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Niacinamide Skincare: What It Is, How it Works, & Who It’s For

Niacinamide Skincare: What It Is, How it Works, & Who It’s For

If you haven’t heard of niacinamide, get ready to meet your new skincare BFF. Known to reduce dark spots, clear blemishes, and brighten complexion, niacinamide is a powerhouse ingredient must-have. Not to mention, it's safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Ready to dive in? 

What is Niacinamide & How It Works on Your Skin 

Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide or vitamin B3 for skin, is a water-soluble vitamin that helps support many aspects of your skin (which is your largest organ!). Because it works in combination with your skin’s natural substances, it can help minimize large pores, improve uneven skin tone, boost hydration, calm redness, and treat dark spots—just to name a few benefits.  

Like the other 7 essential B vitamins, niacinamide has been around forever, despite its trendiness at the moment. After skin application, it’s broken down into a coenzyme (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is actually believed to be the reason niacinamide is so beneficial. Curious about what those exact benefits are? Read on!  

Niacinamide Benefits You Can’t Miss 

To start, every skin state can benefit from niacinamide, no matter your goals. Whether you have acne, blemishes, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, sensitive skin, dull skin, uneven skin tone, or something else—niacinamide can help. It’s an unbelievable ingredient that is easy to add to your routine and gives you major bang for your buck. 

Brighter skin & fewer dark spots 

If you have an uneven skin tone, dark spots, or excess redness in the face, a niacinamide serum can help. If the formula includes niacinamide in concentrations of 5% or more, you’ll see a reduction in the appearance of existing discoloration while keeping new dark spots from appearing. Plus, its anti-inflammatory effect can help calm redness due to acne, rosacea, and eczema.  

Minimized pores 

Niacinamide skincare products are likely best known for reducing the appearance of large pores.  But how is that even possible? Let’s discuss how pores get big to begin with. If your pores are getting backed up with oil and debris, you’ll get clogged, bumpy pores. Over time, your pores stretch to compensate for this build up. That’s where niacinamide skincare comes into play. With routine use, niacinamide can visibly tighten pores (aka return them to normal size) by clearing out bacteria and regulating oil production. 

Reduced wrinkles 

Next in the niacinamide benefit lineup: softened fine lines and wrinkles. Because the skin’s barrier loses ceramides and fatty acids as we age, we need something to replete lost moisture. And guess what? Niacinamide has been proven to boost the hydrating ability of your average face moisturizer while enhancing the function of your skin’s lipid barrier. A niacinamide moisturizer can help keep moisture locked in and keep environmental toxins out.   

Strengthened skin barrier 

A weakened skin barrier is often the result of harsh ingredients and environmental toxins.  And as we learned above, niacinamide can help reduce the impact of environmental damage due to its antioxidant properties. Plus, its ability to boost hydration means your skin can finally begin to heal from whatever damaged the barrier in the first place. Hello niacinamide, goodbye irritation! 

Choosing the Right Niacinamide Skincare Products 

Now that you’re sold on the benefits, you need to decide which niacinamide skincare product is for you. At Beekman 1802, we feature niacinamide in two products—so let’s break it down. 

Oh! Mega Milk Niacinamide Serum 

This fermented barrier boosting facial oil is deeply hydrating, supports a healthy microbiome, and strengthens the skin barrier. You can expect to transform dull, dry skin into a super healthy, hydrated, and radiant skin. With goat milk’s omega fatty acid and niacinamide’s healing properties, you will be left with deep moisturization, improved skin texture, and the disappearance of dark spots. We know, it seems counterintuitive to use an oil, but this facial oil is specially formulated to hydrate without grease or blockage.  

 

 

Bloom Cream Niacinamide Moisturizer 

Our best-selling daily face moisturizer is made for anyone looking to strengthen their skin barrier with a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula. Made with goat milk, Epsom salt, and niacinamide, this is a powerhouse skincare product to support a healthy microbiome, soften skin, restore radiance, and boost skin health. 

How to Use Niacinamide in Your Routine 

The best part about niacinamide is how easy it is to incorporate it into your routine. Because niacinamide can enhance the effect of other ingredients like AHAs, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and bakuchiol, you can look for moisturizers or serums that feature any number of these ingredients and they’ll work in harmony to achieve your skin goals. Niacinamide skincare products can be applied morning and night after cleansing (as long as that there aren’t any plant-based retinols in the formula). Always finish your routine with SPF for protection!   

Is Niacinamide Safe for All Skin Types? 

Short answer: Yes! Niacinamide for sensitive skin can actually work wonders in lowering sensitivity, boosting the skin barrier, and bringing much-needed life back into the skin. It’s one of the many reasons we love niacinamide at Beekman 1802. With virtually no harsh side effects, niacinamide is a kind ingredient we recommend anyone tries.  

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Common Misconceptions About Niacinamide & Other FAQs

Hopefully you feel like a niacinamide skincare expert! And if you don’t, these frequently asked questions have you covered.