The Holy Grail Ingredient: Niacinamide

by Grace Min

 Niacinamide - you’ve probably seen this buzz word all over the skincare industry. Lucky for us, this isn’t just hype! It’s considered a Holy Grail ingredient and I’ll tell you why.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a form of Vitamin B3. This antioxidant is famous for its healing, soothing, and anti-aging properties. Not only does niacinamide improve the skin’s barrier to fight environmental damage and repair signs of skin damage, it also visibly minimizes enlarged pores, improves uneven skin tone, brightens, and softens fine lines and wrinkles. What ties it altogether in a nice golden bow, is that niacinamide has been proven to work on almost any skin type and skin concern. We all know everyone has different skin types and different reactions to ingredients, but niacinamide just might be that friend who gets along with everyone.


How Niacinamide Helps

  • Improves Skin Barrier. Niacinamide promotes ceramide synthesis, stimulates the production of keratin and hyaluronic acid, helping the skin to retain moisture and protect against environmental irritants and pollution.
  • Improves Skin Texture. It boosts cellular turnover which helps even out skin tone and to smooth out texture.
  • Rosacea & Redness. Because niacinamide improves your skin barrier, your skin is less likely to be irritated from external factors. It also calms your skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Hyperpigmentation. When used in 5% concentrations, niacinamide can lighten dark spots by blocking the transfer of melanocytes, or pigment forming cells, to the surface of your skin.
  • Melasma. Applying 4% of niacinamide was just as effective as using 5% of hydroquinone with less irritation. 
  • Anti-aging. Helps get rid of fine lines by increasing the production of collagen.
  • Normalizing Pore Size. Niacinamide has the ability to help normalize your pore lining. Your pore lining can be stretched - appearing bigger - from debris build up, clogged pores, and sun damage. Normalizing the pore lining decreases the chance of debris build up. 

  • How to Use Niacinamide

    The options are endless! Niacinamide is compatible with many active ingredients in your skincare routine including: retinol, vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, and BHAs. It is recommended to use niacinamide in products with a leave-on formula such as toners, serums, and moisturizers. 

    Since everyone has different skin types, the kind of product you should choose can make a difference. 

    • For Oily Skin. Look for a water-based, light serum since this skin type is more prone to clogged pores. 
    • For Dry Skin. Look for a hydrating toner & rich moisturizer with lower concentrations (about 4%) of niacinamide. 
    • For Sensitive Skin. Many skin types can tolerate 10% niacinamide serum, however there are others where 10% is too strong. It is recommended to dilute one drop into your moisturizer. If you experience any stinging, redness, or small inflamed bumps, stick with a lower percentage that’s <4% concentration. Always start with a lower concentration and work your way up!

    Niacinamide is also safe to use during pregnancy.

    I can’t wait for you to get your hands on this Holy Grail Ingredient! Your skin will love you for it.

    Everyone has their unique skin barrier and conditions. Always consult with your dermatologist & esthetician for what is right for you.

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