Modified Jessner Chemical Peel

Can improve sun-damaged, acne prone and aging skin

The Modified Jessner chemical peel is a popular, flexible, medium-depth peel that works to improve skin health by helping remove and heal skin damage that is more extensive than regular “wear and tear”. This treatment can be modified to the needs of the patient by making it as mild or as aggressive as needed.

How it works:

This peel was designed to remove superficial layers of the skin, dry out active acne, dislodge blackheads and improve the overall appearance of sun-damaged, acne prone or aging skin. The Jessner peel consists of three main ingredients: lactic acid (assists in the exfoliation of the skin), salicylic acid (aids in penetration), and resorcinol (assists in the treatment of acne).

Our Modified Jessner’s solution is a combination of 7% lactic acid, 7% salicylic acid, and 7% resorcinol followed by a 0.3% retinoic acid.

Frequently Asked Questions:


What can I expect during treatment?

Your skin will first be cleansed with a gentle cleanser and wiped with an alcohol based solution to remove any dirt or oil. This allows for proper penetration of the Modified Jessner Peel. During the Modified Jessner, you may experience a warm, tingling or burning sensation during the application.

Treatments typically take 15-30 minutes.

What can I expect after treatment?

Immediately after the application of the peel, the skin may appear white and frosted. This will subside within a few hours. Redness, stinging, skin flaking and irritation is to be expected after a light chemical peel. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. After repeated treatments, these side effects will likely subside. You’ll need to avoid the sun for several days after a chemical peel since your skin will be new and fragile. Sun block is required after the procedure.

Improvements from your chemical peels will be subtle at first but you will have a noticeably healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.

What should be avoided after my chemical peel?

You’ll need to avoid the sun for several days after a chemical peel since your skin will be new and fragile. Sun block is required after the procedure.

Am I a candidate to receive this treatment?

There are several conditions that are considered to be contra indicators for anyone considering a Jessner peel.

  • Active cold sores, sunburn, or severe asthma
  • Lupus
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic skin disorders and dermatitis conditions
Are there side effects?

With exception of skin redness and general discomfort, there is not a significant number of serious side effects associated with the Jessner peel. Some of the more minor side effects that you may experience when you have the Jessner peel may include:

  • Prolonged healing as well as infection are both possible if the peeling skin is removed prematurely
  • Cold sores may appear, if you are already susceptible to them
  • Temporary swelling of the treated area
  • Mild redness
  • Itching, especially if you undergo a deeper chemical peel