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The Pre-dissolved solution is excellent. Ferulic Acid is an amazing skincare ingredient (potent antioxidant, protects other sensitive antioxidants from light degradation, UV protection) but is absolutely ineffective if it isn't solubilized correctly. Makes adding to any Serum Base or w/o emulsion easy. Love using it (at 6%; so active 0.5%) with the Resveratrol Fluid (10%; active 1%) and Green Tea Extr for potent nighttime brightening treatment... ...»
I am very happy with both the quality and packaging of the Ferulic acid I ordered. It came in foil packets (I ordered two). Will buy from them again as I use the product in my Vitamin C serum to maintain the PH needed... ...»
This is a fantastic product. Highly moisturizing and smooths out lines and wrinkles. It works quickly and is evening out skin tone as well. I think its a must have product and I certainly will be purchasing it again.. ...»
This lovely, simple, and affordable product has become something I don't want to be without. I am 47, with very sensitive and reactive dry skin. This cream doesn't feel particularly moisturizing and leaves something of a 'dry' finish on the skin after application, but it's had SUCH a positive impact on my face. The redness and papules from my rosacea and seb derm have reduced by a good 90%. It's been a magical barrier restorer and I panicked when it was temporarily out of stock. I would recomme.. ...»
Candace Carnahan
This is the best product I have ever used on my skin and I tried a LOT of expansive brands. It helps with redness and overall skin tone. Please do not ever stop making this stuff... ...»
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Vesna Hanich
It is true, this product does leave the skin silky smooth! I can highly recommend using it in your masks... ...»
Mati Fuller
I am 69 and I have used this product for two years almost every day at a high dose, adding it to my antioxidant day cream, with excellent results. For me it has a very high quality and effectiveness: reduction of wrinkles, hydrated skin, unified color without blemishes ... A product of 10, the same score that I give to John for the quality of the products he sells, his excellent description / use and the bibliographic contribution.En .. ...»
María Jesus
Tried this on my week-old rash from flea bites. Got an almost instant relief and rash healed in 2 days. Tried it on my daughter who has eczema for a very long time. The rashes calmed down after a few days and her skin is now healing well. Really great product. Just put in order for another jar.... ...»
This is great stuff. I add it to my liquid face soap and it does an excellent job in preventing acne and gently exfoliating the skin... ...»
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Ferulic acid (Natural)

Ferulic acid is a plant compound with numerous known health benefits. It is absorbed efficiently through skin, where it is effective as a strong antioxidant. Most often it is used in combination with vitamins C and E – this way, the individual benefits of each ingredient are strengthened, resulting in very effective UV protection. This combination even prevents DNA damage and cancer formation. The antioxidant protection is stable, remains safe from rubbing and sweating, and even resistant to natural chemical degradation, giving the product a long shelf-life. Ferulic acid alone is also beneficial, as it can restore collagen synthesis after UV exposure and thus reduce the symptoms of skin ageing. These properties make it a desirable component in sunscreens and antioxidant formulations.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now sell Ferulic acid in three liquids: pre-dissolved solution, lipsome microemulsion, and ethosome microemulsion. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.
  • 6% pre-dissolved solution gives 0.5% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
  • 31% pre-dissolved solution gives 3% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
  • 51% pre-dissolved solution gives 5% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
Ferulic acid is commonly used in the Skinceuticals C+E Ferulic serum.  C E Ferulic is a revolutionary antioxidant combination that delivers advanced protection against photoaging by neutralizing free radicals, boosting collagen synthesis, and providing unmatched antioxidant protection. More protection means more youthful looking skin and better defense against environmental aging.

