A Guide to Niacinamide | Vitamin B3
by Rodrigo Diaz
A year ago
Niacinamide is a skincare ingredient that you might not be familiar with, but in reality, it's been a staple for dermatologists for years. This multi-result ingredient is actually vitamin B3. In dermatologist circles, it's known for being extremely effective for treating acne, redness, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging, while being compatible with all skin types.
Currently, GOA Skincare’s products containing Niacinamide are the Collagen+Control Face Serum, Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Boost Serum, and Purifying Face Cleanser. We've added this ingredient as part of our Anti-Vice formulation initiative. Let's dive in deeper into the direct effects of niacinamide with our guest, Dr. Ava Shaman, a board-certified dermatologist and founder AVA MD Clinics in L.A.
What Is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is one of two forms of vitamin B3; the other being Niacin. It's a water-soluble nutrient, which means that works in conjunction with the natural substances in your skin, making it an extremely effective in skincare products for treating a number of conditions.
"It's a super vitamin in the vitamin B family because it's multi-dimensional in terms of how it can support the skin," says Dr. Ava Shamban.
What are the Benefits of Niacinamide?
This ingredient is unique because it plays both offense and defense. "Niacinamide can help fight off environmental stresses and repair damages while reducing visible signs of rapid-aging," explains Dr. Shamban. “Some conditions that can be treated with the ingredient include acne, eczema, and rosacea.” She says that vitamin B3 works for a number of skincare concerns including large pores, uneven skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Niacinamide also works for extremely dry skin because it helps restore moisture loss and dehydration on the skin's surface. "The topical application of niacinamide has been shown to boost the hydrating ability of moisturizers and support retention capacity so the skin surface can better resist transepidermal water loss," says Dr. Shamban.
Who Should Use Niacinamide?
Vitamin B3 is great for all skin types and all ages; even those who suffer from inflammatory conditions like rosacea because of its calming properties.
Dr. Shamban says you won't see instant results from using niacinamide, but typically, she finds that patients see a difference in their skin within 30 days or less.
How to Use Niacinamide?
Dr. Shamban recommends looking for formulations that also contain hyaluronic acid or squalene to get the benefits of vitamin B3 plus a boost of hydration. These can also be found in GOA Skincare’s Purifying Face Cleanser and the Anti-Vice Face Set and Collection.
Ingredients to Avoid While Using Niacinamide?
"Niacinamide is uniquely compatible with any and all of the products in your skincare routine," says Dr. Shamban. It is a great booster in that it supports tour products, therefore they'll work in tandem with advanced care products including those that contain retinol, peptides, any of the acids (hyaluronic acid, AHAs PHA's and BHA's), and other types of antioxidants."
While niacinamide can be the best ingredient that's missing from your current skincare routine, it's always best to consult your dermatologist if you're experiencing irritation from using it, or you're unsure of introducing new products into your routine.