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Be super care if you have sensitive skin.
from San Francisco
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment - 1 oz:
Be careful if you have very dry, sensitive skin. But to preface...I have insanely sensitive skin and I am allergic to a lot of things. (Eczema, nose, skin, food allergies galore).I am on the fence with this product. I purchased the resist cream and both caused a very bad allergic reaction. I have had this for almost two weeks now.I am going to lay off the resist cream and try to use this again with aquaphor and hopefully it makes this more tolerable.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Better than Prescription Retin A
About Me Beauty Expert
I used prescription Retin A prior to trying this. I only tried it because I love PC and have used it for years. I like this better than the prescription formula. It is not drying and leaves my skin silky smooth and feeling healthy. It has wonderful nourishing ingredients that make my skin glow. I am 58 and strangers tell me my skin is amazing.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Holy Grail product
I introduced this product into my skincare routine gradually with the intention of using it daily or every other day. However, it is so darn effective, I find that I only need to apply it once or twice a week. After years of treating my dark spots with PC approved products/ingredients, this is the first time I've noticed quick, significant fading.
Not for me
from Charlotte, NC
This was the wrong choice for me. I broke out the first time I used it and every time afterwards. I love Paulas products and usually don't have any problems but this one wasn't for me.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Only a GOOD reaction
A few years ago, almost overnight, my skin went from requiring no-maintenance beyond sunscreen to, "I look 10 years older than I am - HELP!". I've now spent years trying to find something that doesn't irritate my reactive skin and actually works. I bought the 1% Retinol trial size not expecting much, and WOW have I been surprised. Nothing is going to make me look 35 again (duh - and I'm not sure I'd want it to!), but in two weeks of using this product:- drastic improvement on my droopy/hooded eyelids (I'm extremely careful not to get it in my eyes!). I can't believe the difference. - smoothed skin and minimized pores around nose and on cheeks- brightened skintone significantly - my naturally sallow coloring doesn't actually look corpse-likeI've had no irritation from it at all - none. I can feel it tingling when I first put it on, but I've been using it every day without any issues whatsoever (if I tell you that 90% of products make me erupt into massive under-the-skin pimples and/or red welts after a single use, you'll know what a big deal this is!)I hope it continues to work for me as well as it has started off. Btw, to those who say the trial size is too small, I've had two weeks of every day use out of it, and it's not quite finished yet. You don't need to slather it on, as it has a very nice slip and moves over skin easily.I am now building a skincare regimen around this product. I'm grateful for the PC samples included with every purchase (although the sachets really don't include much, and they're so hard to open if I don't have scissors to hand that sometimes I lose what little is inside), and currently plan to combine this and the Super Antioxidant Serum (which made my skin look "dewy" for the first time in an age!). I have other samples on their way with my purchase of the full size Retinol 1%, and look forward to trying those as well. Short version: this stuff is amazing, doesn't irritate my reactive skin, and while it's not cheap, it's not that much more expensive than other products.... which haven't worked at all for me.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Gets rid of red spots
By Nichole RN
from Northville, MI
About Me Minimalist
At first this irritated my skin, so I rarely used it. However, I kept trying and now I can use it every night. I had a couple of patchy areas due to sun exposure and a couple of red spots from monthly breakouts. This has gotten my skin almost completely cleared up. I can use very minimal makeup again...just like when I was 20 and I am now 46. I love this products.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
I now watch people study my face as we talk- I LOVE THAT
By The Looking Better than Ever Grandma
from Spokane, WA
I started twice a week at night. My skin was shocked at first, I used too much product. Dry and peeling for a couple of weeks. I'm not through with my first purhase and will order my next today. Do not want to stop. Dryness cleared up and I worked up to 4-5 nights a week.Last week I noticed my nose and the lack of large, clogged pores on it, today I see my forehead looks so smooth. I can't believe it, that's why this week I see people's eyes really studying my skin. I can read their minds "what did she do?". At 58 I finally have the skin I wanted.I wear eye make-up & blush now, nothing to hide.This product get a 10.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
left deep red marks where settled into neck wrinkles
from Los Angeles, CA
Unlike the retinal booster, I find this product over sensitizes my skin. This morning I found deep red marks in my neck wrinkles where the product settled in during the night. I hope this horrific situation fades quickly.
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.
(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
This is the best over the counter retinol product I have ever found. I have used retin A in the past. This works better in my opinion. This product is so effective that I only need to use it a couple times a week. I have only been using PC for the past couple months and all of the products I have tried are phenomenal because they work and they are so budget friendly. I am so blown away by the results from the exfoliaters to the moisturizers. The makeup is another rare gem. I only wish I would have known about PC products years ago. Thank You Paula for offering effective and price friendly products. It truly is the best skin of my life. My 50 year old skin looks ten years younger in two months. I am now a loyal and forever customer.
Wanted to Like Serum, but Broke Me Out
After watching YouTube videos ranting about this product and reading the great reviews here on Paula's Choice website, I had to try this serum to prevent aging. Unfortunately I am very acne prone, which PC's products have improved immensely! However, this product seemed to irritate my skin and caused breakouts on my cheeks. PC was great about allowing me to return the product for a full refund.