The Pandemic, Our Skin, and Bakuchiol

The Pandemic, Our Skin, and Bakuchiol

     COVID-19 resulted in many changes in the way we live our lives: some positive, some negative. Everything has good and bad. For example, working from home may have kept us inside where we are protected from the sun, but maybe not. Maybe instead it resulted in a return to outdoor activities with its concomitant risk of sun damage and hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and more. Working from home may have reduced our stress from work, but may have affected our mental health from isolation. As we discussed before, mental health can affect our skin and result in acne, melasma and more. Maskne has been on the rise. Our job is to adapt to changing circumstances, but not just to adapt… to thrive.
     Skincare is no exception and is always evolving. While Retinol has been the gold standard as part of the solution for acne and melasma, we now have a new ingredient, Bakuchiol, which is gaining popularity. Bakuchiol is a chemical found in Psoralea Corylifolia. It has been used in ancient times to treat alopecia, inflammation, psoriasis, and more. Recent research has concluded that it has effects similar to those of retinol, yet without the irritation. Research has also shown that it may protect the heart, the skin, the liver, and more. It could even function as anticancer for stomach, breast and skin cancer. In the skin, it’s role as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging agent has been determined to be effective against wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne. Just as Bakuchiol is a new agent in the skincare repertoire, there are many other treatment alternatives evolving every day…just stay tuned and search carefully.
     As always, if you need more information, please contact us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com or call us at 305-356-7402. Pease remember “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.