CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment
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CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment
A potent and uniquely formulated retinol solution that hydrates and delivers remarkable anti-aging benefits with a controlled-release delivery system to allow for even, consistent absorption.

CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment

Based on 449 reviews

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A potent and uniquely formulated retinol solution that hydrates and delivers remarkable anti-aging benefits with a controlled-release delivery system to allow for even, consistent absorption.
  • Advanced hydrating complex absorbs quickly
  • Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines
  • Light lotion texture delivers powerful results
  • Use after cleansing, toning & exfoliating skin
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Wrinkles, Anti-Aging

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Why is it different?
Combined with potent antioxidants, CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment is a specially formulated light lotion that absorbs quickly and goes to work immediately to enhance hydration and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tones. Licorice, oat extract and other soothing ingredients help to calm redness.
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What does it do?
Goes to work immediately to visibly refine pore size and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tone. The light lotion formula is supplemented with nourishing licorice extract, oat extract and other soothing plant extracts to calm skin and ease redness. You’ll be amazed at how much younger-looking, firmer, and radiant your skin will look and feel.
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How to use

Limit initial use to three times per week; gradually increase frequency to every other night, then finally each evening as tolerated. Apply a pea-sized amount amount after cleansing and toning. Carefully avoid the lips, eyes (including eyelids) and corners of the eyes. Can be used on the perimeter of the orbital bone if desired. To minimize irritation, try combining with 2-3 drops of Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster.

Note: Some people may experience a delayed sensitized reaction to 1% retinol. Do not assume that if no reaction is seen after a few applications that you can apply this product more frequently. Pay close attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly.

If sensitization occurs (redness, flaking, tenderness, or drying of skin), reduce frequency of use or mix one pump of the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment with your favorite Paula’s Choice serum or PM moisturizer. If sensitization persists, discontinue use. Protect skin daily with sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Dimethicone (skin-softening), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Butylene Glycol (hydrating), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), Castor Isostearate Succinate (skin-softening ), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture enhancer), PEG-33 (stabilizer), Polysorbate 20 (texture enhancer), Behenyl Alcohol (texture enhancer), PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancer), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate (stabilizer), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (texture enhancer), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Retinol (skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing) , Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (skin-restoring), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing ), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (antioxidant plant extracts/skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (burdock extract/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Salix Alba Bark Extract (willow bark extract/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Glycine Soja Sterols (antioxidant/skin-softening ), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (antioxidant/skin-softening), Sorbitan Laurate (texture enhancer), Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester (skin-soothing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture enhancer), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tribehenin (emollient), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-softening), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-softening), Pentylene Glycol (hydrating), PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides (emollient), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer (stabilizer), PEG-10 Phytosterol (fatty acid-based emollient), PEG-8 Dimethicone (skin-softening), PEG-14 (texture enhancer), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (texture enhancer), Arachidyl Glucoside (texture enhancer), Arachidyl Alcohol (texture enhancer), Sclerotium Gum (texture enhancer), Carbomer (gel-based texture enhancer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzoic Acid (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.3

(based on 449 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (308)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (29)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (141)
  • Easy to use (108)
  • Works effectively (95)
  • Evens skin tone (93)
  • Reduces fine lines/wrinkles (64)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (49)
  • Ineffective (8)
  • Bad smell (7)
  • Not effective (5)

Best Uses

  • Fine lines/wrinkles (150)
  • Uneven skin tone (121)
  • Brightening (68)
  • Breakouts (59)
  • Daily use (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (130), Survivalist / minimalist (59), Beauty expert (31), Skin care professional (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (154), Normal (62), Dry (52), Oily (30)

Reviewed by 449 customers

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5.0

Will never go without this again.

