A 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 (assists in the exfoliation of the skin), salicylic acid (aids in penetration), and resorcinol (assists in the treatment of acne).

What does It do?
  • The peel helps to smooth out fine lines
  • It may reduce the appearance of acne scarring
  • It can reduce the of appearance of large pores
  • May improve the overall complexion of the face
  • In some cases may lighten areas of skin discoloration especially if these dark spots were caused by pimples

How does a Jessner peel work?

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.

What to expect during the treatment.

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. Post procedure cream is advised especially if you are considering more chemical peels in the future. It is used for the first week after a peel and then kept for the next time you peel.

If necessary, the Jessner peel can be repeated every four weeks until the desired results are achieved; however, for most patients, only one or two treatments are required.

What to expect afterwards

First, you will experience dry, tight skin with slight redness. Your skin may also be overly sensitive to heat and sunshine, even hot water. 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. It is important to remember that it is normal for your face to burn when you apply cream while you are peeling. This is due to the difference in moisture levels between the cream and new layer of skin being exposed.

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.

Who cannot undergo the Jessner Peel treatment

There are several conditions that are considered to be contra indicators for anyone considering a Jessner peel.

  1.   Active cold sores
  2.   sunburn
  3.   severe asthma
  4.   Lupus
  5.   Eczema
  6.   Rosacea
  7.   Psoriasis
  8.   Pregnancy
  9.   Chronic skin disorders and dermatitis conditions
Side effects of a Jessner Peel

With exception of skin redness and general discomfort, there is not a significant number of serious side effects associated with the Jessner peel. Some of the more minor side effects that you may experience when you have the Jessner peel may include:

  • •   Prolonged healing as well as infection are both possible if the peeling skin is removed prematurely
  • •   Cold sores may appear, if you are already susceptible to them
  • •   Temporary swelling of the treated area
  • •   Mild redness
  • •   Itching, especially along the jawline ,if you undergo a deeper chemical peel.
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