Why Niacinamide is the ingredient you need in your skincare regime

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Raved about by dermatologists and beauty experts alike, Niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, is worthy of its reputation as a skincare all rounder. Let us tell you why… 

Niacinamide essentially strengthens the skin’s barrier to protect it from the likes of pollutants, irritants, aggressors and UV rays – and promotes a healthier appearance too. Plus, because it’s ingredients are suitable for all ages from teenagers upwards, it can be used on ALL skin types (even those with sensitive skin!)

It can be found in a countless products such as toners, serums, moisturisers and solutions, so there are multiple ways to introduce it into your daily skincare routine and thankfully it will work alongside, rather than against, a huge range of skincare properties found in existing products including retinol, peptides, hyaluronic acid, AHAs BHA, and all antioxidants.

But, how does it actually work?

Applied topically, Niacinamide actively encourages the skin to produce more ceramides which are lipids that hold skin cells together. Ceramides not only help to create the skin’s protective barrier but they retain moisture too which plumps the skin as a result. Because  levels of ceramides decrease as you get older, often leading to fine lines and a sallow appearance, using a Niacinamide-infused product is a brilliant way to really boost the levels back up again.

For those that suffer from breakouts or uneven skin tone, the ingredients will also help to reduce redness, regenerate the skin’s surface (particularly targeting age and sun spots) and work against hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage.

Below, we’ve round up the Niacinamide-containing products worth investing in so that you can reap the benefits…

Dark spots, age spots and hyperpigmentation

Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, Murad, £70

Reducing redness and blemishes

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, The Ordinary, £5

Pore reducing

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner, Paula’s Choice, £17


Porebright N10 Serum, Facetheory, £12.99


Hydration Serum with Niacinamide, Verso, £79