A chemical peel that uses Jessner’s solution works on the surface. This peel is available in one strength only, but applying multiple layers can allow the solution to penetrate your skin at a deeper level. This solution was created by Dr. Max Jessner and has been used for over 100 years. The solution uses many different chemicals to help reduce the toxic effects of the individual components.

Jessner’s solution includes:

  • 14 grams of resorcinol
  • 14 grams of salicylic acid (which is a beta hydroxy acid)
  • 14 grams of lactic acid (which is an alpha hydroxy acid)
  • Ethanol

The mixture of the resorcinol, salicylic acid, and lactic acid are dissolved in the ethanol to make 100 cc of the solution. Since some people may be allergic to resorcinol, the solution can be altered to remove this component during the chemical peel.


  • Treats photoaging
  • Reduces appearance of age spots
  • Removes top layer of dead skin
  • Helps with acne
  • Treats post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Treats melasma
  • Improves the appearance of acne scars
  • Clears out pores
  • Help reduce fine lines and wrinkles

If you suffer from cystic acne, this could be a great solution for you. A chemical peel with Jessner’s solution can help to clear your pores, dry out and reduce the appearance of acne, and leave your skin smooth and youthful. This peel will cause your skin to be temporarily more sensitive to the sun, and may require some downtime, but it is an excellent way to clear your skin and reduce acne breakouts.

If you think a chemical peel with Jessner’s solution could help you feel confident about your skin. Contact Azeal Dermatology Institute. We can help you determine if this is the right treatment for you and answer any questions you may have.