The benefits of niacinamide to visibly reduce acne scars

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Niacinamide is an important nutrient that has numerous skincare abilities and can assist with helping to reduce signs of acne-scarring. Those who experience acne-prone skin will understand the frustrations of unwanted blemishes that tend to appear at the most inconvenient times. Without proper care, the appearance of acne scars can be just as concerning and may last for longer periods of time. Incorporating nourishing ingredients, like niacinamide, can help to minimise the appearance of acne scars, by giving the skin the right nutrients to a balanced and healthy appearance. Learn about the benefits of niacinamide and start incorporating it into your daily skincare routine for acne-prone skin types.

So, what is niacinamide?


Niacinamide can also be referred to as nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 (niacin). It is a water-soluble nutrient that helps to visibly improve the skin and is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin. This key ingredient is able to help support the skin’s supply of ceramides to maintain the skin’s protective barrier which is essential for locking in moisture and keeping out skin irritants. An additional benefit of niacinamide is that it helps stimulate collagen production to help boost the skin’s volume, whilst also breaking down excess melanin to minimise the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. With all these different skin benefits in one ingredient, niacinamide is an extremely useful to target acne scars.

What is acne-scarring?


Acne-prone skin results from having persistent or frequent skin blemishes caused by oil (sebum ) trapped in congested pores. This trapped oil can be worsened through bacterial proliferation, leading to the formation of a pimple . Dependant on the person’s history, having these types of frequent breakouts can lead to the appearance of unwanted acne scars. There are two main types of acne scars that can occur: where there is a loss of skin tissue that leaves an indentation in the skin’s surface or a raised bump on the skin. Some acne scars are quite shallow and will repair relatively quickly, while others can be deeper and long-lasting without the support of proper skincare. Not everyone with acne-prone skin will experience acne scarring and it is usually a response the skin has to these frequent breakouts.

So, what is niacinamide?


Niacinamide can also be referred to as nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 (niacin). It is a water-soluble nutrient that helps to visibly improve the skin and is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin. This key ingredient is able to help support the skin’s supply of ceramides to maintain the skin’s protective barrier which is essential for locking in moisture and keeping out skin irritants. An additional benefit of niacinamide is that it helps stimulate collagen production to help boost the skin’s volume, whilst also breaking down excess melanin to minimise the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. With all these different skin benefits in one ingredient, niacinamide is an extremely useful to target acne scars.

Skincare products that can help minimise acne scarring:

Choosing the right products will help you achieve visibly nourished and healthy-looking skin. After understanding the ingredients to look out for, you can develop a skincare routine to combat your specific skin concerns. Our Effaclar range of dermatological oily skin solutions is formulated with key ingredients you need to manage oily and acne-prone skin types. Learn about some of the key products to care for acne-prone skin and minimise unwanted acne scars.

 

Use a cleanser for acne-prone skin

 

Enriched with niacinamide to visibly reduce the redness that can be associated with acne, the Effaclar H Cleansing Cream can remove impurities and build-ups without irritating the skin. With its creamy, light texture, this cleanser gently removes dirt, oil, makeup and unwanted build-ups to give your skin a clean start.

 

Infuse your skin with a nourishing facial serum

 

It’s important to nourish your skin after cleansing, by providing your face with the essential ingredients it needs for a balanced complexion. The Effaclar Salicylic Acid Serum is specially formulated for adults with acne-prone skin and can help soothe and protect the skin. Serums are concentrated skincare products that have targeted results and deliver caring ingredients into your skin for a visibly clearer complexion. 

 

Finish with a targeted skin moisturiser

 

To provide your skin with hydration, moisturising is a crucial step in skincare. The Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Acne Moisturiser has been developed for acne-prone skin types and includes niacinamide to minimise the appearance of acne scars. Apply a thin layer of moisturiser every morning and evening to bring back the skin’s vibrancy and volume.

 

Effaclar day & night combination use Duo+ Moisturiser every morning and Effaclar face serum at night for the best anti-wrinkle, anti-acne results.

 

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Extra tips to help prevent the formation of acne scars


While there are ways to minimise and manage acne scars, the best approach is to prevent them from forming in the first place. Find a few helpful tips below.

 

1. Avoid popping, squeezing or touching blemishes. Allow the skin’s natural cycle to take place without interfering and prompting additional damage.

2. Always apply SPF protection, this strengthens the skin against UV impact and allows the skin to become stronger and visibly healthier.

3. Apply sufficient moisturiser, it’s important to give the skin hydration for balanced skin.

4. Buy skincare products that are developed for acne-prone skin types, choosing skincare that meets your individual needs will help nourish your skin.

 

 

La Roche-Posay develops its skincare range with dermatologists to deliver targeted and science-based skincare. Browse the full range of La Roche-Posay face care to find skincare that suits your needs.

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