What’s Ferulic Acid? A SkinCeuticals Serum Product Review


SkinCeuticals is a premier skincare product company that was co-founded in 1997 by Sheldon Pinnell, MD.

Dr. Pinnell completed his medical school training at Yale University Medical School and his residency in dermatology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

He then served as the chief of the department of dermatology at Duke University Medical School for 15 years and developed what has become known as the Duke Antioxidant Patent, which is a product formulation for the effective delivery of Vitamin C to the skin.Skinceuticals-C-E-Ferulic

C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid

SkinCeuticals was purchased by the L’Oreal Company in 2005, and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is an antioxidant-rich serum containing Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ferulic acid, which is found in the cell walls of certain plants.


Type: Serum.

Texture: Liquid.

Color: Very slight yellowish tint.

Scent: Earthy; vaguely coffee-like.

Finish: Light, slightly tacky.

Price: Expensive ($165 per ounce).

Rating: 4/5 (Good).

SkinCeuticals ACD

Product Overview

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum comes in a brown glass bottle with a medicine dropper-type applicator containing a yellow-tinted liquid with a watery consistency having an earthy, coffee-like aroma.

Instructions suggest storing in a cool, dark place to minimize oxidation of the product, which can darken its color.

Application to clean skin leaves a finish that is slightly tacky and results in a very mild, tingling sensation.

Although the instructions suggest using this product in the morning, I use it both in the morning and the evening, as there is no reason that you can’t use it as a nighttime serum.C-E-Ferulic Directions

I use 7-8 drops of product (slightly more than recommended) and use my clean hands to apply the product to cover my face.


  • Easy to apply with other products.
  • Easily and quickly absorbed.
  • Serum active for 72 hours after being absorbed into skin.
  • Contains stable preparations of antioxidants that can be effectively delivered to the skin.
    • Contains Vitamin C (15%).
      • Powerful antioxidant.
      • Improves skin clarity.

        L-Ascorbic Acid
        (Vitamin C)

    • Contains Vitamin E (1%).
      • Neutralizes free radicals.
      • Helps to replenish skin lipids.
      • Acts synergistically with Vitamin C.

        Vitamin E
        Tocopheryl Acetate
        (Vitamin E)

    • Contains Ferulic Acid (0.5%).
      • Found in the cell walls of certain plants.
      • Powerful antioxidant.
      • Improves the stability of Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

        Ferulic Acid

  • Formulated using the Duke Antioxidant Patent for effective delivery of Vitamin C to skin:
    • Uses pure L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
    • Acidic pH (2.5-3.5).
    • Concentration between 10% and 20%.


  • Scent is somewhat potent.
  • Fairly expensive product.
  • Generally need more product than is recommended for good skin coverage.
  • Serum can darken with oxidation of product.

My Review

Generally speaking, serums are great products because they contain a high concentration of active ingredients that are beneficial to the skin; because of this, they can be more expensive than other skin care products.

I find that this particular serum contains several high-quality antioxidant ingredients in a stable formulation; the problem with most topical antioxidant formulations is that the compounds used are not stable for long enough to function effectively as antioxidants.

The antioxidants in this serum help to neutralize free radicals from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared (IR), and ozone (O3), which can damage collagen in the skin and lead to accelerated aging and the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

Although I feel as if I use more than the recommended amount of this expensive product, the high-quality ingredients in stable formulation confer multiple benefits, especially with routine use.


If you have used this serum and like it/dislike it, please let me know in the “Comments” section.  Feel free to ask questions if you haven’t used this product.


2 Replies to “What’s Ferulic Acid? A SkinCeuticals Serum Product Review”

  1. Hi,

    This is a helpful review. I was searching for a right skincare product for a friend. He suffers from skin problems, and he always needs such products to protect his skin. I believe this product is excellent, and I trust your review about it. Ferulic acid SkinCeuticals can be a good solution even though it is so expensive. But my question here, should we use it for a short period? or is it a lifetime product and we have to use it forever?

    Thank you again for this fantastic review! Looking forward to your answer.

    1. Hi Mohammad,

      I’ll try to answer this question to the best of my ability:

      1.) Once you start using moisturizers, serums, etc. to help with your skin care, it’s generally a lifelong process. Sometimes, skin problems can be temporary (like acne, which can be treated), and sometimes, they are more daily measures aimed at the treatment and prevention of other issues (like premature aging). It depends on the particular issue with your skin, but caring for your skin is a daily process that you should do throughout your life; how involved you want to be and how many and what types of products that you use is your choice.

      2.) In regard to your friend with skin problems, it depends on what specific type of problem from which he suffers. Is he fair skinned and tends to sunburn easily? Is it more of a chronic skin condition like eczema or rosacea? Is it more of a problem with oily skin like acne? I think that regardless of the specific problem from which he suffers, there are a few things that are a benefit to everyone:
      a.) Sunscreen: a good sunscreen that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays is ideal (broad spectrum) with an SPF of 30 or greater. It should be reapplied every two hours when outdoors in full sun exposure.
      b.) Retinoid: retinoids have many benefits such as increasing cell turnover and antioxidant activity.
      c.) Cleansing: you should wash your face in the morning and the evening.
      d.) Exfoliation: you should exfoliate your face 2-3 times per week depending on your skin type.
      e.) Moisturizer: you should use a moisturizer that allows your skin to maintain it’s moisture and prevent transepidermal water loss; the right moisturizer for you will depend on your specific skin type.

      I have more in-depth recommendations and specific articles on various products. Feel free to look through my Categories on different subjects.

      Thanks for your interest in skincare.


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