There is nothing new about the ingredient Niacinamide. It has been used in skincare products for decades, although consumers have recently highlighted Niacinamide for all of its wonderful properties. In recent years most of the consumer attention has been focused on Vitamin C, a similar antioxidant. Yet according to dermatologists Niacinamide has just as many, if not more, skin boosting benefits.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. It is an essential nutrient often confused with Niacin, a different form of vitamin b3. Niacinamide plays important roles in the general health of your skin, specifically the natural renewal processes. These roles are helpful in the remedy of numerous sin conditions, which we will detail more specifically further on. For now understand that Niacinamide has anti aging benefits and properties that reduce discoloration, inflammation, acne and even eczema.
For these reasons Niacinamide has become incredibly popular with consumers with experts expecting popularity to continue to surge throughout 2020.
What are the Benefits of Niacinamide?
We have compiled the various roles that Niacinamide plays within your skin. There is no particular order to our list. You can see why so many consumers are looking for this ingredient as it benefits the skin in so many different ways.
Defends Against Oxidative Stress – Works to protect the skin from environmental stresses such as pollution, toxins and of course UV Rays. Niacinamide specifically works to build skin cells, which of course is the magic behind all of its benefits.
Treats Hyperpigmentation – Niacinamide when concentrated at 5% has been shown in to lighten dark spots in some studies. Most benefits were documented after 4 weeks of use.
Reduces Wrinkles & Fine Lines – 5% concentration of Niacinamide has also been shown effective to reduce fine lines and wrinkles caused by natural aging and sun damage. This is likely due to the collagen production that comes with new cell development.
Acne Treatment – Severe acne sufferers have turned towards Niacinamide for its anti inflammatory properties. Pimples, papules and pustules are targeted by this ingredient. Over time, users see improved skin texture and fewer lesions.
Regulates Oil Production – Niacinamide helps regulate the amount of oil that is produced by the sebaceous gland. Sebum (oil) is a leading cause of acne breakouts. Niacinamide keeps your glands in check and prevents excess oil production.
Minimize Redness and Inflammation – By reducing inflammation in the skin, Niacinamide is beneficial for consumers with eczema, acne and any other inflammation skin conditions.
Skin Texture – Tired of crepe-like skin texture making you look older than you are? Well Niacinamide can also benefit that. Due to the ingredient’s role in the cell production and renewal process, Niacinamide works to thicken the dermal matrix and improve the overall health and texture of the skin.
Builds Keratin – Niacinamide produces this protein responsible for keeping your skin healthy, bright and firm. Keratin is a must have protein if you want healthy skin.
Replenish and Restore Lipid Barrier – Your skin needs a protective barrier. Both to keep out oxidative stress but also to retain moisture. This is especially important for aging skin or for people with with eczema.
Can You Get Niacinamide from Foods?
The short answer is yes. A healthy balanced diet is likely to provide you with vitamin B3. Eating foods that contain this micronutrient is a good way to ensure general skin health, however if you are looking to target certain skin conditions specifically, a better approach is topical skincare.
Vitamin B3 can be found in the following foods:
Is Niacinamide Safe to Use?
Topical Niacinamide is considered safe for use and works well with all skin types. Your skin would likely respond well to the Niacinamide however some people have ultra sensitive skin.
If this is you and you have specific concerns about allergies you can always try a patch test before going to full application. Apply a small amount and wait 24 hours.
The vast majority of consumers who use Niacinamide react well to the ingredient.
Details to Look for In Products
Most of the scientific research that supports the use of Niacinamide comes with the concentration of 5%. For acne treatment and use on hyper pigmentation some studies suggest 4% is adequate. If visible results is important to your skincare plan, then look for serums with a minimum concentration of 4% with 5% being ideal.
Hyaluronic Acid is a fantastic compliment to Niacinamide so serums that contain both are the superior choice.
To Sum it All Up
Niacinamide has a large number of skin benefits for healthy skin. When used topically, every day, consumers report results after a matter of weeks. As everyone’s skin is different, there’s no exact time line. Users should expect to use the product consistently for a couple months to realize the full benefits.
If measured results is your thing, we suggest you take before pictures for comparison. Results tend to be gradual over time and the photo gives a fantastic reference point.
Since the publication of this post the Skinepeutics brand has created and now sells a 5% Niacinamide Serum. It is available on the website.