You may not have heard of the ingredient Niacinamide – a form of Vitamin B3 – by name, but there is a possibility that you have already applied it to your face , The ingredient has been a staple of skincare products for literally years but has recently come into the limelight as a shining star, especially for individuals prone to outbreaks or sensitive skin types. Niacinamide is also water-soluble, making it a simple ingredient for cleansers, serums, creams or sunscreens. Shasa Hu, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at Miami University, reports SELF.
Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties that help in topical application to minimize the effects of acne and moderate rosacea. If this is not impressive enough, the ingredient can also neutralize free radical damage, preventing skin cancer, wrinkles and wrinkles. "The amount of niacinamide in products varies in formulations and depends on what other ingredients the product contains," says Marnie B. Nussbaum, MD, a clinical lecturer in dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. "There are topical formulations between two and ten percent."
If you are considering trying it at home, but are not sure where to start, look at some of these over-the-counter niacinamide products that dermatologists swear by. [1