If you haven’t discovered the benefits of niacinamide, you’re missing out. Considered one of the best and most versatile ingredients on the market, niacinamide is widely loved by users because it’s a failproof vitamin that delivers results, no matter the skin type.
We at SocietyA believe that you should always be equipped with the right product knowledge, because we want you to not only enjoy a beautiful and radiant complexion, but to be empowered with the knowledge of what you’re applying to your skin as well.
To help you better understand niacinamide and its properties, here are some need-to-know points and star products that contain this top-notch ingredient.
What Is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide – also referred to sometimes as nicotinamide – is one of the two major forms that vitamin B3 is represented in skincare. It’s also water-soluble, which means that it breaks down into the deeper dermal layers as your skin begins to absorb your beauty products. Unlike retinols or alpha hydroxyl acids, niacinamide has been proven to be gentle on even the most sensitive of skins, so you don’t have to worry about flare ups or redness post-application.
What Does Niacinamide Do?
The question really is, what doesn’t niacinamide do? Capable of addressing major skin concerns, key benefits include visibly minimising enlarged pores, evening out your skin complexion, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and strengthening a weakened surface. It’s good for managing pigmentation, acne, rosacea and age lines too.
“Extensive research has shown niacinamide works to protect skin from environmental damage and also helps skin make more collagen and hyaluronic acid. It improves hydration, reduces signs of ageing, diminishes enlarged pores, and significantly lessens skin discolouration,” shares Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice. “Topically, niacinamide has so many ways to help skin it’s mind boggling!”
Best of all, most dermatologists will also spring at telling you that niacinamide is best at preventing skin cancer. In a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers gave patients dosages of oral niacinamide and found that there were 23 percent fewer cases of skin cancer in the group that ingested the niacinamide supplements.