5 Reasons Why Niacinamide Is Our New Obsession

August 16, 2023
5 min read
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Niacinamide has become a major player in the skincare game in recent years, and it’s no surprise why. The revolutionary protein – also known as Nicotinamide or Vitamin B3 – is one of the most versatile products on the market, with heaps of replenishing benefits to meet your skincare needs.  

Read on to explore our top 5 reasons why Niacinamide is our new favourite obsession, and soon to be yours.

1. Boosts Collagen Production

The collagen protein our bodies produce takes care of our skin, bones and connective tissue so we don’t have to. But as we get older, our bodies start producing less and less collagen. This results in visible signs of age on our skin, like wrinkles and skin-sagging. Enter your new collagen-boosting bestie.  

Niacinamide has been proven to boost the production of collagen in the skin by up to 54%, reversing the signs of ageing and restoring a youthful and dewy complexion.

2. Natural Anti-Inflammatory Nourishment

Niacinamide has natural anti-inflammatory properties, soothing redness and irritation from acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, like eczema and rosacea.  

A study published in 2013 by the International Journal of Dermatology found that a topical preparation of 4% niacinamide applied to moderate acne over a period of eight weeks resulted in significant improvement.

Niacinamide’s skin-calming properties make it the perfect product for sensitive skin, as it limits the production of inflammatory cytokines. This means niacinamide can also be blended with other ingredients to create a custom formula of prescription ingredients, all while eliminating irritation.

3. Heals Hyperpigmentation & Discolouration

Uneven skin tone is one of the most common skin concerns, and it happens for a variety of reasons from sun exposure to skin injuries to hormonal influences. But how exactly does niacinamide work to restore flawless skin tone?

Niacinamide evens out the skin tone by both breaking down existing areas of hyperpigmentation and preventing further discolouration, similar to how Azelaic acid works. Not only does it directly combat the issue, it stops it coming back.  

4. Regulates Oil Production & Locks In Moisture  

One of Niacinamide’s key features when it comes to preventing acne is its ability to regulate sebum production. Breakouts happen when excess sebum, oil and bacteria clog the sebaceous glands.  

Niacinamide keeps sebum production under control, making build-ups a thing of the past, whilst training the skin to retain moisture and ensure it stays hydrated.

5. Protects Against Anti-Oxidants

Ever heard of free radicals? Those pesky unstable molecules that oxidise and cause damage to our skin? Free radicals are naturally produced by the body through chemical processes, but they’re also caused by external factors such as UV rays, cigarette smoke and environmental pollutants.  

By providing a barrier against outside damage, niacinamide supports your skin in fighting off these molecules, acting as a sort of super-protective shield. Is there anything it can’t do?

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