Why You Should Be Using a Niacinamide Serum
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This ingredient is probably all you need. It can help tighten pores, lighten dark spots, fight signs of aging, and even control acne. Guess you don’t need more convincing.
Niacinamide serum is probably one of the skincare products you're not using yet but should definitely incorporate into your daily care routine. "If you're looking for an all-purpose ingredient, look no further," says Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologst based in Beverly Hills. "It can work on so many levels of the skin and improve so many conditions."
Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3. As Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist explains, it's a potent antioxidant, and adds that products that contain this powerful ingredient can make a huge difference in your complexion. "It helps even skin tone and improves the appearance of enlarged pores and dullness," she says.
"When applied on the skin, niacinamide can increase natural lipids while decreasing water loss," says William Kwan, MD, an ethnic skincare expert and dermatologist based in San Francisco. He points out the possible anti-inflammatory properties of this ingredient which are beneficial for those with rosacea and acne. Even better, it works as an effective anti-aging ingredient fighting the signs of aging, lightening the appearance of dark spots and melasma, says Dr. Shamban. "And all of the above without irritating the skin."
An important thing to note is that niacinamide shouldn't be used at the same time with skincare products that contain vitamin C. "Niacinamide turns into niacin when mixed with vitamin C," explains Dr. Jaliman. "Although not harmful, niacin is a substance that can cause short-term effects such as skin redness and tingling in people with sensitive skin." As long as you apply the two formulas at different times, one in the morning and the other one in the evening, there would be no need to worry, she adds.