Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a stable vitamin that offers a wide range of well-documented topical benefits. Usually, it is applied to the skin for treating acne, eczema, and other skin conditions.
Niacinamide is one of the best studied cosmeceuticals for anti-aging. It has a multitude of effects to help smoothen the skin texture. Niacinamide is particularly important to our body, as we cannot produce the vitamin on our own. The vitamin itself is water-soluble, which means that we must either eat it or apply it topically to reap its benefits. Niacinamide also goes by the names vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, a nonacid form of B3. The benefits of vitamin B3 are as follows
Research has shown that niacinamide can help fade hyperpigmentation on the skin. While the specific way in which this occurs is yet to be fully understood, adding niacinamide into your skincare routine can literally help brighen the skin over weeks.
Because it promotes the production of ceramides and elastin, both vital components of the skin barrier, niacinamide helps strengthen the complexion’s natural protective shield. This results in more hydrated, healthy skin that can better defend itself against moisture loss and outside irritants.
Niacinamide may help regulate and stabilize oil production in the skin. It restores the strength of the skin barrier, more specifically the sebaceous glands in the skin that produce oil, it evens out the amount of oil the skin produces, and prevent the glands from going into overdrive. niacinamide can help tame and even prevent acne .
When applied topically, niacinamide converts into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which has potent free-radical fighting antioxidant properties. This is crucial to skin health, as DNA damage can occur invisibly in response to a number of everyday stressors, including environmental pollution and ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. In increasing the amount of NAD, niacinamide works to reduce oxidative cellular damage within skin cells.
Topical use of niacinamide has also been shown to decrease skin redness and blotchiness. without causing irritation, making it an ideal topical for restoring skin tone like our Pomp Hydration Expeditor Essence
To summarize, the benefits of niacinamide for the skin are as follows
- It retains moisture in the skin by reducing water loss from skin.
- It increases the production of keratin, a protein that keeps the skin healthy and firm.
- It stimulates the production of ceramide, a lipid that helps protect the skin barrier.
- It reduces inflammation, therefore minimizing redness and blotchiness.
- It minimizes pore appearance.
- It regulates oil production.
- It treats dark spots.
- It protects against sun damage.
- It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
- It protects against environmental stresses, such as sunlight, pollution and toxins.