Everyone is raving about Niacinamide as one of the best ingredients ingredients in skincare due to its impressive list of benefits including visibly reducing enlarged pores, balancing oil production, lessening hyperpigmentation and evening out skin tone.
Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, is an impressive essential nutrient that helps build protein in your skin to improve hydration, soothe and heal.
It is known to visibly reduce appearance of enlarged pores, improve uneven skin-tone, fine lines and wrinkles as well as regulate oil production and fade hyperpigmentation.
This ingredient is very well tolerated by all skin concerns and considered relatively non-irritating by dermatologists.
It works as an anti-inflammatory ingredient to reduce inflammation making it beneficial for red and oily/acne prone skin types. Niacinamide supports production of ceramides in your skin (the natural fats in your skin that are important for strengthening and maintaining a healthy skin barrier).
Niacinamide is also known to help block the enzyme responsible for producing melanin - great for targeting dark spots and evening out skin tone.
As an antioxidant, Niacinamide works to fight free radical damage that causes signs of premature ageing.
Niacinamide can stop inflammation and slow down oil production to treat acne and redness
Niacinamide is known as an anti-inflammatory ingredient in skincare, beneficial for stopping inflammation to treat acne and redness. Studies show just 2% can help regulate oil production. It is an overall calming ingredient for irritated skin concerns including anyone with stressed skin, oily, acne-prone concerns and even rosacea.
Niacinamide can help strengthen and repair your skin barrier for hydrated skin
Studies show niacinamide can help can repair and improve your skin barrier for healthier, hydrated skin. Applying niacinamide topically can support the production ceramides, which are natural fats in your skin that are necessary for strengthening and maintaining a healthy skin barrier to prevent water loss and defend against potential irritants.
Niacinamide can reduce hyperpigmentation for glowing skin
Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an excess of melanin pigments on your skin. This is the result of a myriad of factors which can include sun damage, hormones, trauma to your skin, medications and down to your skin type. Studies that show that 5% niacinamide can block the enzyme responsible for producing melanin, making it an effective skincare ingredient to target hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone.
Niacinamide can reduce appearance of enlarged pores
Niacinamide is thought to work its magic on minimizing pores by working on the lining of the pores. This helps prevent debris from getting clogged in the pores. When a clog does form, the skin tries to compensate by enlarging and this results in enlarged pores. This is why niacinamide is so helpful in visibly minimizing pores.
Niacinamide can fight free radical damage that causes signs of ageing
Niacinamide also has antioxidant properties to fight free radical damage that is caused by the sun's UV rays, environmental pollution and stress - all the free radicals that causes signs of premature ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration.
Will I experience redness and burning with Niacinamide? Is Niacinamide safe when pregnant and breastfeeding?
While niacinamide is considered a very tolerable and gentle ingredient in concentrations of 5% and less, we have seen niacinamide in levels of up to 20%.
Evidence shows there can be increased sensitivities on skin where niacinamide of 5% and above are used. Higher percentage formulas may cause stinging and redness.
The level of sensitivity depends on your own skin tolerance level and if you are layering various products that contain niacinamide which can really add up the overall percentage of niacinamide your skin is absorbing.
Niacinamide is also safe to use when pregnant and breastfeeding.
What concentration of Niacinamide is most effective?
Look for Niacinamide in concentrations of between 2% to 5% for the best balance of tolerance and effectiveness. This is also the percentage range of niacinamide that past clinical studies and research were conducted on.
Research has shown that 2% niacinamide was just as effective as a topical antibiotic to treat acne. At a 2% level, niacinamide can help slow down oil production to reduce breakouts.
We found the best concentration is 5% niacinamide. This level is proven to visibly address hyperpigmentation and oil production without causing irritation, making it the best tolerable level for sensitive skin.
How often can I use niacinamide?
Because niacinamide is a gentle, safe ingredient, it can be used daily and even twice daily if the formulation is below 5% concentration. We recommend our customers use our targeted niacinamide serum both in the morning and at night on damp skin for maximum glow.
Can niacinamide be used with retinol and vitamin C?
You can absolutely use niacinamide and retinol together. By combining both ingredients together, you can lessen the irritation and dryness caused by retinol with calming niacinamide. Research has shown that these two ingredients can complement each-other very well in an anti-ageing skincare routine.
How long does it take for niacinamide to work on skin and to see results?
Clinical studies on niacinamide give their participants a minimum of 12 weeks before reporting results and this is the minimum timeframe we recommend before noticing visible marked results. Patience is a virtue!
You can find Niacinamide in our very own Clearing Rescue Serum. It's packed with an effective concentration of 5% niacinamide, combined with soothing willow bark, clinically proven Canadian Willowherb™ and brightening Licorice Root to leave your skin feeling healthier, brighter and smoother. Grab yours here!