Key benefits of Ferulic acid in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [4] [5]] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
  • Sun damage repair [9] [10] [13] [14]
  • Antioxidant [1] [3] [7] [8] [9]
  • Stimulate collagen production [13] [14]
  • Lightening & brightening [15]
  • Anti-androgenetic alopecia [3]
  • Stabilizes l ascorbic acid [5]
Product Code: BulkActives
Assay: 99%, 9%, 0.9%
CAS#: 1135-24-6
Net weight: 15g / 0.53oz & 150g / 8.82oz
Standardized preDissolved solution 150g - Options In Stock
Standardized Powder 15g - Options In Stock
Price: $8.35

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About  Ferulic acid in DIY Skin Care

Ferulic acid in DIY Skin CareFerulic acid is an organic acid, found naturally in several Chinese medicinal herbs and some common plant foods, such as rice bran, olives, artichokes, or, surprisingly, popcorn [1]. It has numerous benefits for health, many of them coming from its antioxidant properties: it can help combat hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer‘s disease and even cancer. However, used orally, it is rather ineffective due to low absorption. On the other hand, ferulic acid skin application is an efficient means of transporting it into the body [2]. Therefore, this application should be considered not only for skincare, but also for the systemic benefits of ferulic acid.

Due to its chemical structure, ferulic acid strongly absorbs UV light. Combined with the antioxidant capabilities, this effect protects other cellular components from radiation damage, so ferulic acid is a desirable ingredient in many sunscreens and lotions [3]. Applying ferulic acid directly after UV exposure had a strong protective effect on volunteers’ skin, as measured by reduced erythema (redness) [4]. This effect is comparable to that of vitamins C and E combined [5]. Second important property of ferulic acid is the antioxidant activity. It is an effective scavenger of free radicals, which are involved in many detrimental processes from cancer development to cell senescence. For example, a superoxide radical can be neutralized equally well by specialized body enzymes or ferulic acid alone [3]. Following UV exposure, the levels of antioxidant enzymes in the cells decrease, but ferulic acid can restore these levels and decrease the amounts of free radicals [6].

Both of these properties led to ferulic acid being used as an addition to photoprotective cosmeceuticals. Most often, a combination of 15 % ascorbic acid (vitamin C), 1 % alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) and 0.5 % ferulic acid is used. This combination results in twice stronger protection against erythema and sunburn, confirmed by numerous clinical studies [5], [7], [8]. Even UV-induced DNA damage and mutations can be prevented by applying this mixture, leading to decrease in cancer occurence [9], [10]. It is one of the most potent formulations used, as its effectiveness exceeds numerous other chemicals and plant products tested [11], [12]. Ferulic acid possibly achieves this by stabilizing the vitamins – they degraded rather quickly in simple cosmetic formulations, while addition of ferulic acid resulted in almost no degradation after storing the mixture for a month at a high temperature [5]. Usage of antioxidants instead of simple sunscreens is advised, since sunscreens are easily removed by sweating, rubbing and degradation, while antioxidants, once inside the skin, remain active for several days [9]. Additionally, they offer more complete protection against UV of different wavelengths.

Ferulic acid is also able to increase collagen levels in the skin. During investigations of fermented Opuntia ficus-indica extract, which restores collagen synthesis after UV exposure, it was found that the main component of the extract is ferulic acid [13]. Matrix metalloproteinases are degrading enzymes that are activated by UV radiation damage. The activity of these enzymes is significantly reduced by ferulic acid, leading to reduced photoageing of the skin: namely, ferulic acid prevents collagen degradation and restores normal thickness of the epidermis [14]. Using skin cells, it was noticed that melanin concentrations are reduced by the ferulic acid and vitamin E combination, so these ingredients are also beneficial for skin lightening [15]. It has even been used in hair creams, to combat alopecia (hair loss), seborrhea and pruritis [3].

SkinCeuticals C+E+Ferulic

"SkinCeuticals antioxidant combination of C+E+Ferulic delivers an unprecedented 8 times the skin's natural protection against photoaging - neutralizing free radicals, helping build collagen, and providing unmatched antioxidant protection.  Containing 15% pure L-ascorbic acid and 1% alpha tocopherol, the addition of 0.5%Ferulic acid doubles the already synergistic benefits of the original high-potency formula, C+E, transforming it into an unrivaled super-antioxidant combination."

  • Provides advanced environmental protection against UVA, UVB and infrared radiation A
  • Stimulates collagen synthesis to improve signs of aging
  • Increases firmness and replenishes lipids to reduce wrinkles
  • Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen.

