IPL or Jessner Peel: Which Is Right for You?

In winter, when our sun exposure is at a minimum, it’s a good time to consider treatments that address hyperpigmentation (areas of brown spots), fine lines and overall complexion improvement. ?There are a couple options that address these issues specifically: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or a Jessner chemical peel.

IPL is administered by a laser (at our spa, it’s the Cutera CoolGlide laser). ?The treatment targets brown spots that result from age or from sun damage, and improves overall skin tone and texture. ?Once brown spots are treated with IPL, they initially get a little darker, but that’s no cause for alarm — those treated spots then ?adopt a grainy texture before gradually flaking away, leaving lighter skin beneath. ?IPL can be performed every 4 weeks until the desired degree of lightening is achieved.

Some people are a little skittish about laser use, and that’s ok. ?Very similar results are achievable with a Jessner chemical peel. ?The Jessner is a moderate-strength chemical peel that contains lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol. ?The Jessner treats areas of hyperpigmentation, just as IPL does, and can be performed on the skin about every 4 weeks, just as is possible with IPL. But as it’s an aesthetic treatment, it’s laser-free. ?It’s also a more budget-friendly option.

Both IPL and the Jessner peel offer the additional benefits of addressing overall complexion improvement. ?And, both are suitable for skin types 1 through 3. ?Interested in alternating between the two? ?Excellent idea! ?To prevent your skin from becoming overly accustomed to one type of treatment, it’s good to switch things up, just like cross-training benefits your muscle groups more than doing the same exercise routine each day.

Need more help deciding which treatment is right for you, or determining which of the 2 treatments to start with? ?Meet up with our Nurse Practitioner, Amanda Gallagher, for a free consultation. ?Together you can determine how to make things look a little brighter this season!