Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
A powerful treatment with 1% retinol that firms skin, fades brown spots and smooths wrinkles.
- Skin Type: All skin types
- Concern: Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown spots, Enlarged pores
- Ingredients: Licorice root extract, Peptides, Retinol (Vitamin A) View all
- Routine: Treatment
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Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
What does it do?
A powerful retinol treatment to fight the signs of ageing.
This lightweight lotion combines pure retinol with potent antioxidants to immediately enhance hydration, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote a more even-toned complexion. Licorice, oat extract and other soothing ingredients to help calm redness.
Is this suitable for my skin?
What is your skin type?
What skin concern would you like to address?(Please select one option).
Improves skin tone and texture
Fades brown spots
Softens fine lines and wrinkles
How to use
Apply a pea-sized amount after cleansing, toning and exfoliating, and then follow with your serum and/or nighttime moisturiser. Avoid the lips, direct contact with the eye, and corners of the eyes. You may apply up to the orbital bone of the eye area. When first using the Clinical 1% Retinol, start with no more than 3 evenings per week, then gradually increase frequency to every other night and, finally, every evening as tolerated.
Thank you for submitting your review! It will be reviewed by our staff before it is posted.I am in my early 30’s and purchased this about 6 months ago to address fine lines developing on my forehead and around my eyes. My skin has only now fully adjusted to it. Prior to purchasing this, I had been using le Roche posay redermic nightly, with no issues (I think redermic is .3%). I thought my skin would adjust to the higher concentrate of PC with no problems. I was WRONG! I first started using it twice a week and my skin peeled and stung whenever I put on sunscreen. It was awful! So I had to reduce it to once a week. Within about 2 months, I thought it would be OK to go back up to twice a week but it still made me skin react. 6 months in and I am now using it every 2-3 nights with no problems. This has not erased any fine lines or anything, but I feel that PC retinol has put the brakes on my existing fine lines and has slowed down others from appearing. I consider this the MVP of my skincare routine. Overall, the texture of my skin has greatly improved- it glows! I will definitely be re-purchasing this. But, folks, adjusting to this potent product is a long-term commitment, and it will take time (like months) to see and feel the impact.
Customer Care: Hi Ro, thanks so much for taking the time to write your review of our Clinical 1% Retinol. I'm so happy to hear you've found the best way to incorporate this into your routine. This is a high-strength retinol product, so it can take some time for the skin to adjust and I'm glad you stuck with it and are seeing the benefits! Using daily won't work for everyone, so it's so important to listen to your skin and cut back if it's too irritated. If you ever would like advice or guidance on how to incorporate a product into your routine don't hesitate to reach out! Kind regards, Marissa - Paula's Choice Customer CareI am in my early 50's with pale skin. I have tried a great number of vitamin A products since my mid-40's, ranging from super-high-end to more 'ordinary' ones... I can confidently say Paula's is the best, hands down. It obviously works, as my face is always brighter, tighter, and clearer after a course of treatment (using this one and Paula's AHA or BHA on alternate nights), which was not the case with several other brands, even though they claim the same concentration of vitamin A - I simply didn't see any difference with them. But also, crucially, with Paula's my skin has never suffered more than a little peeling for a few days at the mid-way point (which proves the thing works!), whereas some of the prescription-only products had left it red, flaky and miserable for weeks, with no discernible improvement over Paula's at the end - so, unnecessary suffering. In short, this is the one that truly works AND doesn't feel like a punishment! Easily the best cosmetic treatment for your face at home.Tried this all over my face with a jojobaoil on top. Nothing happened. So I then tried it one night without anything on top. Two days later my face was bright red, like a baaaad sunburn and it hurt so much! I couldn't use any cleanser or moisturizer or sunscreen, only face oil. It started to peel and looked awful (couldn't wear makeup and had to look this way at work) for over a week. I don't really have sensitive skin, my skin is perfectly fine with aha and bha and the paula's choice retinol cream. I thought it would at least leave my skin looking great after but...nope. Nothing. It doesn't look any better after all that peeling than before. I'm afraid to use it again. All that pain and then no result? Not sure.
Customer Care: 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 for further advice.I love this product. It is working like on descriptions. The product make a baby skin. This size is perfect to test the product for more times and is very easy to take for a holidays or travels. Thank you.
What are the key ingredients?
Licorice root extract
Plant extract that has potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. Can be effective in improving the look of an uneven skin tone.
Portion(s) of amino acids, some have a remarkable skin-soothing effect, others can improve the appearance of wrinkles, loss of firmness, and help to soften the look of expression lines.
Powerhouse ingredient that can improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of ageing: It’s skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, an antioxidant and improves sun damage.
Aqua, Dimethicone (skin-softening), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), 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), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancer), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate (stabilizer), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (texture enhancer), Retinol (skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (skin-restoring), etanorulayH muidoS (skin-replenishing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (antioxidant plant extracts/skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), xilaS Alba (Willow) Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Glycine Soja (Soybean) 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), 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 Glycoside (texture enhancer), Sclerotium Gum (texture enhancer), Arachidyl Alcohol (texture enhancer), Benzoic Acid (preservative), Carbomer (gel-based texture enhancer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
What should I do if my skin reacts too strongly to Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment?
If your skin reacts too strongly (resulting in red, scaly or dry skin) use Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment less frequently or mix one pump of Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment with your favourite Paula's Choice serum, Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster or night cream. If the skin continues to react, stop using the product. Protect skin daily with a moisturiser containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
What is the difference between Resist 1% Retinol Booster and Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment?
The Resist 1% Retinol Booster and Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment have many similarities. Both of these contain 1% retinol, peptides, a large amount of antioxidants and substances that prevent skin irritation. The difference is mainly in texture, usage and skin type (although they are both suitable for all skin types).
Resist 1% Retinol Booster has a thinner, fluid texture, so it can be easily mixed with your favourite serum or night cream. It is ideal for normal to oily and breakout-prone skin. It is also a great choice if you are looking for a higher concentration of retinol. You can blend Resist 1% Retinol Booster with your serum or night cream for a milder effect or more frequent use.
Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment has a creamy lotion texture that is ideal for normal to dry skin. It is an intensive treatment with a high concentration of retinol. This product is suitable for when you are used to retinol treatments, and are looking for more powerful results. It is best to add this product to your skincare routine gradually - initially no more than every other day.
Are there any products that I cannot combine with Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment?
You can combine the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment with any other skincare product. If you combine the product with ‘active’ products such as AHAs, BHAs, products for acne-prone skin, products with retinol or with prescription retinoids, it is important that you monitor how your skin reacts, and then adapt the usage accordingly.
Can I use Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
The percentage of retinol in Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is comparable to the strength of some prescription retinoids (which must not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding). Because of the relationship between retinol (cosmetic variant of vitamin A) and retinoids, we advise you not to use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor has given explicit permission. Although there is no direct evidence that cosmetic retinol can be harmful, we’d prefer to err on the side of caution.
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