Niacinamide: What Can it ACTUALLY do for your skin?
Niacinamide is one of the two major forms of vitamin B3 found in supplements, and no, it’s not the same thing as niacin, but it can prevent vitamin D3 deficiency. This ingredient has been in the cosmetic industry for years, but recently it’s popped up more frequently and in a variety of different products. Niacinamide is the new skincare buzzword, but it does have some benefits for your skin. Let’s talk about them.
With any new hot ingredient, it can be overwhelming to figure out if it should be in your skincare routine or not. Every new skincare ingredient is promoted as perfect for most skin types, acne, and anti-aging, but what does niacinamide really do?
- Prevents skin cancer. Preventing skin cancer is a pretty big deal, and in a 2015 study, researchers gave 386 patience 500mg of niacinamide or a placebo twice daily for a whole year. All of the participants had already had at least two non-melanoma skin cancers within the previous five years, so they were at a high risk of having skin cancer again. The study showed that over the year, there were 23% fewer cases of skin cancer in the group that received the niacinamide compared to the ones who received the placebo. If you haven’t experienced skin cancer, then this may not have a big benefit to you. Still, if you have had multiple non-melanoma skin cancers in your life, then it could be beneficial to look into oral doses of niacinamide.
- Reducing acne, rosacea, and inflammation. There’s always the potential for a product with anti-inflammatory properties to be an appealing treatment for people suffering from acne, rosacea, or other inflammatory skin conditions. Research has suggested that a 2% dosage of topical niacinamide can inhibit the production of oil, which then could benefit people that deal with chronic acne. Niacinamide is also non-irritating, which makes it ideal for people who have dry or sensitive skin.
- Reducing hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and signs of aging. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of clinical studies on the effects of niacinamide for fine lines and wrinkles. The most detailed review was a study done in 2014 by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. This study had fifty women apply a moisturizer containing 5% of niacinamide to one half of their face and a placebo moisturizer to the other half for three months. The results were that the side of their face that received the niacinamide showed improvements with hyperpigmentation spots, wrinkles, and fine lines compared to the other side. While niacinamide may help with your hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, it may not be the best product for this task. However, if you suffer from sensitive skin, then looking into the use of niacinamide for this purpose may be helpful.
How to Use Niacinamide
Adding niacinamide to your skincare routine is very easy to do. All you have to do is purchase a product that has niacinamide as one of the ingredients and then apply it as recommended. You may experience mild irritation when you start using this product in your skincare routine, but with repeated use, it should go away. If the irritation doesn’t go away, then you should consult your dermatologist.
When seeking out a product with niacinamide, look for a product that has between 2% and 10% of this ingredient because most of the studies done on this ingredient were in that range. Right now, there is no prescription version of topical niacinamide, but this doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if all you want is a pure version of niacinamide. You can visit your dermatologist, and they can develop a prescription for you through a process called compounding. Compounding is where a pharmacist creates a new combination of medicine for a specific purpose. It can sometimes be cheaper than buying generic products, but the actual cost depends on your insurance and the available pharmacies in your area.
Niacinamide is a generally harmless ingredient, but it also can’t perform miracles. It has plenty of benefits, but the benefits aren’t exclusive. There are plenty of ingredients that can give you the benefits of niacinamide as well, such as vitamin C and retinol, but if you are suffering from sensitive skin, then niacinamide may be a good option for you. It’s also important to remember that while niacinamide excels in reducing inflammation, not every red spot on your face will be acne or rosacea. Before you institute this product into your skincare routine, you may want to visit a dermatologist to make sure it’s the best recommendation for your skin.
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Check out@jassintadoepost on her exploration on balancing family, creative work, and self-care in 2020. Share your own journey in 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review “From starting 2020 with a seven day old newborn baby and all the crazy hormones and changes to my body, skin and hair which goes with a new baby (yes, this is why I look exhausted and have something spilt on my top in the February photo 🙈😂) to a global pandemic which resulted in my husband working from home and suddenly needing to learn how to homeschool my older daughter this year has been crazy and challenging to adjust and find the right balance.”
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🤦🏻♀️Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth🙅🏻♀️
You have got great skin. But the one thing that stops you from stepping out naturally without any makeup is the dark skin around your mouth. Is this true? You have tried everything from DIYs to skin lightening creams. But the pigmentation around your mouth has remained your stubborn friend, right Why Is The Skin Around My Mouth Dark? 1. Hyperpigmentation 2. Weather Conditions Sun exposure and darkening of the skin. In very cold weather, if you lick your lips and the area around it too often, it can discolour the skin and make it look darker How Do You Get Rid Of Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth? 1. Exfoliate If you exfoliate the area around your mouth regularly with a gentle exfoliator, it can remove dead cells and help to lighten the skin. Opt for a chemical exfoliant as it will not scrape the skin which in turn may worsen the condition. 2. OTC Skin-Brightening Creams Skin brightening creams can be effective in reducing the dark area around the mouth. Look for ingredients such as glabridin (a licorice extract), kojic acid, vitamin C, grape seed extract, azelaic acid , arbutin, curcumin or niacinamide, These block the production of tyrosinase which is needed by the skin to make melanin. 3. Acid Peels Your dermatologist may use a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel to treat the dark skin around your mouth. However, these peels do not offer a permanent solution and the pigmentation can return. These peels penetrate deep into the skin to repair the damaged cells. Post treatment precautions like staying out of the sun, applying sunscreen and protecting the skin can make the effect of the peels last longer 6. Natural Remedies You can also use natural remedies to treat the dark skin around your mouth. Most of these natural ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Unless you have an allergy to any of these, you can try using them to get rid of the pigmented skin. ￼Exfoliate with Papaya Papaya has fruit acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids, which is a chemical exfoliantAHAs are used for dry skin and to anti-age, and works to improve skin by removing the top layers of the skin through weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells. ￼Soothe Skin and Reduce Spots with Almond Oil The presence of Vitamin E and niacin help with hyperpigmentation and improving skin tone,” she says. Because sweet almond oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) you can add it to your nightly routine as a makeup remover or moisturizer to help protect the skin barrier. ￼Reverse Photo Damage with Tomatoes Tomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which has multiple health benefits, including sun protection ￼Brighten with Yogurt breaks down dead skin cells thanks to lactic acid, which is found naturally in dairy products. Using a yogurt with cow’s milk could be effective in calming the skin, since it has lactic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA, which improves discoloration and age spots
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