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 465 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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    1 oz
    $56.00
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    $11.00

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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 465 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (319)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (30)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (147)
  • Easy to use (108)
  • Works effectively (95)
  • Evens skin tone (93)
  • Reduces fine lines/wrinkles (64)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (52)
  • Ineffective (8)
  • Bad smell (7)
  • Not effective (6)
  • Greasy (3)

Best Uses

  • Fine lines/wrinkles (162)
  • Uneven skin tone (129)
  • Brightening (68)
  • Breakouts (59)
  • Daily use (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (142), Survivalist / minimalist (63), Beauty expert (31), Skin care professional (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (161), Normal (62), Dry (60), Oily (31)

Reviewed by 465 customers

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2.0

I really wanted to love this product!

By CC in NOLA

from New Orleans, LA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Comedome breakout
    • Greasy
    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

      I really wanted to love this product! I had been using the PC4MEN Nighttime Repair cream previously in preparation of going to a higher concentration of retinol. I was sadly disappointing in this product though. I could never quite get it to work with my skin. At first, I tended to breakout in comedones and pimples the next day after using this product. I kept with it so eventually those became less frequent (although never stopped), but then my skin became inflamed and irritated when I used it. (I only ever used it at night & always use sunscreen before leaving my house.) When my skin became irritated I would discontinue all products and slowly reintroduce them to figure out the culprit and each time it was because of the CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment. I'm either allergic/sensitized to one of the ingredients or my bottle is off (it is a dark golden color, is that normal?).

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

      Excellent product

      By Urban Artist

      from San Francisco

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Moisturizes
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        I use this product pretty much nightly (though I started by using it every other night). I had used tretinoin in the past, but found it irritated my skin. I experience no irritation with this retinol product, and the results are so much better. It feels moisturizing and makes my skin smooth, bright, and clear. Really good stuff!

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

        One of the most effective products

        By Jo

        from Mo

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fades discolorations
        • Moisturizes
        • Smooths lines
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Has made a huge difference to my combination, sensitive, sun damaged skin. I use it every other day. Results are incredible.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Always terrific

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

          Have used this for a year now

          By michael

          from new york, ny

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          I'm a male, almost 40. Have been using this along with a daily Paula's Choice exfoliator and i get so many compliments on my skin. I definitely have noticed a much smoother even toned skin texture on my face from using both these products for a year now.

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

          Made my skin extremely smooth.

          By Chroma

          from NYC

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Softens Skin

          Cons

          • Irritates Skin

          Best Uses

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

          I started using Paula's Choice retinol products almost a year ago. I started off with some of the weaker retinol products, slowly got used to them, and then upgraded to the 1% clinical. At first I was using it to frequently and thought it wasn't for me (I also was using too much) so I scaled back to using it 2x a week MAX until my skin adjusted which takes a while. The key with retinol is patience. Getting used to retinol isn't necessarily a 1 month process. It took me 6 months to build up to this product. Now I use it every other night after using Paula's BHA liquid and a really gentle Simple brand cleanser. They key for me is to make sure I am super generous with the moisturizer afterwards (I layer on Drunk Elephant's LaLa Retro cream + First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair cream during the winter and it helps ease the slight burning of the retinol). I have gone from having constant cystic acne to zero acne for the first time in my life and my skin looks firmer, fine lines are disappearing, and my skin is generally insanely smooth and silky. It's a little pricey but it's completely worth it to me to no longer have to stress about my skin anymore. I will definitely keep purchasing.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Was delivered promptly.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 18-29
           
          5.0

          Great Product

          By lelmore907

          from Gallatin, TN

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Love this Retinol! It took a few weeks until I could use it every night but was worth the wait! It was my decision to gradually insert this product into my PM routine and due to the gradual increase my skin never had a shock reaction. I have been using this product for over a year now and the difference that a pea size amount added to my nightly routine is awesome! I highly recommend this product!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Very prompt and very fast delivery always.

            • Skin Type:
            • Dry
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            4.0

            Retinol and AHA

            By Lalla

            from norway

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Non-Greasy
            • Smells Great
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              I am using 1% Retinol Treatment , and I am very pleased with . Now I wonder if anyoneout there has tried it with the
              10% exfolating below. I would like to try and boost it a bit up...

              • Skin Type:
              • Dry
              • Age:
              • 60+
               
              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

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