Known as vitamin B3 and Nicotinamide, Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in the skin to help visibly improve enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface. (It’s different than Niacin which is the acid-form of the vitamin that causes “flushing”)
Just a few benefits of Niacinamide:
Helps build keratin, a protein that keeps skin firm and healthy.
Helps skin grow a ceramide lipid barrier which retains moisture.
Restores energy to the skin’s cells.
Repairs damaged DNA.
Anti-inflammatory properties lead to less redness.
Prevents the transfer of pigment in the skin which lessens hyper-pigmentation.
Works synergistically with other ingredients to boost results.
Protects against sun damage. It rebuilds cells while protecting it at the same time.
Get it in your diet.
Vitamin B3 is a water-soluble vitamin not synthesized in the body so you have to eat it to receive it’s benefits. It is found in meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, eggs, beans, milk and green vegetables. There are many vitamin B3 supplements on the market, I suggest consulting a naturopath to ensure you get the right one for your individual needs.
Receive a professional treatment.
Not too long ago I began offering the Vitamin B Energy Infusion facial treatment in my practice. I found this to be a great alternative to a peel, as it is less harsh and can be done on some sensitive skin clients. Meant for dull, sluggish, unresponsive skin, this treatment stimulates deeper dermal layers to release harmful buildup of cell waste and pigmentation.
This treatment is so potent it can continue to work in the skin for up to 5 days afterward!
Use a topical at home.
Using a topical Niacinamide serum at home can target your skin concerns. (I like 302 Plus Serum and 302 Eye Firming Serum) Niacinamide can reduce inflammation and hyper-pigmentation, improve texture and brighten the skin. Give it at least 4-8 weeks to see noticeable improvements.