Skin-Loving Benefits of Bakuchiol-A Clean Retinol Alternative

Skin-Loving Benefits of Bakuchiol-A Clean Retinol Alternative

Written by VERIBELLA

June 2023 

Retinol is one of the most widely known age-defying ingredients in the beauty industry. But what if we told you that there's a natural retinol alternative that is clinically proven to be just as effective without the irritation? Say hello to bakuchiol, the best retinol alternative ingredient on the market. Bakuchiol, pronounced ba-koo-heel is a plant-based compound that has been gaining popularity in 2023 as a gentler, yet effective treatment to combat discoloration and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  In this blog you will learn:

  • What is Bakuchiol?
  • The Benefits of Bakuchiol as a Clean Retinol Alternative
  • Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bakuchiol Product

What is Bakuchiol?

Discovered in 1966 from the seeds of the Babchi plant, bakuchiol is not a new compound.  Bakuchiol has been used in eastern cultures for years for a variety of treatments.  Bakuchiol is plant-derived ingredient that was first used topically in 2007 and has since evolved to the "it girl" as a clean retinol alternative. Bakuchiol has similar properties to the chemical compound retinol, a Vitamin A derivative but is gentler on the skin and doesn't cause photosensitivity, making it optimal to use both day and night (with sunscreen of course).

What is bakuchiol? 

The Benefits of Bakuchiol as a Retinol Alternative

A double-blind study, facilitated by the University of California Davis, clinically tested the effectiveness between bakuchiol and prescription retinol and the impact each had on facial photoaging.  The study determined that both bakuchiol, a clean retinol alternative and prescription retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, research showed no statistical difference in results between the two compounds at a dosage of .5%, over a period of 12 weeks.  Additionally, this study also yielded that those users who used bakuchiol has less irritation, stinging, and redness compared to the group who used retinol. 

This study spurred the innovation of using bakuchiol as a retinol alternative in skincare products to provide the benefits of retinols without the irritation and sensitivity.  Making products with bakuchiol a generally safe and clean retinol alternative for people; even those with sensitive skin.  

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bakuchiol Product

Bakuchiol can be found in many different types of skincare products from cleansers to moisturizers to serums. Because bakuchiol needs time on the skin, opting for a serum can give you the best result, while keeping your routine to a minimum.

Like any skincare product, it is important to look for quality formulations when selecting a bakuchiol serum. Look for serums that multi-task so you can reduce the number of products in your daily routine while maximizing the benefits for your skin. Bakuchiol is often combined with other active ingredients, and it is important to review the ingredient list to ensure that you are not overdoing it with actives but also selecting complementing actives to maximize the results.  Look for a serum that contains rich fatty acids like avocado oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil; to protect the skin's lipid barrier and hydrate the skin. Additionally, if opt for a serum with a balanced level of Vitamin C to help protect the skin from damaging free radicals while brightening the skin. Just be sure you aren't overdoing it on the Vitamin C within your other skincare products, or you could create dryness and flaking. Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing when it comes to skincare.

The great news is that bakuchiol is usually tolerated well by most skin types, even those with sensitive skin making it the best retinol alternative option.  However, like all ingredients be sure to test it out in a discreet area and start slowly if you are extra sensitive or acne prone.   


Adding bakuchiol to your skincare routine can be a skin-changer to help you achieve a more-even skin tone, improve the appearance of skin texture and pore size, improving the appearance of aging.  Our new ADVANCED SUPER SERUM is a breakthrough, retinol alternative treatment curated with high-quality ingredients blended perfectly to deliver results you can see and feel; and a price that you will love!