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What Is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide, sometimes referred to as nicotinamide, is a type of vitamin B3. It’s a water-soluble antioxidant that can be found naturally in many nutritious foods. Of course, it can also be applied topically as part of a skincare routine.
What Are the Benefits of Niacinamide for Your Skin?
Niacinamide is a hero ingredient in skincare not only because it’s incredibly beneficial, it’s also versatile. Niacinamide treats a wide variety of skin concerns. It’s anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce acne and redness, and also controls sebum production. Reap its benefits for breakouts by patting on a few drops of our Just Breathe Clarifying Serum.
Niacinamide retains moisture, keeping skin soft and smooth, but it also has the ability to brighten hyperpigmentation like dark spots, acne scars, and undereye circles. And because of its antioxidant properties, it neutralizes damaging free radicals, keeping skin’s barrier strong and preventing premature aging.
For these reasons, niacinamide is beneficial for all skin types and concerns. Enjoy its benefits by incorporating niacinamide serums, toners, face masks, eye care (such as our Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel), or more into your routine. It’s pregnancy-safe too, a win for those expecting or nursing.
How Often Should I Use Niacinamide?
Niacinamide products are gentle, meaning they can be incorporated in your daily skincare routine. It doesn’t make your skin more sensitive to the sun, either, so feel free to use morning or night. Niacinamide also plays well with all skin ingredients, meaning it’s super easy to layer. When combined with vitamin C, in fact, niacinamide skincare is incredibly effective on dullness and hyperpigmentation. That’s why we used both of these ingredients in our Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum.
Does Niacinamide Cause Skin Purging?
Skin purging is the idea that breakouts will pop up when you first begin using a new product. Purging, however, only occurs when an active ingredient speeds up skin’s cellular turnover rate. Niacinamide isn’t an active ingredient, so it will not cause purging in the skin. This makes it ideal for those that are looking for acne-friendly treatments that won’t worsen their breakouts.