Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B3 that is mainly found in cereals, meat and fruits - we have shown a selection above. So we take it continuously through food, which is necessary because it cannot be produced by the body itself.
Niacinamide does a lot for our organism: it is involved in all vital metabolic processes and supports, for example, the brain, pancreas health and joints.
Vitamin power for your skin
It is similarly versatile in terms of our skin metabolism: First of all, it protects your skin from water loss. This is because it supports the skin in the formation of ceramides and cholesterols. These are two essential components of the epidermis that help it bind water.
At the same time, niacinamide promotes the formation of collagen and thus significantly accelerates skin renewal. This puts it in the best company with retinol or fruit acids, which have a similar effect on the skin. This is why niacinamide complements many cosmetic formulations or skin care routines so excellently.
One vitamin, four modes of action
Here's an overview of what niacinamide can do for different skin conditions:
- Dry skin benefits from the fact that niacinamide increases its ability to retain moisture.
- For oily, blemished skin, niacinamide helps regulate the production of skin oil (sebum). In the 4 percent concentration we use, it also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Niacinamide prevents skin aging by stimulating and supporting the production of collagen. Fine wrinkles can thus be softened.
- Pigmentary disorders, for example in the form of sun damage, age spots or acne marks, are alleviated by niacinamide. Studies show a significant improvement in skin texture, skin redness and pigmentary shifts.
Conclusion: A real all-rounder!
Let's keep in mind - niacinamide is a real power vitamin and positively influences numerous functions of the skin:
- It strengthens the upper layers of the skin
- It helps the skin to bind moisture and lipids
- It regulates oily skin and relieves acne
- It evens out hyperpigmentation
- In concentrations above 3 percent, there is an additional wrinkle-reducing effect because niacinamide stimulates collagen formation.
The effect and tolerability of vitamin B3 has been proven by numerous independent clinical studies.