By Paula's Choice Fan

from Toronto Canada

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Softens Skin

Cons

  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
  • Uneven Skin Tone

I used this for about two years consistently. I wasn't sure if it was working or not, so I decided to explore 'natural' skincare such as essential oils and stopped using this Resist 1% retinol for about 6 months. I thought my skin looked great until about 4-5 months of stopping it's use. My skin stated to look crepey and my neck was losing it's tone. It took me about another month where I realized the only thing that really changed is my lack of use of retinol. I came back to Paula's choice Resist 1% Retinol and although I have been using it almost every night for three weeks now, I can already see my skin returning to what it once was. I often questioned whether retinol really worked but the only way you really know is when you stop using it. I can say that for myself, it is an essential part of my skincare. It doesn't mean my skin will never age, that's impossible. But I can really see a huge difference in my skin from when I used to use it, and how my skin looked after stopping the use of retinol for 6 months. I will never go without retinol again, and this is by far my preferred retinol.

Service and delivery comments:

My delivery was great. I like the promotions PC provides, especially since I am Canadian and it is a big price once the price of products are converted to our Canadian currency.

  • Skin Type:
  • Dry
  • Age:
  • 30-44
 
5.0

Glowing Skin

By swanfish1981

from Maryland

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Smoothing
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    I've used over the counter retinol products for the past 2 years & have gradually increased the % & frequency with no adverse side effects. With that said, I was ready to try something stronger & bought this. After reading reviews, I was careful to follow the PC recommendation & initially only use 2-3 nights a week. My skin has never looked better & is glowing! I love this formula & will continue using faithfully 3 nights a week until this bottle is gone. I'll definitely purchase again!

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    5.0

    5 Stars!

    By Happy

    from NY

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enlarged Pores
        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Although this is the first retinol product I have ever tried, I really like this! I have already purchased 2 full size bottles. The texture is slightly heavy but I apply it before bedtime so it doesn't bother me.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery was great! Arrived within 1 week.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        5.0

        My forehead lines are gone!

        By Eira

        from Sweden

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          I used this last night and my skin looks AMAZING today! Honestly my skin has never looked this good. It's brighter, smooth, more plump and the tiny line I had in my forehead is no longer there! I love using this product as I believe it will do great things for my skin, especially in the long run in preventing wrinkles. I have dry combination skin and I suspect I have rosacea, this product has actually helped the tone of my skin though it is making me a little flaky. I must say, I feel very thankful I found Paula's Choice as it has made a tremendous change in my skin. Thank you

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 18-29
           
          1.0

          Caused my skin to peel!

          By S. Powell

          from TX

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Irritates Skin
            • Not Effective

            Best Uses

              It saddens me to rate Paula's product so low, since I'm an avid fan and have used nothing but Paula's products for the past 15 years. This is the first time a product has damaged my skin! I was lured by the promises of this product, but had no big issues to address. After using it twice a week for 3 weeks, my skin started peeling. I immediately stopped using this product. It took three whole weeks for my skin to get back to normal and I was not amused to see my skin peeling like that. Sorry, Paula, but in my opinion, this product does the opposite of what you set out to do - give us beautiful skin - as it ruined my perfectly good skin. Gladly, the damage was reversible.

              • Skin Type:
              • Normal
              • Age:
              • 45-59
               
              5.0

              Quality product

              By AmyH

              from Mississauga, Ontario

              About Me Beauty Expert

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Moisturizes
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                It took a long time for my skin to adjust to the amount of retinol in this product but once it did the results have been amazing. For the first year I had to mix it with another Paula's Choise moisturizer at night but now I can use it on its own. My skin looks fresh and refined in the morning.

                • Skin Type:
                • Normal
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                5.0

                QUICK - GET TWO FAB RETINOL TWICE DISCOUNTED!

                By LOVE PC

                from Toronto, Ontario

                About Me Beauty Conscious, EDUCATED BY PAULA AND CSRs! THANKS!!

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Controls Breakouts
                • Easy To Use
                • Evens Skin Tone
                • Fine lines/Wrinkles
                • Soothes Skin
                • Works Effectively

                Cons

                • NADA! LOVE ALL NORMAL/DRY PRODUCTS!

