Retinol has invaded every Beauty Products this year. This derivative of Vitamin A, retinol has been praised for reducing the formation of wrinkles and increasing collagen production. But did you know about its kinder for the skin (and our furry friends) alternative Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol (the Internet is split over whether to pronounce it "buh-koo-chee-all" or "back-uh-heel") is a chemical compound extracted from Psoralea corylifolia, also known as the babchi plant. Babchi grows in India and has long been a part of Ayurvedic medicine and often used to treat skin ailments ranging from itching and redness to vitiligo and is packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. (Babchi leaves also contains large amounts of the compound genistein, which has been shown to have cancer-fighting properties.) Bakuchiol, an antioxidant, is found in the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant.
Ok. But does it Work?
"Studies have shown that bakuchiol helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles, helps with pigmentation, elasticity and firmness," New York-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Spokesperson, told Newsweek. "It stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Prolonged use has shown to decrease roughness and dryness." It's also versatile—Jaliman recommends bakuchiol to clients with all skin types.
A double-blind study reported in the British Journal of Dermatology assigned one trial group bakuchiol and another group retinol. After 12 weeks of application, both the bakuchiol and the retinol group's skin showed a "significant" but equal decrease in wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. But the retinol users "reported more facial skin scaling and stinging." In general skin irritation, or even burning, is one of the major possible drawbacks of retinol, especially if you have dermatological conditions like rosacea and eczema.
Bakuchiol, which was found to be gentler than retinol, could definitely be an alternative for people with skin issues in 2020. Contrary to his big brother And (retinol), Bakuchiol is totally vegan & plant-based.