By now, you've most likely seen Niacinamide in several of your skincare products. This key ingredient and compound, one of the two major forms of Vitamin B3, is praised as a hero ingredient that can soothe irritated and inflamed skin, protect your skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
It sounds almost too good to be true, right? But it isn't — we believe Niacinamide is a key ingredient to healthy, brighter, more hydrated skin. Here, we explain what exactly Niacinamide is, how it works and why you need it in your routine.
What Is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is one of the two major forms of Vitamin B3. Niacin, one of the compounds in Niacinamide, is a precursor to two different molecules that help your cells — including your skin cells — repair damage, multiply, and function as usual. Those molecules also help neutralize free radicals, which are unstable compounds that can cause damage to healthy skin cells.
What Does Niacinamide Do?
Not only does it help treat redness and irritation caused by acne and skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis and eczema, but it also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's a gentle option for people who can't use more potent ingredients like Retinol, and works well in both serums and moisturizers.
It is also proven to neutralize free radicals and protect skin against other environmental stressors that may cause cancer or other skin diseases.
Niacinamide also supports your skin barrier, increasing it's resiliency while improving your skin's overall texture. It's safe for all skin types as Niacinamide helps balance oil production. Depending on your skin, we recommend using this product every day in your AM and PM routine.
While Niacinamide is an amazing multitasking ingredient that can have a profound effect on your skin, keep in mind that it's not a cure-all for all of your concerns. Make sure you consult with your dermatologist before you decide what products are best for your skin.