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 458 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 458 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (314)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (30)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (145)
  • Easy to use (108)
  • Works effectively (95)
  • Evens skin tone (93)
  • Reduces fine lines/wrinkles (64)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (50)
  • Ineffective (8)
  • Bad smell (7)
  • Not effective (6)

Best Uses

  • Fine lines/wrinkles (157)
  • Uneven skin tone (124)
  • Brightening (68)
  • Breakouts (59)
  • Daily use (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (136), Survivalist / minimalist (62), Beauty expert (31), Skin care professional (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (158), Normal (62), Dry (57), Oily (30)

Reviewed by 458 customers

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4.0

One of my favorites and a must have

By ShannyBee

from Vancouver, Canada

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Moisturizes

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

    I have been using this 1% retinol for a number of years now and it's a staple in my nightly skin care routine. I use it about 5x per week in the evening before I go to bed. I've received compliments on my skin from a dermatologist and estheticians. If you would like to add something anti-aging to your routine and aren't sure where to start, this is it.

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

    I love this product

    By Dmkb1996

    from Cincinnati, Ohio

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

      I love this product. I use 3 times a week. It's lasted at least 6 months now. The people reviewing there's not much product must be using too much. Great product my skin looks great!

      Service and delivery comments:

      As always quick delivery.

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

      Lovely, lovely product

      By 3 Little Kittens

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Moisturizes
      • Smells Great
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

          The Clinical 1% Retinol was my introduction to PC products, and I'm in love with it. My skin felt velvety after the first application, and it looks wonderful. A tiny bit goes a long way, especially when it's being layered with other products. To get the most from it, I dispense the pea-sized amount onto the back of my hand and tap my fingertip in it to apply to my face. When finished, I add a dot of hand cream or PC Triple Action Dark Spot Eraser to whatever film of the retinol product remains, then rub the backs of my hands against each other to distribute. As a result, my hands looking pretty awesome, too -- you'd never know they belong to someone who's turning 50 in a few days!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Well packaged and promptly delivered.

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

          I have bought this product again and again

          By Renee

          from Moss Point, Ms

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Softens Skin
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Enlarged Pores
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Sensitive Skin

            I love this product. I have been using it over a year. I use it at least 3 times a week. A bottle lasts a long time and is well worth the price.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Paula's Choice delivery system is always top notch.

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

            Quick, positive results

            By Susan

            from Vacaville, CA

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Moisturizes
            • Softens Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              I had no adverse reaction to this from day one. I use it every other night. Firmer skin was a fast result. This stays in the routine.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Prompt, reliable

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 60+
               
              1.0

              Save your money!

              By Mr. Andy

              from Sweden

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Moisturizes

              Cons

              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

                I have just finished my second bottle and I haven´t noticed ANY results. It´s ridiculously little amount of product in the container for it´s price. I got around 11-12 pumps of peasized amount of the product. And that´s like $5 a pump. I had high hopes for this product but it didn´t deliver any results. Save your money.

                • Skin Type:
                • Dry
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                4.0

                Didn't work for me, but still a nice product

                By Asha

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Improves skin texture
                • Moisturizes
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                I sampled PC Clinical 1% Retinol as an alternative to prescription Atralin / Renova, and it seemed to work on my skin so I bought the full size. Although it has a smorgasbord of great skin care ingredients, including a clinically proven level of retinol, it ultimately did not work for me or my boyfriend. For me, it was dreadfully irritating after using it more regularly, which pretty much made it a no-go, despite the lovely formula. My boyfriend is more acne prone than I am, and using this for only a few days cased a cystic acne outbreak. I had long passed the return window, so I ended up using most of the product on my hands. I must say, that it improved the texture of my hands in short order--the skin was soft and plumped, so I know the product is effective. Sorry to say that I won't be repurchasing, but it might work for others.

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

                Love this!

                By Courtney

                from Minnesota

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                  • Redness/ Blotchiness
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  I never notice a big difference with different products - most products I use that people rave about I am indifferent about. I have TONS of Paula's Choice samples that I randomly use day by day, and they are all great, but EVERY single time I use the retinol treatment I notice a HUGE difference in my skin. Immediately. I don't know why it works so well and I don't care - I'm completely sold!!!

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

                  The Very Best !

                  By Junebug

                  from NY/NC

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Moisturizes
                  • Non-Greasy
                  • Soothes Skin

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Brown spots
                    • Daily Use
                    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                    • Hyperpigmentation
                    • Uneven Skin Tone

                    For me...this is the very best retinol product I have purchased otc...I have tried many, including PTR and various other high end brands.
                    Almost immediately I saw that my brown spots were fading and now they are barely visible . I also noticed that my skin became clearer
                    and smoother. I use it in the evening and it is a light weight serum that absorbs well into my skin . Paula does not only give you retinol she also
                    Includes peptides and other active ingedients . With other brands you have to purchase several products to get everything she packs
                    into one bottle. I really appreciate this about her products , she is not stingy and all of her products are affordable in comparison to other
                    Companies. If you have aging skin, hyper-pigmentation and brown spots give this product a try ....

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Dry
                    • Age:
                    • 45-59
                     
                    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

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