Health and Nutrition

Benefits of niacinamide

Updated 21/04/23

What is niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a type of B3 vitamin. It is an essential water-soluble vitamin (not synthesised in the body), meaning you have to eat foods rich in B3 to receive its benefits. It is found in foods like chicken breast, salmon, legumes and eggs. B3 is involved in over 40 biochemical reactions, crucial to the energy, repair, and homeostasis of cells.

Here are the top five niacinamide benefits for the skin:

1. Strengthens skin barrier

Your skin barrier is made up of lipids, ceramides and fatty acids. Together these components are responsible for keeping moisture in and foreign invaders like bacteria and free radicals out. Because niacinamide promotes the production of ceramides, vital components of the skin barrier, niacinamide helps to strengthen the skins barrier resulting in more hydrated, healthy skin.

2. Calm redness

Niacinamide has been shown to ease inflammation, which can help calm redness due to conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema. 

3. May reduce the appearance of pores

Niacinamide can help minimise the appearance of pores by helping to regulate the amount of oil your glands produce. Which in turn, can also prevent acne breakouts.

4. Treat dark spots

Niacinamide works to reduce oxidative cellular damage within skin cells which can also help lighten dark spots.

5. Reduce wrinkles and fine lines

The antioxidant properties in Niacinamide can help protect the skin and aid its recovery from damage due to factors like sun damage and polution.

6. Reduce skin cancer. 

Research shows Niacinamide can reduce the risk of developing a new basal cell carcinoma (BCC) by 20% and a new squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by 30%. 

How do I use niacinamide in my skin care routine?                  

Ready to add niacinamide into your own skin care routine? Try our Balancing mist, which is formulated with Niacinamide. Spray a fine mist over entire face and neck after cleansing. Maybe used throughout the day for an instant lift and radiant glow.

For more information on a “Benefits of Niacinamide” or to book a naturopathic consultation  contact B inspired healthy lifestyle.


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