Why Niacinamide Is Essential for Healthy Skin
You’ve undoubtedly heard about ingredients in your skin-care products like vitamin C and vitamin E, and may have even read up on how exactly they work. But there’s another vitamin used in skin care formulas you may not be so familiar with: niacinamide, or vitamin B3. This key nutrient is vital for your body as a whole because it helps cells rebuild themselves. To find out more about niacinamide and skin care, we tapped NYC-based dermatologist and AcneFree Consulting Partner, Dr. Hadley King. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of vitamin B3 in your skin-care products.
What Is Niacinamide?
“Niacinamide serves as a precursor to molecules in your body that are responsible for cell proliferation, the repair of cellular damage and other biochemical necessities,” says Dr. King. In other words, niacinamide helps your skin function at its best. Studies by the National Center for Biotechnology Information have even shown that when applied topically, niacinamide can also have stabilizing effects on the skin’s barrier function, which can help improve moisture retention and wrinkles that come with age. Beyond that, niacinamide also assists in reducing the look of hyperpigmentation — talk about a multi-tasker!
But, How Is Niacinamide Different?
Niacinamide contains a lot of similar-sounding benefits to ingredients like retinol or vitamin C, but Dr. King notes that it is, in fact, different — especially when it comes to addressingthe appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or acne. “Compared to benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or retinoids, topical niacinamide is less irritating,” she says. “This makes niacinamide a great choice for those with sensitive or dry skin.” So whether you’re looking to combat the look of pimples or dull, aging skin and you want to use products that help avoid irritation, niacinamide may be a good place to start..
How to Incorporate Niacinamide Into Your Routine
Because niacinamide enhances ceramides and strengthens the skin-barrier, it’s generally a good option for those with sensitive skin conditions. “For those who are acne prone, a great way to incorporate niacinamide into your regimen is to look for acne products and kits that include it as an ingredient, like the AcneFree Oil Free 24 Hour Acne Clearing System or the AcneFree Witch Hazel Mattifying Toner,” says Dr. King.
Ahead, we rounded up five skin-care products with niacinamide to get your vitamin B3 regimen started.
This daily emulsion contains 5% niacinamide and 2.5% tripeptide for the ultimate skin-friendly cocktail. It works to help correct early signs of photoaging for a reclarified tone and retightened surface with continued use.
If you want to try a product with niacinamide in a cleanser form, reach for the Purifying Foaming Cleanser by La Roche-Posay. This formula is designed for normal to oily skin and is complete with prebiotic thermal spring water and ceramides in addition to vitamin B3.
A recommendation from Dr. King, the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 should be your new daily go-to face cream. It contains ceramides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and is oil-free, making it a great option for combination skin types.
If serums are more your style, try this niacinamide formula by The Ordinary. This one is made for acne-prone skin and according to the brand helps to minimize the appearance of large pores and get rid of excess oil.
Super Pure by Glossier is a gel-like serum that the brand claims works to rebalance the skin and decrease the look of hyperpigmentation on skin’s surface. The niacinamide and zinc mixture works to address visible pimples and irritation, leaving behind a calmer, smoother surface.