There's a lot of hype around Niacinamide recently. And for a good reason, the ultimate multitasker, Niacinamide is known for its ability to brighten the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, reduce surface oils and reduce pigmentation. Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that is commonly used in skincare for its numerous benefits. Niacinamide can be found in creams and serums, with high concentrations of up to 10%.
So, how does it work?
It works on pigmentation by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes, which are responsible for the production of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the skin, hair and eyes. By reducing the amount of melanin in the skin, niacinamide can help to lighten dark spots, age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
One of our most popular reasons for prescribing niacinamide to our patients is to repair barrier function.
People with rosacea and sensitised skin can benefit from niacinamide due to its ceramide and fatty acid replenishing ability. This maintains hydration levels by preventing the loss of moisture via Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), which really benefits patients with dry and dehydrated skin.
Niacinamide is considered safe for most patients.
However, it is important to note that some patients may experience irritation or dryness, mainly those with sensitised skin. It is recommended these people start slowly and use the product every other day for the first week and gradually increase the frequency until they become accustomed to the product. There is also data to suggest that the daily use of a topical B3 reduces your risk of developing skin cancers (over just using SPF alone).
It is also important to note that it is not recommended to use niacinamide with high concentrations of Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) as both ingredients are PH-dependent, and they may neutralise each other’s effects. If you do wish to use both, use them on separate days or at different times of the day.
Niacinamide is considered a ‘magic wand’ of an ingredient according to our Dermal Clinicians, providing benefits for almost ALL skin concerns and skin types.
It is always important to consult with an experienced skin therapist (like the amazing team at Port Medical Aesthetics) to get the right advice when it comes to your skincare…
We also stock a range of high-performance skincare in our clinic. Drop in to check out the range, or book a consultation with one of our Dermal Clinicians for some expert skin advice.