Niacinamide is one of the most popular ingredients for skincare products in 2020. Niacinamide is a powerhouse skincare ingredient that has become a mainstay ingredient in plenty of skincare brands. Beneficial for all skin types, Niacinamide versatility works well with both dry, oily, and combination skin, a rare trait for a skincare ingredient.
At Aeronaut Skincare, we think that niacinamide is one of the best skincare ingredients for your skin. Whether it’s included in your moisturizer, toner, cleanser, or serum, niacinamide is an ingredient you should be looking out for and works great with plenty of other skincare ingredients.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 known as nicotinamide, a critical water-soluble vitamin for your health. In your body, Niacinamide works to improve your skin, kidneys, and overall brain function.
For skincare, niacinamide is an essential ingredient for treatments of eczema, acne, and overall breakouts. In addition, niacinamide can help shrink and tighten pores to lower sebum sacrament, reduce and soften wrinkles, and even skin tone. In a study done in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, researchers found that topical treatment of 2% niacinamide showed a statistically significant effect in reducing sebum excretion rates for your skin. An important finding, as excess sebum is known as a critical driver to acne breakouts. More importantly, unlike skincare ingredients like Salicylic Acid or Charcoal Powder that help mitigate breakouts after they occur, niacinamide helps prevent acne breakouts.
“The 2% niacinamide treated group demonstrated significantly lowered sebum excretion rates after 2 and 4 weeks of application.” - Dr. Akira Matsubara, R&D Proctor & Gamble
In the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, another study found that topical application of niacinamide had an effect of helping produce your natural production of ceramides to improve your lipid barrier that, in turn, enhances moisture retention on your skin. The same study also found that niacinamide stimulated protein synthesis, which involves an increase in keratin production. This improved keratin production is known to improve overall skin pigmentation for those with uneven or patchy skin.
“Because of its verifiable beneficial effects, niacinamide would be a suitable component in cosmetic products for use in disorders of epidermal barrier function, for aging skin, for improving pigmentary disorders and for use on skin prone to acne.” - Dr. W Gehring, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Both of these studies show how genuinely versatile niacinamide is as a skincare ingredient. For those with oily and acne-prone skin — niacinamides ability to reduce sebum production and tighten pores helps prevent acne. For those with dry and uneven skin pigmentation, niacinamide creates a ceramide (lipid) barrier to retain moisture and improves keratin production for skin pigmentation.
How to use Niacinamide?
What’s great is niacinamide is one of the most straightforward skincare ingredients to use. With its versatility, it works for almost any skincare routine with most products (i.e., cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, under-eye cream, etc.). Our personal favorite is to use niacinamide as a moisturizer, serum, or under-eye cream as it allows the niacinamide to work on your skin for a more extended period, unlike cleansers where you rinse off your face after 1 or 2 minutes. Match the niacinamide moisturizer with a good sunscreen and other great ingredients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin c, and you’ll have a strong base for your skincare routine.
Why do we love Niacinamide for men’s skincare?
Overall, men tend to have oilier, breakout-prone, or combination skin types. Unlike ingredients like retinol — where careful use is recommended — niacinamide is an easy ingredient for most beginners in skincare. With most men having limited experience with skincare, building a routine with ingredients compatible with most others is essential, and that is where niacinamide shines.
A statement ingredient in any skincare routine, active levels of niacinamide is a great thing to look for with any skincare products.
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Wow – who knew niacinamide is so important in skin health. Thank you for teaching me something new! :)
Thanks for sharing why niacinamide is so important!
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