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In the ever-changing world of skincare, trendy ingredients come and go, and come back again. Niacinamide is an ingredient that has been loved for some time. Now it is in the spotlight again, with TikTok skinfluencers raving about how it has transformed their complexion.

This is because it is proven to work on a number of skin issues. These range from softening fine lines and brightening skin, to improving hydration and supporting the skin barrier. 

Niacinamide is a multi-tasking ingredient and in my opinion, it should be added to your skincare routine. This year we have seen an upward trend of many making use of multi-functional products. Thus, I am not surprised that Niacinamide is the topic of conversation once again.

We are seeing that our customers want to opt for a few really good products that get the job done, rather than having to invest in multiple products. We just don’t have the time anymore! That being said, they are still interested in trying more products and experiencing their benefits. Thus, one should expect more product options, but a shorter skincare routine.

Whether you are already incorporating Niacinamide into your skincare routine or are completely new to the ingredient, it is always a good idea to be fully informed about what you’re putting on to your skin.  

What exactly is Niacinamide, and how does it benefit the skin?

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 found in foods such as meat, eggs, milk, fish, and dark, leafy vegetables. When it comes to the skin,

Niacinamide has been shown to be beneficial both when taken orally and when used topically. When used topically, the benefits include: 

  • Brightening hyperpigmentation: It helps improve discoloration by blocking tyrosinase, the key enzyme responsible for excess pigment production.
  • Fortifies the skin barrier: It boosts the natural production of ceramides — aka lipids, or fats — in your skin, thus improving the skin’s barrier function.
  • Hydrates: By supporting the skin’s barrier, it also helps protect against moisture loss and leaves the skin hydrated.

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  • Keeps skin youthful: It has been shown to reverse and prevent signs of aging skin by increasing collagen production and decreasing UV damage as an antioxidant.
  • Treating acne: It helps balance sebum production and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, making it a great ingredient for those with acne-prone skin.
  • Calms: Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for soothing skin conditions like rosacea and eczema.

How should I use Niacinamide?

Since it is so well-tolerated by all skin types, you can safely incorporate Niacinamide in both your morning and evening routine, every day of the week. While the ingredient doesn’t tend to cause irritation, I would advise my patients to start with a concentration of 2-5% and increase if needed. 

As for when to use it in your routine, it’s found in all kinds of skincare products. This includes serums, moisturizers, and cleansers, so it all depends on what form you’re using. 

Are there any ingredients I shouldn’t mix with Niacinamide?

Another great thing about this popular ingredient is that it pairs well with other skin-brightening antioxidants, like vitamin C, which is why they’re frequently used together in products. Research also shows that the way Niacinamide keeps skin calm can even help counteract any irritation caused by active ingredients like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids.

These are my product suggestions that contain niacinamide: 

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Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic is a renowned specialist in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. With a focus on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers, he has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and is responsible for training many medical practitioners both locally and internationally. After receiving his MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand (1992) he went on to do an MBA at University of Cape Town (2000). With over 24 year in private practice, he has lectured and performed live demonstrations across the globe, including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw.  Some of his achievements include: Owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement Owner of online skincare store, com. Founding member of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy Advisor to Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics   Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa(AAMSSA) Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery(ASLMS).

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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