Bakuchiol at a glance

  • Antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea corylifolia
  • Offers multiple anti-ageing benefits, including wrinkle-reducing properties
  • Helps visibly fade skin discolourations, including post-blemish marks
  • Often touted as an alternative to retinol (but the two are not identical)
  • Works best in concentrations between 0.5-2%

Bakuchiol description

Bakuchiol is a natural antioxidant and anti-ageing ingredient found in the seeds and leaves of the plant _Psoralea corylifolia_. This plant, also known as babchi, is native to India and is also found in China as well as parts of Africa.Ongoing in vitro (Petri dish) and in vivo (on skin) research has shown that bakuchiol has a skin-restoring ability, as well as an effect on brightening a dull complexion. In particular, it can help reduce skin discolourations, including post-blemish marks, and clarify uneven tone. Research has also shown this plant ingredient has a significant soothing effect and also offers wrinkle-reducing properties.Bakuchiol is often touted as a natural alternative to retinol. The association between bakuchiol and retinol is because many of its visible benefits seem to mimic what retinol does. While the two are not identical, science has revealed that bakuchiol interacts with many of the same areas in skin as retinol, sometimes by taking the same pathway, other times by going a different route but still leading to the similar results, such as diminished wrinkles, improved elasticity, and smoother skin. In either case, we’re confident that bakuchiol is a promising, beneficial ingredient. By the way, it’s perfectly OK to use a product that combines retinol and bakuchiol together. Doing so builds on the overlapping and unique benefits each has to offer. Bakuchiol also has a natural stabilising effect on vitamin A (retinol).Research has confirmed that bakuchiol works best in concentrations between 0.5-2%. Amounts lower than that have not been shown to provide retinol-like benefits.

Bakuchiol references

  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, July 2020, pages 1-12
  • Pharmacological Research, March 2019, pages 208-213
  • British Journal of Dermatology, February 2019, pages 253-254
  • Oncotarget, March 2016, pages 14,616-14,627
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, June 2014, pages 221-230
  • Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 2010, pages 1504-1506
  • The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2010, pages 105-114
  • Pharmacognosy Review, January-June 2010, pages 68-76

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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