Modified Jessner Peel

Benefits of Modified Jessner Peel

  • Reduces the appearance of acne scars
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Helps loosen stubborn acne
  • Improves overall complexion

A Modified 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. It 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. Modified Jessner’s solution is a combination of 17% lactic acid, 17% salicylic acid, and 8% citric acid.


The Modified Jessner peel is excellent for men and women who are concerned about uneven skin tone, acne, or their overall appearance. Modified Jessner peels are not, however, recommended for darker skin types.

Patients who do not protect themselves from the sun and visit tanning salons frequently are not candidates for chemical peels. Individuals who pick at their skin, have open lesions or an active infection are also not candidates for these peels.

What to Expect

Your skin will first be cleaned with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil. This allows for proper penetration of the Modified Jessner mix. During the Modified Jessner, you may experience a warm, tingling or burning sensation during the application. After the application of the peel, the skin may appear white and frosted. This will subside within a few hours. Over the next few days, the skin will appear red and eventually deepen to a tan color. The peeling process may range from mild stinging, redness and/or mild crusting and peeling.

Recovery, Risks and Results

It is important that you find a provider who has adequate training and experience in chemical peels. During your initial consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations with your provider. He or she will explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, what the recovery period will be and the costs.

Modified Jessner Peel Risks Include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (cold sore outbreaks)

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.

To learn more about Modified Jessner Peel, or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Moenster or Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Weyer, please fill out the form on this page. You can call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to seeing you soon!