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Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:
Works very well and I love the gel fell. Goes on easily and dries quickly.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Antioxidants against Acne
from San Francisco, CA
About Me Beauty Conscious
The first time I used this I applied it at night, and woke up to see my acne marks (very dark on pale skin) fade a lot! It feels like it calms down the skin a little and definitely helps the skin heal MUCH faster and I continue to see those results after long term use, even though that initial incredible lightning "boost" effect wore off.I would appreciate if the same antioxidants with some added anti-irritants would be available in a more fluid texture, so that one could mix it with thicker cremes or other silicone as well. However, this serum is easy to spread when you make sure you shake it properly before applying a few drops to your fingertips, otherwise it stays separated; and it mixes best with liquids (such as a little of the Vitamin C Booster or Clinical Redness Relief).This is better suited for normal-oily skin, as it is not a hydrating serum (hence under Oily/Combination), but can easily be followed/layered/mixed with something more moisturizing. I recommend this for people who are looking for a way to speed up the healing of damage caused by acne, shorten the "lifespan" of a breakout, as well as prevent minor breakouts and greatly reduce major infections. My mother used this quite a few times as well, and she noticed that this serum minimized fine lines and greatly improved the texture of her skin.Definitely recommend this if you are looking to give your skin some goodies and help it do its thing.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great for summer
I have aging, sun damaged, combination skin, prone to breakouts and redness. I also have melasma and wear quite a bit of foundation and concealer.I needed something to protect my skin against further damage, but would not make my skin greasy and make my makeup wear off sooner. This serum really works for me. It is matte and absorbs completely. My skin feels soft and soothed when I put it on and my makeup goes on smoothly and lasts, especially in summer and in combination with Paula's Antiaging Clear Skin Hydrator. Fortunately, my skin has not had any negative reaction and it's pretty sensitive. I love the gel-like consistency. My skin has really benefitted from this serum. Lines softer, brown areas a little lighter. Great product for me.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from houston, texas
I was really hoping this would work for me as an all-over face serum since I had been using the Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum all over my face for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I have not been able to use this product anywhere other than under my eyes.. and even that area (initially) had little bumps when I woke up the next morning. Additionally, the texture of this serum is not as serum-like. It is more like a gooey gel that does not spread as well as the Ultra-light. I wish I would have stuck with that one because this has not done anything that positive for me.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Greasy and difficult to apply
from Los Angeles
About Me Minimalist
This serum reminds me very much of "dry oil" body products I have used in that it has both a dry, and a greasy, slick feel to it. Application was a bit awkward since the serum was separated into liquid and gel parts. On my face, it left a slight slimy film, and lots of shine on my forehead and nose. On the plus side, it is very light weight, soaks in relatively quickly, and isn't sticky like some serums I have used. The scent is inoffensive, and does not linger once the product is applied. The serum isn't particularly hydrating, so for combination skin, some moisturizer would need to be applied to drier areas.I used the serum from two sample sachets, so I can't comment on the long term benefits. Based on this experience, I will probably not buy the full size product. However, if I were to use this product full time, I would choose to only wear it at night because of how shiny it made my skin.
(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Bummed this caused breakouts for me
from Seattle, WA
I LOVE how much PC Skin Recovery SPF 30, Moisture Boost cleanser and Best Face Forward foundation have cleared up my skin problems, so now I've been trying to wade into the serums. I don't know what it is, none of the serums or add-ons so far agree with me, including this one. Usually if something is too oily or too moisturizing, I'd get breakouts in my t-zone, and if it's irritating, breakouts on my dry cheeks. Unfortunately this serum gave me both. I didn't use a ton, just put a few drops in the moisturizer, but that was enough to set my skin off, and since it's the only change in my routine, I know it's the culprit. I tried the samples before buying the tube and they didn't cause an issue, but I also don't use the whole pouch at once so maybe being exposed to air over 3 days inactivated whatever was doing the irritating. Anyways, usually I love the samples to avoid returns, but not this time. When the breakouts die back down, I might try the new Calm serum, but since it focuses on reducing redness vice anti-aging, and the PC lotion by itself stops redness for me, it seems a little redundant. Fingers crossed the Calm 1% BHA works better for me than the regular 1% lotion, I'm trying those samples next.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Made bumps on my forehead go away
from Kansas City, MO
About Me Rosacea, Sensitive Skin
I love this serum! I have had some stubborn sebaceous hyperplasia bumps on my forehead that I figured were just part of the new 40-year-old me, but they disappeared (probably within a week) when I started using this serum. I know it was the serum because when I ran out of it I tried another product for a couple of weeks, and the bumps CAME BACK! So I went back to the Skin Balancing serum with retinol and my forehead is smooth again. The texture is different than other serums I've used, but it doesn't bother me...and more importantly, it works!
(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
By Jenn T
from Ottawa, ON, Canada
I use this product every morning after cleansing, bha and benzoyl peroxide treatment. It makes my skin feel and look great. Holy Grail product for me!
(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)
Best for my Combo skin
from Ellicott City, Md
I have combination/oily skin but the crazy type which is super oily on the nose, relatively oily on the forehead and chin and extremely dry on cheeks and eyes. I had used before the resist serum for acne/wrinkles but I found that the texture was too rich for my skin. This one is definitely the best. I love the texture, it's like a primer, extremely light weight and smooth. I notice the difference in my skin if sometimes I don't put it on because I ran out of it. I wish it would come in a bigger tube.
Irritated skin A LOT.
from St. Louis, MO
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
My friend who is a regular customer for Paula's Choice products gave this product to me as a gift, since I was new to Paula's Choice products. She told me that this will help hydrate my normally oily skin that needs hydration. However, after about 2 weeks of using it, my skin has gotten worse. I don't know if it is just the ingredient that is irritating my skin, but even after following the direction for using retinol products, my skin is not getting better. I didn't break out from my normal skincare routine but this broke me out in the chin area and gave me rashes on my cheeks. Definitely not the best first experience from this company.. Since I don't usually break out, I am pretty stressed out from seeing all these problems. And I'm sure stressing out about my skin is even worse for my skin. Ugh.
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 help you find a product that might work better for your skin type.