Although niacinamide may sound like a complex chemical substance, it is actually a nutrient that is found naturally in many foods. As the alternative name for vitamin B3, niacinamide is contained within chicken, oily fish, nuts, green vegetables, whole wheat, eggs and mushrooms.
One of its benefits is to maintain the healthy condition of the skin, which is why it is often contained within many skincare products. As well as its overall ability to lock in moisture, build proteins in the skin and protect against environmental damage, niacinamide has many individual qualities that it can apply to maintaining the health of the skin.
- Reduces the inflammation that may cause redness and blotchiness
- Naturally decreases the size of enlarged pores
- Prevents overactive sweat glands and the excess production of sebum and oil
- Naturally rebuilds healthy skin cells to protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays
- Helps to retain moisture in the skin by building a lipid layer
- Increases keratin in the skin, for a firm and healthy complexion.
As well as being a great substance for maintaining healthy skin, niacinamide can also contribute to creating a more youthful appearance, as a healthy and effective functioning of the internal structure can help with the production of collagen. Retaining moisture and reducing inflammation feature quite highly in naicinamide’s range of attributes, which is why it can benefit some medical conditions such as eczema and acne, as well as tackling dry skin.
At Āatma Aesthetics in Harley Street, London, Skinceuticals products are highly recommended by Dr, Shaan Patel. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid, can be found in some of Obagi’s innovative creams and serums. Obagi include niacinamide in their products due to its effective contribution in helping to enhance the health of the skin, as well as addressing some common anti-ageing factors. This substance is shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the skin, which helps to prevent loss of moisture and increase circulation. A soft and supple complexion is often produced, as well as creating an even skin tone and reducing the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – a common effect from acne.
A number of concerns can benefit from a boost of niacinamide. By attending a consultation with Dr. Shaan, he can recommend the most suitable skin care product that restores your bright and clear complexion.Back to blog