Retinoic Acid Peels & Jessner’s Peel


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Commonly these two chemical solutions exist as a superficial depth chemical peel.

Retinoic Acid

This variety of chemical peel is stronger than a BHA peel. A common ingredient within skin products, retinoic acid is revered for its ability to improve the skin’s quality. Thus skin products such as Retin-A and Stieva-A (tretinion) consist of retinoic acid, although in far greater concentrations than found within retinoic acid chemical peels.

The reason why retinoic acid is highly coveted is due to it’s ability to increase the skin’s turnover rate, the rate of shedding the dead old skin cells and stimulating their replacement with new skin cells.  Moreover retinoic acid has been attributed as helping to reduce the probability of skin mutations occurring as a result of UV exposure to the skin. UV exposure is one of the causative factors for the occurrence of cancer, hence the peel has been aligned with an ability to reduce the likelihood of skin cancer.

Jessner’s Peel

The chemical ingredients of this peel are; salicylic acid, resorcinol and lactic acid. Through combination of the AHA lactic acid and the BHA salicylic acid, together with resorcinol (a derivative of the deep peeling chemical phenol), an effective combination of the properties of each can be found.

Although dependant upon the number of layers of the chemical solution applied to the desired area of skin, this chemical peel is usually of a superficial standard. After treatment the skin may temporarily appear to be of an un-natural snowy white colour.


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