What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol (pronounced “ba-koo-heel”) is derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant (“babchi plant”) often found in India and Sri Lanka and has been used for centuries in Indian and Chinese traditional medicines. It has been integrated into many new skin care products due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has been shown to stimulate collagen, smooth fine lines, and reduce dark circles. According to the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, bakuchiol can also work great to help clear up acne.

Bakuchiol works by increasing cell turnover, therefore stimulating collagen production and decreasing signs of aging. Patients may notice a reduction in fine lines, skin laxity, scars and photodamage. Since it comes from the babchi plant, there are no animal-derived ingredients.


What is Retinol?

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative often utilized in skin care products. While it can be helpful in clearing up acne, it can also be very irritating to sensitive skin, causing redness, dryness and irritation. Moisturizers can help with these adverse effects. Retinols may also cause photosensitivity, meaning that they can increase the chance of burning from the sun. Therefore, it is recommended that retinols are only used prior to bedtime.


Why Bakuchiol Instead of Retinols?

Bakuchiol serves as a natural, vegan alternative to retinol with less potential adverse effects. Since bakuchiol does not cause photosensitivity, it can be used at any time during the day and will not increase your chance of sun burn. A recent study published by the British Journal of Dermatology showed that bakuchiol is just as effective as retinol and is less irritating to all skin types. In general, retinols tend to dry out the skin and cause irritation, which is a negative side effect for some patients.


Can I use Bakuchiol and retinols together?

Yes! While not statistically significant, using both bakuchiol and retinols at the same time have been shown to have additive effects. If you are a retinol-lover, try adding bakuchiol for increased effects.


How do I use Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is best used twice a day. Once in the morning prior to moisturizer and once at night prior to any serums.


Does Bakuchiol have any Side Effects?

Like any product or medication, there is always a chance for an allergic response. However, there are no known adverse effects of bakuchiol. There are no significant studies related to its safety during breastfeeding and pregnancy. Please seek advice from your OBGYN prior to its use.




Evens skin tone

Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Does not cause dryness or irritation

Speeds up skin cell regeneration

Soothes and heals skin

Suitable for all skin types


For questions on where to find Bakuchiol, ask one of our providers during your next visit!

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