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Breaks me out
from Washington DC
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about Resist Retinol Serum - 1 oz:
This breaks me out every time I try to use it. I put it on at night and I wake up with little blemishes and rough skin. I will try another retinol product because I feel like there is something in this formula that doesn't agree with my skin at all. Bummer, because this wasn't cheap.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Didn't like the texture at all.
from Nowhere, South Carolina.
About Me Skin Care Professional
It's a very heavy product with a thick, oily, silicone feel. It's the only PC product I have disliked. My skin is REALLY dry and it's too heavy for me. If I use this with a primer, I get that weird, pebbled texture that too much silicone can create. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I have used beauty oils and/or boosters for a few years and I love them. I love the other PC retinol products and have Alpha and Beta exfoliants. My pores are feeling and looking coarse and I have blemishes! That never happens. Stay away. All the other retinol products are great.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
This is my first time using a retinol product and I am in love! I use PC products exclusively and my skin has never looked better. I alternate using this serum at night (2x a week now and will increase to maybe 3-4) with the Resist Antioxidant serum. It is a thicker serum, which doesn't bother me, and sinks into skin within a couple minutes. It is too soon to see major changes, but so far so good!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
My Skin's Holy Grail
from New York, NY
This product is heaven. When I first tried it, the texture seemed very thick and emollient, and I was concerned about breakouts or it being too much for my young-ish skin. However, I quickly realized that the initial shiny effect faded as the serum absorbed into my skin, leaving it incredibly soft and supple.I have combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin, and not only does this product help keep breakouts at bay while healing red marks from previous blemishes, but I was surprised to discover it is the only thing I've tried that helped clear a constellation of whiteheads from my cheeks. Bonus! I'm going to be using this for a long time.
(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Great Retinol serum
from Toronto, Canada
About Me Beauty Expert
I am new to Paula's Choice, but I have practically used anything and everything from low to high end. I have gotten increasingly sensitive towards anything with fragrance, so I had to stop using all my Korean skincare products. Also, my skin burns at any hint of alcohol, which makes this product a great choice. I have used many retinol serums, very few of which had enough of concentration to make a difference; or in inferior forms. Also, my skin usually burns and peels badly with retinol, but surprisingly not with this one. I have no real wrinkles yet, just fine lines, and this is a great product for fine lines and overall skin tone. I am waiting for more stock now that it's sold out!
(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Initial Review-Next Day
About Me Beauty Conscious, Beauty Expert
Writing an initial review after using once....and I never write a review after using something once.....That said, I got this as a sample with my Resist Super Antioxidant Serum, without the retinol, which I have yet to review and have been using for months.I used a small amount before bed. Experienced some tingling after application, which I expected. Waited a bit and applied my usual moisturizer. When I woke up the next day and washed my face I was amazed. My pores were significantly diminished. I have dry skin, but enlarged pores on my cheeks. Pore size was noticeably different. As were my deep forehead wrinkles. Still there mind you, but looked much softer. I also noticed my skin feels plumped, thicker almost if that makes sense. I also suffer from skin sensitivity, so I will be introducing this product slowly....twice a week to start and will build up. With a retinol that is recommended anyway, and this is a stronger one, so it could cause dryness and irritation if used to much. I was so astounded by the initial use though that I had to share the positive results. Will update.On another note, I am always impressed with the speed of P.C. shipping. Ordered this at 10pm EST got here MOnday afternoon.
(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Wow, you won't be disappointed
I'm one of those people who wants to believe in products so badly and all the good reviews that I've tried dozens of products on the market, some cheap and some expensive. I decided to try PC because her products are based off science and research, not millions of dollars on marketing and advertising. Nothing has changed my skin like this . . . ever. I have even received 3-4 compliments whereas before I was never a person who got complimented on my skin! I use this as part of my daily routine, after PC toner, and add the Vitamin C drops to it. My skin is much smoother and brighter (someone said I was even glowing, and no, I'm not pregnant). I was worried it might make me break out since my skin breaks out easily and its on the greasy side, but it didn't. Give it a few minutes and it will absorb. Honestly, I'll never stop using this product along with the Vitamin C drops. I'm so satisfied, I will slowly replace all my other products with PC products! Thank you!
(9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
Burned my sking
from Seattle, WA
I have never had a problem with any other Paula's Choice product and I have been using them for years. I figured I would splurge and get myself a more expensive face treatment. Immediately after I applied this on my skin it started to burn, I tried to wait and see if it would dissipate but it kept getting worse and it was extremely painful. I washed my face but the burning kept lingering and my face has been peeling and red ever since. Unfortunately now I'm scared to try any new products from this brand after this horrible experience.
Customer Service Response: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund, as well as recommend a product that might work better for your skin type.
Best Retinol ever
from Detroit MI
I've tried other products from 20.00 drugstore to hundreds of dollars cosmeticueticals. This is the best I've ever used. I bought it on sale and 3 days of using it has already improved my skin texture. I'm 37, African American with complicated skin that is getting freckles as I age. My makeup applies more smoothly with this product underneath my sunscreen-which is a side bonus.
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
mild yet effective
By kt rose
from Issaquah, WA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
I had previously tried both Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment and Resist C15 Super Booster. The former made my skin flaky so I couldn't use it every day. The latter made my face itch. THIS product combines both ingredients in a milder formulation that works. I use it consistently every day without irritation, flakiness or itching.Although the texture SEEMS thick it goes on light, absorbs quickly and I don't notice it's there.