Polyclinic dermatologist Dr. Anh Tran was recently featured in a Seattle Times article on retinols and retinol alternatives. The article reported that skin care treatments containing retinol, also known as vitamin A, have proven effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and improving skin texture and pigmentation. However, retinol can also cause skin irritation, peeling, and redness in the first few weeks, causing many to stop using it. Some newer products referred to as retinol-alternatives are now on the market that use a different ingredient called bakuchiol. They tout the same benefits with less irritation.
Comparing Retinol and Retinol Alternatives
“Retinol has more than 40 years of studies and clinical trials behind it,” Dr. Tran says. “As far as bakuchiol, we’re only just starting to learn more about its advantages and disadvantages, but so far the results are encouraging for what seems like an effective alternative.”