Following a major breakout around my jaw that refused to clear up no matter how many topical lotions and creams I smeared on, I decided to opt for a stronger solution. A few “how to get rid of acne” Google searches led me to chemical peels—a treatment where a chemical is spread evenly across the skin, creating micro-damage, and causing old skin to peel and blister off, and in turn stimulate collagen production that allows new tissue to grow. The treatment that specifically caught my attention was the VI peel, which was developed by Dr. Kalil to help his daughter get rid of acne. The main difference between the VI peel and other chemical peels is that it offers an anesthetic to lower the discomfort and pain during the procedure.
The VI peel is a medium-grade peel performed by a licensed professional that helps to lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and acne scarring as well as promotes an even skin tone. The VI peel includes a blend of TCA’s, retin-a, phenol, salicylic acid, and vitamin c. TCA relieves skin of surface wrinkles and blemishes; while retin-a and phenol are a proven remedy to wrinkles; salicylic acid is an exfoliant; and vitamin c boosts collagen and battles hyperpigmentation.
The team behind the VI peel claim that it is safe for every skin type, and requires little down time. This may be because the blend of ingredients lessens the severity of the harsher individual ingredients (phenol) found in the peel. TCA and retin-a peels are relatively mild, whereas phenol tends to be harsh, carrying with it side effects such as permanent sun-sensitivity and hyperpigmentation. However, the after-effects of a phenol peel are more dramatic and can last several years.