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Your Guide to Niacinamide in Skincare

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With a wealth of comforting, mild acne-prone and anti-ageing benefits, topical niacinamide (or vitamin B3) is increasingly recommended for skincare routines for a variety of skin types.

The benefits of niacinamide translate to a number of skin types and the ingredient is typically suitable for everyone (including those with sensitive skin). If you’ve recently heard about it and are wondering whether you should include niacinamide in skincare, there are a number of compelling reasons to consider.

So, what does niacinamide do for skin? In this article, we walk through the benefits, ideal application, and products which feature in a skincare routine with niacinamide.

niacinamide serum


Vitamin B3 is a strengthening and supportive nutrient, but it isn’t produced naturally by our bodies, which means that its benefits can only be received via topical application or ingestion. Niacinamide (also sometimes called nicotinamide) is a specific version of vitamin B3. Niacinamide in skin is a water-soluble property and works alongside skin’s natural substances to visibly improve skin’s strength. Being water-soluble, niacinamide is easily absorbed by the body, helping skin to take on its benefits.

niacinamide skincare benefits


Niacinamide’s frequent mention in the skincare world is largely thanks to its wide range of uses. So, what is niacinamide good for? The primary function of the nutrient is as a brightening and strengthening agent. This supports skin in a few ways:

Does niacinamide help wrinkles? Vitamin B3’s role as a potent antioxidant can be helpful in protecting against signs of premature ageing in skin like fine lines and wrinkles. Especially in Australia, UV radiation places a large amount of stress on skin. Niacinamide helps to address apparent stress and protect against future impacts. To reduce the appearance of fine lines, you can implement Retinol B3 Anti-Ageing Serum, with gradual-release retinol alongside niacinamide. 

Does niacinamide help with blemishes? The placement of niacinamide in oily and mild acne-prone skincare routines can bring about visible results, especially as it relates to pore size and acne-related marks. The ingredient helps to balance pores, encouraging enlarged pores to return to their original size. This aids in preventing clogged pores and blemishes. To reduce the appearance of blemishes and imperfections, Effaclar Anti-Acne Salicylic Acid Serum is a targeted serum formulated specially for the skin concern.

Does niacinamide even skin tone? Skin tone and texture can be impacted in a number of ways – including redness in skin for sensitive skin types, dullness in dry skin types and dark spots, which can be experienced by all skin types. Niacinamide assists with all of the above by combatting the transfer of pigment, strengthening the skin moisture barrier and promoting brightening hydration. To address and improve the appearance of dark spots, Mela B3 Niacinamide Serum For Dark Spots combines vitamin B3 with hyaluronic acid and HEPES to hydrate and even tone.  

woman using niacinamide


How and when to use niacinamide differs depending on your skin type and intended outcome. The ingredient is versatile enough to be implemented in different skincare products and gentle enough to use niacinamide with other potent ingredients. See how to formulate a skincare routine with niacinamide for your goals below.

lipikar with nicainamide


One of the main uses of niacinamide in skincare is to improve epidermal performance. It does this by boosting the production of lipid molecules called ceramides. Ceramides help to keep skin plump and supple and encourage moisture retention, while a healthy skin moisture barrier enables the skin to better defend itself against pollution, allergens and other impurities. 

How to use niacinamide on dry skin

The above functions can be hugely beneficial for those with typically dry skin. We recommend implementing a niacinamide-infused body moisturiser like Lipikar AP+M Body Balm Cream, which is designed to deeply hydrate and replenish the skin moisture barrier. For the face, Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin enhances fragile skin with niacinamide and sphingobioma – providing comfort and promoting the eye contour area. 

moisturiser with niacinamide


With so many potential benefits, can niacinamide be used on sensitive skin? As sensitive skin typically experiences a weakened skin moisture barrier, incorporating niacinamide can help towards improving your skin’s resilience. A powerful antioxidant, niacinamide also protects skin against sensitising environmental factors like UV radiation. 

How to use niacinamide on sensitive skin

As niacinamide promotes skin moisture barrier strength, it can be implemented in sensitive skin routines to improve overall look and feel. Toleriane Sensitive Prebiotic Moisturiser contains niacinamide alongside calming La Roche-Posay thermal water and hydrating glycerin, to deeply nourish and moisturise sensitive skin. For the especially fragile eye area, Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin combines the ingredient with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and sphingobioma to provide anti-ageing and hydrating support. 


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