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Dangers d'une utilisation topique du bakuchiol.

What Are the Dangers of Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a new, natural molecule recommended for the care of acne-prone skin. Because it provides similar results to retinoids but is better tolerated, it is also used to soften signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles. However, are there any side effects to its use?

What Is Bakuchiol?

If you're interested in skin care that targets aging or rashes (pimples) or even brown spots, you're probably already familiar with retinol. But in this industry that is constantly looking for new ideas, an ingredient with similar properties is now making news: Bakuchiol.

This compound is a natural and less irritating alternative to retinol. Bakuchiol is therefore sometimes referred to as "phyto-retinol", "natural retinol" or "green retinol."

The name Bakuchiol, pronounced "buh-koo-chee-all" in English, is derived from the Sanskrit word "bakuchi" and the plant from which it is extracted (Psoralea corylifolia), an endemic plant of the Himalayan region. Although bakuchiol was first isolated in 1966, it was not applied topically for the first time until 2007, when it was marketed under the brand name Sytenol A.

How Does Bakuchiol Work?

When applied topically, Bakuchiol helps restore the imbalance of acne skin and excessive sebum production. It helps the epidermis restore and maintain its moisture and protective barrier. As a multifunctional product, it also stimulates cell renewal and stimulates collagen production, which is essential for skin tone and suppleness. Therefore, it is recommended both for the mitigation/prevention of wrinkles and for its comprehensive anti-acne action.

Are There Any Side Effects of Bakuchiol?

So far, no side effects have been reported with the cosmetic use of Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a mild ingredient and is tolerated by all skin types, even the most sensitive. Unlike retinol, which can cause dry, tingling, tight, uncomfortable, flaky or red skin, it is usually tolerated by all skin types.

Are There Any Contraindications to Bakuchiol?

There are no contraindications known currently for this cosmetic ingredient.

Bakuchiol is not photosensitizing and does not trigger skin reactions after sun exposure. Therefore, it can be used during your morning beauty routine. In any case, don't forget to finish your routine every morning by applying a sunscreen that matches your skin tone.

However, it is important to note that bakuchiol is still in its infancy in the skin care industry. For this reason, available data on its side effects is still sparse.

Sources :

  • MARCHIO F. & al. Bakuchiol in the management of acne-affected skin. Cosmetics & Toiletries (2011).

  • BOJANOWSKI K. & al. Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2014).  

  • REITER P. & al. Prospective, randomized, double-blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing Clinical Trial. British Journal of Dermatology (2019).

  • LEVY S. & al. Clinical Evaluation of a Nature-Based Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (2020). 


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