Niacinamide or vitamin B3 has been an important ingredient in skin care serums and creams, and although the majority of people might not be so familiar with it yet, the ones who have tried products with this ingredient have become loyal fans.
So, what exactly is Niacinamide, what are its skincare benefits and how can you choose the most suitable products containing Niacinamide for your skin? Let’s try to sort out these questions.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a derivative of Niacin which is a form of vitamin B3, and it is water soluble. So, Niacinamide and Niacin are both forms of vitamin B3. Niacinamide is used for various health issues and is often found as an ingredient in skincare creams and serums to provide various benefits for the skin as well as deal with some skin problems.
Niacinamide Benefits for Skin Care
Surprisingly, when used in skin care products, Niacinamide has several benefits for the skin and especially for those people who have acne prone or aging skin.
It works for the treatment of acne, helps control sebum, which contributes to acne breakouts, and reduces the size of the pores. In addition, Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce the redness and soreness of those acne breakouts.
Users who use Niacinamide creams and serums report that they have fewer acne breakouts when using products with this ingredient.
B3 also blocks the melanosomes (cells with melanin) from coming up to the upper layers of the skin and controls the even spreading of the melanin on the skin. By functioning like that, it is able to lighten hyper pigmentation and deal with dark spots.
In addition, it can reduce the inflammation and dryness which are linked both to Psoriasis and Rosacea. It also works as a moisturizer to keep skin soft and retain moisture.
When used as an anti-aging ingredient because of its antioxidant properties, it provides deep moisturization, promoting the production of fatty acids, ceramides and collagen in the skin.
Therefore, it is able not only to fight dry skin which can make your skin more prone to aging but it can also provide you with a more youthful brighter looking skin.
What is the Difference Between Niacin and Niacinamide?
Niacin and Niacinamide are both water soluble forms of vitamin B3. According to WebMD, Niacin is converted to Niacianamide in the body when it is taken in bigger amounts that what it is actually needed by the body, but of course here we are talking about taking this vitamin internally.
In the case of B3 applied topically on the skin and from what I was able to find, skin care products mainly contain Niacinamide in different percentages.
Niacinamide Cream Vs. Niacinamide Serum
When trying to decide between a Niacinamide cream and a Niacinamide serum, your choice is going to come down to which of the two is more easily absorbed, how large of percentage of Niacinamide you want in your skin care product and what other ingredients are included in the cream or serum.
Firstly, normal serums get better absorbed by the skin compared to creams. In the case of B3 serums, we can still have better absorbency although some of those serums are more like a thick liquid whereas others are actually in a cream form.
Additionally, serums carry the main ingredients in a more concentrated form which can obviously prove to be more effective. Normally, Niacinamide serums have a higher percentage of Niacinamide which is combined with other ingredients that one can find in anti aging serums such as hyaluronic acid and other vitamins.
Other natural and organic ingredients are also included in those good quality serums which work towards protecting and improving your skin’s appearance even more.
Niacinamide creams are products made of a number of ingredients of which Niacinamide should be the main ingredient mentioned in the top of the list if you are looking for a cream that has a high percentage of B3.
Normally, the Niacinamide percentage is less in the creams than in serums, but the products contain some other ingredients that work synergistically with B3 to provide even better results for your skin.
Dermatologists suggest that you start with a B3 cream or a serum that contains a low percentage of Niacinamide in order to ensure that there is no negative reaction like redness or skin peeling.
In conclusion, thinking of adding Niacinamide or vitamin B3 products in your skin care can prove to be very beneficial especially if you want to deal with aging or your skin is prone to acne.