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Dr. Lara Devgan on her new Retinol + Bakuchiol Resurfacing Serum

Dr. Lara Devgan Retinol Bakuchiol

It’s no wonder that Lara Devgan, MD is the go-to board-certified plastic surgeon of New York’s chicest set: her list of accomplishments would impress even the most jaded New Yorker. She’s also a mother of six (!) and has created a line of best selling products that fly off the shelves at Ayla.

So when Dr. Devgan casually mentioned that she’d developed a retinol racecar of sorts, boosted with extra hyperpigmentation sweeper-uppers, our heads spun in the best way. Find out what prompted her to create this supercharged retinol in our mini-interview with her here — we kept this one short so that she could get back to the other millions of things on her to-do list.


Ayla: What prompted you to create the Retinol + Bakuchiol Resurfacing Serum?

LARA DEVGAN: I think almost every adult can benefit from integrating a retinol into their skin care regimen. This is one of the most thoroughly validated and universally validated ingredients in plastic surgery and dermatology. So, in developing it, I had in mind anyone who cares about their skin and is obsessed with product ingredients like me (though please note that retinoids are not recommended for pregnant women). Retinol and bakuchiol are synergistic and allow a stronger, more effective outcome that is still mild and tolerable to most people.

This is a very easy to use retinol, yet it works very well: I consider it my "holy grail" product. It is more gentle, yet more effective than prior generations of retinoids.


Ayla: We’d love to get a closer look at the formula with you. Why did you decide to include bakuchiol, caffeine, and additional plant botanicals like green tea and licorice?

LARA DEVGAN: Bakuchiol is an antioxidant that has four main purposes. It reduces wrinkles, improves hyperpigmentation, reduces pore size, and helps with blemishes. Because of the formulation with bakuchiol, it is also more hydrating, which reduces the redness and irritation traditionally associated with retinol.

Caffeine gives a little tightness to the skin and can increase absorption of the active ingredients. Green tea polyphenols are antioxidants that scavenge free radical environmental damage. The additional botanical phytopeptides in the formula improve the wearability of the product and also help support tissue softness.


This serum is one of the most powerful products on our shelves, and we adore it as much as we do all of the other Dr. Devgan products we carry. Check out Dr. Lara Devgan’s lineup here and read more about this amazing woman in our longer introductory interview with her here. And if you'd like to learn more about retinol, Retin-A, and other retinoids, check out our interview with Dr. Seth Matarasso, our favorite West Coast dermatologist, here.


Any topic discussed in this article is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.

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