Rated 4.74 out of 5 stars
A+ High Dose retinol was my stepping stone into getting my skin use to retinols. I started my journey of retinol use with this product, which I still use to this day. On nights I am not using a tretinoin, I alway reach for my tried, and true
Sunday Riley's A+ high dose retinol. I have never received so many compliments about how fresh, bright and seamless my skin looked than when I was using this product on the daily basis. You will see results in your skin after 6 weeks of use. My skin did go throw a purging phase and it did cause some dryness. However if you alternate between the A+ retinol and the Good Genes the purging will not be as drastic. However everyone's skin is different. Overall, highly recommend 10/10.
It's worth the price.
Whenever I try a new skin care product, I use it solo for one week to eliminate the variables in my personal 'clinical trial'. While the product smells fairly bad, I attributed it to no extra perfumes, so I got past that. I used it for 5 days as directed. It made my skin feel 'polished' and some dry spots/barnacles started exfoliating, so I was happy that the retinol was working. However, the night of the 5th day I woke up from sleep with my forehead burning and itching. I thought a mosquito went to town on me (I live in Hawaii). The next morning, I woke up with strange red lumps and zig-zag patterns on my forehead. My husband said it looked like Voldemort got to me, ala Harry Potter. The condition worsened over the next 2 days and itching and spots appeared on the cheeks and lower portion of my face. I am treating it with Benadryl, which helps the itch/redness for a while, but I need to slather it all over my face every 2-3 hours. I am also apply cold compresses which helps with the swelling. I believe cosmetics, or cosmeceuticals which I believe anything with retinol should be labeled, need to carry side effect warnings just like prescription pharmaceuticals. I will be going to my dermatologist for guidance, but I don't really need this hassle in my life.
Guy with the smooth skin from New York City
There are other more economically friendly products I've tried that deliver better results.
Dixiesmom from Southern Oregon
Fine lines are diminishing in just a few weeks as I added A+ to my night time skin care. I use in combination with Luna it is soothing and penetrates well. Follow up with Good Genes which can put a "tingle" in my skin! So very leased with results and grateful to have a simple to follow regimen ...that works!
Judi from Michigan
I love how complete this feels on my skin
S.Haynes from Bethalto, IL
I received my serum a week ago and upon opening the box, noticed yellow serum all inside the packaging and outside of the bottle. THE LID WAS NOT TIGHTENED. Given how expensive this is (and how half of it was lathered on everything except my face), I emailed Ulta. I received a response saying they would get back to me in 48 hours. 5 days later I sent a follow-up email. Now it has been 7 days and I havent heard a thing! This is ridiculous!
kristy from New York
best otc retinol I've tried. BE AWARE & RESEARCH before blaming the product. This is one of the strongest types of retinol you can get before tret & if you aren't used to it or/have sensitive skin look for basic retinol& work up to this first:)
Candy from Philadelphia PA
So im a product junkie. I spend quite a bit on all kinds of serums, moisturizers etc. I could never say "this product is my favorite" until now. I'm 54 and have seen a dramatic change in my skin's appearance. My skin feels plump, tight and smooth. I can honestly say that this product is worth the money. Now, i must warn you that ive had a few breakouts. Not full on acne but a whitehead pop up here and there. But ive done my research and learned that initial use of retinol can cause skin purging. Don't give up on a product that is doing its job, even if the initial response isnt what anyone of us wants. I highly recommend this product!
BBChi from Chicago, IL
I started with a gentle cerave retinol and was looking to bump it up to help tackle acne scarring and uneven skintone. I have loved this enough to repurchase 3x now. I have definitely noticed a difference and feel like I'm setting myself up for success havign this in my routine.
Nosa from Michigan
Oh yeah , this stuff works
Sunday Riley from Seattle, WA
I absolutely love this serum! I use it each nihht and have noticed a drastic difference in my skin. Fades dark spots, acne scars, and helps with fine lines.
Sidney from Richmond, VA
So I've been using this product for maybe 3 years now, consistently using it almost every night for the last 2 years. I cannot rave about it enough. I have sensitive skin, and this isn't irritate it. I had smiles lines, they're now gone. Definitely buy!
You will see results
KHWDesign from Uk
This blue product stains pillow cases
RA from Royal Oak, Michigan
I'm not quite sure where all the great reviews are coming from. For the price, I haven't seen a single bit of difference and it smells absolutely awful! The entire line of the products do for that matter. So extremely disappointed and annoyed for having invested my money in trying this line.
Boss from Michigan
Brook from SC
I'm not sure if I got a different product than everyone else in the reviews but this product did 0 for my skin. It's hydrating, great, but as far as doing anything else? Nothing.
Fl Mom from Florida
I have used this product since I was told I had pre-cancerous skin care on my forehead. Since I began using this my dermatologist has not said anything about the spots that were supposedly a problem.
Anonymous in MD from Maryland
This and Luna Oil are my constant bedtime routine. It is not harsh as some retinol can be and it truly has awakened my dull skin. I've been using for only a few months and I will never change products.
A from Colorado
I've tried Curology, The ordinary, and pretty much every other skin care product and brand for acne and this one actually worked! This retinol combination targets your skins' regeneration, fixes blemishes and clears pores. I saw a change in my skin after 2 weeks. I stopped buying for a month because it got expensive, black heads and acne came back. As soon as I bought this again, a week later my skin was back to clear! Worth the $$.
30s & Thriving from Indianapolis
Getting my skin to be consistently clear and healthy has been a journey - one filled with prescriptions and countless OTC options. From the moment I tried this product I was impressed. My skin tolerated it well, no peeling and felt incredible soft. I have zero cons and recommend this to anyone wanting to improve their complexion. I have also raved about this to all my friends and tell you all to run to try it!
Sheshee from Portland OR
I used this serum with their oil and my skin looks so so good!
buzzy from Tri-State area
Really, REALLY helping my old skin keep it's glow!
CJSmiles from Maple Valley, WA
I'm over 50 and wanted that smooth look when I wear foundation but my laugh lines and pores are so exaggerated. This product applied in just days has noticeably smoothed my skin. I haven't had any flakey or dryness. Definitely my new fav product!
Mommaof4 from Ohio
I am always a little nervous trying new products because I have spent lots of money in the past with no results. I have been using Sunday Riley for 2 months and added the Luna oil and the A+ retinoid to my routine. I had no issues with sensitivity and have seen such a huge healthy transition in my aging skin
Nicole from Joplin, mo
I switched to this retinol from cerave. Wanted something stronger, since cerave refuses to tell the percentage of retinol in their products. So far, so good. I've been a little lax with my application, though. Since I'm used to retinol, I normally apply nightly. If I miss applications, I start to get little pimples on my forehead. Hopefully those will go away now that I'm applying regularly.
Robin N from Godfrey, IL
I got a sample in the mail from a Facebook offer. It is now going to be a must have for me.