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Niacinamide – All you need to know

Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, one of eight B vitamins that your body needs for good health. Vitamin B3 is not only an essential nutrient for healthy skin but also supports body functions such as converting food into energy. It is a powerhouse in itself. This wonder ingredient works in treating almost any skin issue. Long-term usage increases cell turnover and paves the way for new skin cells. This makes your skin look brighter and healthier. Suitable for all skin types, Niacinamide delivers a wide range of skincare benefits from treating hyperpigmentation to boosting hydration.

The fact that Niacinamide is water-soluble makes it perfect for lightweight, water-based skincare formulations. This is why Niacinamide is found in many skincare products that tend to be lighter and are less likely to clog your pores.

benefits of niacinamide to the skin

Niacinamide is easily absorbed by the skin. It’s also one of the gentlest and most stable active ingredients, with a neutral pH of around pH level 6.0. So unlike AHAs, BHAs, and retinoids, it is non-acidic and non-irritating. It works with the natural oils and substances in your skin to help regulate oil production, visibly minimize and tighten enlarged pores, smoothen uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened surface. Here are 5 more reasons why you need to incorporate Niacinamide into some of your skincare routine steps today.

1. Anti-Inflammatory

Niacinamide, applied topically or taken orally, has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a relatively gentle ingredient, which means that dry or sensitive skin types can add this ingredient to their skincare regimen without much worry. It can also be used to effectively treat acne, skin redness or inflammation associated with mild to moderate rosacea (instead of using steroids).

It regulates the production of, naturally produced proteins that are the main reason for skin redness. This can help to ease redness from eczema, acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Niacinamide’s soothing properties may also come from its ability to repair the skin’s barrier function from free radical damage.

2. Maintains Moisture Balance

There’s evidence that topical Niacinamide can increase the production of ceramides, lipids that help maintain the skin’s protective barrier. If this protective barrier is depleted, our skin can be left vulnerable to a range of skin issues. These may include, persistent patches of dry and flaky skin to extra-sensitivity.

A healthy lipid barrier is key in preventing transepidermal water loss as it helps retain moisture within your skin cells regardless of your skin type. Niacinamide also works well with other hydrating actives to give a boost to the efficacy of your other moisturising products. Being light and water-soluble, Niacinamide is a great addition to any skincare routine.

The benefits of moisture retention in your skin aren’t only great for those with dry skin. Niacinamide can help regulate the production of sebum, helping those with oily skin better manage clogged or enlarged pores and acne.

3. Treats Acne and Clogged Pores

Well, balanced skin allows your pore size to reduce overtime helping you to achieve a smoother, more youthful complexion and reducing the risk of clogged pores. Niacinamide also has the ability to normalise the pore-lining which reduces the chances of inflammation.

In addition to minimising the risks of getting clogged pores and potentially acne, Niacinamide can also be a gentle remedy for severe acne. Regular use over time will help improve overall skin texture by reducing pore size and smoothing out rough and bumpy skin.

4. Prevents Signs of Premature Ageing

Niacinamide is also a great anti-ageing agent helping build keratin in your skin, a type of protein, that helps keep your skin firm and healthy, making your skin more resilient and slowing down the ageing process. At the right concentrations, Niacinamide can also reduce signs of damage that come with ageing skin such as fine lines and wrinkles. 

Niacinamide has a lot of preventative anti-ageing benefits as well. It can protect your skin against oxidative damage from pollution and environmental toxins and can also protect your skin from the damaging effects of ultra-violet light as it aids healthy skin cell production. What all this means is that regular Niacinamide use in your skincare routine is going to help you preserve your skin’s natural youthfulness.

5. Discolouration and Uneven Skin Tone

Skin discolourations such as pigmentation and uneven skin tones are caused by excess melanin – skin pigment – showing on the surface of your skin, also known as hyperpigmentation. Thankfully, Niacinamide’s protective effects can help prevent excess melanin from building up and causing unsightly dark spots.

At the same time, Niacinamide can also help break up existing discolouration so your skin tone looks more even and brightened. It is most effective when also paired with other brightening ingredients but can also be used on its own at the right concentrations if you find Vitamin C serums too sticky or if your skin is sensitive to Retinol.

So in a summary, below are the benefits of Niacinamide:

  • Mature skin, acne and eczema.
  • Immunity – Niacinamide helps build keratin, a type of protein that keeps your skin healthy.
  • Lipid barrier – Niacinamide can help your skin grow a ceramide barrier which can in turn help retain moisture.
  • Minimizes redness and blotchiness – Niacinamide helps ease redness from acne, eczema and other skin conditions.
  • Minimizes pore appearance
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Treats hyperpigmentation
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Protects against oxidative stress – Niacinamide helps build cells in the skin while also protecting them from environmental stresses such as sunlight, pollution and toxins.
  • Regulates oil- Niacinamide can help regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce and prevent your glands from going overdrive.
  • Treats acne – Niacinamide may be helpful for severe acne especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules.

Which Skin Type Will Benefit From Niacinamide?

Niacinamide plays well with many other skincare ingredients and is well tolerated by sensitive, acne-prone or rosacea-prone skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, Niacinamide can help boost the efficacy of other skincare ingredients making it an ideal, and easy, addition to your existing skincare routine. 

Sensitivity to Niacinamide is also very rare and its versatility and all-roundedness in terms of skincare benefits also make it useful in managing or treating a variety of skin concerns. So, Niacinamide is pretty much safe and suitable for anyone of any skin type with any routine and with any skin concern.

But those with dry and sensitive skin should definitely consider adding this skincare miracle ingredient into any step of your skincare routine. Niacinamide’s low risk of irritation, hydrating properties and ability to boost the effect of other moisturising ingredients makes it a powerful addition to your routine. But like any new product, conduct a patch test on your arm before smearing it all over your face.

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