Obagi® Retinol Cream: Should I use 0.5% or 1.0%

11.30.2015, 12:46 CST | Posted In: Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Texture, Products, Skin Care

Retinol cream is a popular product for those of us who would like more youthful-looking skin, because it helps refine the appearance of skin texture for smoother-looking skin. Obagi offers two retinol concentrations: 0.5% or 1.0%, and we are often asked, “Should I use 0.5% or 1.0% retinol cream?” 

Only your skin care physician can recommend the ideal retinol cream for your specific needs, but regardless of the concentration you use, here are a few great benefits of Retinol Cream that you can expect:

  1. Retinol can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.1,2
  2. It’s non-acnegenic – so it won’t clog your pores.2*
  3. It’s dermatologist-tested,  and it causes minimal to no skin redness, dryness, flaking, and irritation – even with the higher percentage 1.0% formulation!2*
  4. The unique entrapped retinol delivery system in Obagi retinols gradually releases the ingredient for the desired effect on the skin.

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*Based on a 3-week facial irritation study; N=33.

1. Bruce, S. Investigator. An open-label study to evaluate the anti-aging effects of three months of treatment using the Obagi 360 System in subjects with photodamage; final analysis. Protocol OMP360-01; April 2014. OMP, Inc. Data on file.

2. Final report: A facial irritation evaluation of a cosmetic retinol product after 3 weeks of product use. 1.0% Retinol Cream Formula Number 006-40-11 (GS BK-12-0130F). April 22, 2013. OMP, Inc. Data on file.


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