General FAQs

I Found A VI Peel Product Online For Sale. Can I Buy This And Apply The Peel Myself?

All VI Peel products are medical in-office treatments and need to be applied by a trained VI provider. If you find a VI Peel product for sale online, it is likely through an unauthorized retailer that is not a credible VI Peel source, and therefore may not be safe to use. For more information, read about our Anti-Diversion policy statement here.

How Do I Know Which VI Peel To Get?

We have 6 different VI Peel formulas (5 for the face and 1 for the body) that target your unique skin issues and goals. Your healthcare provider can recommend the peel that is right for you. To find a trusted practitioner, visit our practice finder here. You can also take our short skincare quiz to get started, here.

What VI Derm Skincare Products Should I Get After Getting A VI Peel To Help Maintain My Results?

All our clinical-grade VI Derm skincare products are created with healthy skin maintenance in mind, and all products are safe and effective for all skin types and tones. To get started, take our skin care quiz to find out which products are best suited for your skin. You can find our skincare quiz here. Looking for prescription VI Derm skincare products? Visit our practice finder to book an appointment with one of our trusted practitioners. Simply check “VI Derm Skincare” under the filter location section to find a provider that carries VI Derm near you.

Is The VI Peel Safe For Darker Skin?

Yes! ALL VI Peel treatments are safe and effective for ALL skin tones. Inclusivity is central to our brand and mission, and all Vitality Institute products are created for and with skin of color in mind.

How Many Peels Do I Need To Start Seeing Results?

Everyone’s skin is a little different, and the number of peels needed for desired results varies from person to person, and from skin condition to skin condition. While just a single peel will achieve significant skin rejuvenation (think less pigment, smoother skin texture, and brighter, glowier skin overall), in general, we recommend a series of 3-6 peels for optimal results. Make sure to consult with your healthcare professional to find a VI Peel treatment frequency that’s right for you.

What Will I Look Like Right After The Peel?

Immediately after the peel, your skin may look slightly tan and glowy. You will not look much different and should be okay going about your regular daily routine.

Who Can NOT Get The VI Peel?

Generally, the VI Peel is a safe and effective treatment for most. However, there are a few contraindications that disqualify you from receiving the VI Peel. Please note that the below list is not an extensive list, and we always recommend you consult your healthcare professional before starting any new skincare regimen or treatment.

• Those who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding
• Those who have an aspirin, hydroquinone, or phenol allergy
• Those who have used oral isotretinoin (Accutane) within the past 6 months
• Those who have active cold sores, warts, open wounds, or history of herpes simplex
• Those who are undergoing chemotherapy and or radiation therapy within 6 months Those with a history of an autoimmune (i.e. Lupus) or liver disease/disorder, as well as, any condition that may weaken their immune system

Does The VI Peel Burn?

The VI Peel does not burn! You may experience slight warmness and tingling in the beginning, but this should quickly subside. Besides the warmness and tingling, VI Peel treatments are virtually painless.

Eyebrow Threading Before Or After A VI Peel?

Eyebrow threading can be done 10-14 days before or after a VI Peel treatment. We allow this time frame for the skin to heal and prevent irritation.

How Many Times A Year Can I Have A VI Peel?

If a series is recommended, the VI Peel is suitable to receive every 4-6 weeks as directed by your Practitioner. Your Practitioner will be able to create your own unique skincare plan for your skincare needs. You can also have the VI Peels quarterly/seasonally and receive 4 peels a year for the maintenance of healthy skin.

Can I Get A VI Peel If I Have Microbladed Eyebrows?

Yes, the practitioner just needs to apply a barrier ointment to avoid lifting the pigment. The VI Peel can be done 10-14 days after new microblading, or when the skin has fully healed.

When Can I Get My Next Facial, Botox, Waxing, IPL, Etc?

Most treatments are safe for your skin after 4 weeks, but contact your practitioner for exact time frames.

What Should I Do If I Am Concerned About The Healing Process?

Please contact your practitioner.

Can The VI Peel Make Me Breakout Or Purge?

