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Jessners peel

The Jessners peel is a popular medium-strength chemical peel.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

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.

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Acne scars The medium strength Jessners peel can reduce shallow atrophic acne scars. As with most chemical peels, it is recommended for lighter skinned individuals who are less likely to experience...more Each Jessners peel treatment costs about $100 to $500. When used as an addition to TCA peel...more
Age spots A Jessners peel contains 14% salicylic acid, 14% lactic acid, and 14% resorcinol acid in an ethanol base. When applying a Jessner’s Peel, a dermatologist or skin technician cleans your face...more Two to six Jessners peels can reduce the appearance of age spots and skin discolorations. ...more
Dark circles under eyes Jessners peels should only be used to treat undereye darkness caused by sun damage. Dark circles caused by a thinning of the skin under the eye should not be treated with a Jessners peel. Jessners peel treatments cost $100 to $500. The skin beneath the eye is delicate, so one or...more
Dull skin The Jessners peel is a medium-strength chemical peel, ideal for light-skinned individuals who want to correct skin dullness on the face, neck and hands. Treatment with Jessners solution helps...more Each appointment for Jessners peel treatment costs $100 to $500. The dryer your skin, the...more
Wrinkles Jessners is considered a medium-depth peel and is intended for shallow to moderate wrinkles. Jessners peels reduce wrinkles on the face, neck, and hands. Moderate crow’s feet can be...more A Jessners peel can help reduce moderate wrinkles for $100 to $500 per treatment.

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.

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