A few weeks ago, I discovered you can buy full strength professional Jessner peels online without a license. Imagine my horror/surprise/delight when an ounce costs less than $25. How can you not be delighted at that price? The horror arose at the thought I’d been paying 4x that for one peel application at the spa. I’m surprised that regulators would allow laypeople to self-administer such a product. I admit I was scared and worked up a number of dreadful self-maiming scenarios. After sitting on the product for over a week, I decided to administer my own peel. I do things my own way. I’ll tell you how I did it, and you can customize your routine accordingly. I prepare a clean face with a thin layer of coconut oil. A barrier cream helps prevent over-peeling in sensitive areas – for me around the eyes and mouth. Next I prepare a neutralizing solution. Fill a large bowl with boiling water. Add baking soda until it stops fizzing. Very scientific, I know. LET COOL. Confirm the neutralizing solution is room temperature before proceeding. Procure a clean washcloth. Put it in the neutralizing solution. (Some kits come with a neutralizing solution.)Now I have an exit strategy in place should the hellfire burn of the acid prove too intense for my fragile constitution.For application I prefer Swisspers hypoallergenic cotton rounds. I strongly recommend the use of gloves and safety eyewear. Apply peel to cotton pad. I begin on the “tougher” areas like the forehead, cheeks, and jawline. For me, these areas take longer exposure to secure a decent peel. Then I fill in more sensitive areas like the nose and areas of the face that express movement. I tend to peel deeper and faster in these areas. I complete one pass over the whole face and a quick second pass over more troublesome areas. Because it burns like the dickens, I don’t leave it on very long (3 minutes max) and I don’t achieve full frosting, but I am not a cake so I’m at peace with it. I use the excess product with a wipe to the back of my hands and bottoms of my feet. To halt the process, gently submerge face in the bowl of neutralizer and then gently apply the washcloth. The burning immediately subsides.The treatment resulted in a light all-over peel. It was pretty even, but there was definitely deeper peeling at the temples and less peeling at the forehead. I will keep this in mind for next time. I didn’t go big and I’m glad I didn’t. As you know, the recovery time associated with a Jessner can be brutal. I appreciate controlling the intensity and timing to minimize the recovery-related inconvenience.THIS PEEL IS NOT FOR AMATEURS. Seriously though, I don’t know where you get more dramatic results for under $30 bucks. Explore cautiously.
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