IMPORTANT: This is a service that is performed at our clinic, by professionals only. It is not a product that you take home!
What is a Vivier® peel?
A Vivier® peel is a very mild option for a chemical peel. It’s not as mild as a laser peel, but it’s not as strong as the Jessner peel, either. It is a flagship product of the Vivier® brand, which makes other chemical peel formulas, like the popular Jessner peel.
It contains the following ingredients, at their noted concentrations:
- Lactic acid at 10% – this for adding moisture to the skin through an AHA.
- Salicylic acid at 2% – this is generally the same concentration found in over-the-counter acne medications, for a milder treatment to get rid of ‘guck’ in clogged pores.
- Resorcinol at 14% – this is the stronger chemical mentioned above. It’s not only an antibacterial agent, it also breaks down hardened skin cells for better exfoliation.
The Vivier® peel also contains patented peptides for rejuvenation effects, and panthenol for moisture and healing properties.
Because of its mildness, the Vivier® peel is a preferred option for those looking to boost their skin without extensive downtime. For example, if you have a big event coming up, and don’t want to risk residual redness or flakiness from a Jessner peel, a Vivier® peel is a good alternative. Though, we’d still recommend planning for at least a week of healing time.
What is a chemical peel?
Liquid-based, chemical peels give a fresher, younger appearance to the face, hands, neck and other parts of the body. They help to clear up signs of aging, sun damage (like brown spots) and acne scars. While the use of acidic substances to deeply exfoliate the skin is not a new concept, these days we have newer techniques and technologies to offer safe, yet effective, chemical peels.
Chemical peels vary by strength, and by the types of formulas used. Some can be as moderate as over-the-counter solutions, available at cosmetic stores. Medium and deep chemical peels are usually done in professional settings, such as a medspa or physician’s office. However, the latter (deep peels) are usually performed by lasers nowadays. This is to avoid complications historically associated with these types of high-concentration, skin peeling methods.
At our skin care and beauty clinic, we offer medium-strength chemical peels in Surrey, while still being able to offer ablative, fractional and non-fractional laser peels – all in a physician-directed environment.
If you’re interested in a chemical peel to solve your skin concerns, we are here to help!
What are the steps of a professional, chemical peel?
Before the procedure, your skin will be cleansed, to remove oils that can interfere with the acid penetration. We will carefully prepare and apply the acidic formula to your skin using a fan-shaped brush – either partially or fully, depending on your needs. Some solutions can only be used on the face, while others can be used on the hands, neck, or other areas.
The treatment may cause you to feel a stinging or slight burning sensation. This is normal. Typically, no anesthetic is needed. However, if you feel you need it, you are welcome to take an over-the-counter painkiller before or after the procedure.
We will allow the chemicals to sit on your face for a period of time (depending on the goal you want to achieve, and the strength of the solution). Then, the acid will be neutralized with a wipe of water.
Afterwards, we use a special cream to reduce the ‘heat’ sensation of the stinging, if any. We may also fan your face to help cool it down.
The procedure is completed within 45 – 60 minutes. You will be red, and maybe even swollen after the procedure. So, it is not something you want to undergo if you are heading to an appointment, event or any place you don’t want to appear red and swollen! Plus, you may want to relax or keep fanning the area at home, to help subside the stinging sensation.