Antioxidants , Vitamins , Anti-Irritants , Cell-Communicating Ingredients

Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a potent cell-communicating ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Assuming skin is being protected from sun exposure, niacinamide can improve skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolorations, and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture. [1,2,3,4,5,6]

Topically applied niacinamide has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content, and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis. It also has a growing reputation for being able to treat an uneven skin tone and to mitigate acne and the red marks it leaves behind (known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). Niacinamide, an excellent ingredient for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts, is stable in the presence of heat and light. [1,2,3,4,5,6]

References Cited:

  1. Robinson L, Fitzgerald N, Doughty D, Dawes N, Berge C, Bissett D. Topical palmitoyl pentapeptide provides improvement in photoaged human facial skin. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2005;27(3):155-60.
  2. Mondon P, Hillion M, Peschard O, Andre N, Marchand T, Doridot E, Feuilloley M, Pionneau C, Chardonnet S. Evaluation of dermal extracellular matrix and epidermaldermal junction modifications using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric imaging; in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy; echography; [and other factors]. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2015;14(2):152-60.
  3. Trookman N, Rizer R, Ford R, Ho E, Gotz V. Immediate and Long-term Clinical Benefits of a Topical Treatment for Facial Lines and Wrinkles. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2009;2(3):38-43.
  4. Ki S, Yokozawa T, Kim H, Park J. Study on the Nitric Oxide Scavenging Effects of Ginseng and Its Compounds. J Agric Food Chem. 2006;54(7):2558-2562.
  5. Bissett D, Oblong J, Berge C. Niacinamide: A B vitamin that improves aging facial skin appearance. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31(7 Pt. 2):860-5; Discussion 865.
  6. Gehring W. Nicotinic acid/niacinamide and the skin. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2004;3(2):88-93.
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