Niacinamide: Everything You Need To Know

Niacinamide: Everything You Need To Know

    By Hannah Coates Posted on 7 Nov 2018

    Despite its daunting and scientific name, Niacinamide is actually a form of vitamin B3 and occurs naturally in foods like fish, green veg, beans and eggs. In the skincare world, it’s a bit of an all-round superstar and here’s why…

    What does Niacinamide do to the skin?

    ‘At a cellular level, Niacinamide acts to repair DNA damage,’ says aesthetic doctor, Dr David Jack, which is the day to day accumulation of damage that comes from external aggressors, like the sun, pollution and general stress; so very important. ‘It also increases the number of ceramide molecules which are important in keeping barrier function strong,’ he points out. The stronger the barrier, the more robust your skin will be, and the more plump, healthy and even-toned it will look; and, when your barrier is compromised, skin can’t hold onto hydration, allows pollution and other cell-damaging dangers in and tends to look sullen: ‘A strong barrier helps optimise luminosity and improves the texture of skin,’ says Dr Jack.

    It’s also an anti-inflammatory ingredient, helping to take down redness and swelling, which makes it brilliant for those who suffer with acne or rosacea.

    From The Ordinary To Paula’s Choice, what are the best products with Niacinamide in?


    Alpha H Vitamin B with Copper Tripeptide Serum, £39

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    Alpha H Vitamin B with Copper Tripeptide Serum, £39

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    Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster, £40

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    Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide serum, £9

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    Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion, £12

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    Glossier Super Pure serum, £24

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    Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3, £105

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    The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Plus zinc, £5

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    Olay Regenerist Serum, £21.69

    How do you use Niacinamide? Can you use Niacinamide with Vitamin C?

    There’s a lot of unclear advice as to whether Niacinamide should be used with Vitamin C but it’s unfounded and incorrect: ‘They can safely be used together,’ says Dr Jack, ‘Having a strong and healthy barrier is encouraged by both vitamin C and Niacinamide so together they’re a powerful pair.’ You can use it any time of day.

    Who is Niacinamide for?

    Great for all skin types, niacinamide won’t do any harm to any skin type. Older skins will benefit specifically as their barriers weaken with age, while those who are acne-prone can benefit from its anti-inflammatory and oil-reducing effects.

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