Why a Deeper Chemical Peel works and why would you benefit from it:

What is the Jessner Peel?

As you read above, Jessner solution is a medium-depth peeling agent, which means the combination of ingredients only affects the upper layer of the dermis. It is a leave-in solution that is self-neutralizing and takes several days to complete the peeling process (typically about 7 to 8 days). The Jessner Peel is intended to improve the appearance of minor hyperpigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and elasticity.

What to do before and after Jessner Peel

You’ll need to prep your skin before undergoing the Jessner Peel. While you’ll need to follow the instructions provided by your dermatologist or esthetician, here’s typically what’s involved in the preparation for a Jessner Peel:

  • Avoid use of skin care products with certain ingredients (AHAs, BHAs, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide) for one week

  • Avoid exposure to UV light for two weeks

  • Avoid antibiotic use

Similarly, you’ll need to closely follow post-peel instructions from your provider, but the general guidelines after a Jessner Peel include the following:

  • Skin should be minimally touched for the first 1 to 2 days

  • Never peel off the skin; allow the skin to shed naturally

  • Avoid UV exposure. If you need to go outside, do not forget to wear sunscreen. An SPF of at least 30 should be worn at all times during the daylight hours.

  • Avoid extreme temperature exposure and exercise or activity that will cause sweating during the first several days after the peel

  • Do not apply water or oil based products on the application area for six to eight hours (preferably overnight). Water can push the solution deeper into the skin, and oil will neutralize the action of the peel. 

  • When the skin begins peeling (typically around day 3 post-peel), add hydrating skin care products to your regimen

  • No makeup until peeling is complete

Jessner Peel ingredients

It turns out there are quite a few variations of Jessner’s solution. First, we’ll discuss the original Jessner Peel ingredients, which include salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol in an ethanol base. We’ll explain how each of these ingredients works in more detail below.  

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is oil soluble, which enables this ingredient to easily enter the pores after application. After entering the pores, salicylic acid exfoliates the pore lining, which loosens clogged dirt and oil and helps to wash these impurities away. It also has the ability to dissolve keratin, the protein that acts as a “glue” to keep dead skin cells together in the stratum corneum. This is effective because dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving it looking dull and also possibly clogging pores. 

Lactic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that has the ability to exfoliate the skin, stimulate the skin’s natural regeneration process, and help the skin to retain moisture. When lactic acid is used in high concentrations, such as with a chemical peel, it has the ability to lighten the skin and correct skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation). Specifically, lactic acid has been shown to directly inhibit tyrosinase activity. Tyrosinase is a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of melanin, the pigment that gives skin color and also contributes to the formation of undesirable dark spots. Therefore, by inhibiting tyrosinase, lactic acid may be able to reduce abnormal pigmentation associated with aging and exposure to UV light. 

Resorcinol is a derivative of phenol and has been used as a peeling agent for almost 150 years. This ingredient works by disrupting the hydrogen bonds in keratin, so it is primarily used for addressing pigmentation. Resorcinol has historically been used in the Jessner formula thanks to its natural antiseptic properties. In recent years, resorcinol has been taken out of Jessner’s solution due to possible health risks (myxedema, thyroid dysfunction and cardiac arrhythmia).

Resorcinol may be replaced by TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or glycolic acid (another type of AHA). Additional ingredients that may be added to the Jessner Peel include retinol, hydroquinone, and different types of AHAs. The concentrations of these ingredients also varies depending on the type of skin concern being treated and the patient’s history with chemical peels. 

What are the benefits of a Jessner Peel?

As we explained above, chemical peels work by destroying the outer damaged layers of skin in order to reveal the healthier skin underneath. This process can lead to numerous skin benefits. Jessner Peel benefits include the following:

  • Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles

  • Reduces the appearance of acne scarring

  • Reduces the appearance of large pores

  • May improve the overall complexion of the face

  • May lighten areas of skin discoloration

  • Reduces existing acne

  • Restores skin to a more healthy, youthful glow

Are there any side effects after a Jessner Peel?

Jessner Peel side effects are the same as any medium-depth chemical peel, which include skin redness, swelling, peeling, and mild discomfort. If the pre- and post-peel instructions are followed, there should be no serious side effects or complications after the Jessner Peel. However, if too many layers of solution are applied and the peeling solution penetrates too deep in the skin, you could experience skin blanching (the skin turns white). This is why it’s imperative to only have a licensed professional apply the Jessner Peel. 

Avoiding exposure to UV light after the Jessner Peel is also very important to avoid side effects. As you have learned, chemical peels remove the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum. When this protective layer is removed, the skin underneath is more susceptible to sun damage since the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can more easily penetrate deep into the skin. Thus, sun exposure after a chemical peel can lead to serious sunburn and even hyperpigmentation. 

Who should avoid the Jessner Peel?

There are several conditions that are considered to be contraindications for anyone considering a Jessner Peel, which include the following:

  • Use of Accutane 6 months prior to the Jessner Peel, during the treatment, and 6 months post peel

  • Allergy to aspirin, milk, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and/or resorcinol

  • Active cold sores, sunburn, or severe asthma

  • Lupus

  • Eczema

  • Rosacea

  • Psoriasis

  • Pregnancy

  • Chronic skin disorders and dermatitis conditions

  • What is the Jessner Peel?

