Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment (30ml)


Recapture youthful looking skin with Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment, an anti-ageing formula that works to firm the skin and improve several signs of ageing.

Fortified with 1% retinol and a blend of beneficial antioxidants, the treatment gets to work on ageing skin, absorbing quickly to instantly refine enlarged pores, smooth out deep wrinkles and fine lines, and eliminate brown spots. Its advanced, lightweight formula improves skin elasticity and helps correct pigmentation from old blemishes, whilst added liquorice and oat extract minimise irritation that some people experience with retinol-infused products.

After use, skin will feel refined, radiant and younger looking. - K.N.

Suitable for all skin types.

Non-irritating and 100% fragrance free. No added dyes. Not tested on animals.

Product Details

  • Paula's Choice
  • Clinical
    • Apply a pea-sized amount after cleansing and toning, and then follow with your serum and/or night-time moisturiser.
    • When first using the Clinical 1% Retinol, start with no more than three evenings per week, then gradually increase frequency to every other night and, finally, every evening as tolerated (measure how your skin responds).
    • 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.

    May be applied at the same time as your AHA or BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds.
    If you notice signs of sensitivity, apply your AHA or BHA exfoliant in the morning and this treatment at night or reduce frequency of application of Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment.

    Note: Some people may experience a delayed sensitised reaction to 1% retinol. Do not assume that if no reaction is seen after a few applications that you can apply this treatment more frequently. Pay close attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly.

    If sensitisation 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 serum or PM moisturiser. If sensitszation persists, discontinue use.

    Protect skin daily with sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater, or layer sunscreens (moisturiser, foundation with sunscreen, and pressed powder with sunscreen) if they are all rated SPF 15 or greater (and greater is better).

    Do not apply this treatment on the same day as facial waxing or sugaring. Doing so may increase the risk of an irritant response.


    Can be worn under or over your PM moisturiser.
    May be combined with any prescription retinoid product. Discontinue or reduce frequency of use if irritation develops or persists.

    Despite the many benefits retinol has, there is no single “best” anti-ageing ingredient for skin. The retinol in this product is combined with other anti-ageing ingredients for optimal results. The antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients in this formula were chosen for their well-researched track records and history of being able to improve multiple signs of aging. We’ve also included potent anti-irritants to ensure compatibility with sensitive skin.

    Remember, not everyone’s skin will be able to tolerate a high percentage of retinol, especially if you’re already using a prescription retinoid or other skincare products that contain retinol.

  • Aqua, Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), Castor Isostearate Succinate (skin conditioning agent), Glyceryl Stearate (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone thickener/texture enhancer), PEG-33 (binding agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Behenyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol thickener), Retinol (cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Ceramide NS (skin-repairing ingredient), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (cell-communicating ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (cell-communicating ingredient), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (cell-communicating ingredient), (skin-repairing ingredient), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (antioxidant plant extract/anti-irritant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extract/anti-irritant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (antioxidant plant extract/anti-irritant), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extract/anti-irritant), Salix Alba (Willow) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extract/anti-irritant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidants/skin-conditioning agent), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydrolized Soy Protein (antioxidant), Sorbitan Laurate (emulsifier), Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester (anti-irritant), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tribehenin (emollient), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioning agent), Pentylene Glycol (slip agent), PEG-100 Stearate (thickener), PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides (emollient), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer (film-forming agent), PEG-10 Phytosterol (fatty acid-based thickener), PEG-8 Dimethicone (silicon-based skin-conditioning agent), PEG-14 (thickener), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate (binding agent), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (silicone-based opacyfying agent), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (slip agent), Arachidyl Glycoside (emulsifier), Sclerotium Gum (thickener), Arachidyl Alcohol (thickener), Benzoic Acid (preservative), Carbomer (gel based thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

  • 30ml

Customer Reviews

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This is a best Treatment cream..!!!,,.I am so glad I use it. My skin tells me thank you every morning. It is really amazing product.

Sun Jun 25 19:35:24 BST 2017 by verushka

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High quality retinol product


I purchased the sample size of this and have been using it for the past month. I bought the full size as I was pleased that the product doesn't cause irritation. I started off applying one pea sized amount every other night, after 3 weeks every night. It does sting slightly sometimes on application but the sensation quickly disappears. In the morning my skin looks smooth, slightly pink some days but then my skin is a bit sensitive. I bought it to try to reduce my fine crows feet (I am 37). I can't see a difference yet but I am hopeful given all the positive reviews on here that there will be improvement with continued use.

Sat Mar 18 14:43:34 GMT 2017 by joanne

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Really seems to have improved the skin on my forehead especially. It's a slightly creamy serum and it feels as if it is quite moisturising.

