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JESSNER PEELS - The Safe and Effective Treatment for Multiple Skin Problems

Jessner peels can be an ideal solution if you have several skin conditions that you want treated. Some peels are perfect for exfoliation and improving the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles while others are great for acne reduction or sun damage. But, what if you have sun spots, shallow wrinkles, and acne?

While other skin peels can offer multiple benefits, Jessner peels were specifically designed to address several skin problems at once so you won't have to choose between the exfoliating effects of glycolic acid or the oil balancing ability of salicylic facial treatments. So, if you have oily, blemish prone skin that is also showing signs of ageing, then the Jessner peels could be the answer you have been searching for. 

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.

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Jessner peels Treatment

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.

Benefits of Jessner Skin Peels

  • Improve appearance of acne, blackheads, and enlarged pores. The salicylic acid component allows the peel to penetrate deep into the pores and dissolve dirt and debris that cause blemishes and blackheads.
  • Oil Reduction. The BHA in Jessner peels will help reduce or balance excessive oil production. 
  • Lighten Skin Pigmentation. Lactic acid acts as a lightening agent, making this peel one of the best for minimizing the appearance of dark spots.
  • Correct Sun Damage.
  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The combination of lactic acid and Resorcinol make the Jessner peel an exceptional exfoliator. When the top layer of damaged or dead cells is removed, the skin will appear smoother, tighter, and rejuvenated.
  • Improve Skin Tone and Texture.
  • Reduce the Appearance of Acne Scars. Exfoliation of the epidermis and top layer of the dermis may help improve the appearance of mild scarring; although a stronger type of treatment may be needed for deeper facial scars.
  • Increase Production of Collagen and Elastin. These substances are important factors in the maintenance of tight, firm, young looking skin.
  • Improve Rosacea and Milia. In some cases, Jessner peels may be used to treat skin conditions such as rosacea, milia, or eczema.
  • Versatile. Jessner peels can be applied to the face, neck, upper chest, or hands.
  • Increase Absorption. After a Jessner peel, your skin will be better able to absorb any skin care products that you apply.

Risks and Side Effects of Jessner Peels

Jessner skin peels are considered to be very safe; however, depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the strength of solution used, some side effects may occur.  

  • Redness: You may experience mild to moderate redness for about a week following the treatment.
  • Itching or Burning: Your skin may sting or feel itchy during or immediately following the peel.
  • Dryness: During the peeling process (which lasts about a week) your skin may feel dry, stiff, or tight.
  • Peeling and Flaking: Soon after the treatment the top layer of your skin will begin to flake off and this peeling process can last 3-7 days. It is important that you do not pick at the flaking skin in order to speed up peeling because this can increase the risk of infection and cause possible scarring.
  • Cold Sores: If you are prone to cold sores, you may experience a breakout following the peel.
  • Acne Breakouts: Since the salicylic acid will draw excess oil and fatty buildup out of the pores, you may experience an acne breakout, but this will decrease with subsequent peels.
  • Dark Areas: Some people may notice darkened areas of skin the first day or two following the treatment. This is just the skin preparing to peel and will disappear as exfoliation occurs.
  • Increased Sensitivity: As with all chemical peels, your skin will be extra sensitive to sunlight, so it is important that you use a high level broad spectrum sunscreen for the first few weeks after your treatment.
  • Mild swelling and Inflammation: Although this is unusual, some people may experience some light swelling which will subside as the skin heals.
  • Frosting: Immediately following the treatment you may notice that your skin has a very white appearance. This is called “frosting” and will only last a few hours before your skin turns red or pink.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Due to the lightening ability of lactic acid, some skin types are susceptible to developing darker patches that could last one month to a year. In rare cases, hyperpigmentation is permanent.

Who Can Use Jessner Peels?

Jessner skin peels are safe for all skin types, however, those with darker skin tones should use them with caution since the lightening agents may leave areas of hyper-pigmentation. If you are concerned about this side effect, ask your clinician to perform a test patch first to see how your skin will react to the chemicals in the peel.

Salicylic acid is a component in aspirin so Jessner peels should not be used by anyone suffering with an aspirin allergy. Peels should also be avoided if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or scar easily. Jessner peels are not recommended for people who are using the acne drug Accutane.

Jessner skin peels are a safe and effective way to treat multiple skin problems. Although you will experience a little redness and peeling, within a couple of weeks you will have softer, radiant, even-toned skin that will defy the signs of ageing. As with any peel, chemical treatments should always be administered by a licenced and experienced practitioner.

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For safe and effective results, we recommend that you make an appointment with us for a free consultation at any of CoLaz's four locations in LondonSouthallSlough, and Hounslow.

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