If you are into skincare, then this ingredient is something that you won't be a stranger to.
Over the last few years, Niacinamide has become synonymous with clear skin, especially for those who suffer from acne and post-acne hyperpigmentation. This superfood for the skin is only second to Vitamin C in its popularity.
So what exactly is Niacinamide, and what does it do? And should you incorporate it into your skincare?
How does Niacinamide work?
Reduction of sebum overproduction: Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is an essential nutrient for the body, but many studies have also shown that topical application has immense benefits for the skin. This product is especially useful for those who suffer from acne, as Niacinamide has a proven action in reducing overproduction of sebum. Seeing that one of the main culprits of acne is excess sebum, this powerhouse ingredient is popular in most anti-acne skincare ranges. Studies have cited a marked reduction in sebum production on regular use, with more than 60% of users citing a reduction in acne and acne scarring.
Antioxidant for the skin: Our skin is constantly bombarded with oxidative stress. As a silent, resilient warrior, our skin faces the stress we put on it stoically in silence. Without realizing it, this stress builds up free radicals within our epidermal and dermal cells, leading to the signs of aging. Pollution, lack of sleep, sun damage, and stress all play an oxidative role in reducing skin health. The amazing vitamin B3 is shown to reduce reactive oxygen species, basically making it a super antioxidant for the skin. The less oxidative stress, the more healing, repair, and less damage the skin undergoes.
Reducing hyperpigmentation: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common issue facing those who suffer from acne. Dark scarring can make the skin tone look uneven and blemished even after active acne has subsided. Multiple studies have been done to look at the efficacy of niacinamide to help reduce hyperpigmentation, and they have shown to be indeed effective in helping reduce uneven skin tone and pigmentation, possibly by the process of reducing the transfer of pigment from pigment cells into skin cells. Results were seen after consistent use over 4 weeks.
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles: The most obvious sign of skin aging is fine lines and wrinkles. These dreaded photo-aging signs are seen to improve when niacinamide is used on a regular basis for 3 months. As fine lines and wrinkles are deep-set into the skin, usually in the dermal layer due to a lack of collagen, then as expected, it would take time for improvement to be visible.
How much Niacinamide should I use?
There is a clear benefit when different concentrations are used for the skin. In dermatological practices, there is a wide recommended dosage for niacinamide from 1% all the way to 20%. The higher the percentage used, the more effective the product.
The unfortunate downside of high concentrations is a higher chance of skin irritation as well as drying effects. Niacinamide can also feel like tingling or burning when used in higher dosages. At Noosh Naturals, our Niacinamide serum is at a 5% concentration where improvements are obvious without the downside of overly drying or irritating the skin. The synergistic therapeutic benefit of T3 hydrosol and mugwort extract in combination is one way to boost the effectiveness of vitamin B3 in combating acne and reducing inflammation of the skin.
If you are looking for a superstar product to add to your skincare routine, one which is going to help you with reducing acne breakouts, reduce hyperpigmentation, as well as help with skin barrier defense and fine lines and wrinkles, then you need not look further than Vitamin B3.
Our Anti Acne Cream Cleanser and Serum are contains niacinamide, Vitamin B3, and lots of other wholesome ingredients to keep your acne at bay while keeping your skin supple.