Skin is Darker 1 Day After Jessner Peel

Please help, my skin become darker after one day of Jessner peel. There is no redness, but large dark area, will it go away. No, I didn't use the lightening system before the Jessner peel. Will my skin be better after peeling? Or it will be worst than before. Thanks,

Doctor Answers 3

Darkening of skin after Jessner's peel may be normal...

Commonly after a chemical peel the skin may darken and scale before it comes off.  To make the peeling process occur more quickly, don't pick, rather apply a rich moisturizer liberally.  If you have any tenderness, discuss it with the person who did the peel.  Sometimes brown patches, also know as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), occur after a chemical peel if the skin gets irritated.  If PIH occurs after a Jessner's peel, it is usually minor.  It can go away on it's own or you can treat it with a bleaching agent you get from your dermatologist.

New York Dermatologist
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Skin darkening after Jessner's peel

This is the normal course after a Jessner's peel. You should expect some skin darkening and redness and then at around 5-8 days, you will start to peel, like a terrible sun burn. 

Good luck!

P. Daniel Ward, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Jessner's peel dark skin

RELAX. Skin usually turns red, then brown/black after Jessner's peel. This lasts a few days & then starts to peel off on its own, starting around the mouth. Just wash your face as usual , & apply moisturizers liberally. DO NOT PEEL the skin yourself.

Khaled El-Hoshy, MD
Detroit Dermatologic Surgeon

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