Niacinamide and why everybody is adding it to their skin routine

Vegan Niacinamide is found in foods such as yeast, green vegetables and cereal grains. It is also called vitamin B3 or nicotinamide.
Niacinamide is a component of important coenzymes involved in hydrogen transfer. Niacinamide leads to an increase in protein synthesis (collagen, fibroblasts, keratin…), has a stimulating effect on ceramide synthesis (essential lipid found naturally in skin that helps to keep it moisturized and hydrated) and speeds up the cell renewal.
Some of the benefits of niacinamide are:
· It is well tolerated by skin and provide. It has virtually no side effects! It can be used at high doses topically (at least up to five percent) and is generally well tolerated.
· Smoothes wrinkles and improves elasticity. Some researchers have suggested that niacinamide does this by increasing collagen production in the dermis.
· Helps in blotchiness and rosacea. Five percent significantly improved red, blotchy skin. Niacinamide improves the function of the skin barrier, which means less irritation and less reddening.
· Inhibits photocarcinogenesis and it is photoprotective.
· It has a powerful anti-inflammatory action in acne-prone skin and rosacea. It is also antimicrobial. 4% nicotinamide gel is comparable with 1% clindamycin gel in the treatment of acne vulgaris.
· Reduces the severity of eruptions in acne skin and pore size.
· Helps hyperpigmentation, evening and lightening skin tone found a significant decrease in hyperpigmentation after four weeks of treatment with as little as two percent niacinamide.
· Anti-pruritic (anti-itch).
· Improves skin yellowing (sallowness).
· Reduction of sebum production when used 2% niacinamide.
· Improves moisturization and reduces transepidermal water loss. Twice-daily application of niacinamide lowered inflammation, decreased water loss and increased the thickness of the stratum corneum
In conclusion,  2-5% niacinamide serums used twice daily will improve skin tone and texture, will reduce wrinkles, redness and will keep your spots under control. It is beneficial for all skin types, including sensitive.
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