Skincare ABCs: ‘F’ is for Ferulic Acid

Welcome back to another Skincare ABCs post!

This week, we will be covering the potent antioxidant, Ferulic acid. There is a lot less information/research out there about ferulic acid than some of the skincare ingredients we’ve discussed previously in this series. However, the research that has been done (and my personal experience) is impressive enough to share.

What is ferulic acid?

Ferulic acid falls under the antioxidant category. We’ve talked antioxidants in several posts now (Vitamin C and EGCG), so feel free to check out those for more detailed information. The basics are pretty much as follows: antioxidants combat/fight free radicals (aka-bad) that can damage skin cells and lead to premature aging. In fact, some studies would suggest that ferulic acid is a more potent antioxidant than Vitamin C. Ferulic acid is often used in skincare formulations along with Vitamin C, because  it helps stabilize the ingredient, and possibly make it even more effective.

How do I use it?

You will most likely find ferulic acid in serums/treatment or moisturizer products. As I mentioned before, it will often be combined with Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin E. Typically formulas will contain less than 1% ferulic acid. It is also important to note that these formulas should have an acidic pH (3.2-3.4) and be stored in packaging that protects your ingredients from light and air. This will ensure that your product remains effective and doesn’t go bad on you before you have the chance to use it up.


Products containing Ferulic Acid:

The first product that I am sharing is the only product on this entire list that I have personally tried. It is definitely on the pricier side, but I’ve really seen a difference in the brightening of my complexion since trying it. To be honest, its not my favorite formula in terms of its consistency (VERY watery), but the results make it worth it. I have noticed it can make me a little drier in the winter months, so if your skin is on the normal/dry side, I’d plan to add a little extra hydration into your routine in conjunction with this product. The product is Skinceuticals Phloretin CF ($166). I’m a particularly big fan of this particular product, because Skinceuticals somehow found a way to take one of my favorite ingredients (Vitamin C) and make it even better!

Here are some other products I haven’t personally tried, but have heard great things about:

Paula’s Choice Advanced Replenishing Toner ($24)

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Cream ($69)

DermaDoctor Kakadu C 20% Vitamin C Serum With Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E ($95)

Hope you learned something new about your skincare today! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions/comments.

Until next time,


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