If you have established a skincare regime, you’re likely familiar with niacinamide. If you’ve never heard of this ‘super vitamin’, niacinamide can be found in all sorts of skincare formulas from cleansers and serums to thick moisturising creams. This is the case for good reason – niacinamide has widespread skin benefits. However, the variety of niacinamide products on offer can make understanding when and how to use niacinamide in a skincare routine a little complex.
The crux of this complexity comes down to one key question: what skin type is niacinamide good for? Since its benefits are so diverse, is niacinamide good for all skin types? Read on to learn the answers to these questions through a scientific lens, alongside some targeted La Roche-Posay product recommendations to match your skin type.
REFRESHER: WHAT IS NIACINAMIDE?
Here’s a quick refresher before we get into questions like ‘is niacinamide good for dry skin?’. Niacinamide is another name for vitamin B3, and its benefits are quite varied in comparison to ingredients that target one or two skin concerns. Niacinamide’s benefits include:
Regulating sebum production
Comforting the complexion
Supporting the skin moisture barrier.
Evening skin tone
Read our guide to the three things you need to know about niacinamide to learn more.
To build an understanding of how to use niacinamide serum for its benefits, it’s important to know the relationship between this ingredient and your skin type. So, what skin types does niacinamide suit best? Read on for a breakdown of how niacinamide works to benefit several different skin types.
IS NIACINAMIDE GOOD FOR DRY SKIN?
First up, what are the benefits of niacinamide for dry skin? When we think about targeting dry skin, we often think about thick creams and oils. However, one of the most efficacious ways to benefit dry skin is by supporting the skin moisture barrier to minimise water lost through the skin’s surface – which is exactly what niacinamide does.
Alongside skin moisture barrier support, niacinamide is helpful for ceramide production. Essential lipids called ceramides play an important role in the skin moisture barrier, and making niacinamide part of your skincare routine for dry skin on the face can help boost these.
If you have dry skin, we recommend trying our Toleriane Caring Wash Hydrating Cleanser, with a skin comforting formula featuring niacinamide. Follow up with our Toleriane Sensitive Riche Prebiotic Cream with niacinamide and shea butter for skin moisture barrier support.
IS NIACINAMIDE GOOD FOR OILY SKIN?
So, what happens when you use niacinamide for oily skin? Using this ingredient can help manage oily skin on multiple fronts. Niacinamide is known to help manage acne-prone skin by balancing sebum production and comforting existing blemishes. If you have oily skin, you may also have visibly enlarged pores - but the good news is that niacinamide can help minimise this concern, too.
Those with oily skin may find Effaclar Anti-Acne Salicylic Acid Serum to be well-suited to their concerns. This facial serum combines exfoliating salicylic acid, glycolic acid and LHA with niacinamide to comfort oily complexions.
IS NIACINAMIDE GOOD FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?
If your skin is reactive, introducing niacinamide for sensitive skin can help to minimise redness and discomfort.
There are many niacinamide products available that are formulated specifically for sensitive skin, like our Pure Niacinamide 10 Serum for Dark Spots. This formula is powerful in its ability to help even out skin tone, yet gentle enough for sensitive skin. We also recommend Toleriane Gentle Cream Dermo-Cleanser and our Toleriane Dermallergo Overnight Sensitive Moisturiser for a complete, niacinamide-enriched night skincare routine for sensitive skin types.
IS NIACINAMIDE GOOD FOR COMBINATION SKIN?
Last but not least, how can niacinamide help you if you have combination skin? If niacinamide for dry skin is beneficial and it’s helpful for oily skin too, of course combination skin can also see benefits from this powerful yet comforting ingredient.
We recommend our Retinol B3 Anti-Ageing Serum for those with combination skin as it combines potent skin-resurfacing retinol with niacinamide for skin moisture barrier support. This formula has benefits for both the oily and dry areas of your complexion. Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream is also suitable for combination skin, with a formula featuring niacinamide for comfort and sphingobioma to support the skin microbiome.
Stay In Touch