Wed Nov 23 15:38:19 GMT 2016 by JC

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Great serum! Has helped with my fine lines a bit (After using it for 2 years now) and with my pores as well.

Thu Oct 27 15:22:58 BST 2016 by Neve

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Great retinol treatment!!


I've been using this for a couple of weeks now but I can already see a small but visible difference in my skin. I expect great things to come in the next months.

Wed Oct 12 22:45:04 BST 2016 by Ms Ana Guilherme

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I got the small trial size first to give this a go , but have now ordered the full size. My skin has never looked this good. Within a couple of weeks, pigmentation has faded, fine lines have diminished and my skin is brighter. Make up goes on great. Go easy at first and follow instructions as it is stronger stuff that most available, but worth the results! Definitely now part of my routine and recommended by her majesty Caroline Hirrons too!

Sat Jul 30 15:01:59 BST 2016 by applebypie

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Lovely product!


I love this retinol! It's really moisturizing and filled with antioxidants so I don't need an extra serum. You should start slow though if your skin is not used to stronger retinols, as this has a high concentration. It really smoothes and brightens the skin and helps a lot with my breakouts!

Wed Jul 06 22:37:08 BST 2016 by Kamila

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Too strong


My 0.5% Retinol moisturiser was discontinued and I thought I'd try this one. Even after using Retinol for more than a year I found this way too strong and irritating, and it stings a lot as well. Plus it has an awful smell making it very unpleasant to use.

Mon Jun 13 14:47:19 BST 2016 by DL, London

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Time stopper


I have now been using this product for 3 months and I have noticed significant improvement on my skin tone and texture. In the first 4 weeks, there has been some irritation, namely mild flaking, itching and reddness. But when this peirod comes to an end, my skin is like baby skin, so smooth and radiant it reflects light! I used it once every other day for 8 weeks and recently increased to everyday. I have also recommended this product to many friends and family. I will continue to use this product. However, I used this with 10% AHA peel and found that the peel is too strong for me and caused significant flaking. So I warn people who want to use the peel with this product. P.S. I am 35 years old and have zero fine lines and wrinkles. I look about 25 :))

Thu Jun 09 08:19:45 BST 2016 by mable430

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Amazing product! I have 26 years and now my skin is feeling different, with some fine lines around my eyes and mouth, this product (in a couple weeks) made my skin so smooth! It's very strong so I recommend you to mix it with some really strong moisturizer (I love using Cicaplast, but you can use Embrolisse).

Wed May 25 16:48:41 BST 2016 by Rox

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go slow!


Go very slow with this retinol - it's powerful stuff! Read up on retinol application before you start using it and you should see good results without too much irritation.

Fri May 20 17:48:29 BST 2016 by debster

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Ive only just started to use this retinol but already ive seen how my skin is plumping i also have milia on my forehead which is starting to help clear i love this stuff

Mon May 16 13:53:55 BST 2016 by Chipmunk

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Amazing Product


I was hoping that this product would be great and my goodness, it truly is! I received this product on a Friday, used it for the first time on Friday evening and noticed an immediate difference in my skin the following day, no exaggeration. I'm currently using the serum every other day alternating with the Paula's Choice retinol booster and my skin hasn't looked this great since I was about 19! It's glowing and so smooth, makeup application is a dream and I feel so much more confident about my skin texture. The only thing I will say is that you will experience some sensitivity when you first use the product. It does say this on the packaging but don't under-estimate the claims and definitely use an SPF! I will definitely re-purchase this product again.

Mon Feb 08 11:21:12 GMT 2016 by Sam

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wish i bought this sooner


I really wish I had bought this sooner, I have used this product 2-3 times a week for 2 months and my acne marks are less visible, I hardly break out now and my skin is smooth and glowy. this product is my intro to retinol and I am impressed with the visible results. I did experience some dryness after initial use however this reduced and my skin is used to this product now. I also noticed that my skin is not as oil anymore, this will surely remain a staple in my skincare routine for the foreseeable future, I also use the BHA Exfoliants and other PC's products. I bought the sample first before investing in the full size. For Reference I am in my mid 30s with oily, acne prone skin.

Tue Jan 05 14:10:00 GMT 2016 by Duak54

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I have been using this product for 2 weeks but I already noticed some effects on scabs from few zits. It made them heel faster and there was minimum or no scaring. Usually, once the scab falls of, there is some pigmentation left but not since I've started using this product. Don't care for the scent when applying, but it doesn't linger once the treatment is absorbed.

Wed Dec 23 13:49:54 GMT 2015 by hellie

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Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment (30ml)

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Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment (30ml)