Chemical peels are one of the most effective cosmetic treatments for improving the texture and appearance of the facial skin. The treatment works by causing the skin to shed, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin beneath. They also contain ingredients that stimulate the growth of new cells, which results in a softer, brighter and more attractive appearance.
There are many different types of chemical peels, but one of the most popular brands is known as the VI Peel®. The VI peel® chemical peel is a very popular and virtually painless peel that comes in various types in order to treat a range of different skin issues.
Types of VI Peel®
There are multiple different types of VI Peel® available which enables you to find the variety that best suits your skin and the issues that you are hoping to address using this treatment.
VI Peel® - used to improve the appearance of aging skin
VI Peel® with Precision – a chemical peel designed for advanced aging skin
VI Peel® with Precision Plus – a peel that has all of the great benefits of the standard VI PeelÒ but that is also designed to address sunspots and pigmented skin.
VI Peel® Purify – designed specifically to calm and treat acne-prone skin.
VI Peel® Purify with Precision Plus – A peel that addresses both acne scarring and skin damage.
If you are undergoing a VI Peel® you will need to take special care of your skin following your treatment. Here are our top post-VI Peel® care tips.
Leave the peel on as instructed
All VI Peel® treatments should be kept on for at least 4 hours unless irritation occurs. If irritation occurs, you should remove the peel right away and consult with our team. Do not apply anything on top of the skin for at least 4 hours, including sunscreen. After this time, you can remove the peel and cleanse your skin with water. Then thoroughly dry your skin and use the post-peel towelette provided.
Use subsequent after peel towelettes as directed
The post-peel towelettes are designed to be rubbed all over the peeled areas, particularly the parts of your face that you consider to be most problematic. In these areas, use the towelettes more vigorously.
Use your post-peel protectant as per the instructions
As the name suggests, this ointment is designed to protect your skin following your VI Peel®. In most instances, it is recommended to be applied 2 to 4 times each day. If you have any questions or concerns about using this, please speak with our team.
Take an antihistamine if needed
Some patients find that their skin feels incredibly itchy following a chemical peel. You can take antihistamine medication to help reduce the irritation. If you feel any further discomfort, you can also take over the counter pain medication.
Stay out of the sun
Whilst your skin is peeling you must avoid exposing your face to the sun since the layers beneath will be especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays. Once the peeling stage is complete, you can go back out into the sun, but you should be careful to wear sunscreen every day as your skin will still be sensitive to UV light.
In addition to avoiding the sun, you should also stay away from any heat sources that can trigger perspiration which can potentially lead to blistering. This blistering is not only painful, but can also increase your risk of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Use the right products on your skin following your treatment
The week after your peel you must use a gentle cleanser on your skin. VI has developed a range of products that are perfect for this, including the VI Derm Cleaner®. However, you can use other brands of products provided that they are extremely gentle on your fresh, new skin.
Drink plenty of water
Water is the very best thing that you can drink following a VI Peel® or any other type of chemical peel. It will help hydrate your skin and boost the healing process so that you make an efficient and effective recovery from your treatment and obtain the best possible result.
For more information on VI Peel® chemical peels, or to discuss your suitability for this transformative treatment, please call our offices where our team will be happy to help.