Derm DMs: What Is Ferulic Acid?
Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant used in skincare products for its anti-aging benefits. It’s no wonder that the ingredient has been popping up in potent serums and essences that promise to make skin glow and reduce the appearance of fine lines. To find out whether ferulic acid is worth incorporating into your skincare routine, we consulted Dr. Peter Schmid, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Colorado.
What Is Ferulic Acid?
Despite its name, ferulic acid isn’t an exfoliating alpha- or beta-hydroxy-acid. “Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that acts as a strong scavenger of free radicals, which are byproducts of ultraviolet radiation from the sun and pollutants,” says Dr. Schmid. “Over time, free radicals can lead to skin deterioration, fine lines and wrinkles.”
Research suggests that when ferulic acid is paired with vitamins C and E, the potency and efficacy of the antioxidant are even more enhanced.
What Skin Types Should Use Ferulic Acid?
Ferulic acid can benefit all skin types, but according to Dr. Schmid, “ferulic acid is extremely beneficial to skin types that are sensitive to the sun and easily burn (Fitzpatrick Skin Types 1-2).”
Our Favorite Products That Contain Ferulic Acid
This ferulic acid treatment works to smooth fine lines and make skin appear glowier in just one week. It also contains lactic acid, an AHA, that gently exfoliates the skin and improves moisture. Use the treatment after cleansing and before a serum.
Reach for this ferulic acid-infused formula if you have oily or acne-prone skin. It also contains salicylic acid to fight breakouts, plus vitamin C and silymarin to defend against free radicals.
If you have dry skin, consider mixing this potent ferulic acid serum with your daily moisturizer. Resveratrol is also an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and can help even out redness.
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