Minimalist Retinol 0.3% + Q10 Review: PRICE, PROS & CONS, 4 Weeks Result on Acne

About the Brand

Minimalist skincare is an Indian brand that is completely based on chemical skincare formulas. The brand faced some severe backlash from beauty bloggers and the audience because of their idea to copy the formula and packaging of the brand “The Ordinary”. But, they have changed their packaging and are also trying new and original formulas which is appreciable. This review is based upon regular use of Minimalist Retinol 0.3% + Q10 Serum on acne skin for 4 weeks.

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Product Information


Price: INR 599
Suitable For: All skin types.
Rated: 4.1/5
Texture: Water-like.
Base: Squalane-based.
Colour: Yellowish.
Smell: Chemical-like.
Quantity: 30ml
Other Essential information: Fragrance-free, water-free, highly-stable.
pH: NA.



Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Bakuchiol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Tocopherol Acetate, BHT.

About the Ingredients

1. Squalane

Squalane is a non-comedogenic ingredient which helps to hydrate the skin by penetrating inside the pore. It can be used as a moisturizer for oily skin type as it is very light weight and provides long-lasting hydration. If you are allergic to squalane then this product is not for you as it is squalane based.

2. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is used in this serum as a preservative as it increases the shelf life of cosmetic products. Also, it helps in binding the ingredients together plus increasing the stability of any active ingredient used in the product. It is safe to use on the skin and can make the skin soft and smooth.

3. Coco-Caprylate/Caprate

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate acts as a emollient in skincare products. It has the ability to penetrate deep in the skin and making the skin soft and supple.

4. Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol oil is a natural ingredient which is used in anti-ageing products because of its abilities to repair skin by targeting wrinkles and fine lines. It helps in boosting collagen production.

5. Retinol

Retinol is a multitasking ingredient as it helps in treating almost every skin concern whether it is acne, ageing, tanning, skin repairing, pigmentation, etc. Minimalist retinol 0.3% + Q10 serum is formulated to target fine lines and wrinkles but it also works on acne and acne marks.

6. Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20 is usually used in skincare and cosmetic products to improve the texture and feel of the product. It is used as a surfactant, emulsifier and fragrance ingredient.

7. Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)

Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) is a great skin barrier repairer. It can repair the damaged skin barrier very quickly. Q10 is a potent antioxidant which helps in repairing the skin from day-to-day sun damage. It also helps in dealing with signs of ageing.

8. Tocopherol Acetate

Tocopherol Acetate is used in skincare products because of its ability to protect skin from UV damage and also helps in repairing already damaged skin. It is a non-toxic and safe to use skincare ingredient.

9. BHT

BHT stands for butylated hydroxytoluene. It is a preservative and antioxidant which penetrates deep into the skin and make the skin soft and smooth with regular use.

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Be Minimalist Retinol 0.3% +Q10 serum comes in a black-colored (UV protective) glass bottle. The packaging is very good and is very safe for active ingredients. The serum bottle comes in a carton box that has all the necessary information regarding the product. The best part is that there is another carton box inside the box to prevent any sun exposure and avoid any reactions. The bottle is convenient to carry and therefore we will rate the packaging 10/10.

Product Claims

  1. Fade fine lines.
  2. Smooth wrinkles.
  3. Even skin tone.
  4. Nourish the skin.
  5. Repairs the skin.
  6. Anti-ageing.

Does Be Minimalist Retinol 0.3% + Q10 Serum Works on Acne-Skin?

You might have this query and even I was scared of using it on my skin as I do have acne and pimples on my face. So let me tell you that after using this serum for 4-weeks on acne skin regularly, I can say that it does work on acne-skin. But, retinol makes the skin worse before clearing. It means that it takes all the acne which is under your skin to the surface. You may feel that it is spreading the acne and making the situation worse. It happened with me as well but after 2 weeks of regular use, my acne is cleared and even the old marks are fading. My skin is looking more bright and youthful. Well, the purging phase varies and can last for 2-4 weeks. For me, it was 2 weeks, and then my skin sort of adjusted with retinol.

Retinol is a magical ingredient and if it suits your skin it can do wonders while if it doesn’t suit then it can worsen the situation. It is highly recommended to do a patch test before using retinol on your skin as it is quite a strong ingredient and can irritate your skin very badly.

4-Weeks Result of Using Minimalist Retinol 0.3% +Q10 Serum on Acne-skin


Does Be Minimalist Retinol 0.3% + Q10 Serum Fades Fine Lines & Wrinkles?

Yes, with regular use of Be Minimalist Retinol 0.3% + Q10 Serum, you can see the difference in your skin. It does tighten the skin and fades fine lines and wrinkles but only if used consistently for 2-3 months.


  1. Fades fine lines and wrinkles with regular use.
  2. Brightens the complexion.
  3. Remove dead skin cells.
  4. Fades acne marks.
  5. Makes skin soft and smooth.


  1. Can irritate the skin.
  2. Can make the skin red.
  3. Formula is a little heavy.
  4. Purging may occur.
  5. Can worsen the skin before doing good.

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. For external use only.
  2. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the daytime.
  3. Do not use any active ingredient on top of it. Do your research before layering your skincare products.
  4. Only use at nighttime.

How to Use?

  1. Retinol serums and moisturizers should only be used at night.
  2. Cleanse your face with your regular cleanser. Make sure that your cleanser does not contains AHA/BHA or any other active ingredient.
  3. Pat dry your face.
  4. Take 3-4 drops of the Minimalist Retinol 0.3% + Q10 serum in your palm.
  5. Warm the product.
  6. Dab the serum all over the face.
  7. Use a basic moisturizer/night cream on the top of it.
  8. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen the next day of using retinol.



Keeping all the pros and cons in mind, we would like to rate the Be Minimalist Retinol 0.3% +Q10 serum 8/10 as the formula is really good and is affordable too. The only thing we didn’t like about the product is that the formula is little heavy for oily skin types and can make the face even more oily. Also, if you are thinking to buy this product then be ready for some skin purging as retinol usually does purge the skin. It is not mandatory that you will experience skin purging but be prepare for it.

Also, make sure to stop using any other actives in your skincare while using retinol to avoid any skin irritation. This way you can also see how retinol is working on your skin without the interruption of any other active ingredient. Do a patch test before using this serum regularly and do not start using the retinol serum before any special event as it can result in breakouts which nobody likes.

Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen everyday as retinol can make the skin sensitive from sunlight.

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