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Ferulic Acid For Skin: Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

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Ferulic Acid is an antioxidant naturally found in the cell wall of plants. It is a powerful anti-aging ingredient which can protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and sunlight.

  • It is a potent antioxidant.
  • It boosts the efficacy of other antioxidants like Vitamin C and E.
  • It provides protection against damage caused by free radicals due to which it may have anti-aging effects.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It prevents dark spots, pigmentation, fine lines and other forms of damage caused by the sun due to its photoprotection properties.
  • Signs of Aging- Ferulic Acid helps protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, prevents sagging of skin and formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Ferulic Acid can help prevent signs of aging by protecting the skin against pollution and sun related damage.
  • Acne- Ferulic Acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties which can be helpful in treating acne. 
  • Dark spots- Due to its antioxidant properties, Ferulic Acid may be helpful in preventing and managing dark spots which are usually a result of damage caused by the sun or a form of PIH.
  • HyperpigmentationFerulic Acid is a strong antioxidant which pairs well with other antioxidants like Vitamin C to provide protection against sun damage. Due to this property, it can help prevent hyperpigmentation.

 

Ferulic Acid works best in the day time due to its antioxidant properties and the ability to minimise sun damage. This doesn’t mean it can’t be used in the night, due to its adjustability, it can easily fit into A.M as well as P.M routine. You can choose to use a combination of Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C in the daytime to protect your skin from damage and get the most out of your Vitamin C serum. For your PM routine, you can stick to Vitamin C if you want, or you could  branch out to other formulations to treat specific skin concerns. Another good news? Ferulic Acid can be used every day! Since it’s usually formulated in a serum, just take a few drops of your Ferulic Acid serum and apply it to clean, dry skin. Pat it into your skin and allow it to absorb before moving on to your next step.

As Ferulic Acid is suitable for most skin types, the best way to pick a Ferulic Acid for you is based on the skin concerns you wish to treat. You can use Ferulic Acid with Vitamin C and other antioxidants to treat and protect the skin from sun and free radical damage. A formulation of this kind could also be helpful in brightening the skin and getting rid of dark spots to get smoother, more even-toned skin. For treating signs of aging, you can go for a formulation of Ferulic Acid and Retinol. Although Ferulic Acid can typically be found in serums, it’s also formulated as moisturisers. Pick a product based on your specific skin concern and convenience.

Ferulic Acid can safely be used by most skin types. It’s especially beneficial in anti-aging skincare routines. That being said, Ferulic Acid is an excellent antioxidant, which means every skin type can benefit with the addition of this ingredient in their routines.

  • Vitamin C- Vitamin C can be quite unstable on its own and can react easily with sunlight. Ferulic Acid is said to help stabilize and boost the efficacy of Vitamin C when combined together. It also helps increase the photoprotection properties of Vitamin C. Together they make a powerhouse combo which is why they’re a hit amongst skincare brands.
  • Vitamin E- Similar to Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that also hydrates the skin. Not only do Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid make a great combo, adding Vitamin C to the mix makes a great trio. Together these ingredients make a stable combination that provides intense brightening.

 

  • AHAs and BHAs- Ferulic Acid should not be used with AHAs and BHAs due to a difference in pH levels which could render both the ingredients inactive. 

 

While side effects are uncommon, the source of Ferulic Acid may become a cause for allergy and irritation. Be sure to check the source by which a Ferulic Acid has been derived as various plant allergies may cause you to be allergic to the Ferulic Acid derived from them. Possible side effects include-

  • Itching
  • Peeling of the skin.
  • Redness
  • Rashes

Deconstruct Vitamin C serum with 10% Vitamin C + 0.5% Ferulic Acid is a potent Vitamin C serum combined with the benefits of Ferulic Acid. As we know, this is an unbeatable combination with each ingredient boosting the other’s efficacy. The serum provides brightness, combats dullness and provides protection against damage caused by free radicals.

Ferulic Acid is an antioxidant which can be added to your skincare routine with other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E. Although not an absolute necessity, this ingredient can boost the action of other ingredients, when added to your skincare routine.

  • Does Ferulic Acid lighten the skin?

No, Ferulic Acid does not have skin lightening properties but it does protect the skin from sun damage which can prevent darkening of the skin.

  • Is Ferulic Acid anti-aging?

Yes, Ferulic Acid is an antioxidant which can help treat signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

  • Is Ferulic Acid suitable for oily skin?

Ferulic Acid is suitable for most skin types, including oily skin. It can benefit oily skin by preventing clogging of pores and may help regulate sebum production.

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