What does it do?
Stimulates collagen production
Reduces pigmentation

Reduces hyperpigmentation
Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Improves acne

How do I use it?
Apply once or twice daily

Stand out features
Safe in pregnancy
Less irritating than retinoids

Evidence rating

You may not have heard of bakuchiol, but it’s reported to be similar to retinol in its effect on the skin, without the irritation. Too good to be true? Read on! 

What does it do? 

Bakuchiol is derived from plants, and is said to be a functional analogue of retinol, meaning it acts like retinol on the skin. It’s an antioxidant, stimulates collagen production, reduces inflammation and also kills bacteria. 

What are its benefits? 

Bakuchiol improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and acne; with less irritation than retinol. 

It’s very gentle on the skin, so may be a good choice for those with sensitive skin who don’t tolerate retinol. It’s safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

How do I use it?

Apply once or twice daily, before moisturiser and sunscreen.

Chaudhuri RK, Bojanowski K. Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2014 Jun;36(3):221-30. 

Wang JV, Schoenberg E, Saedi N. Bakuchiol as a Trendy Ingredient in Skincare: Recent Evidence. Skinmed. 2019 Sep 9;17(3):188-189.


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Spotlight on Skin was created by award-winning Melbourne-based dermatologist, Dr Julia Rhodes.

Julia knows first-hand how overwhelming the skincare world can be, and that’s with over 10 years of experience practicing dermatology. Given that even she gets overwhelmed, she appreciates how hard it can be for those of you without a scientific background to make sense of all the information available, and choose products that are right for your skin…