What Are Jessner Peels?
These peels were created by dermatologist, Dr. Max Jessner and are one of the most effective and popular cosmetic peels available.
They are a combination of three chemicals that work together to give optimal results. The formula mixes 14% each of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and Resorcinol in an ethanol base, and these three active ingredients create a balance that is very powerful yet safe for your skin.
Many people have noticed that Jessner skin peels are more effective than glycolic peels or salicylic acid peels alone because they can address multiple conditions at the same time.
Salicylic Acid: This is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and is oil-soluble, making it ideal for acne prone or oily skin types. Salicylic acid works to dissolve dirt and sebum that clog pores and cause blemishes, blackheads, or whiteheads. It is also very effective at reducing or balancing oil production so skin will be less likely to suffer breakouts.
Lactic Acid: Like glycolic acid, lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which is an excellent exfoliator and very effective at lightening hyperpigmentation or dark spots. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production, and will soften the epidermis to allow for better penetration.
Resorcinol: This chemical helps lift away the top layer of skin to reveal the smoother layer underneath and also acts as a sterilizing agent due to it antiseptic properties.
Jessner skin peels are usually applied in layers, and the number of layers needed will depend on skin sensitivity and the condition(s) being treated. They are considered to be a light to medium depth peel, with the depth or strength being determined by the number of layers used and the length of time that the peel is left on the skin. Strength can be increased by adding more layers and/or leaving the solution on the skin for a longer period of time.
Although some results are seen after the first treatment, multiple re-applications are necessary to achieve optimal results. Generally, 2-6 treatments are needed, depending on the condition of the skin, and the peel can be repeated every 3-4 weeks.