Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that is compatible with all ingredients and is suitable for all skin types. This means you can use Niacinamide with actives or acids and it will not trigger an irritation!
Benefits of niacinamide
- Brightens your skin
Improves skin tone - Niacinamide reduces inflammation which may help ease redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Reduces hyperpigmentation - Some research has found that 5 percent niacinamide concentrations can be helpful in lightening dark spots. Benefits were seen after four weeks. This benefit may be due to increased collagen production.
- Prevents signs of ageing - Research has also found that niacinamide is helpful in reducing signs of sun damage that come with ageing, that includes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improves fine lines - Niacinamide helps build keratin, a type of protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy.
- Reduces acne - Niacinamide may be helpful for severe acne, especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules. Over time, you may see fewer lesions and improved skin texture.
- Minimises enlarged pores - Keeping skin smooth and moisturised may have a secondary benefit - a natural reduction in pore size over time.
- Regulates oil - The benefits of moisture retention are not only for those with dry skin types. Niacinamide can also help to regulate the amount of oil produced and prevent excess oil production.
- Strengthens skin barrier - Niacinamide helps your skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrier which can in turn, help retain moisture. This is beneficial for all skin types, especially if you have eczema or mature skin.
How much niacinamide is a good amount
Niacinamide is optimal at 3 - 8%, those with skin sensitivity should be cautious when trying out a new product that has a high dose of niacinamide as it might result in a slight tingling sensation and redness.