Bakuchiol is a plant-based compound that has recently gained attention for being a natural alternative to retinol, a commonly used ingredient in anti-aging and acne skincare products. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is known to be effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving the overall texture and tone of the skin. However, it can also cause irritation and increased sensitivity, especially for those with sensitive skin.
Bakuchiol, on the other hand, is derived from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant and has been found to have similar anti-aging and anti-acne benefits as retinol, without the negative side effects. In a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, bakuchiol was found to be just as effective as retinol in improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but with less irritation and dryness. Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology in 2019, found that bakuchiol effectively improved the appearance of acne, with no reported irritation.
Bakuchiol is also a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which means it can help protect the skin from environmental stressors and reduce redness. It should be noted that while bakuchiol can be a good alternative to retinol, it is not as potent as retinol. Nevertheless, it is still a great ingredient for sensitive skin or those looking for a natural alternative.
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Fabbrocini, G., et al. (2019). A randomized, double-blind, comparative study evaluating the safety and efficacy of a cream containing retinol 0.5% and bakuchiol 0.5% in patients with mild to moderate acne vulgaris. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 12(3), 11-17.