The Potential Risks and Complications of Vi Peel

Vi Peel is a superficial peel that is used to revitalize the facial skin. Vi Peel is made of Phenol acid, Retinoic acid, Salicylic acid and vitamin C. This is a painless and minimal time consuming peel; it can be performed to improve the tone, clarity and texture of facial skin. It is also effective in reducing the freckles, hyper-pigmentation and acne spots. This peel can be used on the skin of your face, neck, chest and hand regions. Just like other chemical peels, this peel also is associated with certain risks and complications.

Burns and Scarring

Burns, ulceration and scarring is rare after having a Vi Peel. However, it is one of the potential risks following this treatment. Scarring and pain may get aggravated with exposure to sun within first few days. Hence, you are advised to wear sunscreen always after this peel. People who have keloidal scarring or those who take additional dosages of vitamin B5 are found to have an increased risk of scarring after this Vi Peel.

Changes in Skin Tone

You may experience permanent or temporary changes in your skin and may get an uneven tone because of this Vi Peel. You may notice hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation is more common if your skin is of darker color. Inflammation and exposure to sun may also increase the hyper-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation can be cured with the help of bleaching techniques and steroid cream, but hypo-pigmentation is difficult to be corrected.


Though it is uncommon, Vi Peel can cause an infection on your skin, especially when it is picked or peeled manually. It can worsen the problems of acne and result in folliculitis. Due to such infections, you will tend to develop more noticeable large cysts and pustules.

Cold Sores

If you have a history of recurring cold sores and blisters, like that of shingles and herpes, then you are more likely to suffer from cold sores soon after a Vi Peel. You may have to take in anti-viral drugs before and after the peel to reduce its virulence.

Allergic Reaction

People with sensitive skin may develop allergic response after this peel in rare circumstances. It is advisable to inform the dermatologist or the performer of the peel about your allergic reactions so that adverse reactions may be avoided.

Other Risks and Complications

Those with a family history of heart disease should observe more precautions while using this Vi Peel. If you have used Accutane during a year period, it is advisable not to go for Vi Peel as it may increase the chances of excessive scarring. If you have had radioactive or chemo therapy in recent times, Vi Peel can increase your risks and complications. It is not wise to go for this peel when you have other medical conditions like keloid scarring, active Herpes Simplex, warts, or sunburnt or wind-burnt skin.

This peel is also not suitable for lactating women or women in their gestation. Even people who have undergone any facial surgery or facial trauma should avoid this peel.

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