Bakuchiol is a natural antioxidant found in the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia (aka babchi), a plant found in East Asia. According to a study, it was found that bakuchiol works to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, help overcome pigmentation, increase skin elasticity, and tighten the skin. The benefits are the same as those offered by retinol. In fact, this ingredient has also been used since many years ago for ancient medicine in China and India.
A study states that the main advantage of bakuchiol is that its content is much more acceptable and tolerable to the skin. In the study, it was also found that both respondents using retinol and bakuchiol experienced an improvement in their skin condition (fine wrinkles and reduced hyperpigmentation). The difference is, more retinol users experience reddened, peeling, and sore skin.
What does it do
Because of its efficacy and its relatively safe use, bakuchiol even has a name as herbal botox. Bakuchiol does not provide as much irritating effect as retinol because it is not a vitamin A derivative. Because of the minimal side effects provided by bakuchiol, it has become a more popular choice for treating skin problems for those with sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis.
Not only does it have minimal risk of irritation and is classified as milder, but bakuchiol is also relatively suitable for all skin types and provides additional benefits in the form of brighter, glowing skin. This ingredient is also recommended for acne-prone skin because it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that will help reduce acne. Furthermore, unlike retinol, bakuchiol is considered safe for pregnant and nursing women.