Niacinamide for skincare & its benefits
Everything you need to know about Niacinamide for skincare and its benefits
Niacinamide is a dark horse often overshadowed by other powerhouse ingredients in the skincare race. The brightening, anti-aging, and hydrating benefits it provides are unmatched to the likes of other categories of vitamins. Niacinamide is a versatile ingredient suitable for every skin type and for almost every skincare concern. It helps fight harmful effects of the environment, strengthens the lipid barrier, and helps with other skin conditions while hydrating the skin. Let us get into the details of this potent potion everyone can include in their skincare regimen without any difficulty.
Things we will cover in this blog:
- What is Niacinamide?
- Foods rich in vitamin B3.
- What are the Benefits of Niacinamide?
- What skin type is it good for?
- How should you select and use Niacinamide for skin?
- Are there any side effects?
- Can Niacinamide be combined with other ingredients?
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is one of the chemical compositions of vitamin B3, also called nicotinamide. Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that offers a wide array of benefits for the skin.
Niacinamide is also known to soothe and heal the skin owing to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. There are two chemical compositions of vitamin B3, nicotinic acid, also called niacin (the acidic form of vitamin B3, consumed orally via foods and supplements), and niacinamide (applied topically), the potent vitamin for the skin. Unlike hyaluronic acid or calcium, vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) is not produced in the body but is an essential vitamin for its smooth functioning. When consumed orally via foods or supplements, it helps maintain metabolism and keep the nervous system healthy. There is no certainty that the benefits of this vitamin reach your skin when taken orally. This is why you should apply it topically via creams, serums, or face masks to reap its benefits for the skin.
Foods rich in vitamin B3
- Chicken breast
- Green leafy vegetables
Benefits of Niacinamide for skin
- Strengthens skin’s protective barrier. Lipids are natural fats present on the skin’s surface that are important for the strength of the protective barrier. Niacinamide, when applied topically, helps in increasing natural lipids on the surface of the skin. This helps repair and strengthen the protective barrier and reduces water loss from the skin. It protects the skin, keeps it hydrated, and moisturized. It also helps keep out dirt and impurities and improves the skin’s natural repair process.
- Fights free-radicals. Free radicals are produced when the skin is exposed to harmful UV rays, pollution, and smoke. Niacinamide has antioxidant properties to stabilize free radicals. This improves skin elasticity and increases the production of collagen. It helps build new and healthy skin cells and helps build keratin, a skin-strengthening and firming protein that keeps the skin healthy.
- Controls the production of sebum. Niacinamide helps in regulating the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands attached to the pores. Usually, it takes 2-4 weeks of continuous use before niacinamide can reduce the amount of sebum production and slow down its excretion rate.
- Minimizes pores. By controlling the amount of sebum production, niacinamide helps keep the pores clean and free of oil & dirt. Clean pores always appear smaller in size. To minimize pores, niacinamide might work better with salicylic acid.
- Helps fight acne. Acne is the result of excess oil production in the sebaceous glands. Niacinamide controls the production of oil in the sebaceous glands and has antimicrobial properties to keep acne away.
- Improves skin texture. This again works by regulating the production of sebum. Niacinamide controls oil production and keeps the pores minimized. Tiny pores, controlled bumps, and acne make the skin texture smooth and soft.
- Soothes the skin and helps reduce redness. Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and heal the skin. By improving skin barrier function, niacinamide helps in reducing irritation, redness, and blotchiness. Study says it also helps in skin conditions like rosacea and eczema when used consistently for 12 weeks with a 5% concentration formulation.
- Helps with hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide keeps the skin cells healthy and does not transfer the pigment to the skin cells. It is a brightening agent that helps reduce the appearance of dark spots. 4% concentration of niacinamide helps fade pigmentation in as little as four weeks.
- Reduces signs of aging. Niacinamide stabilizes free radicals and thus, reduces the harmful effects it brings along. It improves skin elasticity and increases collagen production. 5% concentration of niacinamide used for 12 weeks consistently brings an effective reduction in wrinkles and fine lines.
- Increases skin hydration. Niacinamide repairs and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier. A strengthened skin barrier prevents water loss from the skin. This drastically improves hydration in the epidermis.
What skin type is Niacinamide good for?
Niacinamide is suitable for every skin type as it is one of the most stable, gentle, and safe ingredients for skincare. It is a non-irritating, non-acidic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory ingredient.
- For dry skin, it helps trap moisture in the skin by strengthening the protective barrier and thus, keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized.
- For oily skin, it helps fight acne and smoothes the skin texture.
- For mature skin, it fights free radicals and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- For normal skin, it helps keep all skin concerns away and maintains the glow.
- For combination skin, it maintains hydration by repairing the skin barrier and also keeps acne and bumps away by regulating sebum production.
- For sensitive skin, it is a safe ingredient to use to target any skin concerns. However, it is advised to use niacinamide in less concentration if you have sensitive skin. Using niacinamide in higher concentrations can cause irritation or redness.
- Niacinamide is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It is a suitable ingredient for people with eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis as it reduces redness and inflammation by soothing and healing the skin.
How should you select and use Niacinamide for skin?
Niacinamide is safe to use for every skin type, but people with sensitive skin can experience irritation if they use it in higher concentrations. To keep yourself on the safer side, you should go for 2% concentration when using this skincare ingredient for the first time. You can gradually shift to 4%, and 5% concentration as your skin adjusts to it. Often, skincare products label this ingredient as ‘Nicotinamide’, ‘Niacin’, or simply ‘Niacinamide.’
You can use this ingredient twice a day in your daily skincare routine. Use this as serum, in cream, or face mask. When using in serum, apply it after cleansing and toning. When using in cream, apply it after a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid. When using niacinamide in a face mask, use it twice or thrice a week after cleansing and toning but before serum.
Are there any side effects of Niacinamide?
This ingredient is generally safe to use. As discussed already, it can create irritation or redness for sensitive skin or allergic skin when used in higher concentrations. To keep your skin safe from any unforeseen circumstance, start by using it in a smaller concentration and gradually increase it. You can also do a patch test if needed. Niacinamide is an ingredient for cosmetic use only. For severe and extreme rosacea or psoriasis, kindly refer to a dermatologist before using any skincare product.
Can Niacinamide be combined with other skincare ingredients?
Niacinamide can be combined with many other ingredients, which is why it is found in many skincare products.
- For treating acne, niacinamide is combined with salicylic acid and zinc.
- It can also be mixed with retinol to balance out retinol’s immediate irritating effects with niacinamide’s anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.
- It can also be used with hyaluronic acid as HA is a humectant and has properties to help absorb skincare products effectively. On the other hand, HA, as well as niacinamide, are hydrating water-based skincare products and hence, can be used together for reaping double the benefits of hydration.
- It can also be combined with AHAs as alpha-hydroxy acids exfoliate dead skin cells and help niacinamide penetrate easily through the skin.
- It can also be combined with Camellia Sinensis (green tea), catechins, quercetin, and tocopherol.
Niacinamide is a goldmine of skin-beneficial properties, often ignored by skincare enthusiasts. It aids in various skincare concerns, right from fighting free radicals to hydrating the skin and fading pigmentation and acne. With almost no side-effect, this powerhouse ingredient should make an entry into your daily skincare regimen. However, this ingredient may take weeks to show effective results, but consistency is the key when you want to gain maximum results with niacinamide.
Ansaligy skincare products
Ansaligy is proud to bring this potent ingredient in almost all of our products. From face masks to under-eye patches, Ansaligy aims to deliver the best results of niacinamide for the people we care about.