Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid

Best used: In AMCaution: Sensitive skinBest for: Protection under sunscreen
Comments: Excellent antioxidantMode of action: AntioxidantScience Score:


What are ferulic acid benefits?

This is one of the top 5 skin care ‘actives’ prescribed for anti-aging. Such as –

  • Help with wrinkles & lines as it protects your skin from extrinsic ageing. 
  • Reduces the potential for skin laxity as it protects collagen 
  • Reduces inflammation & oxidative stress, and in theory can reduce severity of outbreaks
  • Reduces skin pigmentation, melasma & brown spots by attenuating the oxidative effects of light
  • Boosts the effects of other antioxidants including ascorbic acid & tocopherol

What is the science behind Ferulic acid?

This antioxidant is found in many foods including oats & fruits. Antioxidants protect skin from ‘free radicals.’ Ferulic acid is often combined with other free-radical scavengers including ascorbic acid & vitamin E / tocopherol. These molecules mop up potentially harmful molecules caused by UV radiation, smoking & environmental pollutants. Think of skin care as protective barriers. The first should be a protective physical barrier, for example a hat. The second barrier is sunscreen, either a physical or chemical. The last line of defence is an antioxidant. 

How do I incorporate ferulic acid in my skin care routine?

Best applied in the AM (can be used PM- twice daily), apply to exposed areas; face, neck & decolletage. Best used under sun protection. Depending on the formulation a small amount can go a long way. 

Davin’s Skin Protip on Ferulic Acid

There are no head-to-head studies comparing high end brands like Skinceuticals to super affordable formulations like Timeless C+E+ Ferulic or The Ordinary (1/20 the cost of Skinceuticals). I am sure the high-end brands will not show a linear cost benefit ratio; the flipside is that The Ordinary consumer is not the same as the ‘luxury skincare’ consumer. Antioxidants, though important, are only the third line of defence, behind a physical barrier such as a hat, then sunscreen. If UV does not get into the dermal layer of skin, the requirement for an antioxidant diminishes.  


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