                Best Uses

                • Breakouts
                • Brightening
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                Comments about CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment - 1 oz:

                I have been using PC for 6 years now. I can in all honesty say I not only LOVE ALL, and I mean ALL products for normal to dry, lipstick (bring it back!), foundation, fake bake tanners, the Retinol is always as advertised unlike ROC and others, always .4% or RETINYL VS. RETINOL - READ THE INGREDIENTS CAREFULLY when trying to pay 25-50% "savings" only to get BAD ALCOHOLS in them, no actual retINOL AKA VITAMIN A. This, and the serum are Amazing! Use the exfolients, toners so your skin absorbs this well. Be careful on/around your eyes initially; it is strong, so mix with a PC moisturizer/serum until you can tolerate it. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PAULA, DEB, ETC. I cannot use another product and have converted everyone I know, including reps at Sephora, Clarins, customers looking at pharmacy/retailers to order in the spot with their phones!!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Delivery always reliably quick to Canada, I of course alwayst surpass the $50 min order. Perfect! Reliable, just like all of PC products. One further point; all of PC products are also 10+ reliable to do what they state they will. And, I would be remiss if I did not state "the smell", bad, nomflowery scent, etc. Are you kidding? It IS a part of what makes Paula's Choice products FAR better than alcohol, scents that counter balance the actual benefits of the products. If that is important to you, by all means, get a $200 pharmacy/retail counter facial product boasting they have amazing ingredients, not admitting the "eau de toilette effets" aka perfume watered down and alcohol to dry quickly. Those may seem to be absorbed by your skin quickly, but do the 5 minute research by reviewing the products here.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is the best product on the market for your face !

                By Bobbi

                from Small Town, AR

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Controls Breakouts
                • Easy To Use
                • Evens Skin Tone
                • Fine lines/Wrinkles
                • I got the Clinical ultra-rich moisturizer also.
                • Lightweight
                • Mattifies/Controls Oil
                • Soothes Skin
                • Works Effectively

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Breakouts
                  • Brightening
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment - 1 oz:

                  You can see it work the first time you use it. I can't say enough about this product. I first bought it from a major shopping network. When I ran out I tried to get it again but they were out and could not say when they would get it back. So I started searching on line. I went to the company and have stayed with them. It is not just for wrinkles. If you have any skin problem this will help it. I used to see people on TV and wondered how they got such healthy beautiful skin. President Obama for instance has that skin. Will if you want skin like his then start using Paula's Choice. If you use it as directed you will see wonderful results. I have wasted so much money on other face creams. Men use it too. You all will love it ! !

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  I received it right away thank God. I had been out for a while. I made a mistake and ordered the wrong product the first time. Customer service was very helpful and understood how anxious I was about receiving it right away. With in a week or so I had my face cream. Thank you customer service !

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works! Would buy again!

                  By Beirness

                  from Toronto, ON

                  About Me Beauty Expert

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fine lines/Wrinkles
                  • Works Effectively

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                    Comments about CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment - 1 oz:

                    It works and has a nice creamy texture which I also find hydrating for my dry skin.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This may replace my Retin-A! Results without Rx flakiness

                    By ranita

                    from Berkeley

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Controls Breakouts
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Evens Skin Tone
                    • Fine lines/Wrinkles
                    • Lightweight
                    • Soothes Skin
                    • Works Effectively

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Breakouts
                      • Brightening
                      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      Comments about CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment - 1 oz:

                      I have recently started using this in place of Retin-A micro which I had used for many years. The texture and base is so much smoother and feels so much better on my face. So far, it doesn't make my face peel and flake like Retin-A. I would recommend this to any woman in her late 20s to 30s who re-started getting acne (hormonal) plus is getting wrinkles or struggling with melasma. I've been using a hydrating moisturizer, resist replenishing toner, clear BHA spray (spray into hands and rub on face after treating torso and back), then this. First retinoid that doesn't feel icky on my skin.

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