The excess of oiliness of the skin obstructs the pores, allowing bacterial growth and causing inflammatory lesions. A by-product (phenolic monoterpene) of the Asian plant Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia), native of East Asia, Bakuchiol has been used in the Ayurvedic medicines for centuries.
It holds equivalent effects to retinoids (retinol-like), being clinically efficient in the treatment of acne through the inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes. It blocks the inflammation process and reduces the expression. Of 5-⍺-reductase (5 alpha-reductase), granting significan reduction of sebum and inflammatory lesions, also decreasing the population of Cutibacterium Propionibacterium acne (which feeds on the secretion produced by the sebaceous glands, and when in contact with epithelial pores, promotes the inflammation of the hair follicles, causing pimples or acne.
It has antioxidant properties and prevents the activation of reactive species present in sebum, and lipidic peroxidation, responsible for triggering the inflammatory process.
BAKUCHIOL X RETINOL
Scientifically proven through a study published by the British Journal of Dermatology, Bakuchiol has showcased the same results as traditional retinol, but without skin flaking, sensitizing, have “sting sensation”, or present redness during use.
For 12 weeks, 44 participants used a crème with 0,5% bakuchiol twice a day, or a crème with 0,5% retinol every night
We’ve sorted the main comparisons between the two actives for acne treatment
The study assessed the efficiency of Bakuchiol in expressing 5-⍺-reductase, collagenase, elastase, antibacterial activity, and inflammation:
- Bakuchiol is as effective as retinol, at the same concentration, when inhibiting the activity of 5-⍺-reductase.
- The combination of Bakuchiol and salicylic acid presented a synergic effect in the inhibition of Propionibacterium acnes, in other words, acne.
- Inhibitory activity for elastase was evident ai all assessed concentrations of Bakuchiol.
- Bakuchiol showcased moderate inhibitory action for COX-2 and high inhibitory action for COX-1 (pro-inflammatory enzymes.
- Bakuchiol presented strong antioxidant activity, in addition to inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
Beyond all that, Bakuchiol presents high stability to photodegradation and oxidation, even under exposure to the sun, unlike original retinol.
BAKUCHIOL ON THE SKIN
Bakuchiol is the only botanic extract to date that has been proven to produce collagen, strengthening the base of the skin, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but without the risk of rashes
- Stimulates collagen production: Grants firmness to the skin and works against the surgency of signals that might appear with time.
- Promotes cellular restoration: Regulates the cutaneous barrier responsible for protecting our skin, in addition to aiding in the treatment of many cutaneous diseases.
- It has antioxidant activity: Reduces the production of free radicals, molecules that oxide and damage the cells. This way, aids against aging of the skin and the occurrence of wrinkles and expression lines.
- Helps softening patches: acts reducing melanin production.
- Combats acne: It has a regulatory activity of oiliness and soothing effect which helps treating inflammations.
Can it be combined with other ingredients?
Different from retinol, which some specialists do not advise using with Vitamin C or certain acids, Bakuchiol can be combined with any other ingredient.
Photosensitive and daytime use?
Bakuchiol does not cause photosensitivity on the skin, so it can be used during solar exposure. This being a great advantage when compared to retinoids, which can only be used at night.
Who can use it?
Bakuchiol is adequate for all kinds of skin: dry, oily, or mixed. It is a gentle solution to any person that seeks anti-aging and anti-acne results, rash free. People with sensitive skin and pregnant women should always consult a medic.