Niacinamide, most popularly known as nicotinamide, is a form of an essential nutrient vitamin B-3 the deficiency of which can lead to various disorders related to skin, brain, and kidneys. Nicotinic acid, also known as niacin, gets converted into niacinamide when its intake is higher than its requirement in the body. Niacinamide is highly essential for the proper functioning of sugar and fats in the body and also in making cells healthier.
Niacinamide is quite helpful in treating acne, cancer, osteoarthritis, aging, diabetes, uneven skin tone, and many more. It also helps in building proteins in the skin and locking moisture.
Niacinamide has a plethora of other benefits which are explained below-
1. Builds immunity
Niacinamide helps build a crucial type of protein, keratin that helps in keeping our skin healthy, tight, and younger-looking.
2. Reduces patches and redness
Niacinamide helps a big time in reducing inflammation and redness occurring due to acne, eczema, or any other issue.
3. Retains moisture
Niacinamide acts as a great lipid barrier and helps the skin to hold moisture. It is of great help when the skin starts turning aging.
4. Regulates secretion of oil
Sebaceous glands are the ones that produce oil in the body and niacinamide helps in regulating the same.
5. Smoothens skin texture
Niacinamide gradually helps in reducing the appearance of pores while moisturizing and smoothening the skin.
6. Lightens dark spots
It has been found in various studies that niacinamide is successful in treating hyperpigmentation probably due to enhanced collagen production.
7. Reduces signs of aging
It is also proved that even a small concentration of niacinamide helps in reducing the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
8. Treats acne
Any cream with a concentration of niacinamide improves the quality of the skin by treating acne. It brings confidence among people by improving their appearance.
9. Helpful in osteoarthritis
Taking niacinamide, either topically or orally, helps a lot in joint pain and swelling caused due to osteoarthritis. It makes joints more flexible.
10. Protects from environmental factors
Niacinamide not only makes cells healthy but also protects them from outside agents like pollution, sun rays, etc.
How to consume?
There are two ways to consume any nutrient, either through a balanced diet or supplements. As aforementioned, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B-3 and this vitamin is found in dairy products, green vegetables, fish, beans, cereals, eggs, etc. But there is no guarantee that the food you take in improves your health or it may take forever to impact it. Hence, the best way to take niacinamide is topically for quick results.
How to select a product?
Niacinamide is generally written as 'niacin' or 'nicotinamide' on the labels of the product so you can look for these terms while buying the same for you. Then comes the concentration of niacinamide. Generally, products come with a concentration of 5% or less. If the skin damage is too much, products with 5% niacinamide are most effective but if your skin is sensitive, it is recommended to use 2% niacinamide.
Things to consider while using Niacinamide-
Niacinamide works tremendously well when used with certain other ingredients, like folic acid, copper, zinc, hyaluronic acid, etc.
Niacinamide is normally safe for everyone to use but if someone is allergic to something, this condition may get severe. A patch test may help them in such a case.
You need to be patient while using this as it may take a couple of months to get visible results.
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