Bakuchiol is an antioxidant found in the seeds of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia. It has a long history in medicine for its healing properties, including soothing rashes, calming redness, and healing cuts. This plant-based retinol alternative has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties shown not only to stimulate collagen production but also to be gentler on the skin and so may be better tolerated by those with dry sensitive skin


  • Evens skin tone: Bakuchiol deeply penetrates the skin to help lessen the appearance of dark spots or areas of hyperpigmentation.3
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines: Like retinol, bakuchiol tells your cells to make collagen, “plumping” your skin and reducing the look of lines and wrinkles.
  • Doesn’t cause dryness or irritation: While retinol and other skincare ingredients may dry out skin or cause irritation, bakuchiol is gentler and isn’t known to cause any irritation.
  • Speeds up skin cell regeneration: Bakuchiol sends signals to your cells that it’s time to amp up collagen production and cell turnover.3
  • Safe to use twice a day: Since bakuchiol isn’t as drying or irritating as retinol, you can use it both during your morning and night-time skincare routines.
  • Suitable for all skin types: Being gentle on skin, most anyone can use bakuchiol.
  • Helps soothe and heal skin: By promoting cell turnover and healthy cell regeneration, bakuchiol helps soothe and heal your skin from the inside out.


one recent open-access independent clinical study (, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, that’s particularly impressive. It’s a randomized double-blind trial that lasted 12 weeks, in which 44 people applied either 0.5% bakuchiol cream twice a day, or 0.5% retinol cream once a day on their faces.

conclusion: Given the fact that retinol and bakuchiol do not have close structural similarities, yet they exhibit a similar gene expression profile, especially on certain key anti-aging genes and proteins, which is remarkable. Bakuchiol has several substantial advantages over retinol, including excellent photochemical and hydrolytic stability a good safety. Bakuchiol can be used during the day due to its photostability. The similarity of gene expression and protein synthesis stimulation observed in the comparison of bakuchiol with retinol is, however, remarkable and suggests that similar bioactivity in vivo is probable. Taken together, this study demonstrates the potential of bakuchiol, a true retinol-like functional compound, to become a key ingredient for dermatological and skincare products.