How can the Jessner peel benefit your skin?

How can the Jessner peel benefit your skin?

Chemical peels have been gaining popularity in recent years as skin resurfacing treatments, but they've been used as beauty treatments since the time of ancient Egypt.

Like all other 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 first formulated over a hundred years ago, and it's still in use today thanks to its ability to:

  • reduce dark patches and age spots
  • even out skin tone
  • reduce the appearance of scars
  • smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • treat melasma (skin discoloration), hyperpigmentation, and acne scars


While many chemical peels can cause lasting discoloration on darker skin, a recent small studyfound 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 Dermatology.

How does the Jessner peel work?

The Jessner peel works by removing the top layers of skin to reveal smoother, more even-toned skin beneath. How deep the peel penetrates depends on what kind of chemical peel you get - superficial, medium, or deep.

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.