Why You Should Introduce Niacinamide Into Your Skincare Routine

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There are many serums on the market that promise to soften your lines, wrinkles, plump up your skin and make it look youthful. Some are really good whilst others just don’t live up to their promises. Enter Niacinamide serum which has the potential to change your skin for the better.

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3 and is found in many supplements, is converted into niacinamide which helps in the manufacture of enzymes that release cellular energy and break down fats more efficiently. Your digestive system, nervous system and brain function all depend upon adequate levels of niacinamide.

As important as it is to the body, niacinamide is often added in many serums and creams because it is a Herculean multitasker which tackles fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, oily skin and uneven skin tone. Yet niacinamide very rarely takes centre stage in anti-ageing skincare even though there is a lot of research to back up its wide variety of skincare benefits and claims.

Niacinamide serum for acne

If you suffer from acne, introducing a niacinamide serum into your regimen will be of great value. Several studies indicate that niacinamide helps reduce the severity of moderate inflammatory acne. Skin requires hydration and also needs a healthy lipid barrier. Niacinamide appears to regulate oil production which helps to get excess oil production under control.

Niacinamide serum for wrinkles

Niacinamide has been shown to increase protein synthesis, boost collagen and elastin production, enhances ceramide production and on ageing skin helps improve skin’s surface and texture whilst helping to smooth out wrinkles. Skin functions correctly when its outer lipid barrier is at its peak. This lipid barrier helps retain moisture, prevents dehydration and loss of moisture, keeps it hydrated for longer and protects skin against the ravages of the environment irrespective of the time of the year. By maintaining a healthy lipid barrier, niacinamide is without doubt an excellent anti-ageing ingredient which may be used on its own or added to your favourite moisturiser.

Niacinamide serum for hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation arises as a result of enhanced production and uneven distribution of melanin, the predominant pigment of skin. Ignoring uneven skin tone and unwanted pigmentation can add years to one’s age.

Although the gold standard in the past for treating hyperpigmentation has been the use of hydroxyquinone, a skin bleaching ingredient to help lighten skin. This ingredient is now completely out of favour due to its ability to influence our genetic material.

Niacinamide does not bleach skin but works to block the accumulation of melanin in skin’s surface helping to prevent skin darkening. Niacinamide is so effective that it is even used to treat melasma which is a condition with marked facial hyperpigmentation.

Niacinamide serum for redness, inflamed and sensitive skin

Because niacinamide greatly improves skin’s ability to protect itself from external aggressions, using a niacinamide serum daily helps improve skin structure and prevents redness, blotchiness and skin sensitivity due to exposure to external aggressions.

I believe that the topical use of a niacinamide serum is a must-have product in any beauty regimen to help achieve a more even-toned, radiant and younger looking skin. GoW’s Niacinamide Serum, £9, is a great serum for all skin types to use every day. The formula helps to regulate oil production and visibly improves the appearance of your pores. The addition of Avocado BioFerment helps moisturise and nourish skin.

If you are looking for a skin treatment, I would recommend QRx Labs Niacinamide + Retinol Serum, £10, as the formula contains all the benefits of niacinamide with retinol, which is often touted as the gold standard for anti-ageing. Research suggests that niacinamide can help improve your skin’s tolerance to retinol due to its barrier strengthening properties, so if you have experienced irritation with vitamin A previously this formula could be worth exploring.

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lyn, I completely understand how easy it is to get confused with all the different products and brands. As far as I am concerned, and this is why I wrote the editorial piece, is that niacinamide is an ingredient with multiple benefits. With ageing skin, niacinamide is known to increase protein synthesis, enhanced ceramide production which are tiny lipid molecules that hold our cells together and prevent dehydration, increases elasticity, improves uneven skin tone and much more. So my suggestions is to use the following regimen from Garden Of Wisdom both AM and PM in the order listed please.
    Anti-Aging MultiPeptide Serum; Niacinamide Serum

    The multipoeptide serum will provide the technologies that work to prevent static and dynamic lines, tackle any existing lines and also hydrate skin.

    Best wishes,

    Shabir

  • Lyn Rozier

    As always, thank you Shabir!

