Yes! Niacinamide is great! And you can make your own niacinamide skin care easily: just add it to Skin Actives base spray and serum. It’s very soluble in water, one of those few actives that it’s easy to use on your own.
Niacinamide is a frequent ingredient in skincare, and for good reasons: it’s a vitamin, so it will be useful even at very low concentrations. It has many more benefits for the skin, so read on!
Figure. Chemical structure of niacinamide (nicotinamide)
Why a vitamin?
No niacinamide, no NAD+, no respiration! Niacinamide is one of the components of NADPH (reduced niacinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate) the coenzyme that provides the reducing power required to build new molecules in the human body. Niacinamide is also part of NAD (like NADP but without the extra phosphate), the molecule that is wherever carbohydrates and other foodstuffs are oxidized (respired) to make energy.Niacinamide and niacin are not synthesized in the human body and, therefore, must be supplied externally (this is why we call niacin a vitamin), either through the diet or through topical application (or, better, both).
How many skin benefits?
Even when following a normal healthy diet, topical application of niacinamide will increase the synthesis of collagen, keratin, involucrin, and filaggrin.
Niacinamide may be beneficial in treating psoriasis. It’s also been used to treat acne, rosacea, autoimmune blistering disorders, aging skin, and atopic dermatitis
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) benefits skin color and decreases melanin synthesis (important for hyperpigmentation); decreases inflammation, itching (pruritus), and UV-induced skin cancers; and prevents immunosuppression by UV irradiation. In the right conditions, by increasing NADPH, the donor of reducing power in cell biosynthesis, niacinamide, will increase collagen synthesis, involucrin, filaggrin, and keratin.
Topical application of niacinamide will decrease pruritus and inflammation, help acne-affected skin, decrease oiliness, alleviate atopic dermatitis, decrease UV-induced skin cancers and help decrease facial pigmentation. These are just a few of the beneficial effects of topical application of niacinamide to the skin, and it would be suspicious that there are so many were it not for the crucial role of this chemical in human metabolism.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and active soy extract are part of the group of ingredients that works by inhibiting melanosome transfer:
Skin Actives products that contain niacinamide include
…and many more
Do It Yourself niacinamide
You can get niacinamide (pure) at Skin Actives
Add it to Base Toner spray
Add it to Base serum
Have fun and enjoy your healthier skin!
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DISCLAIMER: These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.