Vi Chemical Peel: Was it Worth it? Yes, it was!
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Recently I visited Jenny at Sassi Skin in Phoenix, Arizona, for a VI Chemical Peel. Booking the appointment was really easy and she even offers a free 15 minute consultation if you want to visit in person before booking. I just went online to her website keepitsassi.com and booked it virtually. I paid $349 for my VI peel and the added lightening boost. Jenny was super sweet and amazing to work with. She sat down and answered all of my questions when I arrived at my appointment. She went into detail of what she was using on my face and was very informative.
If you don’t know what a VI Peel is, it’s a chemical treatment that initiates skin peeling on the face. It tackles many issues and is virtually painless. A few things a VI Peel can help with are: sun spots, acne scarring, breakouts, tone, and texture. To start, Jenny wiped my face with acetone -- this was probably the most uncomfortable part-- because of the smell. I plugged my nose and it was over very quickly. Next she applied a layer of the peel product, between each layer she waited about a minute to allow the skin to absorb it. The application process took less than 10 minutes and was painless!
The product does need to stay on for about 4 hours after the application, so I would recommend not making any plans immediately after as your face is a redish-orange tint. The first day I didn’t notice anything, besides my face turning a little red and slight itchiness. Jenny provided me with a post peel care kit that included cleanser, wipes, sunscreen, and anti-itch cream. The first night I followed the instructions exactly and went to bed. The next morning my face was virtually the same, besides a little redness. Throughout the process I applied sunscreen a few times a day and stayed out of the sun as my nurse recommended.
The second day is when you’re allowed to wear make-up, but I choose to avoid it to ensure the best results. They say peeling doesn’t typically set in for about 48 hours, but my began earlier than that. About 5 hours into day two, the skin around my mouth and chin began to peel. I also noticed a few white heads began to pop up. About 2 hours later the skin was in full peeling mode and hanging off my face. My nurse said I could trim the skin, but to never pull on it. She informed me that pulling on the skin can lead to issues or dark spots, because you are exposing skin that’s not ready yet.
By the third day, most of my face was peeling in thin layers, many were not as noticeable as the area around the mouth. On this day my face was still red, itchy, and also slightly burned. Jenny informed me that I am not allowed to workout during the peeling process, because the sweat can irritate the skin. I went for a short walk that day and definitely noticed my skin becoming more irritable because of the heat outside.
On the fourth day I would say a majority of the peeling was complete, besides the area around my mouth, which was peeling for a second time. The peeling was different from the first—it was very flakey and dry. The 4th and 5th day were definitely the most uncomfortable because the skin around my mouth was extremely chapped. Jenny told me I could apply coconut oil or a gentle moisturizer. At this point the cleanser had run out and I had to use my own. I purchased the Cetaphil brand, which is very gentle on the skin.
After the peel was complete I noticed that my skin looked so much brighter and youthful. A lot of my dark spots had lifted and my skin was glowing. I definitely would recommend a peel for anyone who wants better looking skin. It really felt like a reset button for my skin and was just what I needed!
If you’re looking to get a VI Peel in Phoenix, I would highly recommend visiting Jenny at Sassi Skin. Jenny was super helpful throughout all the stages of my peel. After I left my appointment she answered any questions I had through text and also had me send her photos to update her on my progress. I love how hands on Jenny was, it goes to show how much she really cares about her patients.