    I’m away to order and give this a go. I’m definitely feeling the need for simplicity in so much of what I’m doing of late. Kindest wishes to you.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lyn, I am a lover of keeping things simple and I am sure you will experience the benefits. Please keep us posted if you can.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lyn Rozier

    Will do Shabir ??

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you.

  • Renata Boyle

    How delighted am I right now? Got an email from VH today with info on the GoW range. I have been looking for a serum with B5 for a while but the only one I’ve seen has a lot of alcohol. Added benefit is that this product also has Niacinamide so now I can kill two birds with one stone (so to speak).

    Definitely going to order the multi-peptide serum (currently have separate Resveratrol, Matrixyl serums) and their HA looks good (cheaper than the one I currently use). Love the 2% Salicylic acid – will get this for those pesky zits and keep my T-zone clear. Well done VH on having an alternative brand to the ‘O’.

  • https://www.victoriahealth.com Victoria Hall

    Hi Renata,
    That’s great news. Please keep us posted with how you get on with GoW!

  • mag

    Hello. I have rosacea and really dry and sensitive skin. I’ve been using niacinamdie products in the past without problems (5% and 2%), and somehow my skin apeared really calm and bright. I’ve decided to order The ordinary niacinamide 10%+zinc serum and it burned out and dried out my face! Now it’s really red and it’s been almost a month. I am not ditching the brand, im only concerned is 10% too much for my skin to handle? Can you reccomend something else for me?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Magdalena, it may well be that the 10% is simply too much because niacinamide may cause flushing which is often mistaken for a reaction. I would recommend that you hydrate and replenish the skin with Garden of Wisdom’s 100% Pure Squalane which is also great for many inflammatory skin concerns. Please click on the link below.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/100-Pure-Squalane-Oil/12851
    Once skin has calmed down, you should introduce niacinamide serum at a lower concentration as per link below.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Niacinamide-Serum/12852

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • mag

    Thank you for the advice :D

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome.

  • Lyn Rozier

    Hi Shabir,
    Just checking back in with some feedback on the GoW serums you recommended.
    Wow!!!
    Been using them for a couple of weeks now and am definitely seeing an improvement in the texture and evenness of my skin, I’m also taking the recommended supplements and thinking that things can only get better!! I love the simplicity of these products and the fact that they appear to be actually doing something.
    Thanks once again Shabir for your brilliant advice and recommendations!
    Lyn

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lyn, thank you so much for the feedback and I am so glad that the Garden of Wisdom serums have worked – they are truly fantastic and their textures are also really good. I expect even better results with time.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Taj

    Hi Shabir, I recently watched the piece you did with Trinny Woodall on Instagram
    about acne. I saw that the basic skincare routine recommended was the Derma E Cleaner, Thyme Out, Niacinamide and the Burdock clear skin complex. I’m wondering if I need all of this for my problem? I came off the contraceptive pill just over a year ago and have been having hormonal acne breakouts ever since. The acne is only on the lower cheek, jaw line and neck. It takes ages for a breakout to clear and I rarely have a completely clear face. I switched to using Liz Earle products and while my skin looks bright and clean, it has only had a marginal effect on the acne. What do you recommend? Thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Taj, the regimen I mentioned helps to eradicate the acne causing bacteria, unclog pores, normalise oil production and cleanse the bloodstream from within and using it I am sure will help to clear up skin and to prevent or minimise future breakouts. Please use the Derma E Cleanser, spritz the face with Thyme Out concentrating on the areas prone to spots and then apply niacinamide serum to normalise oil production whilst improving pore appearance.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Taj

    Thanks Shabir, should
    I follow this morning and evening?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    HI Taj, try the niacinamide in the AM regimen only to begin with but the rest are both AM and PM.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Pam

    My daughter gets hormonal acne just on her chin. Will Niacinamide help with this? Any other products you can recommend?? Many thanks, Pam x

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Pam, Niacinamide serum may help to control the excess sebum produced as a result of hormones. Another topical that she could use would be either Salicylic acid serum two or three times a week in the PM regimen to deep clean pores.

