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marilyse - Not for oily skin types
I am 32 with oily skin, some blackheads (nose), a couple of closed comedones (one every couple of months) and extremely rare breakouts (less than one inflammed cyst a year).
I have been using a complete PC Regimen for about 6 months, and I have been delighted with all of the products so far (Cleanser, Toner, Liquid Exfoliant, Multi-Correction anti-aging treatment and Resist moisturisers, Oil absorbing mask, eye cream, etc...).
The liquid exfoliant kept blackheads to a minimum and the entire regimen helped my skin look fresh, bright and wrinkle free!
A few weeks ago I decided to try the 1% Retinol Treatment... and it was a big big mistake! I strictly followed all of the advice regarding the product, using it every other three nights for 3 weeks, no BHA or AHA on the same days, etc. At first my skin was ok, even glowing, but after a week it started getting very congested, especially around my nose and chin. Two weeks later, I broke out in about ten inflamed whiteheads around the nose and upper lip, and about as many on my chin... I had never experienced that before, even as a teenager! Needless to say, it was quite embarassing getting such a massive breakout all of a sudden at 32... I wasn't sure what was causing the reaction, but as the only thing that had changed in my skin care routine was the Retinol treatment I thought that might be it. I stopped using the treatment and went back to the basic 5 step PC skin care regimen I was doing before and my skin started to improve. Now, two weeks after stopping the Retinol Treatment the skin around my nose and upper lip is back to normal, except for a few red post-breakout marks, but I am still dealing with the clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads and red marks on my chin. I can't wait for my skin to get back to the way it was before introducing the Retinol treatment.
So, I love all of the other PC products I have tried so far, but I wish the Retinol Treatment wasn't recommended for all skin types or breakout prone skin, or at least came with a word of caution...
valia - BUY THIS!!!
I have been using this for a year now. Just got my second bottle today. I've never seen ANYTHING that not only can change how your skin looks, but how it works as well. There were side effects yes. There was peeling and flaking specially in the eye area even though i never applied it directly there, and my concealer the morning after couldn't stay in place. Also, the weirdest side effect i experienced was that everything else i applied on my face burned like hell. Moisturisers i've been using for years, serums, sunscreen, everything. Not the product itself but everything else. I was patient and after a month or two....wiiiiii!!!!

I'm 27, normal to combination skin,with hormonal breakouts once a month that took forever to go away, heavy smoker, and from a beautiful but extremely sunny country. I started using a pump only at night and once a week after cleansing and toning. I followed with a serum and/or paula's face oil and my moisturiser. No BHA Liquid (LOVE OF MY LIFE) with it in the beggining, as the directions said. After a month i went to two applications per week. Still side effects, no bha. And after a while, my skin calmed down. Nothing burned, nothing bothered me. I added my bha. So cleansing,toning, exfoliating, clinical, serum, moisturiser, facial oil.

Well... I started waking up with beautiful radiant almost perfect skin. Also, did you notice the past tense when i said "they TOOK for ever to go away?" My breakouts went from 5 to 1-2. I still get one or two, but they fade immediately with no extras (tea tree oil solutions, blah blah blah). Just on their own. They can't survive for more than two or three days. A year has passed, and i'm on two or three times per week with no problems, only benefits. Only a pump. This thing lasts and works.

Bottom line : all i know is that i had three expression wrinkles on my forehead and fine lines under the eyes and now i don't. THANK YOU! I won't have to quit smoking any time soon! :D (kidding)....(no i'm not)
Tatiana - It really works
I am 33, with mature acne and first sign of ages. For me it is the best product I have ever used.It really works. My skin glows, looks healthy, heal faster. This product resolved a lot of my skin problems.
Zuzana - No effect, disappointed
I bought this product in combination with other PC products to establish new skincare routine. I followed the instructions and slowly introduced it into my routine, despite that I still experienced irritation and slight burning in first couple of seconds, followed by redness. I kept using it thinking that my skin will get used to it, the side effects did dial down but I saw absolutely no benefit or change on my skin after more than one month of using it. It did not plump my fine lines at all (I am 24), it caused flakiness which I expected, I was okay with getting some side effects, given that it would help with my fine lines and premature wrinkles, as well as acne but it did not do anything for me. Disappointed.

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MaryKathryn - Amazing!!
While I have been using this product for a short, I am so pleased with the results. I am very family with retinol, as for years I used only retinol on my skin when going to a doctor. For years I have looked for a product such as this, and I am extremely happy.
Véronique - Been using it for 1 year : great results !
I've been using the retinol 1% for 1 year and I can confidently say that this is the PC product that gave me the most dramatic and "across the board" results.

My skin appearance is better overall : my skin is even-toned, brighter and feels plumper. Fine line have been reduced, pores are smaller, dark spots faded (not gone but smaller/lighter).
It also seems to have normalized my skintype : one year ago I had very dry skin and now it's more normal-dry.

How it went :
I'm 43, have sensitive skin and some products I can not use : strong vitamin C serums, daily 5% AHA (I use the 10% liquid once a week and only started using it once my skin was ok with using the Retinol 1% every night)... So I knew I had to introduce the Retinol 1% slowly if I didn't want to get red angry skin.

I started using the Retinol 1% only once a week (Sundays) for 3 weeks, then twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays)for 1-1.5 month, then every other night for 2-3 months.
I then went to every night but mixing the Retinol 1% with a drop of oil every other night (1 night undiluted/1 night mixed with oil). Now I use it undiluted 5 nights a week (Sundays are 10% AHA night now) on my face with no irritation.

Routine :
I use 1 pump for the face, I dot it around and then spread it.
I use 1 pump for my neck also BUT I still can't use it every night there so it's 3 times a week tops for now or else my neck gets red patches and itches.

I apply the Retinol 1% at night only, 15 minutes after cleansing/toning. I then apply the Skin Recovery Antioxidant Serum around my eyes (best eye cream ever !). And I top it all with few drops of oil (PC's or regular Jojoba oil).
Most importantly : I never forget to use sunscreen during the day ;)

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear of your journey with this product and what a success it is. We are also happy that you were patient with building up the use. Enjoy!
Olivier - Best retinol cream in Western Europe
This is an awesome product on so many levels, but first and foremost because it works and does exactly what it claims to do. The ingredients are top-notch, the quantity of retinol pretty high (something seldom found in Western Europe), and the results really impressive. Now don't expect this little wonder to make you look 20 years younger, because it won't... but I personally think that 5 to 10 years is a pretty good compromise! One last thing, I did experience a little peeling and redness here and there during the first month of using it, but nothing a good moisturizer/facial oil couldn't handle.
andigone - amazing product
I have extremely oily, sensitive skin.... I've just been using it 3 times a week
and I skip BHAs on the days I use it.. this product is amazing my skin is glowing