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The Natural Skincare Ingredient That Replaces Retinol--Bakuchiol

by Tatiana SAMOY December 27, 2022 3 min read

Bakuchiol is a new ingredient in skincare products that acts like retinol but is gentler. Bakuchiol offers all of the same benefits as traditional retinol, but it's entirely plant-based. Plant-based bakuchiol is being touted as a potential replacement to retinol for anti-aging. But is it as effective?

Retinoids are great for reducing wrinkles, but they can lead to side effects like redness and sensitivity. Bakuchiol may be able to provide many of the same benefits without causing these problems!


What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a potent plant extract derived from the leaves and seeds of the Babchi plant and is vegan. It has been picking up steam lately in the skincare domain for all the justified reasons. Exceptional for blurring the fine lines and delivering unparalleled smoothness, Bakuchiol is a hydration treat for all skin types.


What is Retinol?

Retinol is one of the most popular skincare ingredients for anti-aging, but it can cause adverse effects such as skin inflammation and redness. While some people may use retinol without caution to fight signs of aging like fine lines or wrinkles, pregnant women should stay away because research shows that vitamin A (presented within Retinoic Acid) poses harm to unborn babies when ingested orally during pregnancy.

This could be where Bakuchiol comes into play! Since this plant-derived nutrient doesn't pack quite the same punch--and has been shown not only safe on sensitive skins too-)


What are the benefits of Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol boosts collagen production, regulates sebum production and acne-causing bacteria, diminishing blemishes.

  • Regulates collagen formation: Bakuchiolase, an enzyme found in Bakucha seeds, can help regulate collagen formation. 
  • Prevents oxidation: bakuchiol is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent with the potential to reduce melanin production.
  • Inhibits melanin production: it can inhibit collagen degradation due to oxidation too! And it regulates gene expression similarly to retinols.
  • Reduces inflammation: Bakuchiol has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Fights bacteria: Bakuchiol is a powerful antibacterial and may even kill acne bacteria, as this study found it decreased the number of harmful organisms in conjunction with other natural treatments like Ginkgo Biloba or Mannitol.


1. Improves Signs of Aging

Bakuchiol showed the most promise for treating signs of aging, with a study conducted on participants applying Bakuchiol at 0.5% twice daily over 12 weeks that produced significant improvements in fine lines and wrinkles and elasticity; firmness; sun damage reduced significantly too! The exact amount used was also found to decrease wrinkle surface area by more than 30%.


2. Protects From Free Radicals

Bakuchiol is an antioxidant to help keep your skin free of the damage caused by free radicals. Specifically, bakuchiol stops these environmental elements from stealing electrons away and causing oxidative degradation (a process known as lipid peroxidation).

This contributes towards aging cells which cause swelling in their structures, with cell death occurring because there's too much pressure on them due to this oxidation-- Bakuchirol even has better results than vitamin E.


3. Fades Pigmentation

The oil of bakuchiol is an effective natural remedy for dark spots and discolorations. Studies show that 0.5% applied twice per day over 12 weeks can reduce pigmentation, even more than arbutin.


4. Reduces Acne 

Bakuchiol is a natural ingredient that can help to treat and prevent breakouts. The researchers found that 1%, applied twice daily for six weeks, reduced acne by 57%. They also compared it side-by-side with 2% salicylic acid which reduce symptoms but didn't provide as much relief--49% reduction versus 44%. However when bakuchio was combined with these other ingredients there were significant 67% decreases in those pesky blemishes.


Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that several factors were at play. Bakuchiol has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it kills acne bacteria while reducing swelling in your skin cells; plus this plant sharply reduces oil production which may lead to clearer looking pores over time!

Tatiana SAMOY
Tatiana SAMOY

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