What is Jessner Peel?
A Jessner peel is a medium depth chemical peel that is done by a dermatologist. It is one of the most effective peels to remove superficial layers of the skin. It can be used on all types of skin to treat sun damaged skin, ageing skin, and lighten areas of hyper pigmentation. A Jessner Peel is great for those with acne, thick skin, skin discoloration, moderate wrinkles, and oily skin. Oil production will be decreased and clogged sebaceous follicles will be opened. A Jessner Peel works great for those with dull skin, white spots on the face, and lip creases.
A Jessner peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol to exfoliate the skin and penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers. A Jessner peel is for both men and woman who have acne, fine lines or uneven skin tones. It is not recommended for those with darker skin tones.
Jessner Peel Benefits
There are many benefits of a Jessner Peel. A Jessner Peel can help to not only reduce the appearance of acne, but also reduce hyper pigmentation of the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles can be smoothed out, and the skin will be given a youthful glow. The complexion will be improved greatly, and pores may be reduced in size. A Jessner Peel can be used to assists with treatment of Melasma.
How is Jessner Peel applied?
To begin a Jessner Peel, the skin will first be cleansed with a glycolic cleanser, which will remove dirt, oil, and the outer layer of the skin called the horny layer. The solution of Lactic Acid (used for exfoliation), Salicylic Acid (used for penetration), and Resorcinol (used for treatment of acne) is applied to the skin. More than one layer of the mixture may be applied depending on how severe the skin that is being treated is. For most, 2 to 5 coats will be applied. A white frost will appear on the skin, but will disappear within a few hours. The peel will then be neutralised and rinsed off with cool water. A calming mask will then be applied to the skin. The skin will peel for about a week after the treatment is done. While one treatment is usually only needed, the process can be repeated in 4 week intervals. Dry skin will usually result from a Jessner Peel right away, and the skin will be tight and red. Skin could also be sensitive. Do note that moisturiser should not be used for a few days after the treatment as this might lessen the effects of the peel.
Jessner Peel Side Effects
Side effects of the Jessner Peel include infection to the skin if peeling skin is removed prematurely, mild redness, temporary swelling of the area, and itching. Cold sores could also appear, but will only appear if you are already susceptible to them.
There are some that are not good candidates for a Jessner Peel. Those include anyone that has a sunburn, cold sores, or severe asthma. Those with Lupus, Rosacea, Eczema, and Psoriasis will not be able to have a Jessner Peel done. Those with severe cystic inflamed acne should not have this procedure done. Pregnant woman, those that are breastfeeding, and those with chronic skin conditions will not be good candidates for a Jessner Peel. If there are skin lesions or broken skin, the Jessner Peel will not be able to be performed. If one has used Accutane in the past 6 months, a Jessner Peel will not be performed. Those taking vitamin A topical need to be off them for atleast one week prior to a treatment.