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A good candidate for the VI Peel is someone in their twenties or older with acne, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and sun damage or light scars. You must be able to reframe from picking at your skin and be able to follow the home instructions to do this peel. It is advised to avoid this peel if you are allergic to salicylic acid, have open sores or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Yes, the VI Chemical Peel is considered safe for all skin types as long as heat and sunlight can be minimized during the peeling process.
The application of a VI Chemical Peel takes about 25-35 minutes. However, the peel solution must not be washed off for four hours to fully take effect. During these 4 hours it is best to be indoors away from direct sun exposure, You can go about your day indoors but expect your face to look a little orange or “dirty” as the peel does leave a residue on the skin till it is washed off.
Allergic reaction can occur, talk to your provider if you have any sensitivities to peel ingredients, we can test an area first before applying the entire peel.
Side effects include redness, itching, swelling, heat, peeling and a feeling of tightness or sensitivity for 7-10 days. Hyperpigmentation is a risk if you pick and pull off the peeling skin too early or get too much sun without sunscreen.
You will start peeling on day 3 or 4 and return to normal between day 7-10 results appear around day 7-10 as well. Continued peels done quarterly will continue to improve results as well.
Results can last for months if you take care of your skin with quality skin care products and sunscreen use. With poor home care results can disappear within weeks though, please discuss the proper home care products with your provider to ensure the best long term results.
There is not really any strict down time, however you will be flaky and peeling for day 3, 4, 5, maybe day 6 and 7. But most people continue going to work and social events. Always wear spf 30 or higher sunscreen. The more rigid restrictions are no exercise or direct sun exposure for day 1 through day 4, once peeling has begun light exercise is allowed, but avoid getting too hot or sweaty as the new skin underneath can sting or hurt as you sweat. It is best to wait till the peeling has stopped before intense exercise can resume.