  • Jan Swaby

    Hi, At which point do you use QRx Labs Niacinamide + Retinol Serum please. Do you add first application. I currently use GOW as recommended by Shabir below and wondered if I could replace with the Niacimide in the morning or retinol in the evening. Just wondered if I use as a first application.
    AM: Multipeptide; Hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide serum
    PM: Vitamin C + Ferulic acid; Multipoeptide serum, Hyaluronic acid followed by Retinol

    Thanks once again for fantastic customer service.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jan, the Qrx Labs Niacinamide + Retinol can be used in the AM and PM regimen after the Hyaluronic acid serum. If using in the PM regimen, you should not use the Vitamin C Serum so the best way to use in the PM regimen is to alternate between the two.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Jan Swaby

    Fabulous as always Shabir and appreciate such a quick response. Just about to watch your video with Trinny on Sunday. thanks again Jan

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jan, glad it was useful. Enjoy watching Trinny – she is fabulous.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jackie, Vitamin C is best used after cleansing and preferably in the PM regimen allowing 30 seconds to one minute before the application of anything else. The pilling is very likely to be l-ascorbic acid, the fine powder within the high strength serum. A large percentage of the vitamin C will already be utilised within skin so this serum still remains an effective anti-ageing multi-tasking serum even though some it is pilling up.
    The order could be:

    AM: MultiPeptide Serum; Niacinamide Serum, Alpha arbutin Serum; Caffeine Solution around the eye area only; EUK
    PM: Vitamin C Serum; MultiPeptide Serum; Hyaluronic acid Serum; Caffeine Solution; Rosehip/Argan or Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Emily, you would then use the Vitamin C Serum in the AM and ensure you use a sunscreen and the Retinol + Niacinamide in the PM regimen.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lorraine Davies

    Hi. The skincare routine you recommended for me is absolutely fabulous thank you. Now my granddaughter – can you recommend a skin care regime she is 16 year old and suffers with teenage acne and is very self conscious. Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lorraine, I am so glad that you have found the products to be beneficial. As far as your granddaughter is concerned, I would like to keep her regimen simple and then to evaluate its effectiveness over a period of time as outlined below.
    AM: Daily Cleanser; Niacinamide Serum; Daily Hydrator (optional since niacinamide serum might be sufficient).
    PM: Daily Cleanser; Salicylic acid Serum; Daily Hydrator

    Daily Cleanser cleans skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
    Niacinamide Serum regulates oil secretion, improves pore appearance and calms down inflammation associated with acne.
    Daily Hydrator provides surface hydration without clogging pores. Hydration is important because in many cases dehydration leads to inflammation which in turn causes excess sebum production.
    Salicylic acid – it would be good to get her to use this two or three times a week at night to gently exfoliate and to deep clean pores of dirt and debris.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lorraine Davies

    Thank you for your assistance. :-)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Lorraine.

  • Lorraine Davies

    Hi, I was wondering if your skin get used to the same routine and if it needs a change as the seasons do. I use the regime for anti ageing as recommend by Shabir with Vitamin C. Thanks Lorraine

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lorraine, I am a firm believer in understanding your skin’s needs from month to month and during the seasons. This is why you have an array of different serums but of course there are constants within the routine such as cleansing, moisturiser, SPF etc – its just that you can change the levels of hydration required in any given season etc.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lorraine Davies

    Hi Shabir thank you for your prompt response would you recommend swapping GOW Vit C or Niacinamide with anything else? and if so which products and the regime. I have been looking at the Retistar or something stronger to help with my lines.

    Thanks,
    Lorraine

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lorraine, I would carry on with Vitamin C Serum because of its multiple functions within skin and would look to alternate between niacin amide and RetiStar Retinol.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lorraine Davies

    Thanks Shabir would I use niacin amide and RetiStar Retinol after the Vit C Serum or in the AM?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lorraine, use the niacinamide away from vitamin C so one in the AM and the other in the PM. I would prefer niacinamide in the AM and Vitamin C and RetiStar in the PM.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Lorraine Davies

    Thanks again for your help. :-)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Lorraine, please keep us posted if you can.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir