Bakuchiol, the miracle plant

Bakuchiol, the botanical with the difficult to pronounce name but, you won’t forgot it once you hear the profound effects it offers your skin.

Bakuchiol Benefits:

Promotes collagen production
Protects existing collagen
Improves lines & wrinkles
Helps fade pigmentation
Improves photoageing (VU damage caused to the skin)
Helps reduce & prevent acne.
Unlike traditional retinol has antibacterial & anti-fungal activity against acnes & candida.
It’s sun safe & won’t make your skin hyper sensitive to UV, like tradition retinol
It’s safe to use whilst pregnant, unlike tradition retinol

Unlike Traditional Retinol Bakuchiol Doesn’t Cause:

Skin dryness
Sun sensitivity
Traditional retinol has also being linked to aggravating rashes in people who have eczema

It really is a miracle plant. Just think, how many more unknown miracle plants are we yet to discover and study? Nature provides everything we need for glowing skin but not only glowing skin, skin longevity and holistic health.



The molecule was first isolated all the way back in 1966 by Mehta et al. from Psoralea corylifolia seed and was called Bakuchiol based on the Sanskrit name Bakuchi of the plant. It was found to have many properties: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial and hepatoprotective (protective of the liver) abilities like many other incredible Ayurvedic plants.

What makes Bakuchiol so special for your skin is the relatively recent discovery of it acting in a similar way to the skincare darling, retinol. While chemically, it has nothing to do with the vitamin-A family (retinoids), comparative studies show that retinol and Bakuchiol regulate skin cell behaviour in a similar anti-ageing way, modifying skin cells and producing important proteins such as collagen.

Bakuchiol has a host of other benefits without many of the issues that traditional retinol comes with.

Collagen Promoting

Both Bakuchiol and retinol up-regulate collagen I, III and IV production and down-regulate MMP, the collagen attacking enzyme in our skin. This means more collagen present in our skin and the more collagen means firmer, more wrinkle-free skin.

Research has shown that topical application of bakuchiol increases collagen and boosts elastin production and this resulted in a up to 23.2% wrinkle decrease after 12 weeks. On the other hand, bakuchiol has also shown to be an inhibitor of collagenase and elastase (types of enzymes that degrade collagen and elastin), just a 0.1% of bakuchiol can inhibit up to a 50% of collagenase.

It promotes collagen and protects it at the same time.

Lines, wrinkles and pigmentation

A French study in 2014 found:

"Retinol-like functionality was further confirmed for the upregulation of types I and IV collagen... The results showed that, after 12 weeks treatment, significant improvement in lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, firmness and overall reduction in photo-damage was observed, without usual retinol therapy-associated undesirable effects.


Not only does Bakuchiol come with the advantage of not making your skin sun sensitive like traditional retinol, it also helps with decreasing ageing caused by sun damage.

This British study found that "Bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds. The retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging.

Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that Bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photoageing (VU damage caused to the skin) and is better tolerated than retinol. Bakuchiol is promising as a more tolerable alternative to retinol."


A new study by the University of California, published in The British Journal of Dermatology, compared the clinical efficacy of Bakuchiol and retinol in improving common signs of cutaneous facial ageing (pigmentation, drying, loss of fat and loss of elasticity).

Their results:

“Bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds” although again, “the retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging."


Yes Bakuchiol can aid with the treatment of acne too. Though, at Terra Tonics we always advocate for a holistic approach to treating acne.

Unlike retinoids, bakuchiol also has antibacterial and antifungal activity against popionibacterium acnes (one of the bacterias responsible for acne) or candida.

Bakuchiol exfoliates to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and oil from pores. This can help prevent the formation of pimples. It also literally gets under your skin, unlike many other acne treatments. Tiny molecules penetrate the middle layer of your skin (dermis), where it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Both of these compounds fight acne indirectly by reducing the appearance of pores and acne scarring over time.

One study found the below bakuchiol benefits on acne:

Placebo: 11% of acne improvement.
Bakuchiol: 57% of acne improvement.


It fades hyperpigmentation and reduces redness.

Research has concluded that topical application of Bakuchiol was able to decrease hyperpigmentation in up to a 59% of people who tried it resulting in a up to about a 15% of hyperpigmentation intensity decrease. Furthermore, it is able to reduce redness.

Clean Collagen & Bakuchiol

It should be noted that in most of the studies 4% to 5% active amount of Bakuchiol was used to achieve results. It’s important to check the percentage in the product you choose as many use 1%. Clean Collagen is comprised of 4% Bakuchiol, which is the safest effective amount.

All ingredients in Clean Collagen are 100% bio-active, or as we like to say, ‘Living’ meaning, the actives are able to be utilised by your skin.

So remember that strange name, 'Bakuchiol'.

Why would you ever chose a traditional retinol over bio-active Bakuchiol?

No, we don’t know either.