In The Beauty Light: Niacinamide

Are you curious about the Niacinamide craze and why it’s so popular? You’ve arrived at the right place. This ingredient is under our beauty microscope this week. Keep reading to find out more!

What Is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, commonly known as nicotinamide, is a type of vitamin B-3 that is necessary to stay healthy. Skin, renal, and brain issues can all be caused by a B-3 deficiency. There’s a lot more benefits to this nutrient though, particularly when it comes to skin health in general. 

Benefits

Barrier Made Up Of Lipids 

Niacinamide can aid in the formation of a ceramide (lipid) barrier on your skin, which can aid in the retention of moisture. This is good for all skin types, but especially for eczema and aged skin. 

Reduces The Appearance of Redness 

Niacinamide is an anti-inflammatory agent. Redness from eczema, acne and other inflammatory skin issues can be relieved with this trusted source.

It Shields You From The Sun Rays 

Although our skin possesses certain antioxidant activities that protect it from oxidative damage, topical niacinamide can help. Niacinamide has the ability to regenerate healthy skin cells while also shielding them from UV radiation harm. 

Treats Hyperpigmentation 

According to certain studies, niacinamide concentrations of 5% can help lighten dark patches. This advantage could be attributed to enhanced collagen production. 

Treats Acne 

Niacinamide is beneficial in the treatment of severe acne, particularly inflammatory forms such as papules and pustules. You may notice fewer lesions and improved texture over time.

Potential Side Effects

For people who are prone to skin allergies, high amounts of niacinamide might raise histamine levels, which can produce an allergic reaction. Even if you don’t have skin sensitivities, you might get some redness and irritation when you first start using niacinamide products. Some discomfort may be natural and will go away with time, but persistent irritation could indicate that you are using too much niacinamide or a product with too high of a niacinamide concentration for your skin type. If your skin gets irriated, speak to your dermatologist. 

Incorporating It Into Your Skincare Routine 

You can get this form of vitamin B3 through your diet, but niacinamide products applied topically may also be beneficial to your anti-aging skincare routine. Topical treatments with concentrations of 2 to 5% have been shown in studies to improve the appearance of skin, so look for products in this range. Your skin type may influence the concentration that is best for you. 

A patch test can help you avoid widespread allergic reactions and product sensitivities: 

On your forearm, apply a dime-sized amount of the product and wait at least 24 hours. If you notice redness, irritation or swelling, cleanse the area and stop using the product. If you don’t have any negative side effects, you can use it elsewhere.

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