Purging or experiencing mild acne breakouts after getting a VI Peel is completely normal. This type of acne purging can happen after any exfoliating treatment, as the treatment increases cellular turnover, not only lifting dead skin cells but also allowing for any congestion that is trapped beneath the skin to come to the surface. It's important to remember that your acne may seem to get worse before getting better, and you may need multiple VI Peel treatments to resolve your acne. Purging of the skin will reduce with subsequent peels as congested pores become cleared. In between treatments, we recommend using products that help further increase cellular turnover, like VI Derm Retinol Age-Defying Treatment Moisturizer.

Can you get a VI Peel if you have Eczema?

VI Peel treatments are typically not recommended for patients with Eczema. We recommend that you discuss your personal case with your practitioner.

Peeling FAQs

How Long Will I Peel?

In general, you can expect to start peeling on or around day three and peel for about three to four days afterward. Each person’s peeling experience is a little different, and some may peel for more or fewer days, depending on the condition of the skin. If this is your first VI Peel, it’s also normal to peel for a longer period of time.

Why Am I Not Peeling? Is This Normal?

There are many reasons why you may not see the peeling. Even if you can’t see something with the naked eye, the VI Peel is still working for you and exfoliating at the cellular level to brighten and improve your skin’s appearance. If you have further questions or concerns, we highly recommend you return to your Practitioner.

Can I Peel The Skin That Is Hanging During The Peeling Process?

Do not pull back on the skin that is shedding. It is recommended to use a clean, small cuticle scissor to trim the exfoliating skin. You can also wash the face very gently to help remove the hanging skin but be sure to not rub excessively. If washing the face multiple times a day, be sure to add moisture back to the skin by applying the Post Treatment Repair Cream (or Aquaphor if very dry). Don’t forget to use the VI Derm SPF 50+ to protect the skin during and after the exfoliation process.

Post Peel Care FAQs

When Can I Wear Makeup After A VI Peel?

After the VI Peel solution is applied to the skin, no makeup or any topical products can be applied for the first 4 hours, including sunscreen! At the 4 hour mark, you can apply makeup after you've completed the "Four Hour Post Treatment" steps.

Can I Use My Own Skincare While Peeling?

We advise against using your regular moisturizers on the skin for the full exfoliation process, as it may have alcohol content or other ingredients that we do not want to damage the skin as it is preparing for peeling and shedding. We recommend that you stick to the products in your post-care kit only for a full week.

When Can I Work Out After A VI Peel?

You should refrain from exercising for 72-96 hours after receiving the VI Peel to prevent any blistering in the skin or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). If prone to PIH or with pigment damage/melasma it is suggested to refrain for the entire 7-day peeling process so as not to induce heat or inflammation in the skin that can lead to further damage.

The Post Treatment Repair Cream Stings! What Should I Do?

Some stinging is common as your new skin is sensitive. If stinging is excessive, contact your practitioner for an alternative therapy.

When Can I Go In The Sun?

You want to avoid direct and extreme sun exposure for the first 7 days. Make sure you’re applying your VI Derm SPF 50 Sunscreen (provided in your Aftercare Kit) every morning. Also note that lifestyle sun exposure, like running errands, going for a walk, walking your dog, grabbing coffee, and driving, are all fine, as long as you are protecting your skin from the sun by wearing SPF and wearing a hat.

Can I Cleanse My Face In The Shower During The Post-Peel Process?

No, before showering, use cool water to gently cleanse your face with the VI Derm Cleanser using your fingertips. Avoid exfoliating, rubbing, pulling, or peeling your skin.

Can I Swim After A VI Peel?

We do not recommend swimming for 7-10 days because the chlorine and chemicals in the pool can irritate the skin.

When Can I Shave?

You can shave once the peeling process has completed (About 7 days after you receive your VI Peel treatment).

Can I Use My LED Light After The VI Peel?

It is recommended to avoid LED light for the first 7 Days after your VI Peel. LED can be used once your skin has completely recovered from your VI Peel.

I'm Still Having Some Dry Skin After Day 7 Post-Peel, What Should I Do?

If you're still experiencing dryness and flakiness 7 days after your VI Peel treatment, we recommend you use a hydrating moisturizer to help alleviate dryness, like CeraVe or Cetaphil moisturizer available at your local drug store.

How soon after receiving a peel can you go in the ocean?

You would need to wait until the peeling is completely done before going into the ocean, but ultimately, we recommend you reach out to your practitioner to confirm when you can swim in the ocean. Since your skin will be fresh and exfoliated, it's best to refer to your practitioner’s advice.

