What Is Bakuchiol? Experts Explain the Benefits of the Natural Alternative to Retinol
Article by Allure
Good news for those with sensitive skin: Finally, skin-care formulas are starting to include a less-irritating, natural alternative to retinol. Known as bakuchiol, the gentle, vegan ingredient is about to blow up the skin-care world. Here's why.
Retinol has earned its reputation as an enduring favorite ingredient in skin-care products — you can find the vitamin A derivative in just about every variation, including moisturizers, eye creams, and even a hydrating toner.
"Topical retinol is perhaps the best-studied ingredient we have on the market to help stimulate collagen, strengthen the skin foundation, and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles," Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. It's also a great for clearing up acne.
But for all the powerful benefits of the vitamin A derivative, it can be tricky to use for those with sensitive skin. "The downside to retinol is that it can cause irritation of the skin, limiting its use," Zeichner says. Until recently, the only alternative to the red, dry, irritated skin sometimes caused by retinol has been to overdose on moisturizer. But a trendy new plant-based alternative is changing that.