Peels and more specifically - chemical peels have been gaining popularity mostly as a skin resurfacing treatment. You may think they are something recent but really they’ve been used as beauty treatments as early as the ancient Egyptian times!
Like all chemical peels, the Jessner peel is done by brushing an acidic liquid onto the skin to remove the top layers and encourage new, younger looking skin to grow.
The Jessner peel was formulated over a hundred years ago, and it’s still in use today thanks to its ability to:
Reduce dark skin patches, sun damage and age spots
Evening skin toneand texture
Reduce the appearance of scarring
Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles
Treat melasma (skin discoloration), hyperpigmentation, and acne related scarring
While many chemical peels can cause lasting discoloration on darker skin, a recent small study found that a modified Jessner’s solution safely and effectively reduces melasma and pigment imperfections in darker skin.
It has also been shown to be an effective treatment of acne scars even when used as a superficial peel according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic DermatologyTrusted Source.
So how does a Jessner peel work? The Jessner peel works by removing the top layers of skin to reveal smoother, even-toned skin beneath. How deep the peel penetrates depends on what kind of chemical peel you get — superficial, medium, or deep. Lash Factory has our Jessner peel especially formulated just for us! The Jessner peel is typically a medium peel, which means it removes skin cells from the top layer of your skin, the epidermis, and the upper portion of the middle layer, the dermis. However, it can also be used as a superficial peel, which has a faster healing time but needs to be performed more often to get the results of a deeper peel.
Regardless of the depth, the peel is made up of a mix of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol. People with sensitive or extremely fair skin should also talk to their doctor before trying a Jessner peel since it may be too aggressive for their skin.
Pre/post peel skin care plan?
Your doctor or skin specialists will always recommend a skincare plan to optimise the results of your peel. This is normally two to four weeks before your peel to reduce side effects and make the peel more effective.
This can include using a retinol or retin-A cream or gel to thin the top layer of the skin, increase cell turnover, and help the peel penetrate deeper into the skin. Typically, the retinol is discontinued at least a few days before the peel to prevent over-irritating the skin during the treatment.
So, What are the side effects of a Chemical peel such as the jessner peel?
While everyone will experience some side effects from the peel, complications are more common among people with darker skin tones
redness and swelling
stinging or burning
Rare complications include:
permanent darkening or lightening of the skin
scarring or infection
What to expect after a skin peel? After the chemical peel, your skin may continue to burn or sting for 20 minutes or more. Buffered peels such as Skintuitives pumpkin peel or salicylic 20% peels are less aggressive with side effects but still produce incredible skin turn over and overall great results.
With an unbuffered peel like a jessner peel your skin will be red, swollen, and tight for the first 24 hours or so. After that, the swelling will go down and your skin will begin peeling.
Your skin may darken or even develop brown patches during this time, but the spots rarely stay after the skin has healed. Once the skin begins peeling off, new smooth skin will be revealed.
It can take five to seven days after a medium peel to develop new skin, and the redness can last for months in some cases. Generally, it will take 7–14 days to heal completely and see the full results of the peel.
However, the results aren’t permanent. Your skin will continue to age with time and sun exposure; acne can create new scars; and you may develop new spots of hyperpigmentation. When having any peel or facial treatments you MUST protect your skin from the sun by using a factor 50 at all times even on over case days and a sun hats.
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