The addition of ferulic acid to 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) increases the environmental protection.

  1. This antioxidant combination enhances protection against damaging UV rays to better prevent visible signs of aging.
  2. Stimulates collagen production to help diminish the appearance of photodamage.

Key ingredients of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic:

  1. 15% L-ascorbic acid: Neutralizes free radicals and promotes collagen synthesis.
  2. 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E): Neutralizes free radicals, provides the healing process.
  3. 0.5% ferulic acid: This plant-based antioxidant neutralizes free radicals, inhibits UV-induced melanogenesis, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Skinceuticals ingredients

C+E+Ferulic DIY ingredients

Water Water
Ethoxydiglycol  (co-solvent)  Ethoxydiglycol  (co-solvent) 
L-ascorbic Acid   15%  L-ascorbic Acid   15% 
Propylene Glycol   (solvent )

Ethanol (UNdenatured ethanol, vodka, grain alcohol, Everclear).

Do NOT use denatured alcohol.

Glycerin (solvent, humectant) Glycerin (solvent, humectant)
Laureth-23 (nonionic surfactant, emulsifier)  Gelmaker Plus
Alpha Tocopherol   1% mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols
Phenoxyethanol (bactericide) Euxyl PE 9010  or Euxyl K300
Triethanolamine (base for forming cinnamic acid) not required
Ferulic Acid   0.5% Ferulic Acid   0.5%
Panthenol (humectant, emollient, moisturizer) Panthenol (humectant, emollient, moisturizer)
Sodium Hyaluronate (humectant) Sodium Hyaluronate (humectant)
  Optional extras: Idebenone, CoQ10, centela asiatica



NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now sell Ferulic acid in a pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.

Ferulic Acid Standardized Powder

INCI: Natural Ferulic Acid
Assay: 99%
CAS#: 1135-24-6
INCI: Ferulic Acid
Source: Rice Bran
Solubility: non-denatured alcohol, propanediol
Suggested percentage: 0.5% to 5% (CE Ferulic uses 0.5%)

Ferulic Acid Standardized Pre Dissolved Solution - 10%

Assay: 9.9% Ferulic
CAS#: 504-63-2, 1135-24-6
INCI: 1,3-Propanediol, Ferulic Acid
Appearance: dark yellow liquid

Solubility: add to cream
Suggested percentage: 0.5% to 5% (CE Ferulic uses 0.5%)
6% solution gives 0.5% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
31% solution gives 3% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
51% solution gives 5% Ferulic Acid content in final product.

Storage: Store in fridge, do not freeze.
Country of origin for raw material: China
Country of manufacture: Taiwan

Ferulic Acid Standardized Ethosome Microemulsion - 1%

Assay: 0.9% Ferulic
CAS#: 7732-18-5, 64-17-5, 504-63-2, 8002-43-5, 1135-24-6
INCI: Water, Ethyl Alcohol, 1,3-Propanediol, Lecithin, Ferulic Acid
Appearance: dark yellow liquid

Solubility: add to cream or water
Suggested percentage: 0.5% (CE Ferulic uses 0.5%)
56% Ethosome microemulsion gives 0.5% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
(NOTE: Ethosome-encapsulation largely reduces the amount of Ferulic Acid required for effectiveness as compared to non-encapsulated pure Ferulic Acid)

Storage: Store in fridge, do not freeze.
Country of origin for raw material: China
Country of manufacture: Taiwan

Ferulic Acid Standardized Liposome Microemulsion - 1%

Assay: 0.9% Ferulic
CAS#: 7732-18-5, 504-63-2, 8002-43-5, 1135-24-6
INCI: Water, 1,3-Propanediol, Lecithin, Ferulic Acid
Appearance: liquid

Solubility: add to cream or water
Suggested percentage: 0.5% (CE Ferulic uses 0.5%)
56% Liposome microemulsion gives 0.5% Ferulic Acid content in final product.
(NOTE: Liposome-encapsulation largely reduces the amount of Ferulic Acid required for effectiveness as compared to non-encapsulated pure Ferulic Acid)

