Vitamin B3 Benefits
Have you always wondered why there wasn’t a simple way to have good skin without spending a fortune on pricey products? Me too! Then, I was watching a seminar about Vitamins in skincare products, so I started to do my own research. I was amazed at how much Vitamin B3 benefits your skin and, as it is not a “new” ingredient and has not been trademarked, it is easily available and easy to use!
Do an internet search for Vitamin B3 and you will find a huge amount of information about using it as an internal supplement. Here, you can benefit from my research and take a shortcut and start using it in your own DIY skincare products. I will tell you where to get it from, how to look after it, and how to use it properly for amazing benefits.
What is Vitamin B3 Deficiency?
Niacinamide (which is also called Nicotinamide) was originally identified in the early 20th century. Vitamin B3 deficiency causes Pellagra, a disease that can cause diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and with extreme deficiency, death, As such, it was originally called Vitamin PP (Pellagra Preventative). In a medical article (not for cosmetic use), the BBC published an interesting article about using Vitamin B3 in hospitals.
Further scientific research found just how easily Niacinamide (Niacin) penetrated the skin. It’s a fine, white powder that dissolves easily in water or Glycerin. It was recognized how valuable the Niacinamide benefits were, bringing a wide range of desirable skin benefits to cosmetic products.
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- The benefits for your skin are simply amazing! When making your creams, lotions, toners, or gels, simply add it at between 1% and 5%.
- It stimulates the production of new fibroblasts and collagen. That alone is going to make your skin more full, supple, and lifted. It will decrease the depth of wrinkles. This is especially noticeable in products designed for mature skin types. In this double-blind / placebo controlled study, the group was given a moisturizer with 5% Niacinamide to use on half their face and a placebo Moisturizer to use on the other half. After 12 weeks, the results were remarkable showing the 5% Niacinamide cream had significantly reduced fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation spots, red blotchiness, and even improved the texture of the skin. Sallow skin was also noticeably improved. Those test people must have been clamoring to apply that cream to the other half of their faces as soon as they could!
- Niacinamide creams are very soothing for rosacea and give extra resilience to sensitive skin, making it less reactive and feeling supple – but not tight. This effect is enhanced further when cannabis-infused vegetable oils are used, as the antioxidant qualities are very beneficial.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) functions extremely well for improving the hydration levels of the skin. It slows down Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and supports the barrier function of the skin, helping it to be soft and flexible. It encourages new cell growth and the production of the skin’s natural emollients.
- Niacinamide skin products can be in the form of creams, lotions, serums toners, or gels, and they are extremely effective for reducing the appearance of photo aging in the skin. For someone who has spent many years in the skin without SPF protection, they may have very aged-looking skin that is beyond their years. Niacinamide Serums that include Vitamin A (naturally occurring in Rosehip Seed Oil), can have an incredibly rejuvenating effect quite quickly, even helping to reduce age spots.
- When used in skincare products, this study showed that Niacinamide increases the ceramide production in the skin. That means it improves the permeability barrier of the skin, which protects the skin from external pollutants and aggressors. It was also very effective at keeping moisture locked into the skin – excellent news for people who suffer from dry eczema.
Does Niacinamide Help Clear Acne?
Yes! For many people, the main cause of acne is hormonal, and this can affect you from your teenage years right through adulthood. Sensitivity to the hormones combined with excess sebum production and bacteria on the surface of the skin makes the situation worse. Fortunately, you can make products that help to minimize the resulting acne.
- Niacinamide acne treatments have become very popular as they have very powerful anti-inflammatory action, which really helps to calm down and soothe any acne breakouts. In this report, 4% Niacinamide in a gel was compared in a double-blind study against a gel containing 1% Clindamycin (an antibiotic commonly prescribed to acne patients) and concluded that both were equally effective. Of course, Niacinamide is a safe cosmetic ingredient that has none of the risks associated with the long-term use of antibiotics.
- Acne-prone skin then becomes less reactive to further breakouts. It reduces the size of large pores which helps prevent sebum build-up. Regular cleansing with a squalane cleanser will help to stop the pores from getting clogged up and becoming inflamed or infected.
- Vitamin B3 even helps to give a more matte finish on the skin rather than a shine. A matte finish in skincare products is often preferred by men, but it does come down to personal taste. In a controlled trial, 50 people were given a 2% Niacinamide moisturizer while 50 other people were given a placebo moisturizer to use. The results showed that the group who used the Niacinamide moisturizer produced significantly less sebum in a 2 to 4-week period than the group who didn’t use it. This is quite a remarkable result and shows how the skin becomes more matt and less greasy and therefore less prone to blackheads.
Is Niacinamide Worth The Hype?
I think you can clearly see from everything you have read that it is not hype at all but good quality research many years resulting in excellent results, time after time. It simply works, and you are missing out on an amazing (and cheap) skincare product if you are not using it.
So your next question is probably how do I use it in my skincare products? Here’s a video showing how to create your own Niacinamide Skin Toner that’s so simple to make, and you can use it several times a day.
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