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Retinol Alternative in Skincare: Bakuchiol

Posted by connie cho on
Retinol Alternative in Skincare: Bakuchiol

We know using retinol is when you're looking for anti-aging, acne, or exfoliating products. Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, works by increasing skin cell turnover and it has been one of the most searched skincare ingredients in 2020 and 2021. But retinol can cause redness, flakiness, and dryness for those with sensitive skin and deemed unsafe for pregnancy or nursing mothers. Naturally, we look for alternatives and the most touted retinol alternative lately is Bakuchiol (psoralea corylifolia). 

Bakuchiol extract derived from the leaves and seed of the babchi plant, which is commonly used in traditional Eastern medicine. For skin, bakuchiol

  • Helps heal, calm, and soothe the skin
  • Reduces wrinkles and hyperpigmentation
  • Firms skin, and minimizes the appearance of pores
  • contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

A double-blind experiment published in the British Journal of Dermatology found[1] that bakuchiol works as well as retinol when it comes to addressing signs of aging without the irritation. It is a natural, vegan, non-irritating ingredient that's just as powerful as retinol. 

1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29947134/

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