Storage: Store in fridge, do not freeze.
Country of origin for raw material: China
Country of manufacture: Taiwan
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[3]          E. Graf, “Antioxidant potential of ferulic acid,” Free Radic. Biol. Med., vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 435–448, Oct. 1992.
[4]          A. Saija, A. Tomaino, D. Trombetta, A. De Pasquale, N. Uccella, T. Barbuzzi, D. Paolino, and F. Bonina, “In vitro and in vivo evaluation of caffeic and ferulic acids as topical photoprotective agents,” Int. J. Pharm., vol. 199, no. 1, pp. 39–47, Apr. 2000.
[5]          F.-H. Lin, J.-Y. Lin, R. D. Gupta, J. A. Tournas, J. A. Burch, M. A. Selim, N. A. Monteiro-Riviere, J. M. Grichnik, J. Zielinski, and S. R. Pinnell, “Ferulic Acid Stabilizes a Solution of Vitamins C and E and Doubles its Photoprotection of Skin,” J. Invest. Dermatol., vol. 125, no. 4, pp. 826–832, Oct. 2005.
[6]          T. Pluemsamran, T. Onkoksoong, and U. Panich, “Caffeic acid and ferulic acid inhibit UVA-induced matrix metalloproteinase-1 through regulation of antioxidant defense system in keratinocyte HaCaT cells,” Photochem. Photobiol., vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 961–968, Aug. 2012.
[7]          Y. Wu, X. Zheng, X.-G. Xu, Y.-H. Li, B. Wang, X.-H. Gao, H.-D. Chen, M. Yatskayer, and C. Oresajo, “Protective effects of a topical antioxidant complex containing vitamins C and E and ferulic acid against ultraviolet irradiation-induced photodamage in Chinese women,” J. Drugs Dermatol. JDD, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 464–468, Apr. 2013.
[8]          C. Oresajo, T. Stephens, P. D. Hino, R. M. Law, M. Yatskayer, P. Foltis, S. Pillai, and S. R. Pinnell, “Protective effects of a topical antioxidant mixture containing vitamin C, ferulic acid, and phloretin against ultraviolet-induced photodamage in human skin,” J. Cosmet. Dermatol., vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 290–297, Dec. 2008.
[9]          J. C. Murray, J. A. Burch, R. D. Streilein, M. A. Iannacchione, R. P. Hall, and S. R. Pinnell, “A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation,” J. Am. Acad. Dermatol., vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 418–425, Sep. 2008.
[10]        E. M. Burns, K. L. Tober, J. A. Riggenbach, D. F. Kusewitt, G. S. Young, and T. M. Oberyszyn, “Differential effects of topical vitamin E and C E Ferulic® treatments on ultraviolet light B-induced cutaneous tumor development in Skh-1 mice,” PloS One, vol. 8, no. 5, p. e63809, 2013.
[11]        J.-Y. Lin, J. A. Tournas, J. A. Burch, N. A. Monteiro-Riviere, and J. Zielinski, “Topical isoflavones provide effective photoprotection to skin,” Photodermatol. Photoimmunol. Photomed., vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 61–66, Apr. 2008.
[12]        J. A. Tournas, F.-H. Lin, J. A. Burch, M. A. Selim, N. A. Monteiro-Riviere, J. E. Zielinski, and S. R. Pinnell, “Ubiquinone, Idebenone, and Kinetin Provide Ineffective Photoprotection to Skin when Compared to a Topical Antioxidant Combination of Vitamins C and E with Ferulic Acid,” J. Invest. Dermatol., vol. 126, no. 5, pp. 1185–1187, Mar. 2006.
[13]        D.-W. Cho, D.-E. Kim, D.-H. Lee, K.-H. Jung, B.-S. Hurh, O. W. Kwon, and S. Y. Kim, “Metabolite profiling of enzymatically hydrolyzed and fermented forms of Opuntia ficus-indica and their effect on UVB-induced skin photoaging,” Arch. Pharm. Res., vol. 37, no. 9, pp. 1159–1168, Sep. 2014.
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