There are many vitamins that are used in skincare and are super effective as well. One of the most used and sworn by is Vitamin B. Vitamin B3 is the most used in skincare products and commonly known as Niacinamide.

 

Natural Sources of Niacin/Niacinamide

Foods containing tryptophan can help increase niacin intake, as tryptophan is an amino acid that gets converted by the body into niacin. These foods include poultry, red meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Note that niacin in grains is present in the bran of whole grains. This is why we need to eat grains in their whole state. The refining process will remove niacin. When you eat white pasta, rice, or corn you won’t get any vitamin B3.

 

Niacinamide Benefits

  • Vitamin B3 Boosts the Immunity of Your Skin

There are cells in your skin known as Langerhans cells. They are responsible for the protection and repair mechanisms of your skin. They are shy little guys, and when you expose your skin to the sun, especially when you burn your skin, they temporarily retreat leaving the skin without its natural immunity against invading microbes or the safeguards against the activity of precancerous lesions.

  • Vitamin B3 Improves Epidermal Barrier Performance

Everything about your skin is better when the epidermal lipid barrier is functioning at its peak. Your lipid barrier helps retain moisture, keeps it hydrated for longer and will protect your skin from the harshness of the environment, regardless of the time of year. Niacinamide increases the production of ceramides (an essential component of your lipid barrier), keeping the skin strong and preventing Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL).

  • Vitamin B3 Improves Redness and Blotchiness in the Skin

With an improved epidermal lipid barrier, the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from external aggressors becomes vastly improved. Over time and with a daily application of a Niacinamide formulation, improvements in skin structure will reduce redness, blotchiness and sensitivity brought about by exposure to the environment due to a poorly functioning barrier.

  • Vitamin B3 Regulates Oil Flow

When your skin retains its natural moisture with a well-functioning lipid barrier, the natural oil flow of the skin becomes controlled. So, if you have oily skin, rather than trying to wash it scrupulously away and exacerbate the problem, consider topically applied Niacinamide as an essential factor in getting any excessive oil flow under control.

  • Vitamin B3 Protects Skin From Infrared Light

Niacinamide protects the skin from the infrared heat of the sun. Along with the damaging effects of UV exposure, infrared activates free radicals and stimulates an overproduction of pigmented cells, and if your pigmentation is hormonal, heat is a big problem. Niacinamide protects the skin from heat.

  • Vitamin B3 Helps in Hyperpigmentation

The transfer of pigment (melanosomes) from your melanocytes to the surrounding skin of your epidermis is known as a tan. However, over time, this activity becomes dysfunctional, and many of us end up with uneven, blotchy pigmentation rather than a golden tan. If your skin has become susceptible to hyperpigmentation, then Niacinamide will assist in the reduction of uneven pigmentation by slowing down the transfer of melanin to your skin’s epidermis. Including this smart ingredient into any hyperpigmentation treatment plan is a must do!

  • Vitamin B3 Minimize Lines and Wrinkles

Niacinamide boosts collagen production. Along with the improvement of the skin’s lipid barrier comes an increase in cell differentiation which contributes to better synthesis and formation of collagen and elastin. Music to my ears!!

  • Vitamin B3 Treats Dull and Sallow Skin

While many antioxidants prevent damage caused by oxidative stress and AGE’s, Niacinamide goes one step further and reverses the visible signs brought about by the onslaught. As time goes by and with the constant exposure to free radicals and glycation, the skin can appear dull and sallow with a sad loss of radiance. You don’t want that! Niacinamide as an antioxidant reduces the negative impact of oxidative stress and improves the skin’s ability to fight back. You definitely want that!

How to Use Niacinamide Serum

Many beauticians use Niacinamide to take care of stubborn age spots. Beyond just fighting age spots, vitamin B serum is also big on fighting free radicals (which comes in handy for those often exposed to ultra violet rays and sunlight) using its anti-oxidant properties.

Niacinamide serum increases collagen production in the body and improves skin pigmentation while leaving you with a natural but even skin tone. Its ability to fade signs of aging mark this vitamin out as a favourite helped by the fact that it improves the skin’s outer layer function, treats rosacea, reduces inflammation (inflammatory rosacea and acne were successfully treated by Niacinamide in lab trials) and is also a sure bet to improve the skin’s moisture level and barrier. Oh, you can also add the possible prevention of skin cancer by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes.

Further and thorough research has shown that niacinamide’s effect on inflammation is made possible by inhibiting the release of mast cell histamine, radiators plus neutrophil chemotaxis.

The best way to use a Niacinamide based serum is to use one pump and apply it to your face after washing it with a light cleanser.

 

Potential Cure for Skin Care

It is important to note that not all topical niacin products are created equal. Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it is unable to deeply penetrate the fatty layers of the skin on its own. Therefore, it is essential to use a fat-soluble, or lipophilic, form of the vitamin.

A few products have been proven so effective that they were chosen for independent research by the National Cancer Institute as a potential skin cancer prevention agent. According to studies, since bioactive niacin repairs damaged cells, it can also help induce apoptosis, a natural process that prevents damaged cells from reproducing, potentially limiting the risk for skin cancer.

Niacinamide Side Effects

For the sheer research that has been invested in this skin care booster (one of the most researched about boosters of all) ensures that errors or after effects are barely existent and as such one of the safest and most efficient skin care boosters out there.

Have you had any experience with Vitamin B3? If yes then let us know down below in the comments!