" Niacinamide (vitamin B3) increases the production of collagen, elastin and proteins in the skin by up to 100%."
Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is vitamin B3. It was first recognised as vitamin PP in the early 20th century due to its ability to prevent pellagra, a disease with symptoms like inflamed skin, diarrhea, hair loss, ulcers in the mouth and eventually dementia if left untreated.
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Niacinamide
The use of niacinamide as a skincare ingredient was pioneered by two scientists, Feldmann RJ and Maibach HI. These scientists found that niacinamide is easily absorbed by the skin, hence, it can be used effectively to treat various skin conditions.
Unlike niacin, another form of vitamin B3, niacinamide does not cause flushing or skin irritation, therefore, it is suitable for all skin types including hyper-sensitive skin. Niacinamide is one of the most versatile skincare ingredients with soothing, protective and rejuvenating properties.
Niacinamide Strengthens The Skin's Barrier Function
Stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of the skin is known as the skin barrier. It prevents skin dehydration and protects your body from allergens, toxic chemicals/particles and microorganisms such as bacteria, virus and fungi. The skin barrier is a crucial part of the body's defense system.
A 4-week clinical study showed that niacinamide reduced transepidermal water loss in stratum corneum by 24%. At the same time, it increased the amount of free fatty acids and ceramides in stratum corneum by 67% and 34%. By strengthening the skin's barrier function, niacinamide helps prevent damage to your skin and body.
Niacinamide Boosts skin's collagen production
Collagen is the main structural protein in the body that holds your body together. It gives your skin its structure and strengthens the bones. Collagen makes up to 25-35% of the total protein content in the body. Collagen levels in your body decline with age, hence, your skin starts to lose its strength and firmness.
Niacinamide boosts the production of collagen in the skin by up to 54%; while it also increases the production of elastin and skin proteins by up to 20% and 100%. A clinical study showed that niacinamide reduced the signs of ageing in the skin. It visibly improved skin's elasticity and firmness. The appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, red blotchiness and skin sallowness (yellowing) were visibly reduced.
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Niacinamide Reduces Acne-Inflammation
Acne vulgaris or known as acne is caused by infected clogged pores. People with oily skin are usually more-prone to acne problems, hence, many acne solution products have been formulated to dry out the skin. These products can cause more problems in mature skin. It is quite common for perimenopausal or menopausal women to suffer from acne.
The anti-inflammatory properties of niacinamide help slow down the skin's ageing process. During clinical studies, niacinamide has been proven to reduce acne (skin) inflammation by 52% without causing the dryness of the skin. It is the perfect skincare ingredient for perimenopausal or menopausal women who suffer with acne.
To protect skin cells from inflammatory ageing, apply Bio-Collagen Serum every morning and evening. Formulated with plant-derived bioactives, multivitamins (B3 B5 E), 24-karat gold and hyaluronic acid; this ultra firming and lifting serum restores the skin's radiance and reduces all signs of ageing. It also protects the skin from dehydration, pollution, harsh conditions and blue light emitted by computers, smartphones and tablets. Suitable for all skin types including hypersensitive skin.
Niacinamide Soothes sensitive and rosacea-prone skin
People who suffer with sensitive and rosacea-prone skin tend to have a weak skin barrier. Niacinamide has been known to strengthen the skin barrier. A 4 weeks study involving 50 rosacea sufferers showed that niacinamide improved the overall skin condition and eased the symptoms of rosacea. It is the ideal ingredient for sensitive and environmentally-stressed skin.
Niacinamide Helps Prevent UV-induced Skin Damage
UV radiation is known to accelerate skin ageing. Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause the appearance of wrinkles, lines, age spots and other signs of skin damage including DNA damage. DNA damage can lead to skin cancer.
A study by University of Sydney at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia showed that Niacinamide blocked different types of ultraviolet light. It helps reduce UV-induced skin damage and decreases the risk of skin cancer. Niacinamide also protects skin cells from blue light emitted by computers, smartphones and tablets.
Niacinamide Brightens Complexion and Lightens Dark Spots
Niacinamide doesn't reduce the production of melanin, however, it helps prevent melanin pigment to reach the top layer of the skin by up to 68%. In a-8-week clinical-trial, niacinamide has been shown to reduce the appearance of dark spots by more than 25%. Age spots around the eye and cheek were visibly reduced.
Studies showed that the efficacy of niacinamide is further boosted by combining it with n-acetyl glucosamine, a natural peptide extracted from the outer shells of shellfish. The award-winning Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream has been formulated with niacinamide, n-acetyl glucosamine, coenzyme Q10, 24-karat gold and hyaluronic acid nanoparticles to reduce the signs of ageing such as dark spots, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, lines and sagging skin. For those who suffer with hyperpigmentation, apply this ultra radiance-boosting cream on top of Bio-Collagen Serum every morning and evening.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
Scientific Sources: Reduction in the appearance of facial hyperpigmentation after use of moisturizers with a combination of topical niacinamide and N-acetyl glucosamine: results of a randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled trial, The British Journal of Dermatology, 2010 Feb 1, 162(2), Pages 435-441; Niacinamide: a B vitamin that improves aging facial skin appearance, Dermatologic Surgery, 2005 Jul, 31 (7 Pt 2), Pages 860-865; Topical niacinamide reduces yellowing, wrinkling, red blotchiness, and hyperpigmented spots in aging facial skin, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2004 Oct, 26(5), Pages 231-238; The effect of niacinamide on reducing cutaneous pigmentation and suppression of melanosome transfer, The British Journal of Dermatology, 2002 Jul, 147(1), Pages 20-31.
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