What is Niacinamide Used for in Skin Care?
One of our favourite skincare ingredients is Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide (or Nicotinamide), because it has so many benefits for our skin. The most impressive of which is how well it helps with acne prone skin.
A gel rich in Vitamin B3 can help in the following ways:
• Removal of Redness – This is often associated with blemish-prone skin. With regular use of Vitamin B3, your skin will undergo enhancements to its structure. This is due to the strengthening of the skin’s barrier, which protects us from damaging everyday environmental factors.
• Sebum Control – Sebum overproduction is a very common cause of acne. We all have sebum glands that produce oils to lubricate the skin, but for some of us they can overdo it and this creates an (oily!) problem. Our friend Niacinamide can come to the rescue here, as it helps restore a healthy lipid barrier, which keeps sebum levels in check.
• Dark Spot Reduction – Often a hyperpigmentation or dark spot removing gel will include Niacinamide due to its effective ability to reduce the transfer of melanin to the outer skin layer. So for those of us that have overindulged in the sun and ended up with patchy pigmentation marks, simply add a little Vitamin B3 into your skincare regime and you should see improvements.
• Collagen Boost – That’s right, there’s more! Believe it or not, it can even help with fine lines and wrinkles. It can boost cell differentiation leading to superior synthesis, which, in turn, boosts collagen and elastin formation.
Pretty impressive stuff, no?
Well, acne sufferers certainly would agree, as a gel containing this multi-tasking ingredient can work wonders on even the most plagued skin. By reducing sebum production, removing redness and boosting collagen production, you can rely on Vitamin B3 to both prevent breakouts and heal the affected area.
Finally, when comparing it to an ingredient such as Salicylic acid, Vitamin B3 really starts to shine. Salicylic acid is used in many spot treatment products, however often it is ignored that this harsh ingredient often leaves the skin dry, irritated and with a burning sensation. Your Niacinamide gel will not do the same as it is a much milder ingredient and helps to heal the skin rather than dry it out.