VI peel bod

From the makers of the 1st painless chemical peel for the face comes a breakthrough body peel that will revolutionize body skin treatments. VI Peel Body is the first and ONLY professional-grade body peel for all skin types and tones that’s specifically designed to reduce pigmentation, clear body acne, fade surgical scars, and smooth away stretch marks.

This course is designed to provide you with key information to maximize the results of your VI Body Peels while assuring your patient’s safety.  Learn about industry trends, physiologic differences between face and body, as well as application protocols.

Our bodies are susceptible to many conditions that require exfoliation.  Some of these conditions are similar to those that our patients experience on their faces but many are unique to the body.

Body treatments and body products have shown continual growth year over year. Furthermore, consumers often seek professional treatments to improve the appearance of their skin.  A recent study by Nestle Skin Health revealed that 2 in 3 women are interested in having a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of their hands.

Patients who seek professional treatments for body care are focused on these top 5 conditions.

• Hyperpigmentation

• Acne

• Wrinkles

• Stretch Marks

• Keratosis Pilaris

The most requested areas include but are not limited to the following body parts.

• Décolletage – 84%

• Back – 64%

• Hands – 55%

• Scars – 46%

Medical & Aesthetic Conditions

Skin, an amazing natural barrier to the elements is susceptible to disease and degradation. At first glance, we would expect the skin on our faces to be the same as the skin on our bodies. And to an extent it is, but there are variances and due to the variances, our bodies exhibit different conditions. The conditions that are similar are the most common conditions we see in aesthetics.

Hyperpigmentation Issues: Photodamage and Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation Issues: Photodamage and Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Acne Issues: Active Acne and Acne Scarring

Aging Issues: Wrinkles, Laxity, Texture 

The skin on our bodies is exposed to unique set of conditions due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.  Click through the numbered sections below and find out what unique conditions affect our bodies.

Keratosis Pilaris

Is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks.

Tinea Versicolor

Is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small, discolored patches.

Rough Texture

Although this occurs on the face, the body displays textural irregularities in a differing fashion.  Elbows, knees and heels experience a build up of skin cells that leads to extremes in textural changes and in some people the development of callouses.

differences that exist between thin skin on the face and on the body.  From epidermal thickness to overall healing time understanding the anatomical differences will aid in providing safe and effective body peels for your patients.

Anatomical Differences

Face and Body

The skin on our bodies differs anatomically from that of our face in these key areas.

• Stratum Corneum is thicker

• Epidermis and Dermis as a whole is thicker

• Fewer Sebaceous Glands

• Fewer Stem Cells

Physiologic Differences

Face and Body

In understanding the anatomical differences, the following physiologic differences become an expected difference

• Longer Cell Renewal Factor (CRF)

• Higher occurrence of keloids and scarring

• Longer healing time

VI Peel Body

Containing a unique blend of ingredients that combine AHA’s, TCA, and Conditioning Agents to drive patient outcomes while maintaining overall skin health.

In developing this new formula The Vitality Institute was determined to maintain Core the VI Principles.  This new formula features many of the same benefits as our original VI Peel Face formulas including:

• Safe for Fitzpatrick I-VI

• Painless on Application

• Address Multiple Conditions 

• Safe for all Body Parts

• Visible Peeling

• Easy to Use

VI Body Peel Formula

The VI Peel Body proprietary blend of acids and conditioning agents contains the following ingredients each under a 15% concentration.

Superficial function with use of AHAs

• Glycolic Acid has a small molecular structure that allows for rapid epidermal penetration, bypassing the thicker stratum corneum on the body. Glycolic Acid paves the way for additional acids to penetrate deeper.

• Lactic Acid provides gentle smoothing via exfoliation  hydrates, lightens pigment and firms.

• Mandelic Acid has a larger molecule that penetrates slower. It aids in sebum reduction and pigment suppression. This key acid reduces the overproduction of melanin to even tone and brighten. 

Deeper functioning with core acids

• Trichloroacetic Acid drives the depth of the blend and addresses nearly every condition along its path: texture, pigment, acne, and wrinkles.

• Phenol acts as an anesthetic while mimicking TCA functionality.  Anti-inflammatory support

Conditioning Agents

• Allantoin is a moisturizing agent that aids in cell renewal and wound healing to combat delays in healing and shortens the healing time post-peel.

• Aloe Vera offers anti-inflammatory properties and has a cooling capacity to further improve patient comfort.

The of VI Peel Body is between pH 1.0-2.0.  With a low pH, VI Peel Body’s bioavailable ingredients effectively penetrate the superficial epidermal layers to drive the formula into the dermis.

STEP 1: Double Cleanse with VI Derm Gentle Purifying Cleanser

          Tip: Add in a cellulose sponge for a more thorough cleanse

STEP 2: Degrease with Peel Prep Towelette

         Tip: Use all the acetone, and keep an extra bottle of pure acetone on hand

         Tip: Large Body Peel Kits come with 2 Peel Prep Towelettes

STEP 3: Apply VI Peel solution 

      Tip: Apply with light pressure, allow extra 3-5 minutes between layers to observe skin response

      Tip: For hands, avoid nails and webbing of fingers

      Endpoints: Full dose of VI Peel Body solution or clinical endpoints listed above.

STEP 4: Explain Post Peel Kit to patient

      Tip: Expedite peeling by using Retinoic Serum at the 4 Hour mark then morning and evening until peeling begins.

VI Peel Body was formulated to specifically tackle the skin on the body.  It contains a dual action formula to quickly penetrate the thicker stratum corneum via the AHA’s, while simultaneously penetrating deeper with TCA and Phenol.   

