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N I A C I N A M I D E 

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What Is Niacinamide?
 

Niacinamide is a brightening, hyperpigmentation-fading, hydration-boosting, fine line-smoothing, acne-healing ingredient. Not only have a lot of benefits, but it also plays well with other ingredients, and virtually anyone can use it. It evens skin tones and brightens, without the irritation that may accompany other ingredients who share the same goal.

Additionally, niacinamide:

  • Is a vitamin B3 derivative

  • Is water-soluble and very stable in formulations

  • Acts as an antioxidant (which help protect the skin from UV damage and free radicals)

  • Is easily absorbed by the outside layer of our skin

Niacinamide is an amazing ingredient that strengthens the skin's barrier, restores moisture, reduces pore size, and brightens. It also works well with most other active ingredients, making it a great addition to any product.

Top 5 Benefits of Niacinamide:

1. Decreases inflammation + sebum production to treat acne and breakouts

2. Strengthens the skin barrier and keeps it hydrated

3. Decreases fine lines + wrinkles, and improves elasticity

4. Reduces hyperpigmentation from breakouts or age spots

5. Decreases redness + blotchiness

Add Niacinamide To Your Routine If You

  • Are looking for a non-irritating skin brightener

  • Have any skin type! It’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive types 

Things To Keep In Mind

  • It’s a myth that you shouldn’t use both vitamin C and niacinamide together in your routine, but if you’re experiencing sensitivity, use one in the morning and one at night.

  • Because some of these benefits are longer-term projects (i.e. fading hyperpigmentation, smoothing fine lines), you’ll need to be patient with these products to get the results you’re looking for.

How to use niacinamide?

Using niacinamide is easy.

For best results, use leave-on niacinamide products and apply them to cleansed skin twice daily. That might mean you apply a toner with niacinamide immediately after cleansing to rehydrate and replenish skin.

Can be used on its own or mixed into your favourite moisturiser, based on personal preference. Experiment to see what works best for your skin!

If you experience persistent skin concerns such as visibly stretched pores, pores that have become lax or a rough, bumpy skin texture try niacinamide in a unique concentration of no less than 20%. The Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment visibly reduces stretched and enlarged pores, smoothes rough skin texture and minimises bumps caused by accumulated sebum. It reveals a smoother, more refined skin texture.

You can use niacinamide containing products around your eyes, too. Some might find applying a moisturiser or eye cream with niacinamide helps improve the look of under eye circles, helps soften the appearance of crow’s feet, not to mention enables this delicate area to retain skin-smoothing moisture and resist loss of firmness.

How long does niacinamide take to work?

You should start to see results after 2-4 weeks of twice daily usage Ongoing use is required for continued improvement.

Results will continue to improve over time but do not expect your skin to be completely “poreless” – that isn’t possible. What you can expect is pores that look smaller, skin tone that looks more even, visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and an overall healthier glow.

Can You Use Niacinamide With Retinol?

 

Yes! In fact, dermatologists say that retinol and niacinamide is a recommended combination for achieving quicker results. Niacinamide's calming benefits can also combat the negative side effects and irritation that often come alongside retinol's wrinkle-fighting magic.

Does It Work Well With Other Ingredients? 

Yes, which is why it's found in many skincare products and why it's pretty easy to add into your existing routine. For those fighting acne, niacinamide is often paired with salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid. Combining niacinamide's oil-reducing prowess with salicylic acid's ability to dissolve excess oil is a great way to help keep pores clear.

Niacinamide's anti-inflammatory and skin barrier-strengthening effects also make it a good option to pair with alpha-hydroxy acids, chemical exfoliants that have the potential to cause some skin irritation. Combining these also increases the efficacy of the niacinamide, since the AHAs exfoliate the dead skin cells that could otherwise make it harder for the niacinamide to effectively penetrate. And finally, niacinamide is often paired with hyaluronic acid, given that both can help alleviate dryness.

Vitamin C can inactivate niacinamide and I suggest separating the application by 15 minutes. The bottom line: If you're using a product that contains both vitamin C and niacinamide, it's likely been specially formulated so that they can work together. But if you're using two distinct products with these ingredients, wait 15 minutes between applications, or save one for morning use and the other for evening use.

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