On Monday February 11, 2013 I called Hulya's to inquire about the Vi Peel. I am of Caribbean decent and have what would be considered African-American skin. I suffered from hyperpigmentation for many years due to acne scarring. Hulya invited me in for a consultation and ended up performing an intense pore extraction, which was then followed with the Vi Peel.
My understanding of the Vi Peel was that the only discomfort to be expected was when the solution was applied and to expect plenty of peeling/shedding. I was upsold the Obagi deep cleanser and given the Vi Peel spf 55 and post peel protectant. There was no instruction on how to apply the cleanser, or if I should use it at all during the peeling process.
I went to work that evening, covering the solution as instructed with makeup so as to not scare my clients. The solution was left of my face from 1:00pm to roughly 10:00pm, which was in line with the recommended 4 or more hours. [continued below]....
On Day 2 my skin started to look leathery as it should since the old was shed in a few days. I did not wash my face that morning and applied the Post Peel Protectant as well as some of the Sun Protectant to keep my skin somewhat moisturized. That evening I showered as usual and gently washed my face with the Obagi cleanser, I didn't want the skin to peel prematurely so I washed it just enough to not feel the Sun Protectant anymore before bed. I patted my skin dry and used the included towelette, which burned and caused my face to itch.
On Day 3 my skin really started to crack and shed in some places. I did not wash my face that morning either and applied the Post Peel Protectant, which burned and caused my face to itch instead of sooth it as stated in the packet. That evening I trimmed some of the hanging skin with sterile scissors. I also showered and used the Obagi cleanser, this time ALL the loose skin came off, which was strange to me since I had read that major shedding was to happen Day 4, 5, and 6. When I stepped out the shower, to my dismay there were areas of my skin that looked raw and pinkish like chemical burns. Most of what I read about the Vi Peel online said that chemical burns were virtually impossible with this peel.
This is where my experience turned hellish. My skin burned and itched the entire night, I was up for more than 24 hours straight. I tried the Post Peel Protectant, that burned. I tried the Sun Protectant, that burned. I rinsed my face off and tried Vaseline, that helped for 5 minutes and my skin went back to feeling like fire ants were biting my entire body. I rinsed that off and left my face with whatever residue I couldn't get, I fell asleep at 7am only to wake back up at 11am.
Day 4 I pulled on some clothes and headed straight over to Hulya's. I was scorned for "forcing the skin" and washing my face. The instructions on the included pamphlet said:
" Day 3. On day three follow the instructions given by your provider. The included VI Derm Post Peel Protectant (moisturizer) and VI Derm SPF 55 may be used as often as desired. Apply a light layer of the VI Derm Post Peel Protectant (Moisturizer) at least twice a day. It is also very important to use the VI Derm SPF 55 liberally once skin begins to peel. You will begin to peel on the third day. The peeling is accurately described as a sloughing off of the skin. When washing treated areas morning and night, old skin will slough off. WASH AND PAT DRY. Do not scrub or pull at the skin. Use the VI Derm Post Peel Protectant (Moisturizer) as often as necessary for comfort or to hide any sloughing of the skin. Refrain from picking at the skin so redness, irritation and hyperpigmentation do not occur."
When I complained about the burning and itching I was told to lather my face with Neosporin for the rest of the day and the day after. This advice was given after I decided to just show up to the office since the receptionist told me she'd call me back and never did. I also called about an hour ago to report the incessant itching and my call wasn't answered.
This is still Day 4 and my disappointment with the conflicting information in the pamphlet and the directions of the Doctor along with the INTENSE discomfort I'm experiencing right now as I write this is what led to a 3 star rating.
The Vi Peel should not be advertised as a milder peel. The Doctors should be more involved and available for questions/progress.
I would've been open to the another peel if there was a more immediate solution to the itching/discomfort.
It is now February 24th, a week and some days after my Vi Peel and my skin has broken out into a weird rash/face full of white heads. Hulya sold me hydroquinone and RetinA only to tell me after the purchase was made that I can't use anything of my face until this inflammation has subsided. $177 by the way. I have been advised to cover my face in Neosporin yet again and these bumps are not going anywhere. Unfortunately, I did not learn of Yelp's filter feature until today otherwise I would have NEVER let her touch my face.
Much like another reviewer, I had to call the office multiple times, only to resort to just showing up in order to get some feedback on what was happening with my skin. She also performed a VERY aggressive pore extraction before the Vi Peel, which I've learned is not a good practice.
I just wanted to clear up my hyperpigmentation and follow a simple skin care regimen, not have my pocketbook raped and my skin destroyed.