What is a Jessner's Peel?
The Jessner's Peel is a solution consisting of 14% lactic acid and 14% salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) peeling agent with a resorcinol solvent. This is a moderate chemical peel that is known for delivering great results.
Why Choose a Jessner's Peel?
A Jessner's peel typically achieves a more thorough peel than a Glycolid Acid peel (also known as a AHA, alpha hydoxy acid, peel). Besides being an excellent facial treatment, a Jessner's peel can be used to lighten superficial hyperpigmentation and to treat acne, photo-damaged and aging skin.
How is this Procedure Conducted?
Jesnner's solution is gently applied onto the skin. Repeated coats are applied until a white frost develops. For a deep, effective peel, this usually takes 4 to 6 coats. A temporary stinging, burning and numbing sensation has been noted upon initial contact as well as minor skin sensitivity and light to moderate redness. Once the peel is neutralized, Obagi Sun Shield Matted Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is then applied. This UVA/UVB daily sun protection provides moisture while protecting your skin from the sun, which is very importannt after a chemical peel.
After the Peel?
The downtime is moderate. It varies according to individual skin traits and selected concentration/application methods. After a few days, the top layer of your skin will naturally flake or peel away. This could last for 5-7 days on average but there is a possibility that it may take longer. This process, in essence, reveals a clearer and smoother skin.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains Beta Hydroxy Acid and Resorcinol, which may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and possibility of sunburn. We recommend using Obagin Sun Shield Matte Spectrum SPF 50 which combines UVB absorption and UVA protection -- sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free for all skin types. Apply liberally and evenly to the entire face 15 minutes before exposure, and reapply at least every 2 hours.
Note: Ethnic skin types should proceed with caution due to an increased risk of post-imflammatory hyperpigmentation from Resorcinol exposure.
How often should a Jessner's Peel be done?
A Jessner's peel is a progressive treatment that will not provide optimal results with only one peel, and intial results will abate with aging and enviromental exposure (sun, wind, etc). If the treatment is intended to solve a significant problem, Jessner's peels can be performed every 4 weeks depending on the condition of the skin.