Niacinamide is an effective skincare ingredient that is gaining popularity because of its desirable benefits and versatility across different skin types. And while you may not have heard of niacinamide until today, it is not a new ingredient. This dermatologist-approved ingredient is well-loved, and it has been a staple in a variety of skin care products for years. Continue reading to learn more about niacinamide and what benefits it has to offer your skin.

WHAT IS NIACINAMIDE? 

There are two forms of vitamin B-3. One form is called niacinamide, and the other form is called niacin. But despite their similar-sounding names, niacinamide and niacin are not the same things. Your body can make niacinamide from niacin if there is an excessive amount of niacin in your body.

Our bodies do not naturally produce niacinamide. Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin found in various foods, including yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. Additionally, it can be found in many vitamin B complex supplements with other B vitamins.

HOW DOES NIACINAMIDE BENEFIT THE SKIN?

Niacinamide is a powerhouse and multitasker when it comes to the skin care benefits it offers. It can be used to treat a wide range of skin conditions, works on virtually every skin type and helps support the function of the skin barrier.

Some of the most notable benefits of niacinamide for skin include:

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR ON PRODUCT LABELS?

Although pure niacinamide serum has some benefits, you are more likely to get optimal results if you use niacinamide alongside other active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Skin care products can be complicated, and they should be formulated to work synergistically together to provide desired results. Therefore, be sure to use medical-grade products and consult with your dermatologist when introducing new products into your skin care routine.

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we offer various medical-grade products that contain niacinamide that can help give your skin a beneficial boost! Learn more about them below.

HOW SOON CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS? 

As with any new skin care product, you will not see significant results overnight. It will probably take several weeks. You might start seeing results as early as four weeks, but most likely, it will be around eight weeks. Around that time, you should notice that your skin looks smoother, more toned and more hydrated. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, you should consult with your dermatologist as soon as possible.

LEARN MORE AT THE DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH, PLLC

Niacinamide is only one of many ingredients in a skincare regimen. When used topically and in combination with other skin care products, niacinamide has a positive impact on your overall skin health. This versatile ingredient is ideal for individuals with acne, rosacea, hyperpigmented skin, dry skin and sensitive skin. It can help reduce inflammation and hyperpigmentation, smooth skin texture, and brighten the skin.

References:

Niacinamide: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning

Everything You Should Know About Niacinamide

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