September and ‘back-to-school’ are practically synonymous. There is the excitement of new school supplies, new backpacks, new teachers and new clothes, to name a few. However, for the child with acne, this time of year can bring a lot of stress and anxiety. Acne is a chronic condition of the skin that typically presents in adolescents and young adults. Approximately 85 – 100% of those between the ages of 12 to 24 are at least intermittently affected. 
With this many people suffering from acne, numerous topical and oral medications are recommended by physicians and clinicians within the skin health industry. Science and technology continue to advance as well, with the introduction of new ingredients and a better understanding of the pathogenesis of this not only frustrating, but potentially damaging (both physically and emotionally) skin condition.
One of the newest ingredients is bakuchiol (pronounced Ba-Koo-Heel).
Bakuchiol is a natural meroterpene phenol that is found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. It has purifying, calming and soothing action. In addition, it is effective at regulating excess sebum production, as well as functioning as an antioxidant and MMP inhibitor. It is also well-tolerated by all Fitzpatrick skin types who are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which results from both the acne lesions and any topical products that may be too active.
PCA SKIN’s Intensive Clarity Treatment : 0.5% pure retinol night utilizes bakuchiol in conjunction with pure retinol, phytic acid, phenylethyl resorcinol and gluconolactone to treat both breakouts and hyperpigmentation with unsurpassed corrective benefits for the fastest results possible without a prescription. Start by using this powerful blend once a week in the evening to get your skin back on track for back-to-school.
 THE MOUNT SINAI JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Vol. 68 Nos.4&5 September/October 2001