Should You Choose CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF?

Should You Choose Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

I receive questions about SkinCeuticals antioxidants often. You want to know more about CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF, if they’re worth it, and which is best for your skin type. I’ve used them for 7 years, if they fit into your budget I wholeheartedly believe in their value. As far as which one is best for you, we’ll get into that today!

One school of thought is through formulation, comparing ingredients and choosing based on efficacy and studies. FutureDerm has a fantastic article from this point of view.  Her own view shares similarities with mine. Between my personal experiences and training with Skinceuticals, my method is always based on skin conditions. That’s right, skin conditions and not just type.

I was first introduced to SkinCeuticals antioxidants as an esthetics student, we retailed it at school. Their antioxidants made an appearance in my routine off and on depending on my budget ever since, and consistently for the last 5 years. CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF, AOX 10, 15, and 20–I’ve experienced them all. Call me a connoisseur of sorts. I mention their antioxidants…. a lot.


let’s break it down.


Phloretin CF is best for normal to oily skin.

Phloretin CF Gel is great for oily or sensitive types.

CE Ferulic is best for normal to dry skin.




Let’s say you’re combo to oily in the summer until winter rolls around when your skin struggles to stay balanced with heat blasting. Instead of going for Phloretin, you could switch it up with CE Ferulic since it contains Vitamin E providing additional moisture. On the flip side, dry to combination skin may enjoy Phloretin CF during summer months. I change the antioxidant I use based on the season, climate, and what my skin needs for the duration of a bottle.


about those formulation differences…


Here’s the thing. With any product you research the hell out of comparing ingredient efficacy, studies, and formulation rules, it starts to become overkill. We drive at it and obsess over which product is best, and I’m telling you to a degree it doesn’t matter. I’m there with you, I like knowing my products inside and out. I enjoy it. But we can definitely over analyze.

When it comes to comparing Phloretin CF and CE Ferulic they’re near equals, neither is more superior than the other. I’ve used each formula with enough time to judge their efficacy, periodically sticking my face under a UV lamp to see sun damage appear and disappear under the surface. From my personal experience and seeing clients skin, they are equals. 

If you’re dying to try SkinCeuticals antioxidants and just can’t bite the bullet on Phloretin or CE Ferulic give AOX 10, 15, or 20 a try! They’re fantastic, too.


P.S. stick to authorized retailers to avoid buying fake /expired product, particularly when shopping online. LovelySkinAstonishingSkincare, BlueMercury, Dermstore, Skinstore, and SkincareRX are all authorized by SkinCeuticals.




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Sarah is a Denver based expert esthetician, known for returning abused sensitive skin back to a glowing state without harsh products while boosting her client's skin confidence and self-worth. Sarah has been featured in Allure, New Beauty, Greatist, NBC News, and D Magazine among others. You can follow her on Instagram @sarahnpayne.

4 thoughts on “Should You Choose CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF?

  1. Hi Sarah! Also just discovered your blog googling BR and rosacea! Started going through your old posts and found this. Support Chris Scott SkinCeuticals ferulic BUT I’ve tried a variety of vit c products and it appears that almost all of them set off my rosacea even those that are ascorbil palmitate and not ascorbic acid. Do you know if Phloretin have a capacity to aggravate rosacea?

    1. When I was still in the treatment room, I had nearly every one of my rosacea clients on CE Ferulic or Phloretin depending on how dry or oily they were and everyone was able to use it. A few may have experienced some tingling/sensitivity in the beginning while their skin adjusted to Vitamin C but it was pretty temporary. The Phloretin Gel is supposed to be ideal for really sensitive skin but I personally feel like it’s way too easy to burn through the bottle, so if your skin can tolerate the other versions I would go with those. Try to get your hands on a few samples first so you can test them before committing! xx

  2. I feel weird commenting on old posts, but I just discovered your blog, and I love the break-downs you provide! As a nursing student, I really don’t want to spend money on anything I can’t read, live in or eat, but I got a sample of the Phloretin CF from a dermatologist friend, and I am going to bite the bullet. Within two weeks, my hyperpigmentation is less noticeable, and my skin is crazy glowing! It also hasn’t broken me out, which almost everything else does. I may be eating in the house this month, but it’s worth it!

    1. Haha I love when someone comments on old posts! Phloretin is such a game changer. I recently switched over to AOX 15 to save a little money. It’s still good, just not the same! Thanks for reading <3

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