Vitamins C and E are frequently mentioned in the skincare industry. But there’s another factor to consider: niacinamide. Niacinamide is a type of vitamin B that may help with acne and the overall appearance of your skin. Continue reading to find out more about this potentially skin-friendly vitamin.
Niacinamide, an ordinary Pakistan product, is an anti-inflammatory that reduces acne-related swelling and redness. It also controls the acne-causing oil produced by your skin’s glands. Furthermore, it regulates skin tone and can help fade the red, purple, and brown marks left by acne.
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What is niacinamide?
Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is necessary for adequately functioning fats and sugars in your body. It is a vitamin B complex component, referred to as B3, and is related to niacin. The use of niacinamide in beauty products is due to its long list of beneficial skin benefits.
Niacinamide can be obtained from foods such as eggs, milk, beans, fish, and green vegetables. In addition to eating this vitamin, you can get it through topical applications, as niacinamide is found in some over-the-counter skincare products. The price of ordinary niacinamide in Pakistan is between 2,200 and 3,800 rupees.
Niacinamide’s Skin Health Benefits
As previously stated, niacinamide can be found in various skincare products, but what exactly does niacinamide do? It’s a Swiss Army knife for skin conditions ranging from wrinkles and fine lines to acne and redness, improving your skin’s overall appearance.
Acne prevention and treatment:
Niacinamide (2% topical) may reduce your skin’s sebum (oil) production. Because excess oil can cause acne, niacinamide’s ability to regulate oil production may aid in preventing and treating breakouts, particularly in people with oily skin. It may also complement other acne treatments.
Our epidermis, or skin barrier, performs various functions, including keeping out potential sources of infection (such as viruses and bacteria) and preventing water loss to keep you hydrated. Topically applied niacinamide may help maintain this function and keep your skin moisturized.
Treatments containing niacinamide are frequently used as part of a larger acne treatment regimen. These regimens entail systematically using acne treatments and sometimes other products to maximize effectiveness. It’s important to remember that not all acne treatments can be used safely together, so consult your pharmacist or healthcare provider before beginning or combining any treatments.
Protection Against Sun Damage and Pollution:
Environmental factors such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation and pollution harm your skin by causing the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Although your skin has some antioxidant functions that protect it from sun damage, topical niacinamide can provide additional protection and aid in reducing ROS formation. Furthermore, niacinamide can help your skin fight DNA damage caused by the sun’s UV rays.
How to Apply Niacinamide to Acne
You can obtain this form of vitamin B3 through diet, but topical niacinamide products may also benefit your skincare routine. Topical products with concentrations ranging from 2% to 5% have been shown in studies to improve the appearance of the skin, so look for products in this range. Your skin type may determine the appropriate concentration for you.
Cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams, toners, and even niacinamide serums are among the many niacinamide products available. Some products contain as much as 10% of this B vitamin.
Because niacinamide may cause some irritation initially, you must use products containing this ingredient as directed. If you have susceptible skin, consult with a dermatologist about how to incorporate these products into your routine.
Side Effects of Niacinamide:
The majority of clinical studies indicate that niacinamide is safe. Even with topical forms, side effects are possible. Minor side effects of topical niacinamide include mild burning, itching, redness, and irritation. Because it circulates throughout the body, oral niacinamide may cause more side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, and heartburn.
When you first start using niacinamide products, you may experience some redness and irritation. Some of this may be normal and will fade with time. Still, persistent irritation may indicate that you’re using too much niacinamide or a product with too high a concentration of niacinamide for your skin type.
If you notice irritation, consult your dermatologist or healthcare provider. They can clarify a standard transition period for your product and when you may need to consider a different outcome.
Niacinamide is typically considered safe and well-tolerated when used in skincare products. Like any skincare product, some people may develop irritation or other undesirable effects. Any new product should be patch-tested before being used on a larger scale, and use should be discontinued if any side effects arise.
Niacinamide is found in skin care products in quantities ranging from 2-5%. Serums, creams, and toners, among other things, contain it. It may contain anti-inflammatory qualities that could help with acne treatment. It may aid in the reduction of sebum, a form of skin oil that contributes to acne. Consult a dermatologist if you have any other concerns. You can also contact our experts by leaving a comment below.