What is Niacinamide: Everything you need to know
One ingredient raved about by beauty editors and dermatologists alike is niacinamide. Up there with the likes of retinol and hyaluronic acid – this multi-tasking maverick is an exceptional all-rounder. Though it sounds like you need a science degree to understand it, in reality this skin care staple isn’t scary at all. Renowned for being tolerated by all skin types and ages from young to mature complexions, niacinamide has a variety of wonderful skin benefits. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, here’s everything you need to know about this seemingly-magical ingredient.
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What is niacinamide?
Niacinamide, also referred to as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that is a combination of vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. Our bodies don’t create vitamin B3 naturally, so we get it from certain foods, including fish, chicken, and milk products. It not only contributes to brain, heart, and liver health, but is also incredibly effective used topically on skin.
What are the benefits of niacinamide?
Niacinamide is primarily known for its ability to strengthen the skin’s barrier, which helps treat a whole host of skin types, in turn helping defend against environmental aggressors, pollution, UV rays and more.
Acne- and rosacea-prone skins, in particular, reap the rewards of the ingredient due to its anti-inflammatory power.
But equally, mature skin types will find a lot to love about niacinamide. It is renowned for its anti-ageing action to help boost collagen production, as well as the production of ceramides, which helps prevent water loss. For this reason, it acts as an excellent hydrator and contributes to a plumper complexion.
Niacinamide also aids in reducing hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and the appearance of large pores. If you thought that was enough, it can also even help minimise irritation. Notably, it has proven particularly effective with sensitive skin.
Who is niacinamide suitable for?
In case you haven’t guessed already, niacinamide is appropriate for essentially every skin type. It’s an ingredient with minimal side effects that is tolerated by most, and is also safe to use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
How should you incorporate niacinamide into your skin care routine?
Unlike retinol, niacinamide can be used at all times of the day – morning and night. It works best in products like serums and treatments so you get true potency of the active ingredient. Although not all serums are created equal, a good serum will be highly concentrated with the niacinamide able to penetrate into the skin.
Begin with a concentration of 5%, however if you want something more punchy, 10% will give you more noticeable results.
Niacinamide is the perfect ingredient to try before starting with retinoids, which can be harsh on some skin types or when used incorrectly.
Products with niacinamide to try
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, $32.99
Do you have niacinamide in your skin care routine?