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Niacinamide: Everything You Need To Know About Skincare’s Newest Secret Ingredient

There’s a new skincare powerhouse ingredient on the market, and everyone is talking about it. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that experts are calling a ‘suited-for-all-skin-types’ kind of hero. 

Eager to get your hands on this ultimate crowd-pleaser? Read on to learn all about niacinamide and decide for yourself.

What is niacinamide and what does it do to the skin? 

Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide. It is water-soluble and helps visibly minimise enlarged pores, reduce redness, improve uneven skin tone, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened skin surface.

Niacinamides can be found in the foods we eat like meat, fish, eggs and green vegetables. Since our bodies cannot produce this vitamin on their own, it is important that we consume it orally or topically to replenish and nourish it regularly.

Some Benefits of Niacinamide as Skincare Include:

  • It can help to fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots to brighten and undo past damage on your skin.
  • It promotes the production of ceramides and elastin. This helps your skin retain moisture and strengthens the skin’s barrier. Those suffering from eczema, dry and flaky skin have experienced relief after using niacinamide.
  • Niacinamide may help control and maintain your skin’s levels of oil production. This is especially beneficial to those suffering from acne and skin prone to breakouts.
  • It works as a barrier to protect your skin from external elements like pollution, UV rays, dirt and chemicals.

When and how much niacinamide can be used? 

Most niacinamide products can be used together with the rest of your skincare routine as they usually complement each other to give you the best results. Niacinamide works well with retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids and chemical exfoliants. 

The only ingredient not to mix it with is Vitamin C as it would reduce the efficacy of each. This important vitamin is best used alone or with other recommended products. 

Most niacinamide products you buy will come with instructions on how to use it, how much product to apply and when. We recommend using it daily – once in the morning and once at night before you apply your usual heavier creams or oils. 

If you’re a skincare beginner, apply a small amount and start slowly to see what works for your skin over time. It can sometimes take weeks to notice a significant change on very damaged or problematic skin.

Does niacinamide help with acne? 

Yes! Users of niacinamide have seen that the powerful ingredient has helped them with severe acne, especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules. You may see fewer lesions and improved skin texture as you use the product over a longer period of time and regularly. 

It can also assist with reducing the appearance of acne scars and other unwanted skin blemishes.

What’s the difference between niacinamide, retinol and hyaluronic acid?

Each of these versatile ingredients work well separately or together to keep your skin smooth, hydrated and strong. Many people prefer to pair them up for maximum results. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar and niacinamide is a vitamin, so use them together to increase the absorption of the product. 

Retinoids reduce the production of sebum to help you control acne. Combining this with the moisturising properties of niacinamide is a great way to reduce irritation and inflammation while keeping your skin moisturised.

Whatever combinations you try, always check that you don’t overdose on any of the active ingredients and don’t go over 10% concentration. Sticking to anything between 2%-5% should work well on most skin types.

The bottom line: Is niacinamide for you?

Absolutely. Niacinamide is known to be well-tolerated and loved by all skin types. Not only will your skin reap the benefits pointed out above, but you are also prepping your skin to withstand and delay the effects of ageing while enjoying youthful, smooth and bright skin for longer. 

Check out our collection of niacinamide products perfect for every skin type and tone.

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