Niacinamide - Is it worth the hype?
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, a water soluble vitamin. We can get niacinamide from our diet, but they can be found in skincare products as they are known to have brightening, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and pore minimizing benefits.
What are the skin benefits of niacinamide?
Niacinamide in 5% concentration and greater works via several pathways to reduce existing discolorations and prevent new discolorations from appearing. Research showed that niacinamide and tranexamic acid work particularly well together. Besides, niacinamide also can paired together with Vitamin C, retinol and licorice for enhance brightening and dark spots reducing benefits. A study showed that with comparison of a SPF 15 cream with and without niacinamide, the group that used niacinamide had noticeable improvement in hyperpigmentation after four weeks.
Minimize the appearance of pores
Researchers have observed that niacinamide significantly reduce the look of pore size and skin texture. This likely happens because niacinamide can help to reduce sebum production as little as at 2% concentration. Pores will always appear larger when they are filled with oil and dead skin cells. With less sebum, pores looked smaller, more refined and skin texture looks smoother.
Niacinamide can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Some researchers suggest that it does so by increasing the production of collagen. Studies showed that a concentration of 5% niacinamide produces significant improvements in fine lines and wrinkles after eight weeks. Niacinamide also is an antioxidant, a molecule that neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.