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Ingredients Insights Series: Niacinamide, Skin Brightening & Barrier Care
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Ingredients Insights Series: Niacinamide, Skin Brightening & Barrier Care

By Kulaa Show, Apr 19 2021

Niacinamide, the ingredient that dermatologists have been raving about and highly recognised for its desirable benefits for the skin. It has been widely known for its skin brightening benefits but do you know that it also has many other wonderful effects on your skin? We help to expunge on this #holygrail ingredient here! 

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin. 

Niacinamide is a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in many food such as yeast, grain, eggs and even fish. Niacinamide is also created from niacin in the body and is a vital vitamin (pun intended) needed for the proper regulation of sugars and fats so that our cells can function as intended to! 

How Does Niacinamide Help the Skin? 

Niacinamide is highly known for its efficacy in combating several skin conditions such a

  • Brightening complexion and reducing skin dullness
  • Minimising enlarged pores
  • Tightening lax pores
  • Reducing the appearances of wrinkles
  • Softening fine lines
  • Renews skin barrier
  • Stimulate the production of ceramides for skin renewal

The benefits are Niacinamide are plenty but we will dive into three big ways that Niacinamide helps your skin: 


Minimises & Clarifies Pores

Niacinamide is able to reduce the appearance of pore sizes and improve skin texture. According to a 12-week study, researchers found that the combination of both salicylic acid and niacinamide resulted in smaller pores and improved skin texture. Scientists explained that pores usually appear enlarged when they are filled with dead skin and oil. When Niacinamide is applied to the skin, it is able to reduce sebum production and excretion resulting in pores, resulting in smaller-looking pores as there is less sebum trapped within. 


Strengthens Skin Barrier

Our skin barrier, also called stratum corneum, is an important layer of our skin because it protects our skin against environmental aggressors such as UV rays as well as moisture loss. When weakened, our skin becomes more susceptible to toxins and other aggressors, leading to drier skin, inflammation and even greater skin sensitivity from persistently dry skin patches. Thus, protecting it with the right ingredients is essential for optimal skin health. 

A research done on subjects with rosacea has found that Niacinamide has been helpful at improving our skin barrier and reduced dry skin by limiting trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). In another research done, Niacinamide is able to stimulate the production of skin-strengthening ceramides to improve the skin barrier. This leads to the restoration of the skin barrier and renewal of skin cells. Without sufficient ceramides in the skin, the skin barrier becomes weaker and less able to defend against pollutants, toxins and retain moisture. 


Repair Skin Damage and Signs of Aging

A compromised skin barrier and dehydrated skin reduces the skin’s ability to defend itself against environmental aggressors, leading to the deterioration of our skin such as the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Niacinamide has proven to be effective in the restoration of the skin and reducing the signs of aging. In a study on Japanese subjects where researchers tested a formulation containing 4% Niacinamide, there was significant improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. In another separate study, Niacinamide displayed reductions in fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness, and skin sallowness (yellowing). Skin elasticity was also improved. 

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Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo contains Niacinamide and a host of other efficacious ingredients such as Acacia Peptide and Adenosine for great skin! Create a glowing and healthy-looking countenance while expertly covering blemishes, pores and uneven skin tones. It is formulated from plant-derived ingredients without any animal derivatives. Treat your skin to an irresistible combination of nature, science and happiness. 

British Journal of Dermatology, October 2000, pages 524-31
Patricia K. Farris MD, 2013, Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Practice. 
Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner,  August 2005, pages 135-41.
Journal of Dermatology, Evaluation of anti‐wrinkle effects of a novel cosmetic containing niacinamide, October 2008, Pages 637-642
Dermatological Surgery, July 2005, pages 860-865