What is Bakuchiol? Retinol Alternative Benefits Explained

What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol, is a natural alternative to Retinol that has been formulated into our Phyto Radiance Concentrate and Bakuchiol Phyto-Retinol Cream. Whether you prefer a face cream moisturizer or a facial oil, both of our retinol alternative products are formulated with 1% pure Bakuchiol (Sytenol® A) 

Bakuchiol has been studied in clinic trials, one of which was recently published by Dhaliwal in the British Journal of Dermatology (Dhaliwal et al, Br J Dermatol 180(2):289-296, 2019).  This prospective, randomized, double-blind study directly compared the ability of Bakuchiol and Retinol to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and pigmentation over a 12 week period where participants applied Retinol nightly or Bakuchiol twice daily. They found that Retinol and Bakuchiol affected wrinkles and pigmentation similarly, but Bakuchiol application resulted in less scaling, stinging, burning and itching (Lev-Tov, Br. J Dermatol 180(2):253-254, 2019). Although the study was a single‐site clinical study involving only 44 participants, the scientific quality was high, as the authors used a vehicle control and objective measurements were made using validated computerized imaging systems. The results suggest that Bakuchiol can be used as a viable skincare option for those seeking natural, non-medicated, products. 

In addition to being just as good as Retinol in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation, Bakuchiol does not react to sunlight like Retinol and thus is safe for daytime use and can be applied morning or night.

Who Manufactures Bakuchiol?

The main manufacturer of Bakuchiol (Sytenol® A) is Sytheon. They use a very scientific method called monomolecular extraction (one molecule) to isolate, extract and reduce unwanted impurities. The result - Bakuchiol with over 99% purity.

While Sytheon does not formulate and manufacture the final cosmetic products, they are the main supplier for brands that choose to use high-purity Bakuchiol in their skincare products. 

Benefits of Bakuchiol

  • Bakuchiol - Natural alternative to retinol, has retinol-like benefits without the associated and unwanted side effects of retinol (eg, scaling, stinging, burning and itching).
  • Daylight stable face moisturizer
  • Low irritation potential
  • Helps to improve elasticity and firmness
  • Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Softens and smooths rough skin patches
  • Revitalizes and brightens dull, lack-luster skin

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