What’s So Special About Niacinamide?

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 and that’s about all you need to know scientifically.

There’s some studies and chemical reactions involved, but the bottom line is that it repairs cells and maintains the skin’s protective barrier. Like the majority of skincare, there isn’t a lot of studies although the ones produced on niacinamide have shown possible positive benefits.

Okay So… What Does It Do?

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Quite a lot of things, actually.

Niacinamide is said to help with acne and inflammation, but there has been a few studies with preventing fine lines and wrinkles as a possible benefit. According to Healthline, it can also regulate oil, minimize pore appearance, treat hyper pigmentation and other oily-skin concerns.

One of the best things about Niacinamide is that it’s a good companion ingredient and works well with a majority of other ingredients, making it easy to incorporate into your every day skincare routine. Also I should mention that although it helps with oily skin, all skin types can use it. It will not dry out your skin but help treat your pores so they don’t produce as much oil in the future, or help with any dark spots. It can also help with dry skin since it’s leaving your skin free of any dirt or grime that can build on you skin and promotes hydration.

What Products Have Niacinamide In It?

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Here is a few that contain Niacinamide high in their lists.

Leave on treatment like serums and moisturizers are the best bet in getting the best results, so try to avoid any cleansers or facial sprays. Also, if you check some of your products, you may be surprised to already see you’ve been using Niacinamide already. To get the full benefits, use a niacinamide-specific serum but other products containing niacinamide work as well.

10% is a common percentage and works great for all skin types without the worry of drying out your skin. Be prepared for a some tackiness, as niacinamide can be very sticky before drying down. After a few minutes, it dries down like any other product. If the stickiness bothers you, consider a multiple-ingredient serum instead of exclusively niacinamide.


Sources for further reading:

How Niacinamide Helps Skin

Here’s What Niacinamide Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Skin

Everything You Should Know About Niacinamide