Why Niacinamide Is Good For Your Skin
One thing you may have noticed in the skincare world lately is the prevalence of niacinamide. If you think that it is in almost every skincare product you buy, you just might be right! Niacinamide has several uses in skincare that make it beneficial for almost anyone. It is almost like the MacGyver of skincare ingredients.
Niacinamide is one of the two forms of Vitamin B3, one being niacin and the other is nicotinic acid. Niacinamide helps to play a role in keeping skin healthy. There are several benefits to using topical, or even oral, niacinamide. It has a neutral pH level of about 6.0. First, it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. For that reason, it has been used to help treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. This makes it a good alterative to oral antibiotics for someone with mild to moderate acne. Second, it helps regulate sebum production. Which also makes niacinamide a great addition to someone's oily/acne skin routine. Third, it helps to reduce pore size and improves skin texture in those with larger pores. Yes, this seems quite impossible, but one study has found this to be the case. (https://bit.ly/3a4IGEW)
Fourth, niacinamide has been shown that it might help reduce the risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It develops in the cells that produce the skin's pigment. Exposure to UV radiation, either from the sun or tanning beds, damages the DNA of your skin cells over time and is strongly correlated with melanoma. Oral supplements of niacinamide have been shown to enhance DNA repair in UV damaged skin in humans, thus showing that the supplement may protect against melanoma in high-risk populations. (https://bit.ly/3a4IGEW)
Fifth and one of the most important and useful roles of niacinamide is its role in treating and preventing pigmentation in the skin. When used in at least a 2% level in a treatment product, niacinamide will help treat pigmentation problems such as PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), melasma and hyperpigmentation from photo-damage. A 4% level is akin to a 4% hydroquinone, one study found. What exactly does niacinamide do to to prevent and treat pigmentation? It reduces melanosome transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes (meaning that pigment cannot move from pigment cells to skin cells). It also acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor. Tyrosinase helps to produce melanin in the skin. To inhibit the synthesis of this would prevent the production of it in the skin cells. (https://bit.ly/3a1Biu8)
What are some good products with niacinamide in them that will help your skin? There are so many out there it just depends on what you are looking to do. If you want to control sebum production and reduce pore size, I would recommend the The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90) This product is great for acne, sebum production and pore size. It helps reduce pore congestion. You might experience some purging of the pores while it is working. Some people think this is just breaking out. The purging is normal. Because it speeds up production of keratinocytes, sebum and old dead skin cells will be purged from the pores quicker and small pimples occur. These clear up quickly. Another good product is Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops ($34). These drops are skincare, highlighter and primer in one. Reveal an inner glow instantly and over time with these drops. Great for all skin types, even acneic and oily skins. What I love about these drops is that they give a beautiful glow to the skin without being heavy at all AND they provide skincare benefits.
Another product with niacinamide is First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Dark Spot Serum ($42). This serum is specifically for dark spots. It reduces PIH, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, etc. You name it, it does it.
As you can see there are different ways that niacinamide can help the skin. It not only treats many skin conditions but actually keeps the skin healthy in so many ways. Niacinamide is an all around excellent ingredient to have around in your skincare regimen, that would be beneficial for any skin type or tone. When you notice that niacinamide is in a skincare product (and you should always be looking at the ingredient lists), take note that it is likely something that will be good for your skin type. I know that OLAY uses a lot of niacinamide in their products too. Just something to think about. Hopefully this has been educational and helpful for you.
Until Next Time~
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