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VI Peel - Effective for Reducing Sun Damage - San Diego, CA

NOTE: I am not recommending that you try this at...

NOTE: I am not recommending that you try this at home - especially if you have not had peels before.

I have had mild (glycolic) to mid-level (salicylic) peels done professionally and now I do them myself at home. The result I was looking for was clearer, smoother skin.

My goal is to not have to wear makeup - or at least minimal makeup.

VI PEEL: This is a peel that is cocktail of acids and vitamins including phenol, TCA, and Retin A and C. According to Dr. Kalil - each acid has "a different mode of action" thereby forcing the skin to renew itself.

I have a pretty good tolerance for pain and the initial application didn't hurt. It's self-neutralizing and you leave it on 4-5 hours. Before you go to bed, you are supposed to use the Vitamin A towelette - but I couldn't do it because it was to sore. I did the vitamin A wipe the day after instead of in the evening like the instructions say.

My face was very red and very tight. It felt sunburned for about 3 days. I administered the peel on a Wednesday night, was able to go into the office on Thursday - but would have preferred to stay home. I took Friday off and then stayed home for the entire weekend. It definitely was not pretty!

I started peeling after about 2 days and peeled for about 5 more days before I stopped flaking completely - so a little over 7 days total.

It took about a week-and-a-half for everything to settle down and by about 2 weeks my skin looked like porcelain. I would say that it lightened my skin a bit...

SUMMARY: I really like the results of the first VI Peel. The trade-off is that you'll have a couple of days of downtime. For me, it was worth it and I used my downtime to focus on relaxing, reading and all the stuff I never take the time to do.

I would say that after the first peel this treatment is effective reducing sun damage.


I've had a TCA peel professionally 5 years ago and 2 ViPeels professionally over the last year. I purchased a peel online as well and did it myself- if you're familiar with peels it is very easy I thought. There are video instructions online. There is downtime though-
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I got it on eBay.
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Thanks for sharing your experience. Out of curiosity, is there a home version of the Vi Peel or do you get it through a physician somehow?
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My skin looked good for a while (like a few...

My skin looked good for a while (like a few weeks), but not for long enough to warrant the pain.

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Self-Administered: I do not recommend that you administer this peel yourself - especially if you have not had peels before.

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