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A Jessner peel is a popular medium-depth chemical peel that works to improve skin health by helping remove and heal skin damage that is more extensive than regular “wear and tear.” This skin care treatment is stronger than most superficial chemical peels, and therefore creates more temporary damage to the skin in the process. 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).

What Does It Do?

Here are some of the primary benefits of getting a Jessner peel:

  • The peel helps to smooth out various fine lines and wrinkles
  • It may reduce the appearance of acne scarring
  • It can reduce the of appearance of large pores
  • May improve the overall complexion of the face
  • In some cases may lighten areas of skin discoloration
  • Can help loosen and reduce acne
  • Assists with treatment of melasma
  • Restores skin to a more healthy, youthful glow
  • Can act as a customized treatment for more extensive skin damage

How It Works

A Jessner peel is comprised of three primary ingredients. These ingredients work together to exfoliate the outer layers of skin by breaking up dead skin cells. This treatment encourages the natural peeling to start several days after the chemical treatment. In the office, your skin is thoroughly cleansed and then the peel chemicals are applied. As a general rule, 1-7 coats are applied for the best possible results.

If necessary, the Jessner peel can be repeated every 4-6 weeks until the desired results are achieved; however, for most patients, only one treatment is required.

What to Expect

First, you will experience dry, tight skin with slight redness. Your skin may also be overly sensitive. It will peel for about a week after the treatment and you can expect your skin to turn from a pink shade to a shade of brown. When the old, damaged skin has all peeled away, you will be left with more refreshed, glowing skin.

Keep in mind that the deeper the Jessner peel penetrates your skin, the longer the recovery time will be, and the more you become at risk of experiencing potential side effects.

Who Cannot Undergo the Jessner Peel 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

Side Effects of a Jessner Peel

With exception of skin redness and general discomfort, there is not a significant number of serious side effects associated with the Jessner peel. However, it is important to discuss this procedure with your techncian to ensure that your skin will not suffer any adverse effects. Some of the more minor side effects that you may experience when you have the Jessner peel may include:

  • 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

Before you have the Jessner peel, make sure to speak to your skin care specialist about all of your options, to ensure that you are not undergoing a treatment that is more drastic than necessary.


$199 Jessner Peel includes:

  • Patch test (2 days prior to the treatment)
  • Jessner Peel
  • Post Treatment Soothing, Hydrating Facial with Enzyme Exfoliant (7-10 days after the treatment)

$230 Jessner Peel includes:

(This treatment is more aggressive than our regular Jessner peel as a result of the prior microdermabrasion or glycolic treatment.  You can expect deeper results and longer peel time.)

  • Microdermabrasion or Glycolic Treatment (1 week prior treatment)
  • Patch Test
  • Jessner Peel
  • Post Treatment Soothing, Hydrating Facial  with Enzyme Exfoliant (7-10 days after the treatment)

(These prices do not include the products you will need for after your peel.  The total cost of the products you will need are between $32 and $37)




If you have uneven skin tone, damaged skin, fine lines, melasma, hyperpigmentation or facial scarring, you may have considered having a TCA peel treatment. However, as with any procedure, it is important that you understand what a TCA peel is, how it works, what skin conditions is it meant to treat and its potential side effects. As with any treatment, talk to your skin care specialist before committing to a TCA peel or any other chemical peel.

What is a TCA Peel?

Having been used for more than 20 years, the TCA peel is a non-toxic chemical peel. TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid which is considered a relative of vinegar. This particular type of chemical peel is considered to be one of the strongest available, with a strength  in the range of 5% and 50%. This peel is most often applied to the face, neck and hands. The chemicals in this peel can also be used for treating specific spot areas on the face or hands. Also, TCA is currently the only chemical peel that has been approved by the FDA to treat Actinic Keratosis (pre-cancer).

Trichicoracetic Acid is an effective intermediate to deep peeling agent, excellent for correcting skin flaws and rejevenating the skin, providing dramatic results every time.  TCA peels are ideally suited for people who have undergone other peel treatments and now require a deeper peel for more effective results.

What Does a TCA Peel Treat?

TCA peels are most commonly used to treat the following conditions:

  • To reduce fine lines
  • To reduce the appearance of age spots and brown spots
  • To treat some forms of acne
  • To enhance the appearance of sun-damaged, leathery-looking skin
  • To improve symptoms of melasma

How It Works

A superficial TCA peel – the lightest of the peels – will remove the top layer of skin, which has been damaged by the sun. The deeper the peel that is used, the more damaged skin cells are removed. However, a deeper peel also means more discomfort and a need for more recovery time. The higher concentration of chemical peel that you have applied to your skin, the deeper into your skin it will work. After about a week, the old skin will have peeled off and you will be left with fresher, more radiant skin.

When you first enter your  skin care specialist’s office to get a TCA peel, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed. The peel chemicals will then be applied to your skin in several layers, at different time intervals.  For best results, TCA peels are usually performed over two or three visits, to allow healing between treatments.  However, medium-depth TCA peels are generally performed one to two times annually.

What to Expect

Results from a TCA peel will generally last for approximately six months, until the outer layers of the skin become damaged again. However, keep in mind that a deep TCA peel may require downtime of as much as seven to ten days. So, you’ll need to have a TCA peel completed while you are off work for a week, as you’ll need to stay out of the sun – not to mention the fact that you skin will be red and flaky. TCA Peels will make your skin sensitive to light, therefore, you will need to use a sunblock anytime you go out into the sun.

Possible Side Effects

As with any procedure, there are possible side effects that are associated with getting a TCA peel. The primary side effects that you should be aware of are as follows:

  • Burning of the skin
  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Persistent redness of the face
  • Post-peel breakouts
  • Infection or scarring
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to the sun

If you decide to get this peel, one of the most important things to remember is to follow the post care instructions completely because the peel does create a significant amount of temporary damage. Not treating your skin correctly after a TCA peel means that it will heal slower, and puts you at a greater risk of experiencing side effects.


$138 TCA Peel includes:

  • Microdermabrasion (2 weeks prior to the treatment)
  • Patch Test
  • TCA Peel
  •  Post Treatment Soothing, Hydrating Facial (2 weeks after the treatment)

$177 TCA / Vitamin A Peel includes:

(This treatment is more aggressive than our regular TCA peel as a result of the Vitamin A Peel and the prior microdermabrasion or glycolic treatment.  You can expect deeper results and longer peel time.)

  • Microdermabrasion or Glycolic (2 weeks prior to the treatment)
  • Patch Test
  • TCA Peel
  • Vitamin A Peel
  • Post Treatment Soothing, Hydrating Facial (2 weeks after the treatment)

Jessner and TCA Peel Pictures:

Normal Peeling

Day 1 Frosting Images

Before and After Pictures (some pictures are 3 treatment series)