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Niacinamide Is the Multi-Tasking Skincare Ingredient You Need for a Glowing Complexion

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By Jennifer Aldrich

January 28, 2021

When I’m in search of a new skincare item, I always crowdsource from fellow beauty lovers and experts to see what’s the latest product to try. When I told one of my favorite Sephora experts that I needed a new toner, he recommended the FENTY SKIN Fat Water Pore Refining Toner Serum ($28, Sephora) because the formula includes niacinamide. I bought it because I trust him, but I honestly had never heard of the ingredient. So I sought out the expertise of Corey L. Hartman, M.D., founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama, to get the low-down on niacinamide.

What Does Niacinamide Do?

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and is really beneficial for mature skin, Hartman says. “It helps calm down inflammation, which we know contributes to aging,” he adds. (Which means it can also be used to treat inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne.) “It helps protect against sun damage, treats hyperpigmentation, and fine lines, and wrinkles,” Hartman adds.

It’s a useful ingredient for all skin types, including anyone on the sensitive side, like me. For dry skin, “[Niacinamide] helps to calm down redness, plump the barrier of the skin, and it can help retain moisture by sealing everything in,” Hartman explains. And if you have an oily complexion, the multi-tasking vitamin can minimize pores and regulate oil.

After Hartman explained all of the many skin issues niacinamide can address, I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it and wished I started using it in my regimen earlier. “It’s kind of one of the sleeper ingredients that’s starting to creep into the skincare discussion,” Hartman says.

Niacinamide in Skincare

Hartman says the best way to implement the ingredient into your skincare routine is to find a serum that has niacinamide in it. Hartman likes SkinCeuticalsMetacell Renewal B3 ($112, DermStore) for both dry and oily skin types. He’s also a fan of the super affordable Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum ($6, Good Molecules). “It’s cooling and refreshing,” Hartman says. “I’ve been using for the past few weeks, and I’ve been super impressed.

Use your serum once a day after your cleanse in the morning, Hartman recommends. Add any other anti-oxidants, moisturizer, SPF, and you’re good to go. “I don’t like complicated regimens,” Harman says. “I promote the idea of minimalistic skincare.” Try incorporating niacinamide in your routine to get your most youthful-looking complexion.