What is a Jessner Peel and Why Should it be a Part of your Winter Skin-Renewal Strategy?

In La Jolla

By Nasrin Mani, M.D.

Medical Spa in San Diego, CAWintertime in San Diego isn’t nearly as drastic as what other parts of the county experience. We are fortunate to enjoy year-round sunshine. At the same time, we also have to take precautions with our skin well beyond the summer season. One of the best winter skin strategies we can think of is the Jessner peel. Here, we discuss what this peel entails and why it is recommended during the mild So Cal “off-season.”

The Jessner peel is a brand-name chemical peel that has been extensively studied and proven for safety and efficacy. This skin-renewing technique is commonly performed on the face, but can also be applied to the neck, chest, and even the back to manage complexion and texture. In the spectrum of chemical peels, the Jessner falls squarely in the middle, which makes it great for people who want noticeable results with minimal impact on their busy schedule.

Being a medium-depth chemical peel, the Jessner peel affects the uppermost layer of the dermis with controlled application of a combination alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid solution. This is the basic chemical breakdown. More specifically, the Jessner contains TCA (trichloroacetic acid), salicylic acid, and lactic acid. Each ingredient has a specific effect on the skin. For example, salicylic acid dissolves the outermost layer of the epidermis, which is largely composed of hardened, damaged skin cells. Lactic acid is an ingredient that promotes hydration. Depending on the objective, additional ingredients may be added to the solution.

What the Jessner Has to Offer

In addition to being safe and predictable when performed by a licensed professional, the Jessner peel offers significant benefits. These stem from the deconstruction of the top layer of skin cells and the subsequent inflammatory response in which underlying layers of skin are flooded with new collagen. As a result of the body’s natural healing mechanism, the skin becomes smoother, brighter, and more elastic. Scars and sun damage decrease and general dermatologic health increases.

At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we value comfort, safety, and outstanding results. Learn more about the benefits of chemical peels by scheduling your personal consultation at 866.676.3242.

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