Ferulic acid serum is a skincare product that may provide several benefits to the skin. Unlike products known to cause sun sensitivity, it is not as irritating. However, it does tend to be a bit harsher than a traditional moisturizer. Since ferulic acid serum lives in this specific middle ground, a common question is, “Can you use ferulic acid in the sun?”
It is perfectly safe to go out in the sun after using the ferulic acid serum. Though, as always, patients need to use caution and wear SPF at all times regardless of the products they use. In fact, ferulic acid serum may even provide some low level protection from harmful sun rays. With that said, it should not be used in place of sunscreen. Generally, we recommend applying sunscreen after your serums and moisturizer.
Otherwise, patients should not see their skin become more sun sensitive while using ferulic acid serum. Products that cause sun sensitivity such as retinol are much stronger than ferulic acid serum. If you are also using retinol, you should avoid direct sun exposure and always wear sunscreen.
Disclaimer: Ferulic acid serum is a cosmetic product. This product is not FDA approved. Ferulic acid is not a drug and it does not treat any medical conditions.