Bakuchiol is a meroterpene phenol abundant in seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea corylifolia. Although bakuchiol, biologically has no structural resemblance to retinoids, it has the ability to function as a retinol.
The Clinical Studies demonstrated that after 12 weeks of application, bakuchiol demonstrated retinol-like activity that showed:
• Significant improvement in lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, firmness and overall reduction in photo-damage was observed, without usual retinol therapy-associated undesirable effects.
After 12 weeks of applying bakuchiol to the skin, the following results were assessed through clinical grading and through facial analysis by means of advanced imaging:
• 59% of participants had improvement in hyperpigmentation
• 22% reduction in the depth of wrinkles
• 23% reduction in skin roughness
Panelists reported skin improvements:
• 47% improvement of Roughness & Dryness
• 23% Reduction of Fine lines & Wrinkles
• 28% Improvement of Skin tone
• 26% Improvement of Skin elasticity & Firmness
• 30% Improvement in skin Radiance
• 28% Brighter complexion
• 35% Improvement of overall eye-area appearance
Chaudhuri, R.K. and Bojanowski, K. (2014), Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. International Journal Cosmetic Science, 36: 221-230. https://doi.org/10.1111/ics.12117