What does niacinamide do for your skin?

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B-3. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that is an essential nutrient for health and skin.  Niacin, another form of vitamin B3, helps increase the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) and is essential in the production of adrenal hormones.

Severe nutritional deficiency of Vitamin B3 causes pellagra, with the 3 d symptoms:  dermatitis, diarrhea, and depression.

Other names for it include: 3-Pyridine Carboxamide, 3-Pyridinecarboxamide, Amide de l’Acide Nicotinique, B Complex Vitamin, Complexe de Vitamines B, Niacinamida, Nicamid, Nicosedine, Nicotinamide, Nicotinic Acid Amide, Nicotylamidum, Pyridine-3-carboxamide, Vitamin B3, Vitamina B3, Vitamine B3.

Vitamin B3 for acne

A lack of Vitamin B3 is linked with dry, red and irritated skin like acne, blotches and eczema.

Niacinamide also reduces redness as seen in rosacea, eczema and acne.  Reports suggest it also reduces pore size over time because it regulates oil production.

It’s said to tighten lax pores, improve uneven skin tone and treat hyper pigmentation.

Vitamin B3 for eczema or mature skin

If you have mature or eczema skin, you may be lacking in Vitamin B3.  Yes dry, tight, flaky skin can be caused by a lack of Vitamin B3..

Niacinamide strengthens the skin’s barrier to protect against environmental damage.

How? Niacinamide helps your skin produce ceramides which then seal in hydration.

This helps your skin stay dewy

As we age, our skin can get a yellow hue or those beastly liver/age spots. Niacinamide helps prevent this !  It increases NAD(P) antioxidants in the skin, which protect agsinst free radicals that cause the unsightly yellowing and glycation of skin.

Vitamin B3 also supports healthy collagen,  and softens fine lines and wrinkles while diminishing dullness.



Niacinamide skin care products

Yes, even if you eat healthy, your skin can still be missing out on nutrition.  Being the largest organ, it waits in line for nutrition, so by applying a topical product, it goes directly to skin where it’s needed.

Look for niacinamide products that you can leave on your skin, so that the Vitamin B3 is not washed away. Think -toners, serums and face creams.

You can layer Vitamin B3 products, for instance, apply a toner with niacinamide immediately after cleansing to rehydrate and replenish skin.

Then apply either a serum or face cream that contains Vitamin B3.

Sometimes you can blend your serum into your favorite moisturizer or facial mist.  Experiment and see what works best for your skin!

Should I use niacinamide or vitamin C?

Niacinamide has visible results on pores, fine lines, and dullness skin

Antioxidant Vitamin C brightens your complexion as it fights free radicals.

There’s a synergy from combining them  though!

niacinamide and vitamin c

Can you use vitamin C with niacinamide?  Absolutely!

If you read that they cannot combined, that research was done in the 1960’s with non-stablised forms of vitamin C.

So yes, using both together is a good idea, they complement each other.

Put them together, in a face mist like Drench Facial Tonic, they’re a dream combination addresses uneven skin tone, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and dullness. All skin types will see a complexion that progressively becomes more radiant, smoother, more even, and noticeably younger-looking.



vitamin c and niacinamide


Natural sources of Vitamin B3

Vitamin B-3 is found in:

  • eggs
  • seeds – sunflower, sesame, pine nuts, almonds, macadamia, peanut, watermelon, pumpkin, chia, pistachio, pecans,w alnuts
  • green peas, mushrooms,  avocados, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, artichokes, okra, kale, potatoes
  • bananas, mangoes, guava, nectarines, prunes, raisins and apricots
  • beans – adzuki, kidney, black turtle, garbanzo,lima
  • fish, esp anchovies, salmon, tuna
  • chicken, turkey, pork, beef
  • barley, millet, lentils, quinoa
  • potatoes and brown rice

Vitamin B 3 Studies:

  • Analysis by multiple angle reflectance spectrophotometer demonstrated that 2.5% niacinamide resulted in smoother skin surface compared to vehicle alone (p<0.05).
  • 3.5% niacinamide cream was compared with placebo for four weeks and demonstrated a 14.8% reduction in skin roughness (p=0.05).,,
  • In a randomized, double-blind, split-face, placebo-controlled, clinical trial, 50 white females applied 5% niacinamide and vehicle twice daily for 12 weeks. Results showed significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness, yellowing, and skin elasticity (p<0.05).
  • This study using niacinamide 5% and niacinamide 2% + UVB/UVA sunscreen moisturizer reported reduced facial hyperpigmentation in Japanese women.
  •  In a randomized, split-faced trial, 5% niacinamide was used on 18 Japanese women vs. vehicle. Pigmentation change was evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively using high resolution digital images and subjective judgments. After 8 weeks, there was significant lightening of hyperpigmentation on the side treated with niacinamide compared to vehicle (p<0.05).


retinol and niacinamide

niacinamide and retinol

niacinamide cream

azelaic acid and niacinamide together

Read this article on azelaic acid compared with other acid options here.