Melisse & Co. - How Can Ferulic Acid Improve Skin Health?
What is Ferulic acid?
Ferulic Acid is a plant-based antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants such as rice and oats and the seeds of apples and oranges, where it plays a key role in the plants' protection and self-preservation.
How Does Ferulic Acid Improve the Skin?
Ferulic acid is primarily used in anti-aging skincare. When applied topically, Ferulic acid acts like other antioxidants in that it helps to slow the ageing process by reducing the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin. It is also thought to protect against sun damage, as well as assisting in skin's regeneration functions to tackle skin that has already been over-exposed.
Ferulic acid can inhibit the enzymes responsible for melanogenesis (production of melanin) that may cause pigmentation and uneven skin tone. That’s the reason it is used mostly in anti-blemish and skin lightening cosmetics, to help prevent further damage.
In addition to working well alongside other antioxidants, it enhances the stability and the efficacy of vitamins C and E. Ferulic acid is thought to help stabilize vitamin C while also increasing its photoprotection. A recent study suggests that Ferulic acid can potentially offer twice the amount of photoprotection when combined with vitamins C and E.
Because vitamin C is not very shelf-stable on its own, since it degrades quickly, especially when exposed to sunlight. This is why vitamin C goes well with Ferulic Acid in formulas otherwise vitamin C serums ought to come in opaque or amber-colored bottles.
What are the Various Forms of Ferulic Acid for the Skin?
Ferulic acid is available in foods, supplements as well as in anti-aging serums and other skincare products. However, Ferulic acid supplements don’t appear to have the same potency for skin health as serums containing Ferulic acid do.
Top 12 Foods Rich in Ferulic Acid
- Apple seeds
- Chocolate, dark
- Hard wheat
- Common wheat
- Refined flour
- Whole grain flour
- Dried dates
What are the Side Effects of Ferulic Acid on the Skin?
Overall, Ferulic Acid is considered relatively same for most skin types. However, in those with very sensitive skin, there is a possibility of developing an allergic reaction to Ferulic Acid. If there is a known allergy to any of the foods containing Ferulic Acid, the likelihood of an allergic reaction is high. To test if you one is allergic, apply the product in a small area. Cease use of any products containing Ferulic Acid if redness, rash, hives, itchiness or skin peeling occurs.
- Phenol Explorer
- Very Well Health
- Vogue UK
- Women's Health Mag
- 2005 Ferulic Acid Study
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