Yes, they do – literally!
On Thursday, April 5th, I had my second ViPeel applied. It’s a great beauty service, and the results are super, but, as with all good things there is the “rub”.
If you’ve never had one, a ViPeel is a milder and more well-tolerated medical grade skin chemical peel, and it is done by a professional in a medical office or medi-spa.
The purpose is to stimulate the skin’s natural shedding and turnover process, so revealing fresher, softer and less environmentally damaged skin.
As a nice bonus, collagen and elastin production within the skin is also increased and so a more youthful plumpness and firmness can also be seen.
What is in the ViPeel?
The VI Peel consists of a unique blend of five acids, that other peels do not combine in the same way. There are different levels or strengths of this product, so you need to discuss what’s best for you with your skin care professional.
TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid for deeper skin layer penetration, scar healing, and collagen stimulation.
Retin-A – an acid derived from vitamin A to combat wrinkles and sagging skin.
Salicylic Acid – a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that acts as a mild exfoliant on the skin.
Phenol – has antiseptic and anesthetic properties and also boosts skin penetration of the product.
Vitamin C – ascorbic acid has antioxidant and mild exfoliation properties, and, also works in harmony with your body chemistry to stimulate collagen and firm the skin.
What to expect from your ViPeel.
The application takes a short time – less than 20 minutes. There are two steps to this process:
First, your skin (forehead to décolleté and/or ears (I don’t do my ears)) is prepped with an acetone cleansing. Simply, acetone wipes are used directly on the skin. The worst part of this is the odor. Your technician should let you use a hand-held fan to help with that.
Second, the ViPeel is applied using a brush. This can sting a bit, but it’s not terribly uncomfortable. When it comes to beauty, more so than fitness, the phrase “no pain no gain” is very true.
You can opt for certain areas of the face only, such as around the eyes, or, do it all, which is what I do, except for the ears, which I don’t feel I need at this point in time.
Turn into a real itch for a week.
Yup. That’s the size of it. You will itch like crazy, your skin will go through a cracking stage, and then somewhere between day 3 and 7, you’ll see peeling.
Depending on your sensitivity, and all the other individual factors such as sun damage, your skin may flake a bit, or, peel a lot. So, it’s best to discuss the procedure and what to expect with your skin care professional before diving in.
How to help with the itching and possible burning.
My skin mainly itches, with a very mild burning or “hot” feeling. I find that of all the possible remedies I’ve learned about, splashing cool water on my skin followed by Aquaphor Baby formula works the best by far. it helps with the itching, but, keep in mind that it is brought to a tolerable level without completely stopping it.
Also keep in mind that you should see these reactions. That’s what a chemical peel is all about. Obviously, a severe reactions or concerns should be treated immediately by a medical professional.
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Where I go – I get my ViPeels, injectables, lash extensions and permanent brow makeup at the Oasis MedSpa in Stuart, Fl.
I took this selfie on Day 4 of my ViPeel (April 9th). I have a good coat of Aquaphor on my skin, and so far peeling and flaking is at a minimum. Itching gets intense though so I expect the peeling to be happening by week’s end.