Is there anything niacinamide can’t do? Also known as Vitamin B3, here are just some of the benefits it can provide our skin:
- improves the moisture barrier by increasing the levels of ceramide and fatty acids in our skin, thus reducing transepidermal water loss (source)
- reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (source, source)
- reduces hyperpigmentation, redness, and dullness with a 5% solution (source, source)
- protects against free radical damage from UV rays (source)
- increases the production of collagen (source)
As you can see, the research on the benefits of niacinamide is overwhelming, and unlike retinol or ascorbic acid, it won’t irritate the skin. On the contrary it’s ability to reduce redness and splotchiness makes it an excellent ingredient for even sensitive skin.
Terms to look for: nicotinic acid, niacin, or nicotinamide