEEP IN MIND: I googled a lot of before and after images of the Vi Peel. I even received an email from Skin Works Dermatology & Medspa with before and after pictures that looked amazing. What they DO NOT tell you is that those before and after pictures are after A FEW Vi Peels. I was expecting better results than what I had, but my skin did clear up a bit.
These pictures to the right were taken before the Vi Peel. I took pictures of my day by day experience and peeling process with the Vi Peel. I did not edit any of these pictures so that you can see the RAW image of how my process went.
Day One: 3/15/18
After the procedure, I washed my face after four hours and wiped it with the towelette. Then four hours later, that I did the same process as instructed.
My face was a little red and itchy. But after washing it, my face was calmer.
Day Two: 3/16/18
Throughout the day I noticed that my skin was starting to peel a little bit around my nose, lips, and chin.
Around 8:30 p.m., I washed my face then applied the last Vi Peel towelette. The itching began again shortly after so I applied some of the anti-itch cream when I was about to go to bed.
Day Three: 3/17/18 (Netflix time/ being a couch potato all day)
The peeling began!! I followed the instructions and washed my face twice then applied the anti-itch cream after.
I peeled so much! My skin was literally just falling all over the place. EVERYWHERE. The peeling began around my mouth area then my nose, forehead, and cheeks.
Day Four: 3/18/18 (Some more Netflix time/ being a couch potato all day)
My skin was peeling around my forehead and nose mostly on this day. My cheeks were halfway done peeling. My skin was still flaky.
Day Five: 3/19/18 (Some reading/ Netflix/ being a couch potato all day AGAIN)
The skin under my chin started to peel. My cheeks were still semi-peeling and my forehead was almost done peeling. My skin was better than it was on day three and four, but I stayed home again because the areas between my chin and lips, the corner of my nose, and the corner of my earlobe were irritated.
Day Six: 3/20/18
My skin is just about done peeling! My neck started peeling lightly. When I got home from work, I was about 95% done peeling. By the end of the night, my neck was fully peeled.
Day Seven: 3/21/18
All done peeling! My skin does look refreshed and the dark circles around my eyes lightened up.
My end results were not bad. But I did expect more. So, was it worth the $300?... I say think the peel itself is worth it, but maybe not the price. I did notice a difference in my acne scars. They are much lighter as well as my dark circles. I had extremely clogged pores prior to the Vi Peel. After all the peeling was done, I was able to extract some stubborn blackheads and whiteheads I had. (I do not recommend extracting your own black/whiteheads or pimples, I just do not have the patience to see them there). My acne scars are deep which is why I would need to do another peel to get the results I seek.
I hope this post helps anyone looking to do a Vi Peel. If you have any questions on the Vi Peel, leave a comment below.