What is a Jet Peel? Benefits, Side Effects, Procedure, and Cost

Jet peel benefits

There’s a limited amount of research examining the benefits of jet peel at this time. However, this type of facial treatment has been linked to the following potential benefits.

Treating acne

Jet peels may help you treat and prevent acne by deep-cleaning your pores and exfoliating your skin. They also have the potential to deliver serums that contain ingredients like salicylic acid that can help with acne management.

Signs of aging

Jet peel facials may help reduce signs of aging like wrinkles or sun damage. As with other treatments like chemical peels, it’s thought that this could achieve results by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.


Jet peels help exfoliate your skin and may give it a smooth and refreshed feeling after treatment. Exfoliating can help you reduce clogged pores, reduce the appearance of scars, and help even out your skin tone.

Other benefits

Jet peel technology may also have other medical uses other than treating facial skin.

One study found that jet peels may be able to more efficiently deliver minoxidil (Rogaine) into the scalp of people dealing with male and female pattern baldness.

Another study found that jet peel technology may be effective at delivering local anesthesia into the skin.

Jet peel side effects and precautions

Jet peels are relatively safe when administered properly, but as with any treatment, there’s a possibility of side effects. In rare cases, Jet peel facials can lead to cellulitis, an infection of the deep layer of your skin (the dermis).

Other potential side effects include:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • pain
  • formation of pustules or cysts
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • infection
Is a jet peel safe during pregnancy?

Jet peels aren’t usually recommended for women who are pregnant since the skin is often sensitive at this time and some serums may include ingredients that are harmful to the baby.

It’s also a good idea for pregnant women to minimize their use of cosmetics during pregnancy. Some cosmetics may increase the risk of birth complications. However, more research is needed to understand which skincare products increase this risk.

Can a jet peel cause a breakout?

One potential side effect is pustules or small fluid-filled bumps. There hasn’t been any research looking at the prevalence of this side effect.

How does a jet peel treatment work?

The outer layer of your skin is referred to as your epidermis and the deeper layer is the dermis. Your dermis is made up primarily of collagen and provides your skin with structure and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one factor that causes your skin to age.

Jet peels use a highly pressurized jet of oxygen to penetrate your dermis and infuse it with cleansers, nutrients, and serums.

During the procedure, your provider will clean your skin using a mixture of pressurized oxygen and saline water using a wand. They’ll then provide you with a custom serum depending on your needs. Some common options are:

  • hyaluronic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • vitamin C
  • B vitamins

Jet peel: before and after

Here’s an example of the results some people have experienced from a jet peel:

Jet peel aftercare

Immediately after getting a jet peel, your face will likely feel fresh and you may notice it feels smoother. Jet peels don’t usually require any specific care afterward. You may experience some redness, but it usually goes away within an hour.

Your provider may recommend you avoid applying makeup or washing your face for about 6 hours afterward to give any serums you received time to get absorbed.

How often should you get a jet peel?

Jet peel results are temporary and you need to keep getting them to see continuous results.

Some anecdotally recommend getting a jet peel roughly every 2 to 4 weeks. However, the exact time frame depends on factors like your skin type and budget.

Jet peel costs

Jet peel prices vary depending on where you live. One salon in Rochester, New York, currently lists its price as $159 per treatment or $435 for a package of three. Another clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts, lists its price as $125 per session or $300 for three sessions.

As with most other cosmetic treatments, your insurance is unlikely to cover the cost.

Jet peel vs. microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses an applicator with a rough surface to exfoliate your skin. It can reduce signs of aging, acne, and scars.

Both microdermabrasion and jet peels exfoliate your skin. However, microdermabrasion targets the outer layer called your epidermis, while jet peels target the deeper layer of skin (the dermis).

Jet peel vs. radiofrequency therapy

Radiofrequency (RF) therapy is a non-surgical method of tightening your skin. Both jet peel facials and radiofrequency therapy target the deep layer of your skin called the dermis.

Jet peels help cleanse and exfoliate your skin, while RF therapy uses high- energy waves to produce heat to stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles.

RF therapy is much more expensive than jet peels and starts at about $1,000. Some people use jet peels as a pre-treatment for RF therapy.

Jet peel vs. HydraFacial and Dermalinfusion

Dermalinfusion is a technique that uses a diamond-tipped wand to exfoliate your skin while vacuuming away debris and infusing your skin with serum. It offers many of the same benefits as jet peels, and both treatments can be gentle enough to perform on rosacea and acne.

HydraFacials are another very similar technique that exfoliates your skin and infuses your skin with serum. There’s not enough research on these three treatments to say that one is definitively better than the others.


A jet peel facial is a noninvasive procedure that uses jets of air and liquids to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. The procedure also delivers serums into the deep layer of your skin called the dermis.

Jet peel facials are considered safe for most people and are often gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.

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