So you’ve heard about the VI Peel (and if you haven’t,
here) and you want to know if it’s the real deal or not.
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Both MacKenna, one of our
amazing Estheticians, and I just got a VI Chemical Peel together!
We thought it would be helpful to share our experiences and
opinions of the peel so you can decide if it’s right for you.
What is a Chemical Peel in general?
Chemical Peels are a skin resurfacing treatment in which a
chemical solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate the first few
top layers, revealing fresh skin. This process can improve tone,
texture, hyperpigmentation, acne, and aging skin. There are a
variety of strengths in which chemical peels come in, each with
different downtimes. Chemical Peels are amongst the most popular
non-invasive aesthetic procedure in the US.
What is a VI Peel?
While the name already has quite the reputation, for those of
you that don’t know, the VI Peel is one of the safest and most
effective chemical peels available. The peel is gentle enough that
it can treat delicate areas of the face such as underneath the
eyes, but also powerful enough to trigger the body’s natural
Collagen growth and Elastin production to continually improve the
appearance of your skin over several months. The treatment is
considered medium-depth, is virtually pain-free, safe for all ages,
skin types, ethnicities, and just as a bonus: the VI Aesthetics
company is cruelty-free!
Hey everyone! My name is MacKenna and I am one of the
estheticians here at ZONA. I’ve been in the industry for about
two years, and I’ve had my fair share of chemical peels. I have
never experienced one quite like the VI Peel, however! Please keep
in mind that everyone’s experience can and will be different with
I’ve suffered from acne my entire teenage life. I figured once
I entered the field of aesthetics, my skin would start looking
better. WRONG! I am not exaggerating when I say I’ve tried
everything- series of facials, light peels, hydrafacials, LED light
therapy, medical grade skincare… my skin wouldn’t budge. I knew
about the VI Peel, and I knew it would help. What deterred me? The
downtime. One full week of sheet peeling didn’t interest me. One
day, I finally caved and took the plunge.
Let me begin by saying, I HIGHLY recommend planning this peel
when you do NOT have social plans! I thought I could hide the fact
my face was falling off and boy was I wrong. Night one (Wednesday),
was bearable. I was incredibly itchy and tight, but nothing a
little Benadryl couldn’t fix. On day two, my skin was glowing and
I noticed my bigger breakouts were already starting to decrease in
size. Day three (Friday) was where the peeling began; first around
the mouth. My lower face was very tight and almost uncomfortable at
times, but that was to be expected. By the end of the day, the
peeling was starting to migrate to the outside of my face. I woke
up Saturday morning (day four) to sheets of my dead skin hanging
off my face. *it is totally okay to use new cuticle scissors to cut
the dead skin off.* As the day progressed, the peeling became more
severe. At one point, there wasn’t a part of my face that
wasn’t peeling! This was my itchiest day by far. I am a huge
picker, so it was hard to resist the urge to peel all the skin off.
Sunday and Monday were very mild days. Very superficial flaking and
my new skin was looking flawless.
Like I said before, I had not found anything to help with my
acne. I am really excited to share with you all that I do not have
a single bump on my skin, and my texture has never been so smooth.
If you can handle the downtime, and follow post-peel instructions
carefully, I would suggest anyone and everyone to do this peel.
Again, please keep in mind everyone’s experiences and outcomes
are going to be totally different! If you have any questions or
need someone to talk you into the procedure, you know where to find
For those of you who don’t know, my name is Jenn, I’ve been
working at ZONA for over 2 years and have become quite the skincare
junkie if I do say so myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m
knowledgeable about the treatments and skin care we offer here, but
by no means an expert. That being said, my experience with the VI
Peel was overall great! My goal for the peel was to get a good
exfoliation and have it lighten up the Rosacea on my cheeks.
Getting the VI Peel applied was surprisingly easy and pain-free.
Before I worked in this industry, I always pictured chemical peels
to be this really intense process, but it’s nothing of the sorts
(I promise). After 6 swipes of the peeling solution, my skin felt a
little spicy and my Rosacea had flared up (which was expected), and
then it was over. They sent me home with a post-care kit and I was
on my way.
The night of, I felt a little itchy. I took a Benadryl, applied
my anti-itch cream and that took care of that! Day 2 was uneventful
with only a tiny bit of flaking around my mouth. Day 3 is where my
peeling started, it was pretty significant and all around my mouth
area. Again, I had some slight itching but nothing too
uncomfortable. Day 4-6 was when I had the most peeling, especially
on day 6. I won’t lie, it’s hard not to peel off the skin. You
have to have some self-control. But the end result is so worth
To help make the downtime as easy as possible, I’m gonna let
you in on some pro-tips I learned from my own experience. First,
when you’re washing your face and you are at a heavy peeling
stage, you have to be careful. Wash downwards, using a patting
technique, instead of circular motions. This ensures that you
won’t prematurely peel the old skin. My second pro tip for you;
instead of trying to use a liquid sunscreen, it’s a lot easier to
use the ColoreScience Brush on sunscreen. Way less chance of
peeling your skin, and a lot quicker application! The last pro tip
for you comes from MacKenna, she found that coconut oil was way
more effective as an anti-itch solution than the anti-itch cream VI
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