I’ve covered Vitamin A in last weeks post over HERE, and today I’m sharing my thoughts and experience on Vitamin B also known as Niacinamide. If you’re serious about skincare then this is a must-read as this ingredient has many people talking.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinimide is a form of Vitamin B3, an ingredient that many dermatologists swear by as it has shown to work. It’s a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it won’t dissolve in oil and for this reason easily absorbed by the outer layer of the skin. This ingredient is typically found in water-based serums, moisturisers and masks. It’s also non-acidic so great for all skin types.
Benefits of Niacinimide
When I read all the benefits, I was convinced that this is the only ingredient I’d ever need to solve all my skin concerns.
Here are some of the benefits
- Enhances skin barrier function
- Decrease skin hyperpigmentation
- Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Helps with redness
- Refines skins elasticity
Doesn’t this sound amazing?
Niacinamide reduces pigmentation by disrupting one of the key enzymes that produce melanin. It stimulates the production of keratin which increases the thickness of the skins outer layer. It’s also one of the best ingredients to improve dark spots as a result of acne scarring and sun damage.
Niacinamide improves dryness and anti-ageing by increasing the moisture content of the stratum corneum as well as collagen production. This directly helps with the elasticity of the skin, giving you that plump youthful skin.
Did you know the niacinamide can also control or relieve mild acne? It has anti-inflammatory properties which help with the sebum secretion that normally cause breakouts. Not only does it assist with the sebum production but it also helps with the appearance of large pores. Combining niacinamide and salicylic acid can over time dramatically minimize the appearance of pores as well smooth out bumpy skin texture.
Can it be used with other ingredients?
Absolutely yes! It’s a stable ingredient and therefore safe to mix with other ingredients. I know mixing active ingredients can be tricky because there are certain rules but niacinamide can be incorporated in your skincare routine without any worries.
How to use Niacinimide?
One of the best parts of this ingredient is that it can be used in high percentages and can still be well tolerated by the skin. Like I mentioned earlier, it mixes well with other ingredients so no need to worry about it reacting and causing any sort of irritation.
The only niacinamide that I’ve used is “The ordinary Niacinimide 10% + Zinc 2%”. This is a pretty lightweight water-based serum, so I would apply this after my toner before going in with my other actives in the evening. I have to mention that the serum does ball up a bit. So the idea is to apply and then tap. Spreading and rubbing it causes it to form weird little clumps. Perhaps it’s just the formula from The Ordinary.
As with any skincare, you have to give it time. It’s a long term investment that your future self will thank you for. I can tell you one thing, you’re guaranteed brighter, smoother skin as well as improvement on the appearance of your pores after 8 weeks of consistently using this ingredient.
I was one of those who was sceptical about using niacinamide and Vitamin C. There’ve been some studies done in the past that suggested that mixing these two could cause some reaction. But these studies were apparently done by using unstable forms of both ingredients which is what brought about this concern.
Niacinimide and Vitamin C work well together and actually boosts each other’s abilities to improve the skin. Some of you with super sensitive skin might experience some redness if you mix them but nothing alarming. If you don’t want to risk it then perhaps you could use niacinamide in the AM and then Vitamin C in the evening or vice versa.
Let me know if you’ve used this ingredient before and if you were pleased with your results?