What is niacinamide?
Niacinamide is necessary for proper functioning fats and sugars in your body. It is a vitamin B complex component, also known as vitamin B3, and is related to niacin. The use of niacinamide in skin care products is due to its long list of skin benefits.
Niacinamide can be obtained from foods such as eggs, milk, beans, fish, and green vegetables. In addition to eating this vitamin, you can get it through topical applications, as niacinamide is found in some over-the-counter skin care products.
Benefits of Niacinamide
It's like a Swiss Army knife for skin conditions ranging from wrinkles and fine lines to acne and redness, improving your skin's overall appearance.
- Prevents acne
- Regulates oil production
- Moisturizes the skin
- Protects from sun damage
- Fights against pollution and environmental radicals
- It may help with skin cancer
- Reduces redness and hyperpigmentation
- Fights signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles
How to use it?
You can, of course, obtain this form of vitamin B3 through diet. Still, topical niacinamide products may also benefit your skincare routine. Topical products with concentrations ranging from 2% to 5% have been shown in studies to improve the appearance of the skin, so look for products in this range. Your skin type may determine the appropriate concentration for you.
Cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams, toners, and even niacinamide serums are among the many niacinamide products available. Some products contain as much as 10% of this B vitamin.
Because niacinamide may cause some irritation initially, you must use products containing this ingredient as directed. If you have sensitive skin, consult with a dermatologist about how to incorporate these products into your routine.
What are the side effects?
The majority of clinical studies indicate that niacinamide is safe. Minor side effects of topical niacinamide include mild burning, itching, redness, and irritation.
If you notice irritation, consult your dermatologist or healthcare provider. They may be able to clarify what is an average transition period with your product and when you may need to consider a different product.
When to expect results?
Just because people in studies see results doesn't mean you'll see the same on your skin, and it's essential to keep this in mind before beginning any new skincare routine.
In some cases, your skin type can influence results, and yours may differ from the study participants. However, studies can tell us how long it will take for results to appear—if they will appear at all. Many niacinamide clinical studies report changes after six to twelve weeks.
However, consistent use as directed by these products is also required.
If you are interested in using niacinamide for acne, speak with a healthcare provider who can answer any additional questions you may have and instruct you on how to introduce this vitamin to your skin best.