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Benefits of using Niacinamide : How Niacinamide Helps The Skin

Niacinamide has been considered the most skin friendly active when it comes to treating blemishes and even out the complexion.

In this blog post I'll enumerate various benefits of using niacinamide serum in your skincare routine and some OTC products that work well.

Niacinamide is also called nicotinamide which is a form of vitamin B3.


Vitamin B3 is also considered as the beauty vitamin. Intake of food rich in vitamin B3 helps the body internally but whatever we eat only a little part is beneficial for the skin. When dealing with blemishes, uneven skin tone and dark spots topical application of niacinamide in the form of serums and moisturisers have an added benefit to the skin and it works faster and better.

The various benefits of using niacinamide in skincare are-

Strengthens skin

Niacinamide helps in strengthening the lipid barrier of the skin. This helps in retaining the moisture in the skin. As skin is the first line of defense of the body, so when it is strong ultimately this will protect from damage from outer pollutants and infections.

Reduces sebum production

If you have an oily skin including a niacinamide serum is a good option. Niacinamide helps in keeping a balance of oil in the skin. It does not dry out the skin but will keep it moisturised and hydrated without making it too oily. Niacinamide works well for oily skin as it helps in regulating sebum production and reduces inflammation.

Protects against stress

Stress is a common cause of aging of the skin. Niacinamide helps in protecting the skin against environmental stress and oxidative stress caused by the harmful UV rays, pollutants and toxins. This will help the skin in prevention from early signs of aging and damage. 

Reduces inflammation

Topical Niacinamide Serums helps in calming down irritated skin which helps in reducing inflammation and redness on the skin. 

Prevents fine lines and wrinkles

As niacinamide helps the skin in protecting against oxidative and environmental stress it reduces the signs of aging. This will help in preventing sagging of skin and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at an early age.

Reduces acne formation

Niacinamide controls sebum production which will prevent clogging of pores resulting in reducing the appearance of future breakouts. Niacinamide and zinc combination works very well on oily and acne prone skin types.

What strengths of niacinamide actually shows a difference on the skin ?

A concentration between 5-10% works best for reducing hyperpigmentation on the skin. For beginner friendly levels go for 5% niacinamide serums or gels, once your skin is adapted to the strength, higher (10%) concentrations can be included. 

Over the counter product recommendations of niacinamide serums-

  1. The ordinary 10% niacinamide and 1% zinc serum

  2. Minimalist niacinamide 10% and zinc 1% serum.

  3. Suganada niacinamide 10% serum.

  4. Paula’s choice 10% Niacinamide booster serum.

  5. Minimalist niacinamide 5% and hyaluronic acid 1% serum

  6. Niamax -D GEL.

  7. Cipla excela moisturiser

  8. Inkey list niacinamide serum

  9. Suganda niacinamide 5% serum.

  10. Vya naturals niacinamide serum.

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