What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide stands out as a powerful ingredient renowned for its multifunctional advantages in skincare. Serving as a protector, it strengthens the skin barrier, shielding against urban pollutants, whilst also repairing damage caused by blue light and UV radiation. 

Niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3, delivers comparable benefits when applied directly to the skin, helping to attain a balanced complexion and target uneven skin tone, all without triggering the usual warm sensations commonly associated with vitamin B3. 

Its unique ability to stimulate collagen production increases skin firmness and smoothness, effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, niacinamide showcases a remarkable ability to enhance DNA repair within skin cells. 

Beyond repair, niacinamide helps to improve inflammation, acne lesions, and regulates sebum production

Skin benefits of Niacinamide

Niacinamide for skin elasticity

Niacinamide enhances the skin's elasticity, promoting firmness and resilience, and contributing to a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. 

Niacinamide to improve skin texture 

By strengthening the skin barrier, niacinamide helps to diminish redness and inflammation, while also visibly reducing the size of pores, resulting in smoother and more refined skin texture. 

Niacinamide for hyperpigmentation

Niacinamide effectively targets hyperpigmentation, promoting a more balanced and even skin tone for a healthier complexion.  

Niacinamide to control sebum and oil production

Niacinamide helps regulate sebum production, controlling excess oiliness for a balanced complexion. 

Niacinamide to reduce inflammatory acne

Niacinamide has been clinically demonstrated to significantly decrease inflammatory acne by up to 60% within 8 weeks, providing effective relief for acne-prone skin. 

UV and blue light protection and repair

Niacinamide has demonstrated efficacy in addressing UV damage, offering protection and repair for UV-stressed skin to maintain its radiant glow and elasticity. Studies have shown it also reduces harmful substances called reactive oxygen species in the skin when exposed to blue light. This means it's great for shielding against environmental stressors and maintaining healthy skin. 

Niacinamide for fine lines and wrinkles 

With its ability to stimulate collagen production, niacinamide helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in smoother skin. 

Why We Use Niacinamide

“Niacinamide offers multifunctional benefits and remarkable versatility for skin health. It offers comprehensive protection against urban pollution, shields against UV and blue light damage, and addresses a multitude of skincare concerns. From reversing signs of ageing to regulating oil and sebum production, niacinamide is a gentle yet powerful ally in nurturing and revitalising the skin.” - Shelley Martin, Co-Founder & New Product Development Lead

    Niacinamide Skincare Products

    Who Niacinamide Is Best For

    Niacinamide is suitable for all skin types but particularly beneficial for individuals with oily and sensitive skin, offering comprehensive skincare protection and repair. It helps regulate sebum production, controls oiliness, and soothes sensitive skin, while also providing defence against sun damage and digital stressors.

    Things to Consider Before Using Niacinamide

    Ideal for sensitive and oily skin seeking comprehensive protection without the harsh irritants commonly found in other protective ingredients. 

    Frequently asked questions about Niacinamide in skincare

    How to introduce Niacinamide into skincare routine 

    Make it a regular part of your regimen to experience its full benefits. Look for products with a concentration of at least 2% niacinamide, as higher concentrations can offer additional advantages. Choose a formulation that suits your skin type and concerns, whether it's a serum, cream, or mask.  

    For optimal results, consider combining niacinamide with hydrating ingredients to enhance the efficacy of other active components in your skincare routine. That's why SKINICIAN SPF 50 Daily Defence Moisturiser, with its niacinamide-infused formula, is an ideal solution for comprehensive skincare protection and repair. 

    When you should use Niacinamide in your skincare routine 

    Applying niacinamide in the morning allows you to benefit from its protective properties against environmental stressors throughout the day. SKINICIAN SPF 50 Daily Defense is infused with niacinamide and is formulated specifically for daytime use with SPF 50. For optimal protection against UV rays and environmental damage, it's advised to incorporate it into your morning routine as the last step to shield your skin throughout the day. 

    Is Niacinamide good for oily/acne-prone/sensitive skin? 

    Niacinamide is a versatile ingredient suitable for all skin types, including oily, acne-prone, sensitive, dry, and normal skin. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to address various skincare concerns efficiently. 

    For oily skin, niacinamide regulates sebum production and controls oiliness. Dry skin benefits from its hydrating properties, improving moisture retention and alleviating dryness. Normal skin benefits from niacinamide's ability to maintain skin health and balance. 

    In acne-prone skin, niacinamide reduces inflammation, minimises pore appearance, and regulates sebum production, aiding in acne management. Its gentle and soothing properties make it suitable for sensitive skin, helping to calm irritation and redness. 

    With SKINICIAN; Daily Defence SPF 50 is infused with niacinamide for comprehensive protection and repair for all skin types.