What is a Jessner Peel?

Jessner peel is a popular medium-depth chemical peel that works to improve skin health by helping remove and heal skin damage that is more extensive than regular “wear and tear.” This skin care treatment is stronger than most superficial chemical peels, and therefore creates more temporary damage to the skin in the process. The Jessner peel consists of three main ingredients: lactic acid (helps with the exfoliation of the skin), salicylic acid , and resorcinol. Combination of of these peelings agents helps the Jessner Peel to go a little deeper than than glycolic or salicylic peel only based peels.


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So what can Jessner Peel do for you skin? Well, quite a lot actually))) Besides restoring skin to a healthy and youthful glow, this chemical peel smooths out fine lines and small wrinkles, reduces acne scarring, and decreases appearance of pores. In addition to that, Jessner Peel improves the overall appearance by lightening sun spots and melasma (dark spots related to pregnancy).




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How does Jessner Peel work? It's pretty simple. A Jessner peel is comprised of three primary ingredients. These ingredients work together to exfoliate the outer layers of skin by breaking up dead skin cells. This treatment encourages the natural peeling to start several days after the chemical treatment. In the office, your skin is thoroughly cleansed and then the peel chemicals are applied. As a general rule, 2-5 coats are applied for the best possible results. Typically, a lightweight moisturizer or a calming mask is applied to the skin at the end of the treatment and you can go about the rest of your day. If necessary, the Jessner peel can be repeated every four weeks until the desired results are achieved; however, for most patients, only one treatment is required.




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So, what happens right after the Jessner Peel procedure? At first, you will experience dry, tight skin with slight redness. Your skin may also be overly sensitive. It will peel for about a week after the treatment and you can expect your skin to turn from a pink shade to a shade of brown. When the old, damaged skin has all peeled away, you will be left with more refreshed, glowing skin. Keep in mind that the deeper the Jessner peel penetrates your skin, the longer the recovery time will be, and the more you become at risk of experiencing potential side effects.

Jessner Peel is pretty well tolerated by most people. With exception of skin redness and general discomfort, there is not a significant number of serious side effects associated with the Jessner peel. However, a small number of people can experience mild swelling of the treated area or a cold sore outbreak (if they are susceptible to them). Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun after the peel. Because of that, it is best avoid tanning and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 and higher.

Obviously, not every can do the Jessner Peel treatment. Usually, it relates to active skin diseases or syndromes. There are a few conditions that are considered to be contra indicators for anyone considering a Jessner Peel. These are lupus, eczema, psoriasis, chronic dermatitis, and active herpes sores. Also, it is not advisable to perform Jessner Peel (or any other chemical peels) if you are pregnant.


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