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Jessner’s Peel

What Is A Jessner’s Peel?

A Jessner’s peel is one of the most effective and quickest methods of cleansing and rejuvenating the skin. The procedure of this chemical peel involves the application of a special composition to the entire face, excluding the delicate area around the eyes, in order to achieve a uniform active exfoliation of the skin.

Composition Of Jessner’s Peel

Jessner’s peels contain three main ingredients – lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol, presented in an equal concentration of 7% or 14%. Lactic acid helps exfoliate dead cells, whitens skin, activates collagen synthesis, moisturizes, and stimulates cell renewal. Salicylic acid works as an antiseptic that effectively and quickly penetrates the skin layers, thereby cleansing the pores from impurities, dries up inflammation, and prevents itching after the peeling procedure. Resorcinol is a component that enhances the effect of lactic and salicylic acids in the peeling. In addition, it quickly destroys harmful bacteria.

Jessner’s Peels At DeRMA Skin Institute

Any procedure of this level requires prior preparation and specialist advice.

At deRMA Skin Institute, our board-certified dermatologists perform a full assessment of your skin during your consultation and will recommend a Jessner’s peel if it is appropriate for your needs.

On the day of your Jessner peel, avoid using moisturizers or any fruit acid-based products.

The Jessner’s Peel Procedure

At deRMA Skin Institute, your Jessner peel procedure begins with cleansing the skin to remove makeup and impurities. Special products with pH 4.5 – 5.5 are applied to the surface with light massage movements to cleanse and prep teh skin then washed off after 30 seconds.

Next, we use an alcohol solution to remove any oil and impurities from your skin.

After that, the preparation layer distributed over the entire face area, excluding the area around the eyes. At this stage, you may feel a mild heating or burning sensation and you may note a chemical smell. After a couple of minutes, a whitish bloom of salicylic acid crystals will appear on the skin. The solution will remain on your face for a few minutes before being washed off the face.

After treatment, a moisturizer or a soothing mask is applied. The moisturizer will absorb into the skin over the next several hours. Wash your face gently with a mild cleanser. After washing, apply an ointment containing a high concentration of panthenol.

Post Procedure Recovery

Depending on the depth of the peel, you may experience mild redness and slight swelling to moderate warming and tightness of the skin initially.

After about 3 days, your dead skin will begin to slough off. This can take up to 7-9 days.

As your skin heals, fresher, brighter skin will be revealed.

After this and any other chemical peel treatment, we recommend only using physician-recommended skincare products on your face.

How Many Procedures Are Necessary, And How Often Can They Be Performed?

One procedure is sufficient to obtain a visible but small result from a Jessner peel. However, after completing a course of 5-8 peels, you will see greater improvement in the appearance of dark pigmentation and wrinkles. It is important to give your skin time to heal before having another Jessner peel.

The frequency of Jessner peels depends on your age, skin type, and other factors that affect recovery. The average interval between peels is 10 days to 2 weeks.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are interested in scheduling a Jessner peel at deRMA Skin Institute, request a consultation using the online form or call us at (888) 803-3762 to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists.

Best Board Certified Dermatologist Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD

Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD

Famous Board Certified Dermatologist Richard Backstein, MD

Richard Backstein, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist near me Sonja Sajic, CCPA

Sonja Sajic, CCPA

Board Certified Dermatologist near me Daniel Wong, MD, FRCPC

Daniel Wong, MD, FRCPC

Board Certified Dermatologist near me Tiffany Chen, MD, FRCPC, DABD

Tiffany Chen, MD, FRCPC, DABD

Canadian Certified Physician Assistant, Toni Alberto, CCPA

Toni Alberto, CCPA

With more than 20 years of experience, deRMA Skin Institute strive to offer patients the most advanced treatments available to keep their skin healthy and looking its best. Board Certified Dermatologist, Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD, board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Richard Backstein, MD, FRCSC, Sonja Sajic, CCPA, Toni Alberto CCPA, Tiffany Chen MD PRCPC and Daniel Wong MD FRCPC are committed to providing state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients in Guelph, Burlington, Cambridge, Kitchener, Hamilton, Milton, and surrounding areas.


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