Rated 4.35 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I can definitely tell a difference!
Ok. So I am in my mid-30's and I am dealing with hormonal stubborn acne plus attempting to take preventative care of my skin. Retinol is tricky. Very tricky. This retinol product does come with a buffer cream which is brilliant. The purpose of the buffer cream is to allow you to adjust the amount of retinol being applied to your skin, while also having enough product cover your face....if that makes sense. Per instructions you should start out using a ratio of 3:1 I believe. So 3 parts buffer cream and 1 part retinol. I put the creams on the back of my hand and mix them together to make one cream and apply to my face focusing on my forehead, lower cheeks, chin, jawline and neck while avoiding the creases of my nose, eye and lip area. I started out only using it every other day, for about 2 weeks and have just recently started using it every day, but I am still only using a 3:1 ratio (thereabout) and only in the evenings. You will find some flaking and dryness in certain areas, I think it's to be expected. I also use moisturizer morning and evening. The trick is finding what works for you with how much to use and how often to use it. Per reviews, start light and let your skin adjust and slowly increase retinol over time. If you happen to run out of buffer cream and haven't graduated to using only retinol I believe it is safe to use your favorite Dermalogica moisturizer as a substitute.
I can definitely tell a difference in the health, appearance, liveliness, tone and condition of my skin. I believe overall this is the result of all of the Dermalogica products I've recently begun as a new skin care routine within the last month. But if I skip a few days of retinol I can definitely tell a difference :)
Most Helpful Critical Review Love the product, not enough buffer included.
I absolutely love this product. My skin looks and feels great. I am really disappointed that it does not come with enough buffer cream to follow the directions though. I will end up with half a tube of the retinol cream I will be unable to use because there is not enough buffer provided. There is no way to even purchase more buffer cream as it is not sold separately. Wish the would fix this issue. :/
Reviewed by 94 customers Great product
J from Michigan
Definitely saw difference but the buff cream that doesn't last very long. And the packaging did not come with any instructions at all I was kind of shocked about that. It will dry your skin even with the buff cream use moisturizer ALOt of it but over all the retinol works plumps the skin, brighter, works for acne too!!
Cleared my anxiety acne right up
Bri from Pasadena, CA
My skin has been the worst it's ever been lately due to anxiety. I'd tried another brand of retinol for 6 months, but didn't see any results. Glad I tried again! This stuff leaves my skin SO bright and clear. Not only is it clearing up the acne I have, but it's getting rid of my scarring. I've even realized my blackheads aren't as noticeable! 10/10
definitely noticed a difference
pamcirin from clifton park, ny
I use this product every night and I did notice a difference in the morning especially between my eyebrows. i have spent so much money on a variety of products and this product works the best
I would buy this product again
Yari from Orlando, FL
I would absolutely buy this product again.
Randi from N.H.
I bought this product with reservations. Not much has worked for my skin as far as helping with scars, acne, or not causing more acne. I used it once a week for 2 weeks and didn't notice to much change. Then I tried using it by itself followed by a moisturizer and wow. My skin looked great. It helped with a pimple that was about to come to a head and the redness from scars are starting to fade. I'm trying to use it 3 times a week but will adjust when my skin tells me it need to.
Faded acne scars
Ela from Cary, NC
I have been using this product for a little over two weeks now so I don't know if I can give a true review. At first I used the buffer cream but I have stopped using it because I do not have sensitive skin and I need the full power of the cream. This product has not reduced any of my fine lines but it HAS faded some of my acne scars, so that's a good thing. I hope to see a reduction in my fine lines soon.
Kalika from Philadelphia, PA
I have been using this for over 6 months and I love it. It has greatly reduced my blemishes and blackheads - better than any acne, skin clearing, or exfoliating product I have ever used. I'm not sure that it has reduced my wrinkles, but my skin overall feels more firm and healthy. After some time I tried using it alone and applying my moisturizer afterwards, but my skin is just too sensitive and became red and irritated. I still love the results when mixed with the buffer cream or moisturizer. Early on, I did experience a day or 2 of extra broken out skin as it adapted to it, but no pealing. I was really careful and gradually worked my way up in the amount I was using - starting with a tiny dot mixed with the buffer cream every other day, slowly adding more every few uses. I started using it everyday when I was about 6 weeks in. This may not being necessary, but my skin is extra sensitive so I was extra cautious!
