What is a Jessner’s Peel and what is it made up of?

Jessner’s is made of the following:

14g resorcinal- is a chemical compound from the dihydroxy phenols. It is the 1,3-isomer of benzenediol with the formula C6H4(OH)2

14g lactic acid 85%- also known as milk acid, is a chemical compound that plays a role in several biochemical processes

14g salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. This colorless crystalline organic acid is widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone.

All of these are in ethanol to make 100cc is an alcohol that is a short chain molecule and allows the peel to penetrate

All ingredients above work by removing your skin cells.  Essentially the peels work together to take away the more superficial layers to allow deeper cells to resurface the treated areas and hence replenish the skin.  It allows each agent to be less concentrated to decrease complications but increase effectiveness. Over single and multiple treatments, these peels are likely to induce collagen production under the skin stem cells to improve pore size, tighten the skin, remove unwanted pigmentation, and improve skin texture.  It is a very superficial peel and is safe.  You need to be cautious with darker skin types like Asians, Hispanics and African Americans as with other skin treatments.

Thanks for reading, Dr Young!

Dr Young specializes in Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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