Benefits of Bakuchiol:
Why everyone should be using bakuchiol in their skincare routine

We all know retinol is an essential step for everyone’s skincare routine. But what if you have sensitive skin? Traditional retinol, like Vitamin A, can be troubling, especially for those with sensitivities. Some common side effects of retinol are redness, irritation, burning, and itchy skin. Found in the leaves and seeds of the plant Psoralea corylifolia, Bakuchiol is considered a vegan and less irritating alternative to retinol. The use of Bakuchiol dates back to ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, where they would use it to treat certain skin conditions such as vitiligo or psoriasis. Today, Bakuchiol is used for its immediate and long-term effects, such as smoothing wrinkles and healing previously damaged skin.

A 2019 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found no difference between Bakuchoil and retinol when it comes to smoothing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The only difference found was participants using retinol encountered increased side effects like burning and dry skin. Individuals using Bakuchiol reportedly experienced substantial results in the appearance of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and overall sun damage after 12 weeks of use. Bakuchiol incites skin cell turnover and boosts collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while also tightening and plumping the skin. In the meantime, Bakuchoil deeply sinks into your skin to improve dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Unlike retinol, Bakuchoil is safe to use morning and night on all skin types. Retinol causes your skin to be more sensitive to the sun and the sun reduces the efficiency of the

product, but researchers have found Bakuchiol to make your skin less sensitive to the sun. However, dermatologists warn consumers not to use an exfoliant, toner, or any Vitamin C products at the same time as irritation can occur, especially for those of us with sensitive skin. Bakuchiol is a necessary alternative or addition to any sensitive skincare routine that demonstrates clinically proven results.

Dhaliwal S, Rybak I, Ellis SR, et al. Prospective, randomized, double-blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing. Br J Dermatol. 2019;180(2):289–296. doi:10.1111/bjd.16918

Written By: Madigan Pizzella

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