where does bakuchiol come from?
bakuchiol was first isolated in 1966 from the babchi seed obtained from the plant Psoralea corylifolia, a plant used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Psoralea coryifolia is found in South Asian countries including Pakistan and India.
does bakuchiol show the same results as retinol?
yes. although bakuchiol does not resemble retinoids from a structural level, there is marked similarity between the ingredients in terms of their effects on anti-aging genes and proteins. a study in 2019 evaluated the effects of bakuchiol versus retinol in a double-blinded, prospective study. both ingredients significantly reduced fine wrinkles by the 12-week time point, without differences between the two ingredients. pigmentation was also assessed and at 12 weeks, 59% of the bakuchiol group noted improvement in their hyperpigmentation, while 44% of the retinol group had improvements.
will my skin get irritated like it does with retinol?
no, and this is the beauty of bakuchiol. the use of retinols is limited by their high incidence of side effects including irritation, dryness, peeling, redness, and burning – which makes them off-limits for those with sensitive skin. our bakuchiol & pomegranate facial oil can be used twice daily without increasing sensitivity to sun, as occurs with retinol. you may notice some temporary and very mild purging, tightness, dryness, and light flaking of the skin after 2-3 weeks of use.
how long does it take to see results with bakuchiol?
results will be seen in as little as 4 weeks. however, studies have shown cumulative improvement when it is used for 12 weeks, twice daily.
what concentration of bakuchiol is used in anokha's bakuchiol & pomegranate facial oil?
the recommended usage rate of bakuchiol is 0.5-1%. we've used bakuchiol at a full rate of 1% in our bakuchiol & pomegranate facial oil. a fascinating study by a supplier of bakuchiol showed that some brands using this ingredient claim a different rate than what is actually used.
what makes the oil red?
we've used a proprietary infusion technique which renders this oil its distinctive merlot color - which means that it's a brand secret and we can't tell you how we did it. however, the color comes from a natural source and is not synthetic. and don't worry - it won't stain your face or fingers, but maybe keep it away from that white washcloth.
does bakuchiol help to fight acne?
a pilot study in the treatment of acne patients with 1% bakuchiol, 2% salicylic acid, or 1% bakuchiol with 2% salicylic acid showed a 70% decrease in acne lesions and inflammation in the bakuchiol-salicylic acid group after six weeks of twice daily use. bakuchiol-only patients had a reduction of 57%, followed by salicylic acid patients who experienced a 48% decrease. so - yes, bakuchiol helps to fight acne, especially when used in conjunction with salicylic acid.
how does bakuchiol help with hyperpigmentation?
bakuchiol decreases pigment by means of its antioxidant effects as well as its ability to disrupt melanin synthesis by blocking both alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone activation and tyrosinase, which is the rate-limiting step in melanin synthesis.
why isn't there a scent added to this oil?
although we love using essential oils in our products, we've kept them out of this oil because it is truly a treatment oil meant to be used as the last step in your routine. layer on our jasmine serum or lotus & lychee facial crème for an uplifting fragrance prior to using this oil.
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