Bakuchiol:

Your Questions, Answered.

We had a great response to our comprehensive User Guide to Bakuchiol. However, since we’ve launched our Bakuchiol Face Oil, a lot of questions have still been coming in.


We hope this practical FAQ will help answer your questions and get new Bakuchiol users started. 


Still have questions? Call, text, or what's app us at 1-855-828-5893 or email us at info@bareluxe.ca

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What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a specific chemical that can be isolated and directly extracted from the seeds of the babchi plant (Psoralea Corylifolia). The chemical Bakuchiol is present in variable quantities in carrier oils produced from babchi seed. These carrier oils are usually named babchi oil or bakuchi oil. 


If you're shopping for a Bakuchiol product, make sure to look at the ingredient list for the name "Bakuchiol" as a stand-alone ingredient. That's how you know the product contains pure Bakuchiol oil extracted using a very advanced process called monomolecular extraction.

How Do You Use It?

Bakuchiol products should be used twice a day. It is oil soluble, so it will only be found in face oils or in products that contain emulsifiers. There are no special instructions for using Bakuchiol products. It does not require a lead-in period to build skin tolerance. It does not cause photosensitivity, though wearing SPF daily is essential for everyone.

Is Bakuchiol as Effective as Retinol?

The research comparing 0.5% Bakuchiol with 0.5% retinol showed similar cosmetic results, but without the irritation. That said, studies are small and Bakuchiol has not been tested head-to-head against all concentrations or different types of retinoids.


There are many reasons you might want to try a retinol alternative. We believe strongly that it’s an effective ingredient – especially if retinol isn’t for you.


Is Bakuchiol Safe for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?

The safety of skincare  ingredients in pregnancy is a topic that brands often prefer toavoid. Not using retinoids topically is a reasonable, peace-of-mind decision,but there is no evidence topical retinol is harmful. There is significant misinformation and fear-based marketing directed towards women who are pregnantor breastfeeding. There is no reason to consider the use of topical,over-the-counter cosmetics as risky – creams, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

Does Bakuchiol Help Acne?

The studies done are small, however the findings include a reduction in acne lesions and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation using 0.5% -1% Bakuchiol products.

Can I Use Bakuchiol and Retinol Together?

Yes. There is no known interaction between the two. Generally, Bakuchiol is thought of as a botanical retinol alternative, but there wouldn’t be a reason using them together would be a concern. 

Can I Use Bakuchiol with Vitamin C?

Yes. In fact, Bakuchiol is being studied as to whether it may help stabilize and improve the effectiveness of Vitamin C in solutions to prevent it’s oxidation. 

What About Other Ingredients Like Niacinamide?

There really haven’t been any incompatibilities found. We’d say it’s safe to add Bakuchiol containing products into your skincare regimen wherever you prefer.


Bakuchiol is what's called a phenolic compound. These compounds will all potentially change color if exposed to metals, so if you do use something like a copper peptide, it's always best to use the copper containing product separate from all your other skincare products.


Does Bakuchiol Cause Purging?

Probably not. Purging is generally caused by retinol and other chemical exfoliants during initial use and the skin adjusts to the increased cell turnover. Bakuchiol isn’t a chemical exfoliant, that’s likely one reason it is so much more tolerable than retinol. The mechanism by which Bakuchiol works is thought to be on genes in the skin responsible for things like pigmentation and collagen. 

Where Can I Buy Bakuchiol Products In Canada?

There are many different green beauty brands that sell Bakuchiol products in Canada. Of course we have one, but many good options exist. We understand that face oils aren’t for everyone and ours is a Bakuchiol face oil.


We think the most important thing is to choose a product that has the ingredient listed on the INCI list as Bakuchiol. If it’s listed as Psoralea Corylifolia then likely only the carrier oil was used. Also, look for products that use between 0.5-2% since that is what has been studied.