What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide, is a form of vitamin B3 found in food and used as a dietary supplement and medication. When applied topically or taken orally as a supplement, niacinamide has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, helping to treat acne. It is a water-soluble vitamin that works with your skin's natural substances to help visibly reduce enlarged pores, smooth uneven skin tone, tighten open pores, soften fine lines and wrinkles, strengthen the barrier of your skin and reduce dullness.
How does it work?
Niacinamide reduces the impact of environmental damage because of its ability to strengthen the weakened areas of your skin. It is the protector of our skin and helps us to understand our skin’s barrier by keeping irritants and pollution away while oil and water stay locked in.
Why I should use it?
Niacinamide is compatible with other skincare products that we often use like Vitamin C, AHAs, BHA, and etc. The composition is unique and fits into the general skincare lines. Niacinamide is a version of vitamin B3, which can brighten the complexion, erase wrinkles, reduce moisture loss and dehydration, improve elasticity, and fight inflammation, by helping your skin improve its natural production of skin-strengthening ceramides. Ceramides aid in forming a barrier to prevent permeability. This locks in your skin moisture which helps to prevent dryness and irritation and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Those benefits can have effects on anti-aging. When skin is dry, fine lines and wrinkles often become more noticeable.
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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a great serum to target breakouts, minimize pores and decongest confused complexions as it can help soothe irritation and even out the skin tone. It helps regulate the production of sebum, fighting blemishes and healing scars. Because it is water-based this serum should be added before any heavier oils or creams. Apply it after cleansing and use it for best results in both morning and evening.
We often forget that our scalp is also part of our skin and it needs to be taken care of as well. Dr.FORHAIR's Folligen Shampoo is a daily vitamin B shampoo that prevents hair loss, thickens the hair and revitalizes scalp & strengthens hair root, helping to restore shine for strong and manageable hair.
Don't forget to checkout Gehring's "Nicotinic acid/niacinamide and the skin" and Dermatol's "How Much Do We Really Know About Our Favorite Cosmeceutical Ingredients?" for more in-depth analysis and we have used them as references.
US Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes and its Panel on Folate, Other B Vitamins, and Choline. Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington DC: National US Academies Press 1998 on Niacin.