Niacinamide can be used to treat a number of things including acne, enlarged pores, excess oil and inflammation. It is a water-soluble vitamin that’s involved in cellular energy metabolism and DNA repair. Niacinamide has unique efor the that complement the sebaceous functions of your skin, which is critical for maintaining healthy moisture levels and barrier defense.
How is it used in cosmetics?
Although niacinamide has been used in skincare formulations for many years, it’s gained even more popularity recently. It's not only improves fine lines and wrinkles, but also works on the surface by stabilizing the skin barrier function and reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Niacinamide also has great anti-inflammatory properties, which helps improve acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis.”
Did you know that niacinamide also brightens your skin?
It happens by inhibiting melanosome transfer. In some studies. Niacinamide is much less irritating and more tolerable to most skin types. The brightening effect of Niacinamide will have noticable after up to two months of consistent use.
The main benefits of niacinamide are:
- Reduces inflammation
- Brightens skin
- Prevents acne
- Protects against sun damage
- Repairs skin barrier
Is there anything to be cautious of when using niacinamide?
Avoid using the Niacinamide if you typically use exfoliating ingredients, like AHAs, in your routine, to reduce the chances of irritating your skin.
On the other hand, Niacinamide works especially well when it’s paired with other brightening ingredients and antioxidants, like Vitamin C (which is why you often see products that include both in their formulations).