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Retinol Vs Bakuchiol : Is one better than the other?

So most of us now know that retinol is the bees knees of anti-aging. It helps turn skin cells over faster whilst promoting collagen production. 

However there are some not so pleasant facts about retinol and how it affects our skin.

Side effects of using retinol may include: 

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Flaking and peeling of the skin
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun

So what is a natural alternative that actually works against preventing aging or reversing the signs on aging- and is it just as effective as retinol?


Bakuchiol is a vegan skincare ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. It is a potent antioxidant which is continually compared to retinol without the side effects. 

A 2019 study put bakuchiol and retinol against each other in a 12-week, double-blind clinical trial on human subjects. For the study, 44 participants received either a twice-daily 0.5% bakuchiol product or a once-daily 0.5% retinol product, and their progress was evaluated by a dermatologist who didn’t know which group was which.

Both groups saw improvements in hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and redness, and there was no statistically significant difference between their results, which suggests that using bakuchiol twice a day is as effective as using retinol once a day. Plus, the bakuchiol group reported less skin scaling and flaking than the retinol group.

So there we go, Bakuchiol acts the same as a retinol without the side affects! 

Find it in our photosynthesis retinol alternative treatment.

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