Cassie Lane Aesthetics offers VI Chemical Facial Peels

Patients with imperfections on the skin, such as the early signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, or acne and acne scars, often approach our team at Cassie Lane Aesthetics in Richmond, Virginia, to learn how to address these concerns. Cassie Lane is a Nurse Practitioner who can evaluate your skin and recommend the best possible treatments to help. She often encourages patients to consider the benefits of a VI face peel. This specific chemical peel can assist in skin exfoliation, stimulating faster skin cell turnover while enhancing the skin’s overall texture and tone. If you are interested in learning more about our popular VI chemical peel, continue reading to see more of our frequently asked questions!

What is the VI chemical peel?

The VI chemical peel is a type of face peeling treatment that uses a blend of chemicals, such as trichloroacetic acid and phenol, to exfoliate the skin and improve its overall appearance. This peel is often used to treat wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and sun damage. It typically results in dramatic improvements but can also cause side effects such as temporary redness and irritation. The VI chemical peel should only be performed by a trained skin care professional such as Cassie Lane of Cassie Lane Aesthetics.

Why should I choose a VI chemical peel?

This is a medium depth peel. Best used to target aging or blemished skin, VI chemical peels can stimulate skin cell turnover, ensuring a more youthful look to the skin and the skin’s surface. Patients choose a VI peel for hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring, or for reducing the signs of aging, including age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

How should you prepare for your VI Peel?

  • Come to your appointment with a clean face. Men do not shave the day of your treatment.
  • Pause Retinol treatment for 5-7 days prior to peel especially if experiencing dryness or redness
  • Understand the contraindications to getting this peel include: Pregnancy, breastfeeding, Immune Disorders such as Lupus, Aspirin or Phenol allergy, inflamed skin with open wounds, Accutane use in the last 6 months, active cold sores or herpes on the face, liver conditions, chemotherapy or radiation in the last 6 months.
  • Expect to peel between days 2-7, may peel a little or in sheets. Your skin will peel the amount that it needs to. DO NOT PULL PEELING OR EXFOLIATE. WASH FACE GENTLY.
  • You CANNOT work out, take a really hot shower, have prolonged exposure to cold or hot weather for the following 6 DAYS, plan accordingly.

What can you expect after your VI Peel?

  • The first two days your skin will look a little tan, bronzed, or pink. It may also feel a bit tight before the peeling begins.
  • As a general rule, treat it like a sunburn: avoid sun exposure, avoid sweating and avoid heat.
  • During the peeling phase you must avoid sun exposure. Even after the peeling has subsided your new skin will be sensitive to UV light. Protect your investment and reapply your sunscreen when outdoors.
  • If any products in the post-peel kit sting or irritate beyond your tolerance reach out to our office
  • The amount of visible peeling you will experience varies greatly. You will peel as much as your skin needs to peel. Using the
  • Each morning apply the Post Peel Protectant and SPF 50+ Sunscreen and apply as needed throughout the day. Continue use for the 7-Day peeling process

How do I use the aftercare towelettes?


The towelettes included in your post-peel kit provide additional stimulation of the skin and expedite the peeling process.


The first towelette should be used 4 hours after your peel has been applied. DO NOT UNFOLD WIPE (USE FOLDED UP), APPLY FIRM PRESSURE WITH WIPE. LEAN YOUR HEAD BACK TO AVOID GETTING CHEMICALS IN YOUR EYES! Subsequent towelettes will be applied at intervals designated in your aftercare booklet. All towelettes should be spaced a minimum of 4 hours apart and all towelettes should be used in the first 48 hours. Depending on what time of the day your peel was done, you may be doing the “before bedtime” instructions the following morning. Reach out with questions.

Side effects:

Towelettes are not refreshing towelettes. There are active ingredients in these towelettes and therefore you may note some light stinging upon application. Some people can also experience some itching, especially on night 1 which can be remedied by applying post-peel protectant, hydrocortisone cream, or taking an oral antihistamine. You can also add Aquaphor on top of the hydrocortisone cream as needed for irritation or redness.

What is the Post-Treatment Cream?

Use the Post-Treatment repair cream after Towelette to ease itching, irritation, and peeling. It WILL NOT affect the efficacy of the peel to use this and have less visible peeling. It will make you look more presentable and feel better. May also apply Aquaphor on top.

What can I expect with peeling and how much will I peel?

  • Safe products to use during peeling: VI Derm Cleanser, Post Peel Protectant, SPF 50+. (From your home you can also use a gentle cleanser, Aquaphor, and sunscreen.)
  • Days 3, 4, and 5 are the typical days of peeling. By day 6 most exfoliation has subsided.
  • Typically, peeling begins on the third day, starting in the peri-oral area then peeling outward. The forehead and neck will be the last areas to peel.
  • The skin on the body peels slower than the face; usually starting day 4-7 and taking up to 10 days or more.
  • We recommend cleansing your face prior to showering and keeping your face protected from hot water.
  • When cleansing your face use your fingertips only. Avoid using washcloths or facial machine brushes during the first week.
  • While the skin is exfoliating avoid pulling, picking, rubbing, and any premature removal of skin. This could lead to significant irritation and possible hyperpigmentation. Never force or peel the skin off in sheets. Use a clean/sharp pair or cuticle scissors to cut peeling skin if needed.
  • When peeling make sure to keep your body hydrated and your skin moisturized.
  • The Post Peel Protectant may cause slight sensitivity when first applied but it quickly subsides.
  • If you are excessively dry or irritated when peeling, add a light layer of Aquaphor to provide a protective barrier

When can I resume my regular skincare products?

  • Non-Actives: Can be resumed once peeling has subsided, usually day 6-7.
  • Actives: Can be resumed once peeling has subsided and sensitivity has returned to normal, usually day 7-10.

When can I resume my regular exercise after VI Peel?

Refrain for 72-96 hours after peel application. Inducing excessive perspiration can lead to PIH or blistering.

When should I schedule the Next VI Peel?

  • VI Peels should be scheduled every 4-6 weeks (for best results)
  • Additional Skincare Treatments: It is recommended to wait for a minimum of 2 weeks before any treatment that creates exfoliation of the skin. (Includes facials, extractions, waxing, and threading).Doing a VI Peel 4 weeks before microneedling can boost the effects of the microneedling procedure! So consider pairing these 4 weeks apart
  • Consult with your practitioner for other treatment options

How do I learn more about VI face peels?

If you are considering chemical peels to improve your skin’s appearance and health, now is a great time to ask the team at Cassie Lane Aesthetics about the advantages of the VI face peel. Call her office today at (804) 913 2262 to request an appointment at her practice, located at 5805 Staples Mill Road in Richmond, VA. She is open to new and returning patients in the office who are seeking cosmetic solutions for the skin and body!