The Jessner, Jessner's or Jessners peel (any usage is fine) was invented by Dr. Max Jessner back in the 19th century. Jessners is a medium-strength chemical peel that causes the outer layer of the skin to slough off, exposing a new layer of unsullied skin beneath.
On a scale of one to 10, where one is gentle and ten is harsh, Jessners peel falls smack in the middle - it's considered a medium-strength peel.
The Jessners peel is formulated with several different types of active acids at relatively low levels of concentration, to avoid "overpeeling" the skin.
The chemical solution contains 14% salicylic acid, 14% lactic acid, and 14% resorcinol acid in an ethanol base.
What It's Good For
Jessners is an excellent peel for patients with acne, rosacea, and sun damage.
Who it works for: The Jessners peel is ideal for people with light skin who wish to correct rosacea, sun damage and acne scarring on the face, neck and hands. The dryer your skin, the more Jessners peels you'll need.
Recommended age range: Jessners peel can be used at any age.
When will I see results?: The desired results can take up to a week to see, during which time the skin flakes and peels off.
How long it lasts: Your skin can appear smoother and more even for over a year.
Key benefits of Jessners peel: The Jessners peel can significantly improve sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, acne scarring, blemishes, and uneven pigmentation in the lighter-skinned.
Licensed uses: Jessners can be used on the face, neck, hands and back.
Who's Done It?
If a picture says a thousand words, then Samantha's shiny red face following her chemical peel in Sex and the City was a warning for all. Thankfully, this hyperbolized interpretation of chemical peels was less realistic than the actual treatment, however the memorable scene does act as a reminder that the treatment can be aesthetically displeasing for several days and that other anti-aging skin treatments with less consequences do exist.