Jessner Peels

Jessner Peels At A Glance

  • Best Results2-5 sessions
  • Treatment Recovery2-4 days
  • Procedure Time15 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistDermal therapist, nurse
  • Duration of Results6-12 month
  • AnaestheticNil, painless
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$

Jessner Peels

This chemical peel is a classic time-tested formulation for the treatment of pigmentation, fine lines, & enlarged pores. Jessner can be used as a stand- alone superficial peel or combined with TCA to give a medium to deep peel.

FactsFacts on Jessner Peels

  • This formulation consists of both AHA & BHA peels as well as a keratolytic
  • Jessner by definition is a superficial peel with a pH of 1.9
  • Combined with TCA, it can turn into a medium depth peel
  • This peel can treat pigmentation, melasma, fine lines, enlarged pores & congested skin
  • Downtime can be tailored according to the number of coats, typically 2-7 days

What conditions can Jessner Peels treat?

Jessner by definition is a superficial peel. It can address textural and skin quality issues including sun damage, mild pigmentation, fine wrinkles, as well as blackheads & acne. As it contains BHA, namely salicylic acid, this peel can penetrate the oil glands. The AHA component of Jessner (lactic acid), can stimulate dermal collagen as well as provide epidermal hydration.

How long will it take a Jessner peel to peel?

2-5 days depending on the number of applications & pre-peel prep. It can take up to 7-9 days to completely heal. Redness can take an extra week to resolve, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Will I notice results with one peel?

You will notice a visible result with a Jesser peel, however the best results are seen after a series of 3-5 peels, conducted 3-6 weeks apart. It takes time for sun damage & wrinkles to accumulate, it also takes time to reverse it.

What is the difference between Jessner peels compared to other peels?

Peels are classified according to the depth of penetration which is proportional to the downtime.

Very superficial peels include: Retinoic acid or VitA peels, AHAs in a cream or lotion base. Salicylic acid 5-8%. Best for congestion, acne prone skin, general skin care.

Superficial peels include: Lactic, mandelic, citric & glycolic acid 20-70% in a low pH solution. TCA up to 10%, Salicylic acid up to 30%. Best for; sun damage, pigment (including melasma), blackheads, enlarged pores, fine lines & wrinkles. Can be performed monthly as maintenance

Medium depth peels include: Jessner + TCA 20-35%, glycolic 70% + TCA. This is one of my favourite combinations for addressing sunspots, liver spots, pigmentation (not melasma type), fine lines, wrinkles & superficial scars. This is a tactile peel that can be tailored according to clinical findings & downtime. Usual time interval is 2-5 years (it is that good!).

Deep peels include: Modified Jessner + TCA, Phenol Croton Oil, full face, segmental or focal. Best for; deep acne scars including ice pick & boxcar scars, significantly enlarged pores, etched wrinkles, solar elastosis, skin laxity, smokers lines. This peel has a downtime of 8-14 days.

Davin’s take on Jessner Peels

Jessner is a classic peel that contains two of the best peeling agents, namely salicylic acid & lactic acid. This peel can be used to address multiple skin conditions including pigmentation, sunspots, freckles, fine lines, open & enlarged pores as well as acne & congested skin. Downtime following this peel ranges from 2 to 7 days, depending on the number of coats, skin sensitivity & pre peel priming.

By itself, Jesser is by definition a superficial peel, however in combination with TCA, this is a medium depth peel. Deeper peeling can address etched wrinkles & moderate elastosis (sun damage). Jesser formulation is my second most frequently used agent, after TCA.

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