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Does your vitamin C serum has ferulic acid?

Ferul… what?!

I hear ya, ferulic acid isn’t as famous as other antioxidants.  But, it’s one of Vitamin C’s BFF (the other is Vitamin E).

You REALLY need to use these three musketeers of skincare together. You know what BFFs are like… If you snub one of them, the other ain’t gonna forgive it.

Vitamin C isn’t that vindictive. It’ll still help you fight wrinkles and give you a lovely glow, BUT you won’t be getting the most out of it. Nope, it holds that out until you agree to let his friend ferulic acid join in on the fun.

Here’s the lowdown on ferulic acid, why Vitamin C loves it so much, and why you should add it to your skincare routine ASAP:

What Is Ferulic Acid?

Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant. You’ll find it in the cell walls of whole grains, coffee, spinach, oranges, apples, parsley, grapes, and many other vegs and fruits.

There’s only one problem. It’s pretty expensive. That’s why lots of brands leave it out of their Vitamin C serums. 🙁

Related: Can you Use Vitamin C Serums If You Have Sensitive Skin?


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Can Ferulic Acid Fight Premature Aging?

Ferulic Acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there.

There’s a reason why I always bang on about buying products that are loaded with as many antioxidants as possible.

The truth is that there are many types of free radicals and each antioxidant usually only destroys one or two of them. The more types of antioxidants you use, the more types of free radicals you destroy.

Ferulic acid is a skincare superhero that goes the extra mile: it destroy three types of free radicals (superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and nitric oxide).

That makes it even more effective than its BFF Vitamins C and E and Beta-carotene.

Related: Common Antioxidants Used In Skincare

Ferulic Acid + Vitamin C + Vitamin E: The Most Effective Antioxidant Combination?

Wanna know what makes ferulic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E best buddies? These antioxidants make one another more effective.

Antioxidants are notoriously unstable. But, when used together, they withstand light and air better and last longer. They also boost one another’s antioxidant properties.

There’s more. A study conducted by Duke University has found that “its [ferulic acid] incorporation into a topical solution of 15%l-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and 1%alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E) improved chemical stability of the vitamins (C+E) and doubled photoprotection to solar-simulated irradiation of skin from 4-fold to approximately 8-fold as measured by both erythema and sunburn cell formation. This combination of pure natural low molecular weight antioxidants provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.”

Translation: when used together, ferulic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E double their own sun protection properties and help you fight premature wrinkles much faster.

P.S. Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E help you reduce sun damage. But they are NOT a substitute for sunscreen.

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Vitamin E In Skincare

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Can Ferulic Acid Reduce Dark Spots, Too?

Ferulic acid has one more trick up its sleeve.

A 1999 study suggests that ferulic acid + vitamin E can help treat hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Researchers believe this combo “suppresses melanogenesis, possibly by inhibiting tyrosine hydroxylase activity in an indirect manner.”

Said in a way mere mortals can understand, it prevents your skin from producing too much melanin (the pigment that gives it its colour).

Related: The Battle Of The Skin-Lighteners: Which One Is The Best Alternative To Hydroquinone?

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What Are The Best Skincare Products With Ferulic Acid?

Does Ferulic Acid Has Any Side Effects?

Most people can use ferulic acid safely.

But, if you’re allergic to grains such as wheat, corn or barley, consult a doctor before adding ferulic acid to your skincare routine. Just in case.

Bottom Line

Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight premature aging, prevent sun damage and may even treat hyperpigmentation. But, it’s when used together with its BFF Vitamin C and Vitamin E that it truly shines. They three musketeers makes one another way more effective in fighting premature aging and sun damage.