The VI Peel
A HISTORY OF CHEMICAL PEELS
Skin resurfacing for beauty has been in use for thousands of years. In Babylonia and India, pumice stones were used to exfoliate skin. In the Middle Ages, the first chemical peels were performed when lime, mustard, or sulfur-soaked cloths were applied to rejuvenate the skin. Gypsies were the first group to use phenol for deep chemical peels and are known to have secretly passed their peel recipes down for generations. Turks exfoliated their skin by singing it with fire. Egyptians – lovers of beauty – are recorded in early papyruses documents to have used acids and balms for chemical peeling. Greeks and Romans used soured milk, fermented grape juice, and lemon extract for skin clarification.
In the second half of the 19th century, the founder of the Vienna School of Dermatology introduced the first medical chemical peel. Dr. Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra used exfoliative agents, like phenol, croton oil and nitric acid cautiously in various combinations to treat freckles and skin irregularities.
A chemical peel is a technique used to smooth skin texture, level scarring and even-out skin discolorations by removing the outermost layers of the skin. To accomplish this, the chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin. The resultant wound healing processes regenerate new tissue, and the damaged skin peels off. The new revitalized skin is smoother, less wrinkled, and more even colored.
Today, chemical peels are an indispensable part of most aesthetic practices, and the chemicals used are frequently derived from natural ingredients. Often a blend of many are utilized.
Light chemical peels employ fruit acids from grapes, apples, or lemons and these are known as alpha hydroxy acids. Salicylic acid, found in wintergreen, is a beta hydroxy acid, which is useful in peels for acneic skin.
Medium-depth peels normally include Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and are used to correct moderate sun damage.
Deep peels are produced with Phenol, the strongest of the chemical solutions. Phenol peels are used to treat coarse facial wrinkles, areas of severely sun-damaged skin or pre-cancerous growths. A full-face pure Phenol peel requires general anesthesia, cardiac monitoring and creates significant skin peeling.
THE VI PEEL
The VI Peel is a medium depth medical grade chemical peel. It includes a blend of five acids which act synergistically: TCA, Phenol, Retinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). It comes in six different formulations to address different skin issues and yields superior results for many skin conditions: Acne, Acne scarring, Mild Rosacea, Hyper-pigmentation, Melasma, Rough, Dry Skin and Pore Reduction. VI Peel also has a peel designed specifically for the body and almost any area of the body is amenable for treatment. Best of all though is that a VI Peel is safe for all skin types.
The process of VI Peel involves cleansing the skin and employing an acetone scrub to thoroughly remove oil. The peel solution is then applied in several layers. Any initial mild stinging sensation is reduced with use of a fan. The solution is left on the skin for a minimum of six hours. A post-peel kit including two post-peel towelettes, cleanser, moisturizer, sun block and instructions are sent home with the patient. Excessive sweating, sauna use, or heavy exercise is to be avoided during the peel process. Skin peeling normally begins on day 3 – 6 and healing is usually uneventful.
When VI Peel is performed in a series, the skin becomes brighter, more even-toned, smoother and tighter. Additionally, peels can allow your current skin care products to be better absorbed thereby boosting results.
Unique to the VI Peel is the combination of this peel with Botox. The peel is performed first and is followed by the administration of Botox on the same day. The results are synergistic with both being enhanced with this combination. There are 60% less wrinkles at 30 days, a 70% improvement in skin tone and 59% less pigmentation.