Best Vitamin C Serum for Sensitive Skin: Dermatologists Name Their Top Picks

, Best Vitamin C Serum for Sensitive Skin: Dermatologists Name Their Top Picks

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($182) 

“This powerful vitamin C serum protects the skin from UVA/UVB, infrared rays, and all other environmental stressors that cause damage to our skin. Its protective benefits last the whole day while giving skin an added glow. Over time, C E Ferulic stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It has also won an array of awards and has been featured in countless medical journals. The proof is definitely in the science!” —Fresno, CA dermatologist Kathleen Behr, MD

“This is my favorite vitamin C serum, with 15-percent L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C can be very unstable and it oxidizes quickly, making the serum not effective. This formulation is stabilized, so it lasts longer and does not have a burning sensation when applied as opposed to many other formulations. 

The addition of vitamin E and ferulic acid adds extra anti-aging ingredients, and both are helpful for environmental damage, such as fighting free-radical formation in the skin that can contribute to skin cancer and loss of collagen.” —San Francisco dermatologist Tracy Evans, MD

“SkinCeuticals was developed at Duke, where I trained in dermatology, and C E Ferulic is my favorite vitamin C serum. I also like the Phloretin CF serum.” —Houston dermatologist Jennifer Segal, MD

“This is the most scientifically studied stabilized vitamin C and L-ascorbic acid, and the formulation is very elegant and nonirritating for sensitive skin.” —Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias

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