You miss it when it's gone
SoFloGirl from Florida
I was without the product for a month and noticed a sadness to my skin. So I thank God for ulta rewards to help offset the difference. I also us Ibotta app to get a percentage back. This helps. About the product, it keeps my skin smooth and my complexion nice. Does it bring me back to age 16? NO.
Does it remove wrinkles and get rid of dark spots? NO.
However it keeps my face from aging anymore than it has before I knew the importance of creams and treatments actually meant. I think all these creams are overpriced. I may get better results putting aloe from the actual plant on my face and following it up with a orange wedge for vitamin c treatment. It might give me the same results..just saying. Nothing turns back what is already been done. I have seen too many platypus lips to resort to a face lift...ugh. seriously people think that makes them look good? I will stick to this cream until I find something better I guess because it makes me happy at the results I do get.
Amyth from Ohio
Make sure you use the buffer cream with it or you'll be sorry. This is really helping my acne and scars.
Love this product!
Jim the workout guy from Islip New York
Can't tell a difference
Helen from Fayetteville NC
I've been using this 2-3 times a week for about two months now . I really can't tell a difference . I'm not sure if I need to increase my usage or up the retinol percentage
Canner from Westlake, la
After just one use my skin was so much brighter. I've only used this for about a week but I'm definitely seeing my skin firming up. Hoping my wrinkles will fade.
Amti from Newyork
After using these products, I really see difference in my skin .Great
I would buy this product again and again
Tash from Michigan
It truly works and absolutely amazing..
Product Gone Bad
Nicole from Chicago
I used this product for years every night and absolutely loved it. However this winter, it has burned my skin multiple times. I stopped the use of other products assuming it the redness and burning of my skin was due to something else, but as I took out the other variables it was clear this product was the cause. I even took it back to the store assuming that it was a bad formula but the next product burned my face again. I even used the buffer cream which I haven't in years. Has the formula changed or has this product just gone bad? This is highly disappointing as my skin has never looked worse in all my life after using this.
Mamacita from Mandeville, La
I am only using this product 3x a week to start. My skin is very dry and sensitive so I am very careful when introducing new products. So far I have not experienced any issues and love the buffer cream. I really feel the appearance of my skin is already brighter and smoother.
I will buy this product again and again
Bre from Jersey o
Omg 😮 I love the es my skin looks healthy
I will buy this product again
Marie from Macomb, MI
Just started using the product so I am anxious to see a difference over time. The product has very little smell, smooth application. I have had no skin irritation and have followed the beginner directions on box as recommended by sales personnel at store. You can feel slight skin tightening following day.
Made me break out
K from Australia
I tried to make the switch to dermalogica from another similar brand. I like some of their other products so I thought it was time to try. But using the retinol testers for a week, my skin broke out quite badly. The flakiness was fine - I understand that is temporary but the acne was unlike I'd seen before. I would have a preferred an all-in-one anti-ageing hero cream over fussing with a buffer. Too fiddly and room for error.
I personally really like this product
Kirstin from Oregon
Good for generally trying to stave off fine lines, or as a spot treatment should your skin not cooperate with you that day.
Accelerated acne and skin darkening
SMY from Pakistan
After a week of using this combination of buffer and retinol my skin darkened and I started to get acne all over my face. Unfortunately I have to discontinue now.
Liz from UK
I built the use up with the buffer cream and now use this every other day added to my moisturiser, I am amazed at the results, plumper skin, firmer jawline and no reactions, my skin looks great, I use this and the MAP-15 generator and look younger and my skin has never looked better.
I have used other expensive products in the past, some worked OK but they irritated my skin and caused break-outs thanks I never have that trouble with Dermalogica
Love this product
Pri Beauty from Marlton, NJ
I adore this product, it is just extremely pricey. It is not greasy at all, it is pretty light weight and makes my skin feel soo nice the next morining. I am very prone to breakouts and this never breaks me out. I always tend to see night creams that are too thick and I always break out.
room1007 from beijing, china
I really like it, it makes a difference when you apply at night and you wake up much more plump in the morning. At first I used it with the buffer, I thought it would be very strong or something, burning the skin and so, but soon I realised I actually didn't need the cream and start using it alone after two applications. The only thing is not changing much is the coloured age spots I have in my cheeks, I thought it might but not really. Pity because that would make it incredible as I wouldn't need anything else for my night routine.
Just did not work for me
Nupur from Warrington, UK
I am surprised. With every use of this product my skin started getting darker by the shade. Obviously, there the only visible difference was darkness in skin colour. I stopped using it but sad that it was so costly and did not work me.