Jessner’s Peel

Jessner's chemical peel solution is comprised of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol to treat fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, and acne scarring. The modified Jessner's peel replaces resorcinol with TCA, glycolic acid, and other AHAs for an effective, medium depth exfoliation.

Jessner’s Peel Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Jessner’s Peel
avg. recovery
10 days
$25 - $673

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.03.2021

The Jessner solution has been used for over 100 years as a chemically exfoliating treatment to improve acne as well as pigmentation irregularities such as hyperpigmentation, photodamage, and melasma. Jessner's solution is unique in that it combines multiple chemical exfoliators in one peel. The traditional Jessner peel combines salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol. The salicylic acid is a BHA used for its exfoliating properties, lactic acid for its moisturizing effect, and resorcinol as an antiseptic. Resorcinol has since been replaced by other AHAs such as glycolic, mandelic, azelaic, and phytic acid due to health concerns related to its toxicity and effect on the nervous system. When resorcinol is not used in the the Jessner solution, it is considered a modified Jessner peel. First, the skin will be evaluated. Once it is determined the patient is a good candidate for the peel and all pretreatment skincare has been completed, the peel can be performed. The skin will be cleansed to remove any dirt or oils. Next, the Jessner solution will be brushed onto the skin. Typically, 2 coats will be applied for a superficial peel however, additional layers may be applied for a deeper peel. No neutralizing agent needs to be applied after a Jessner peel. After application, a moisturizing cream or lotion will be applied to the skin. Patients are able to resume normal activity after the peel is applied and should wash the treatment area 4-5 hours post-procedure. Depending on the AHAs used in the peel and the concentration, some patients may be asked to leave the solution on for up to 2 days. Be sure to follow the specific aftercare instructions given by your provider.

The goal of a Jessner peel is to improve the appearance and texture of the skin by chemically exfoliating away wrinkles, sun-damage, skin discolorations, blotchiness, brown spots, and scars.

Recovery Notes

Patients should expect some redness and swelling for 1-2 weeks post procedure while skin peeling typically resolves within 2-7 days. Use a moisturizing cream as needed as well as a daily gentle cleanser. A topical steroid cream may be used to reduce skin irritations.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a Jessner's peel has acne, melasma, or various pigmentation concerns such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, and photodamage. Patients desire a minimally invasive treatment and are okay with multiple treatments to achieve results.

Not Recommended For

A Jessner's chemical peel is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have active skin infections, or have used isotretinoin products within 6 months of treatment.

Side Effects

Side effects from a Jessner peel or modified Jessner peel may include redness, itching, irritation, swelling, infection, and prolonged healing.


  • customizable solution
  • treats fine lines
  • treats dryness
  • treats pigmentation changes
  • treats acne
  • smooths rough skin
  • improved skin texture
  • mild pain


  • pretreatment
  • temporary results
  • multiple treatments

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