  • As you read above, Jessner solution is a medium-depth peeling agent, which means the combination of ingredients only affects the upper layer of the dermis. It is a leave-in solution that is self-neutralizing and takes several days to complete the peeling process (typically about 7 to 8 days). The Jessner Peel is intended to improve the appearance of minor hyperpigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and elasticity.

  • What to do before and after Jessner Peel

  • You’ll need to prep your skin before undergoing the Jessner Peel. While you’ll need to follow the instructions provided by your dermatologist or esthetician, here’s typically what’s involved in the preparation for a Jessner Peel:

  • Avoid use of skin care products with certain ingredients (AHAs, BHAs, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide) for one week

  • Avoid exposure to UV light for two weeks

  • Avoid antibiotic use

  • Similarly, you’ll need to closely follow post-peel instructions from your provider, but the general guidelines after a Jessner Peel include the following:

  • Skin should be minimally touched for the first 1 to 2 days

  • Never peel off the skin; allow the skin to shed naturally

  • Avoid UV exposure. If you need to go outside, do not forget to wear sunscreen. An SPF of at least 30 should be worn at all times during the daylight hours.

  • Avoid extreme temperature exposure and exercise or activity that will cause sweating during the first several days after the peel

  • Do not apply water or oil based products on the application area for six to eight hours (preferably overnight). Water can push the solution deeper into the skin, and oil will neutralize the action of the peel. 

  • When the skin begins peeling (typically around day 3 post-peel), add hydrating skin care products to your regimen

  • No makeup until peeling is complete

  • Jessner Peel ingredients

  • It turns out there are quite a few variations of Jessner’s solution. First, we’ll discuss the original Jessner Peel ingredients, which include salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol in an ethanol base. We’ll explain how each of these ingredients works in more detail below.  

  • Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is oil soluble, which enables this ingredient to easily enter the pores after application. After entering the pores, salicylic acid exfoliates the pore lining, which loosens clogged dirt and oil and helps to wash these impurities away. It also has the ability to dissolve keratin, the protein that acts as a “glue” to keep dead skin cells together in the stratum corneum. This is effective because dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving it looking dull and also possibly clogging pores. 

  • Lactic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that has the ability to exfoliate the skin, stimulate the skin’s natural regeneration process, and help the skin to retain moisture. When lactic acid is used in high concentrations, such as with a chemical peel, it has the ability to lighten the skin and correct skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation). Specifically, lactic acid has been shown to directly inhibit tyrosinase activity. Tyrosinase is a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of melanin, the pigment that gives skin color and also contributes to the formation of undesirable dark spots. Therefore, by inhibiting tyrosinase, lactic acid may be able to reduce abnormal pigmentation associated with aging and exposure to UV light. 

  • Resorcinol is a derivative of phenol and has been used as a peeling agent for almost 150 years. This ingredient works by disrupting the hydrogen bonds in keratin, so it is primarily used for addressing pigmentation. Resorcinol has historically been used in the Jessner formula thanks to its natural antiseptic properties. In recent years, resorcinol has been taken out of Jessner’s solution due to possible health risks (myxedema, thyroid dysfunction and cardiac arrhythmia).

  • Resorcinol may be replaced by TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or glycolic acid (another type of AHA). Additional ingredients that may be added to the Jessner Peel include retinol, hydroquinone, and different types of AHAs. The concentrations of these ingredients also varies depending on the type of skin concern being treated and the patient’s history with chemical peels. 

  • What are the benefits of a Jessner Peel?

  • As we explained above, chemical peels work by destroying the outer damaged layers of skin in order to reveal the healthier skin underneath. This process can lead to numerous skin benefits. Jessner Peel benefits include the following:

  • Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles

  • Reduces the appearance of acne scarring

  • Reduces the appearance of large pores

  • May improve the overall complexion of the face

  • May lighten areas of skin discoloration

  • Reduces existing acne

  • Restores skin to a more healthy, youthful glow

  • Are there any side effects after a Jessner Peel?

  • Jessner Peel side effects are the same as any medium-depth chemical peel, which include skin redness, swelling, peeling, and mild discomfort. If the pre- and post-peel instructions are followed, there should be no serious side effects or complications after the Jessner Peel. However, if too many layers of solution are applied and the peeling solution penetrates too deep in the skin, you could experience skin blanching (the skin turns white). This is why it’s imperative to only have a licensed professional apply the Jessner Peel. 

  • Avoiding exposure to UV light after the Jessner Peel is also very important to avoid side effects. As you have learned, chemical peels remove the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum. When this protective layer is removed, the skin underneath is more susceptible to sun damage since the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can more easily penetrate deep into the skin. Thus, sun exposure after a chemical peel can lead to serious sunburn and even hyperpigmentation. 

  • Who should avoid the Jessner Peel?

