What Makes VI Chemical Peels Unique?

One of the most amazing things about the skin is that it constantly renews itself. According to Everyday Health, the epidermis of the skin, which is its outermost layer, regenerates every 28 days, meaning it naturally exfoliates by itself without the need for any product. But if you need additional exfoliation, products like scrubs, acids, and serums usually do the job, and you can apply them to your skin from the comfort of your own home.

For maximum results, you can also enlist the help of professionals for a more thorough exfoliation. More often than not, this involves intensive facials and chemical peels. If you have extra sensitive skin, you may be put off by the fact that peels are more invasive than over-the-counter skin care products. But the good news is that there are different kinds of peels that cater to a variety of skin types. They offer similar results as well, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin tone, and fighting against acne.

If you think that your skin needs even more work, however, there are certain kinds of peels that promise to get into the nitty gritty without being too harsh on your complexion. One of them happens to be the VI peel.

What is a VI chemical peel and how does it work?

Developed by the Vitality Institute, the VI chemical peel is a powerful chemical peel engineered to treat acne and scarring, tackle blemishes like fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, reduce hyperpigmentation, improve the skin's texture, and more. Per the makerĀ itself, it also offers rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits.

Perhaps the main draw of the VI chemical peel is it's considerably gentler compared to other chemical peels, making it great for those who are new to peels but still want to reap the benefits they offer. Dermatologist Dr. Tapan Patel also tells Byrdie that it doesn't sting or burn as much, and apparently, it doesn't focus on the act of peeling. "The VI Peel is less about actually making the skin peel and more about infusing it with ingredients that will have beneficial effects," he explains. In fact, it's so gentle that it can be used on other parts of the body, including your chest, back, hands, and even your eyelids.

It's also worth mentioning that the VI chemical peel is a medium-depth chemical peel, meaning it goes beyond the skin's epidermis. In line with this, recovery can take up to five days, while noticeable results can be achieved in as little as seven days.

The effects of a VI chemical peel on the skin

The VI chemical peel features a proprietary blend of ingredients that work together to address a wide range of skin concerns. Per Healthline, it's comprised of trichloroacetic acid or TCA, phenol, salicylic acid, vitamin C, and tretinoin. This specific concoction penetrates the skin to treat multiple skin issues simultaneously, including discoloration, enlarged pores, fine lines, rough texture, and Keratosis Pilaris.

There are different types of VI peels, and what works best for your skin hinges on your unique concerns. Your dermatologist can help you decide on the proper treatment, but ultimately, plastic surgeon Dr. Melissa Doft tellsĀ Brides that all versions help "improve the tone, texture, and clarity of the skin while reducing age spots, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation," as well as "soften fine lines and acne scars while stimulating collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin."

If you want maximum impact without experiencing much pain and going through the hassle of too long of downtime, the VI chemical is a solid option. At around $400 to $500 per session, it's on the pricier side, but the results you'll be getting make it worth every penny.