The body has a much slower cellular turnover than the face.  To combat the sluggish skin, VI Peel Body’s aftercare regimen speeds up the desquamation process with twice daily use of Retinoic Serum. From the peel to the aftercare, VI Peel Body is hyper-focused on maximizing patient results.

Relaying these unique attributes to your patients is essential to their satisfaction.  The key areas to highlight are related to “how” their skin will respond and include some of the following items.

Since the skin on the body is body has a slower cellular turnover which means it will take a little longer for the skin to begin the desquamation process.  

• Peeling typically begins on Day 4-7 but could be longer depending on the body part being treated and the age of the patient.

• Retinoic Serum is used to expedite the peeling process and should be used morning and night until peeling begins.  Then it must be discontinued.

• The amount of visible peeling will vary significantly from light flaking to sheet peeling.

• Patients peeling days will vary as well but most patients peel for 4-7 Days.

How much visible peeling will your patients see.

Like most treatment experiences, level of visible peeling will vary 100% from patient to patient.  Setting expectations is key, as external factors will play a role in the amount of visible peeling patients experience.  Clothing is a key external factor with body peeling and due to the mechanical nature of clothing on our skin we expect a certain amount of desquamation to occur onto on our clothing producing less visible peeling than with the face.  

In general, the Vitality Institute follows the rule of 3’s in regards to the amount of visible peeling.  The amount of visible peeling is a part of the experience but does not determine the level of improvements to the skin condition.

• 1/3 of patients will see sheet peeling

• 1/3 will see light to heavy flaking

• 1/3 will have peeling on the cellular level  

Selecting the appropriate dosage, setting the intervals, and deciding on number of treatments are all essential components of assuring your patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Selecting the correct peel kit will assure you are applying the proper dosage to achieve the maximum outcome.  VI Peel Body is packaged into either Small/Medium body part or Large body part.  Once you have identified the body part to be treated you can view our Body Dosage Guideline to determine with size peel is to be used.


The body’s cell turnover is much slower than that of the face.  With this physiologic difference, patients will experience a slightly longer post-peel phase.  Most patients experience peeling on the body beginning on day 4-7 and lasting anywhere from 4-7 days.  With this understanding, schedule your body peels every 4-8 weeks.

Number of Treatments

Setting expectations early on is critical in assuring your patients are satisfied with the process.  When peeling the body it is important to not be overly aggressive and use progressive peeling.  It is typical to need a series of 3 treatments for optimal outcomes in acne and hyperpigmentation.

Use VI Peel Body to achieve safe and consistent patient outcomes.  Swipe through a few images below of peel results.  Your patients will see change with one VI Peel Body, but a series of treatments is typically needed to provide most impactful correction to the skin.

Mastering the VI Peel Body treatment is well within your reach.  To better support you in setting patient expectations, achieving optimal treatment outcomes and reducing patient discomfort we have provided you with a list of helpful hints below.


VI Peel Body’s blend of AHA’s with deeper penetrating acids creates a stronger peel to specifically target the skin on the body.  Below are a few tips to assure every treatment is as consistent and predictable as possible.

• VI Peel Body should not be used on the Face or Front of Neck.  The formula was created to combat thicker skin on the body and if used on the Face or Front of Neck can penetrate deeper than needed resulting in greater risk to the patient.

• The body has a much lower pain response than the face.  VI Peel Body is virtually painless on application.  Patients generally describe the sensation as an “icy-hot” feeling but do not consider it pain.

• VI Peel Body is self-neutralizing.  Avoid all topical products or washing for 4 hours post peel application.

• Stock extra Pure Acetone in your backbar.  Pure Acetone is readily available through Amazon and McKesson for just a few dollars.  Avoid purchasing Gallon size, and opt for 16-32 oz Bottles to retain efficacy.

Application Protocol

Each treatment we perform has some nuances, below you will find a brief listing of areas of particular attention during VI Peel Body application.

• Avoid application to areas of excoriated skin, tattoos or piercings or any areas of impaired skin integrity.

• Pressure used during application should be light to medium.  Firm pressure is not recommended.  Scrubbing the skin should be avoided as well.

• Fewer layers are needed than VI Peel Facial formulas.   Typically, only 3-4 layers are needed.

• Longer time intervals between layers are needed.   The body has a much slower response and require 3-5 minutes between each layer to adequately assess skin response.

• Clinical endpoints are less defined, due to the skin physiology of the body.  For example erythema is slower to appear and longer to dissipate.  Endpoints can be more difficult to distinguish in Fitzpatrick IV-VI.

•  Desirable Endpoints: Diffuse Erythema (Mild to Moderate)

•  Terminal Endpoints: Level I frost or Prominent Erythema that does not subside in 2-5 Minutes and/or Pain level over 6+

•  Undesirable Endpoints: Vesiculation and/or Level II frost

• Subsequent peels can be done with medium pressure and greater number of layers.

After Care

Establishing patient expectations for the post peel period will assure their compliance as well as overall satisfaction.  In the following section, there will be several aftercare tips that can be given directly to your patients.

• Retinoic Serum must be used twice a day (morning & night) until flaking or peeling begins and then immediately discontinued.

• Peeling typically begins on Days 4-7 but can be longer.   On subsequent peels when CRF has improved, peeling will begin and complete quicker.

• Peeling typically lasts for 3-5 days but can be longer for patients who are over 50 years old or who did not use the Retinoic Serum as directed.

• For Hand Peeling, provide patients with gloves to wear as a reminder not to wash off peel for the first 4 hours.