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Niacinamide Spotlight

This Is the Vitamin Every Skin Needs

You probably already know that Vitamin C is a magic bullet for bright and healthy looking skin. And you’ve no doubt heard of the anti-ageing benefits of retinol (Vitamin A).

But did you know there’s a B-vitamin that’s just as beneficial? It might be a bit of a tongue-twister, but get used to it, because niacinamide (Vitamin B3) really is the ingredient on everyone’s lips.

Here’s everything you need to know about the many benefits of niacinamide for your skin.

It helps reduce redness and sensitivity.

If you suffer from red, sensitive or even rosacea-prone skin, you’ll benefit from a daily dose of niacinamide. “This is due to niacinamide’s ability to increase ceramide production and help strengthen the skin’s barrier function,” says La Roche-Posay skincare expert, Rachel McAdam. “Which means less vital moisture escapes, and fewer of the pollutants, allergens and environmental irritants that can cause nasty flare-ups are able to penetrate the skin.”

Try: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Sensitive Eye Contour and Toleriane Ultra Overnight to soothe sensitivity and strengthen your skin as you sleep.

It soothes acne and helps manage oily skins.

“With known soothing properties, niacinamide is a key ingredient in our acne range,” says Rachel. B3 benefits oily and acne skins in several ways: it helps to regulate sebum production; it reduces the redness of pimples; and it minimises the appearance of large pores. Not bad for one little ingredient!

Try: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus to provide matte hydration to oily skins, while unclogging pores and tackling the root causes of acne.

It promotes an even skin tone.

To appear youthful, a bright and even skin tone is just as desirable as the absence of wrinkles. Thankfully, niacinamide helps prevent hyperpigmentation by inhibiting transfer of melanosomes from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Vitamin B3 can work both to prevent pigmentation, and for the treatment of existing pigmentation.

Unlike many pigment targeting ingredients, niacinamide is well tolerated by all skin types, and can be part of a long-term skincare regime.

Try: La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum to help fade dark spots and unify the complexion.

Stable and well tolerated, niacinamide is an incredibly beneficial ingredient for numerous skin concerns. It can be used morning and night to strengthen, brighten, soothe and rejuvenate most skin types.
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