Jessner Peel 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
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 Peel
- 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 Peel 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.
Superficial peels include Lactic, mandelic, citric & glycolic acid 20-70% in a low pH solution. TCA up to 10%, and 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, smoker lines. This peel has a downtime of 8-14 days.
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How do I know if Jessener is the correct chemical peel for me?
@cliniccutis we perform over 25 different types of peels. Based upon your skin type, downtime, clinical examination & expectations, my clinical staff will advise you on the best peel or laser for your skin.
What other types of chemical peels do we perform?
I am of the opinion that safe results is our number one priority, hence why @clinccutis we have an extensive array of peels. We provide over 25 different peel concentrations & combinations ranging from superficial peels to deep peels. My clinical team performs superficial to medium depth peels, I perform deep peels including phenol & modified TCA peels.
Which is better, microneedling or chemical peels?
Chemical peels generally work best on superficial conditions, while microneedling penetrates deeper to improve more troublesome issues. Many people with acne scars find a combination of microneedling and chemical peels deliver the best results. In reality it is much more complex than this, as medium to deep peels can give much better results than a series of deep microneedling treatments.
What about lasers vs chemical peels?
My approach to skin rejuvenation is based upon best clinical practice. In some cases, lasers are better than chemical peels, for example in the treatment of melasma. In other cases, peels have an advantage, for example, treating deep ice pick acne scars. In other cases, I combine peels & lasers in the same treatment session, examples include laser resurfacing for deep smoker’s lines / perioral wrinkles whilst medium to deep peels are used elsewhere.
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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