Jessner Peel

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.

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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.

6 replies
  1. Questions
    Questions says:

    How long are the coats on the skin left on for? Do the coats have to dry before a new one is applied? Is the Jessner peel applied to the entire face, or can it be used for spot treating, such as just around the lips? And can it be used for other places on the body, such as my hands?

  2. Tina F.
    Tina F. says:

    I have had a Jessner Peel done. One thing that I feel is important to note is if you have a sensitivity to aspirin, you should not have the Jessner peel done. My dermatologist did ask me this when we consulted. I am sure that all dermatologist ask, but wanted to throw that out there in case someone is thinking of getting this procedure done.

  3. Darker Skin
    Darker Skin says:

    I have been wanting a Jessner Peel now for a bit. I have seen that those with dark skin tones should not have this done. I have an olive complexion. Do you think that it would be OK for me to have a Jessner peel done? I know that one site that I read said that if you do have dark skin, you will not be able to have multiple layers of the solution on the face. Would one layer be enough to give me results, but still be safe since I am considered to have a darker skin tone?

  4. One treatment
    One treatment says:

    I have had a Jessner Peel done before. I went with the Jessner Peel because I liked the fact that usually only one treatment is needed. That was the case for me. I had one done about 3 months ago. My skin had a healing time of a week or so. It peeled greatly for the first week, but after that, fresh new skin was revealed. I look so much better. I had a few dark spots that it took care of for me and there was some acne scarring that was greatly diminished. I would say that if you can have this procedure done, then by all means do it. It made me more confident, and it can do the same for you!

  5. 7 Layers
    7 Layers says:

    Did you know that a Jessner peel removes up to 7 layers of skin? That is a lot of skin, which will help get rid of acne, fine lines and wrinkles and acne scars. I have had a peel done last month. It was one of the wisest decisions I have made about my skin yet. I love the effects. My skin peeled for a week but then fresh skin that glowed ( yes, glowed!) was revealed. I have never had my skin look this radiant before. Looks fresh like that of a baby! But my skin did not look terrible while it peeled either. I was really worried about that but in all honesty, it looked like I just had a sunburn to the face. I would say that if you are looking for ways to rejuvenate the skin, the Jessner Peel could be for you. Ask your dermatologist about it, you will be amazed with the results.

  6. Coral Kay
    Coral Kay says:

    I am very interested in having a Jessner Peel done. I have a few fine lines that I would love to have eliminated. The peel sounds like it would work well for my skin. I have tolerated salicylic acid in the past, and use it in my regular skin care for my acne. I have some acne and scars on my face that need to be eliminated, and am excited to ask my dermatologist if this procedure would be good for me. I feel that I would be a good candidate for it.


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