Niacinamide

What is Niacinamide?
 
Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3. Niacinamide is hydrophilic, meaning it loves water or moisture.  It has been shown to have multiple benefits for the skin.  It has anti inflammatory and anti-itch properties as well as antimicrobial activity. It actually even has photoprotective qualities as well.  One more bonus, it has been shown to reduce sebum or oil production in the skin as well!
 
 

Why people should use it?

 

Although this can hydrate the skin as well, most of its reputation is built on its anti inflammatory effects. It’s been used as an add-on for acne treatments for years to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with breakouts, in addition to decreased oil production that contributes to the development of acne. 

For dry skin, most people will start with what appears to be ashy and dry skin. If this lingers too long without being addressed, those dry cracked areas of the skin can become inflamed and exquisitely sensitive (think of those times when you apply hand sanitizer and your skin just feels like it’s on fire!) With this concept I always go back to the analogy of give my patients- think of your skin as not smooth like a wall, it’s more like a cobblestone street. When your skin dries out it’s as though the mortar that holds the bricks (your skin cells) together is breaking down. This leaves it open to any insult from the environment which will inflame and irritate your skin. Think of niacinamide as a key anti inflammatory that will help bring down this inflammation while also hydrating your skin!

 

What is it good for?

I often recommend niacinamide for multiple reasons.  It is very effective at neutralizing inflammation in the skin to reduce the tendency towards breakouts related to both acne and rosacea.  It has actually been my top recommended ingredient for the past year given the onset of mask-ne  with the use of facial masks. 

What is it best to blend with?

Niacinamide can be blended with any facial moisturiser or applied prior to applying a moisturiser. It is a lightweight serum and can often be applied first before other products are applied period

Any fun facts or tips (as well as if some people or certain skin types shouldn't use it). 

For years I have been seeking products for my rosacea prone patients can use that can work with their skin to reduce inflammation, redness from flushing and blushing and subsequent breakouts. I have ultimately found that niacinamide is one of the best ingredients to seek out for this type of sensitivity in the skin.

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