This week, we’re covering a powerhouse ingredient in the world of skincare, best known for its versatile and transformative reputation. Niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that has many uses and plays a crucial role in supporting overall skin health. Read on below to learn more!
WHAT IS NIACINAMIDE?
Niacinamide is truly a skin-savior ingredient. It is a form of vitamin B3 and equally a water-soluble vitamin that boasts a myriad of benefits for the skin. Unlike other active ingredients, niacinamide is gentle yet potent, making it suitable for a wide range of skin types.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Niacinamide is renowned for its multitasking ability to improve the skin's barrier function, enhance moisture retention, and combat signs of aging. These benefits combined can also visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a favorite among those seeking anti-aging solutions.
Additionally, niacinamide has shown promise in managing hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Because it inhibits the transfer of pigment within the skin, it helps to fade dark spots and impart a more even complexion. This makes it an ideal choice for individuals dealing with various forms of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, sun damage, or melasma.
Niacinamide also helps to regulate oil production, so it is also known to minimize clogged pores and frequent breakouts.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM NIACINAMIDE?
One of the remarkable aspects of niacinamide is its inclusivity. It is suitable for all skin types (with very few exceptions), including sensitive and acne-prone skins. Niacinamide's calming properties make it an excellent choice for those with redness, inflammation, or rosacea, offering relief without causing extra irritation.
HOW TO USE NIACINAMIDE
You can apply niacinamide through professional serums, such as the ProDerm Serum 10% Niacinamide or other reputable professional products. Niacinamide can also be incorporated into your skincare routine through other complementary products such as the EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum, GM Collin Paris Puractive+ Cleansing Foam, or the NUFACE Super Vita-C Booster.
After a few weeks of use–typically around 4 to 6 weeks–you should already start to see more radiance, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and an overall increase in skin health. Consistent use is key, as the ingredients can be seamlessly integrated into both morning and evening skincare routines.
Check out some of our favorite niacinamide products below:
Until next time,
The BSE Team