  • There are several conditions that are considered to be contraindications for anyone considering a Jessner Peel, which include the following:

  • Use of Accutane 6 months prior to the Jessner Peel, during the treatment, and 6 months post peel

  • Allergy to aspirin, milk, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and/or resorcinol

  • Active cold sores, sunburn, or severe asthma

  • Lupus

  • Eczema

  • Rosacea

  • Psoriasis

  • Pregnancy

  • Chronic skin disorders and dermatitis conditions

What a Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel together would do for you:

Why Combine Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion?

The problem with chemical peels after microdermabrasion is that they can only interact with the skin so much. When combined, they can significantly reduce the risk of unwanted side effects while providing a more effective treatment. Patients typically see clearer skin when they undergo both treatments rather than only one.

The other advantage of combining chemical peels with microdermabrasion treatments is the fact that the recovery period between treatments is typically shorter. This allows you to minimize redness and swelling while still enjoying smooth and clear skin.

If you are interested in the skin rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion, Fallon Saulters is here to help and assits with any questions you may have. She will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Please feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

What is LED Red light therapy and why would you want it after a Fibroblasting Treatment:

What is red light therapy?

Red light therapy (RLT) is a controversial therapeutic technique that uses red low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds, among other conditions.

In the early 1990s, RLT was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells.

Red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat the muscle atrophy, slow wound healing, and bone density issues caused by weightlessness during space travel.

You may have heard of red light therapy (RLT) by its other names, which include:

  • photobiomodulation (PBM)

  • low level light therapy (LLLT)

  • soft laser therapy

  • cold laser therapy

  • biostimulation

  • photonic stimulation

  • low-power laser therapy (LPLT)

When RLT is used with photosensitizing medications, it’s referred to as photodynamic therapy. In this type of therapy, the light only serves as an activating agent for the medication.

There are many different types of red light therapy. Red light beds found at salons are said to help reduce cosmetic skin issues, like stretch marks and wrinkles. Red light therapy used in an medical office setting may be used to treat more serious conditions, like psoriasis, slow-healing wounds, and even the side effects of chemotherapy.

While there’s a fair amount of evidence to show that RLT may be a promising treatment for certain conditions, there’s still a lot to learn about how it works, too.

 

How does red light therapy work?

Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.

RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair. RLT bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface.

 

How is red light therapy used?

Ever since the initial experiments in space, there have been hundreds of clinical studies and thousands of laboratory studies conducted to determine if RLT has medical benefits.

Many studies have had promising results, but the benefits of red light therapy are still a source of controversy. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for example, has determined that there isn’t enough evidence to show that these devices are better than currently existing treatments for treating wounds, ulcers, and pain.

Additional clinical research is needed to prove that RLT is effective. At the moment, however, there’s some evidence to suggest that RLT may have the following benefits:

Currently, RLT isn’t endorsed or covered by insurance companies for these conditions due to lack of sufficient evidence. Although, a few insurance companies now cover the use of RLT to prevent oral mucositis during cancer treatment.

What is the difference between microneelding and esthetics and a Medical grade Microneedling and Esthetics:

 

Medical Grade Micorneedling offers a more deeper needling. Great for stretch marks, scars, better results in pigmentation and over all skin appearance. Chemical Peels can be added to this treatment for a more affective result. 

What is Fibroblasting and what to expect Pre Procedure:

 

How does Fibroblast Treatment work?

The plasma fibroblast treatment is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry in North America but has been used for a number of years in the medical field and in Europe. This device ionized gases near the sin to create a tiny lightning bolt of energy or electrical arc. This thermal energy instantly shrinks the target's skin and vaporizes a small portion of the superficial skin layer. The tissues retract and tighten giving you more youthful and glowing skin.

 

How long does it last?

The plasma fibroblast sublimates or vaporizes skin, which means the skin volume is actually reduced. This is a soft surgery procedure with effect that should last as long as you might expect with invasive surgery. Of course, the effects of plasma fibroblast are not entirely permanent as it does not stop further aging, but the positive results should last for several years depending on the area treats and lifestyles. The rejuvenating effects of treatment will be noticeable immediately after the first session, but the final results will be seen at 8 weeks. For some, an additional treatment may be required after 8 weeks has elapsed for maximum results. Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can individually affect one’s results such as smoking, alcohol consumption and regular sun exposure. 

 

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Most patients see significant improvement with one session. The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, depth of the wrinkles and sagging and other factors. Most patients see instant improvement and this continues to build incrementally over the course of the following 8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to achieve even further improvement. Appointments must be spaced out by 4-12 weeks. 

 

Day Of Treatments:

On the treatment day, it is recommended that no makeup is worn on the treatment area. Plasma fibroblast cannot be performed on any part of the eye area if you are wearing lash extensions due to the risk of infection. You may take an antihistamine 30 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen for 2-3 days following the procedure. Swelling is a normal and expected part of the healing process. Anti-inflammatory medications should be discontinued a week prior to the session because they increase the change of excessive bleeding. 

 

A numbing solution is left on the skin for approximately 30 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb, the session will begin. You may feel some heat in the treatment area or an itchy sensation. Expect to spend at least 30-60 minutes at your appointment, depending on the size of the area being addressed.