A VI chemical peel is a medium-strength chemical peel formulated with ingredients such as TCA, salicylic acid, vitamin C, and retinoic acid. Sometimes, VI peels even contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and kojic acid, depending on your skin’s needs and your aesthetic goals. But is a VI peel a one-time treatment, or can you have multiple treatments at CAS MEDISPA in Bloomington, IN?
How Many Times Can You Get a VI Chemical Peel?
Like an ordinary chemical peel, you can have a VI peel an indefinite number of times. Because a VI peel will exfoliate the first few layers of your skin, it’s common to use this treatment every four to six weeks to achieve and maintain your desired skin results. Regular treatment appointments can be the best way to address chronic skin concerns, such as acne.
Many people will require a few consecutive treatments to achieve the desired results. Three to four treatments over the course of three to four months will exfoliate all the affected skin layers to improve skin tone and texture. Even if you see great results after a single treatment, consecutive appointments will ensure all of your skin concerns are adequately treated.
Is a VI Peel Different From a Chemical Peel?
A traditional chemical peel typically uses a single type of acid to improve skin concerns and is delivered in light, medium, or deep peel depths. A VI chemical peel, on the other hand, is almost always a medium-depth peel that uses TCA and a blend of other ingredients to simultaneously exfoliate and treat the skin. Many patients also feel that a VI peel is more gentle than a traditional peel, which means it may be an ideal choice for people who have sensitive skin.
What Skin Concerns Can Be Addressed With a VI Peel?
A VI peel is a very flexible aesthetic treatment that can correct a variety of skin concerns. In general, a VI peel is an excellent option if you have concerns about your skin’s tone, texture, or clarity. However, you can also use a VI peel to stimulate collagen production, reduce active acne, smooth acne scarring, reduce age spots and sun damage, and even soften fine lines.
The reason a VI peel can address so many aesthetic concerns at once is because of the blend of ingredients used in the peel formula. When TCA is combined with vitamins to improve hyperpigmentation or ingredients to treat acne, the overall effectiveness of the facial skyrockets. The benefits of the ingredients in the VI peel formula include:
TCA is the main ingredient in a VI peel. This ingredient is mostly responsible for exfoliating the uppermost layers of the skin and can also boost collagen production. When collagen in the skin increases, visible signs of aging like fine lines will appear less noticeable. Increasing collagen production can also help reduce the appearance of shallow acne scars.
Retinoic acid is a form of vitamin A, which means that retinoic acid is very similar to retinol. In fact, retinoic acid is found in prescription-strength tretinoin cream, which reduces melanin production and improves cellular turnover. Improving cellular turnover can reduce hyperpigmentation from sun damage and also help the skin look younger.
Salicylic acid is a well-known superstar ingredient to improve acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid naturally reduces acne-causing bacteria on the skin, which can reduce inflammation. By itself, salicylic acid can exfoliate the skin and regulate oil production, which can reduce acne breakouts in the future. Combined with other ingredients to aid salicylic acid penetration, people with acne-prone skin can see significant improvements with a VI peel.
Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is another incredible skincare ingredient. When vitamin C is applied to the skin, it can reverse the effects of free radicals that can prematurely age skin cells and cause concerns such as sun damage. Vitamin C can also brighten the tone of the skin and help protect it from future free radical damage.
When Do You See Results From a VI Peel?
Most of the time, you will not notice immediate results from a VI peel. After your first treatment, your skin will need several days to recover from the treatment, so you may not see initial results until at least seven to 10 days after your appointment. As you receive additional treatments, you will notice that your skin concerns gradually improve.
You will notice better results from your treatment if you protect your skin from sun exposure in the weeks following your appointment. By wearing sunscreen every day, you can prevent hyperpigmentation and sun damage. You can also use good skincare habits and quality skincare products to prolong your results.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Generally, anyone who has superficial skin concerns and would like to use a non-invasive treatment is a good candidate for a VI peel. Your skin must be relatively healthy to use this treatment. You can use this facial even if you have moderate to severe skin concerns, or if you are using other treatments such as dermal fillers and neurotoxins.
Who Should Not Use a VI Peel?
If you are prone to cold sores and fever blisters, you may not be a good match for this treatment. However, sometimes your doctor can prescribe you an anti-viral medication before your appointment so that you can use a VI peel. Please discuss using this strategy with your PCP and aesthetic expert during your consultation.
You should not use a VI peel if you are currently breastfeeding or pregnant. People with certain immune disorders and drug allergies are also not eligible candidates. If you have used Accutane, chemotherapy, or radiation in the last six months, you should delay your treatment.
Enhance and Refine Your Skin With VI Peels
A VI peel is a gentler version of a traditional chemical peel that uses a variety of ingredients to address multiple superficial concerns at once. If you think a VI chemical peel is a good match for your aesthetic goals, contact us at CAS MEDISPA in Bloomington, IN to schedule a consultation.