There are few modern skincare ingredients more deserving of their superstar status than niacinamide.
This derivative of vitamin B3, also called niacin or nicotinic acid, is a true workhorse when it comes to addressing a myriad of skin concerns.
From stubborn adult acne to uneven skin tone, niacinamide's unique attributes offers an impressive array of benefits, including effectively reducing hyperpigmentation, enhancing hydration, taming redness, and combating the signs of skin aging.
This article dives into the role of niacinamide in skin care, exploring its benefits, antioxidant properties, and its targeted action on specific skin conditions.
Skincare benefits of Niacinamide
Balance oil production
Niacinamide supports acneic skin by helping to reduce inflammation, controlling sebum production, and minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. Its anti-inflammatory properties tame breakout-prone skin, while its ability to balance oil products helps keep skin clear.
Even out hyperpigmentation
Through its action on melanin synthesis, niacinamide helps brighten skin and even out skin tone. It may help to inhibit pigment transfer, resulting in a more uniform luminous complexion.
Enhances skin barrier function
Niacinamide strengthens the skin's barrier function, enhancing its resilience against environmental stressors and irritants. Improved barrier health helps skin retain moisture and guards against pollutants, environmental toxins and pollen exposure.
It improves skin hydration by increasing ceramide production, an essential component of the skin's lipid barrier. This action helps lock in moisture, leaving the skin plump and hydrated.
Niacinamide visibly reduces the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging, by boosting collagen and stimulating keratin production, proteins vital for skin strength and elasticity. This results in a firmer, refreshed appearance.
Guard against premature skin aging
Niacinamide also acts as a potent antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals generated by environmental exposure to pollutants and UV radiation. This helps curb premature skin aging and maintains skin health and vitality.
Specific skin concerns
Rosacea and redness
Its taming effects make niacinamide an effective ally for rosacea and general skin redness, reducing inflammation and the look of flushed skin.
Eczema and psoriasis
By bolstering the skin's barrier and providing hydration, niacinamide can help comfort eczema and psoriasis, helping offer relief to angry skin.
When incorporating niacinamide into your skincare routine, choose products with appropriate concentrations (typically between 2% and 10%) for your skin's needs. Niacinamide is generally well-tolerated.
Niacinamide plays well with many actives and is compatible with vitamins C and E (tocopherol), which can enhance its overall benefits. You can find a synergistic blend of both niacinamide and vitamin C in our brightening Aspen Dew Illuminating Skin Essence.
The interest in natural skincare has led to the development of plant-based niacinamide sources, which may offer improved bioavailability and potentially fewer side effects.
Key sources of botanically-derived niacinamide include seaweed, avocado, and sunflower seeds, among others.
Niacinamide stands out in the realm of skincare for its multifaceted benefits, from balancing acne prone skin to enhancing hydration and revitalizing lack-lustre skin. It's a favorite in the world of results-driven skincare and once you've tried it you're sure to see why.Continue reading