Trending Ingredients: Niacinamide

Posted by Azadeh Shirazi MD on

We know there are a wide range of skincare ingredients that can be used to help the appearance and overall health of the skin. It can be tough to keep up with all of them and how they can benefit you. As one of the most trending ingredients in skincare right now, Niacinamide is so beloved by skin experts and the skincare community. But why? Let’s break down this ingredient and look at what it is, how to use it, and why. 

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is typically found in foods such as meats, dairy products, and fish. In skincare, it is an essential nutrient that helps support the function and structure of the skin barrier while also protecting against environmental damage. It is a popular ingredient in skincare not only because of its anti-aging benefits but its ability to target a variety of skin concerns such as 

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Redness and Inflammation

What Are the Benefits?

This ingredient has a domino effect of benefits. One of its most significant benefits is its ability to keep the skin barrier strong. Strengthening the skin barrier can prevent moisture loss and keep the skin hydrated, overall improving the tone and texture. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can be very useful for those with Acne or other skin conditions and its ability to reduce the production of sebum makes it ideal for those with oily skin.

Who Should Use It?

Those struggling with dry, dehydrated skin can benefit from this ingredient tremendously as it is great for locking moisture and repairing the skin barrier. If you are looking for a great anti-aging routine, incorporating comprehensive products with niacinamide can also be very beneficial. It is also a recommended daily supplement for those that have a lot of sun damage or a higher risk of skin cancer as it has been shown to have protective effects against UV sun damage.

I suggest using products with less than 5% niacinamide as greater concentrations do not offer more benefits and can potentially cause irritation such as redness and rebound oil production.

 Who Should NOT Use It?

Generally, niacinamide is a safe ingredient for most skin types, including those that have sensitive skin. However, in higher concentrations, it can be irritating to some skin types and may lead to the worsening of acne. 

Everyone's skin is different and I always suggest testing a small area of the skin before fully applying any potentially irritating products.

How Should I Use it?

Niacinamide can be found in a variety of products like moisturizers, serums, and toners. If you’re looking to treat a specific skin concern, serum form may be best for you. If you’re wanting to address any dehydration in the skin a moisturizer like Restore would be a great addition to your skincare routine. All of these types of products can be incorporated into your skincare routine morning or night. I believe it to pair well with other actives such as retinol or vitamin c rather than a stand alone product. 

I have a youtube video dedicated to the use and benefits of moisturizers and serums that might help you when deciding on how to incorporate a new product into your routine. Watch it below!

Dr. Azi’s Recommended Products:

  • SkinTyte Serum: Patients adore this product, even those with Rosacea. It combines Niacinamide with potent anti-aging ingredients such as Copper-Proline-Lysine Complex shown clinically to activate resting fibroblasts to produce elastin and collagen in the dermis. + >150% increase in elastin, >170% increase in collagen type I, >190% increase in Collagen type III all after 10 days. 
  • Elta MD UV Clear: Daily moisturizer with SPF and Niacinamide in a light fast absorbing cream. Acne patients love this as Niacinamide helps reduce inflammation associated with acne. 
  • Restore: provides deep hydration with age defying benefits to nourish dry skin back to healthy glowing skin.  
  • Ultra Hydrating Duo: Antioxidant luxurious cleanser coupled with Restore moistuirizer, a restorative cream for the ultimate skin nourishment. 

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  • Hey Azi!

    I just read your post and I couldn’t agree more – Niacinamide is definitely a gentle skincare hero!

    I’m really getting into niacinamide these days, and I’d love to explore more options. For anyone else looking to do the same, I’d recommend checking out this post on the Best Niacinamide Serums. It’s a great guide to finding the perfect serum:

    Thanks for sharing your niacinamide wisdom.
    Looking forward to more of your skincare adventures.

    SokoGlow on

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.