How soon after the peel can you drink alcohol?

You are more than welcome to drink alcohol during your VI Peel treatment but remember to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.

Do you apply Post Treatment Repair Cream and SPF on peeled areas only?

A layer of the Post Treatment Repair Cream and SPF 50 should be applied evenly on the entire face.

Post-Peel Towelette FAQs

I Started Peeling On Day 2 Before I Finished My Post Peel Towelettes. Do I Still Need To Apply My Towelettes?

Yes, you would still apply your post peel towelettes as instructed, except you would avoid the areas that have already peeled. For example, most people start peeling around their mouth. If the area around your mouth is peeling, simply apply your post peel towelette everywhere except around your mouth.

I Forgot To Apply My Post-Peel Towelette! / I Accidentally Used The Post-Peel Towelettes In The Wrong Order! Did I Ruin My Peel?

Don’t panic! You did not ruin your peel. The main goal of the post peel towelettes is to help speed up the peeling process, as well as maximize your results from the peel. Our main goal is for you to apply all the towelettes provided within 48 hours of receiving the VI Peel. Forgot to apply your first post peel towelette 4 hours after your treatment? No worries! Simply apply your first post peel towelette on night one, then shift your night one instruction to the morning after. Used the towelettes in the wrong order (only for Purify, Precision Plus, & Purify with Precision Plus peels)? No worries! Simply use what you have left during your next post peel towelette application. For example, if you used your Purify towelette before your Precision Plus towelette, it is okay. Just wait the full 20 minutes before applying the Precision Plus towelette.

What’s The Purpose Of The Post-Peel Towelettes? Do I Really Need To Use Them?

Yes! Not only do the post-peel towelettes provide more acne, pigment, and age fighting ingredients; they are also designed to help speed up the cell turnover process, helping your skin to peel faster and peel more, maximizing the results you may get from the VI Peel. Because the towelettes help your skin peel faster, they are also helping to minimize your downtime, speeding up the time from peel application to glowing skin results. If you skip the towelettes, your peeling process may be prolonged or minimized.

I Received My VI Peel In The Evening. Would I Still Apply 2 Sets Of Post-Peel Towelettes On Day 1?

If you received your VI Peel in the evening, you would still apply your first Post Peel Towelette four hours after the treatment - this will likely be right before bed. Then, move your night one instructions to the next morning (day two). When you wake up on day two, follow the instructions from night one, then follow with a layer of SPF 50+ from the kit. After this, you can resume your post-peel aftercare & towelettes normally, as night two instructions state.

Post VI Peel Effect FAQs

My Skin Gets So Dry After A VI Peel In The Winter. What Can I Do?

Even on skin that may be normally oily, winter can often result in dryer skin during the post peel process. When experiencing these types of side effects, it is always best to consult with your healthcare provider to find a solution that works best for your skin. We typically recommend using a gentle hydrating cleanser, like the VI Derm Gentle Purifying Cleanser or Cetaphil, and using an occlusive balm like Aquaphor in addition to the Post Treatment Repair Cream (included in your Aftercare Kit). Don’t forget to drink lots of water!

I’m Experiencing Severe Itching! What Do I Do?

Some itching during the peeling process is completely normal, and some may experience greater itchiness than others, particularly in the evening. This is also normal. Itchiness is also typically seen more frequently in dry or mature skin types. When itchiness occurs, apply a thin layer of the Post Treatment Repair Cream provided in your kit as needed. If you feel the Post Treatment Repair Cream is not helping, consult your practitioner. They may recommend you upgrade to a stronger hydrocortisone cream, which requires a prescription.

It’s My First Night And I'm Itchy! Is This Normal?

Yes, it is normal to experience itching on the first night of your VI Peel treatment. You may apply the Post Treatment Repair anti-itch Cream to your skin throughout the night. Avoid scratching your skin. You may take an over-the-counter antihistamine blocker if recommended by your provider.

What Can I Do About Redness Or Chapped Skin?

Redness and dryness are signs that your skin needs a gentle and soothing moisturizer or balm. In addition to the Post Treatment Repair Cream, you can also include Aquaphor to help heal the irritated skin. Aquaphor is a barrier ointment and does not replace the need for the Post Treatment Repair Cream. It is always best to contact your practitioner and allow them to assess your skin needs.

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