How Niacinamide Might Be the Secret to Fading Spots & Blemishes
By Jasmine Ramos
Add this brightener to your beauty kit to undo dark spots, hyperpigmentation and redness.
Got dark spots? To soften the look of patches, discoloration, and spots, you’re going to need some heavy-duty ingredients that hone in on hyperpigmentation.
Niacinamide is one such topical task-master. In skincare products, niacinamide often shows up in serums, lotions, and creams for good reason: it’s a tried-and-true skin brightener that zaps spots and so much more.
Here’s the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ behind this powerful spot solution.
What is Niacinamide?
An active form of vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that promotes good skin health. It supports the building of skin cells, as well as defending them from harsh environmental aggressors, such as sunlight, pollution, and toxins.
When used topically, niacinamide can act as a superb skin brightener and is often recommended by dermatologists for diminishing dark spots. Here’s how it works: melanosomes are melanin-carrying granules and melanin gives skin its color. Niacinamide works by inhibiting the melanosome transfer of pigment to your skin’s surface. Less pigment transfer means less hyperpigmentation.
But niacinamide is no one-hit skincare wonder. By applying topical niacinamide, it interacts with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly minimize enlarged pores, regulate oil production, tighten pores, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, erase dullness, and fortify a compromised skin barrier.
Reduce Acne, Hyperpigmentation and Inflammation.
For clearer skin and the treatment of acne, niacinamide may be helpful for both occasional breakouts and moderate acne cases, including inflammatory forms like papule pimples. Its ability to control sebum production, as well as its anti-inflammatory effects, helps minimize excessive shine and the intensity of breakouts. As a result, you may see an improvement in texture, tone, and pore size over time. Plus, niacinamide is one of the few acne solutions that’s gentle and non-irritating.
Dryness and Moisture Loss.
When you hear people talking about protecting and fortifying the “skin barrier,” they are talking about the outermost part of the epidermis — the stratum corneum. And when you reinforce this barrier, nothing bad can penetrate it (think pollution) and nothing vital can escape it (think moisture). If you struggle with dry, tight, or flaky skin, niacinamide does a superlative job of supporting the skin’s barrier function, helping to grab on to moisture and prevent precious water loss. For extra skin-quenching support, niacinamide can be combined with other moisturizers, like glycerin and botanical oils.
Improve Tone and Undo Blemishes.
Dermatologists love niacinamide for its impressive anti-aging effects. In addition to improving uneven skin tone, the ingredient softens fine lines and creases, while diminishing dullness. As we age and collagen production begins to slow, niacinamide helps to crank up production gradually, smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and supporting a firmer complexion. And it accomplishes all of this without any drying or irritating side effects.
Just about everything! Niacinamide is compatible with both oily and dry skin types, as well as sensitive and rosacea-prone skin too, thanks to its anti-inflammatory nature. Niacinamide also interacts well with other ingredients in your skin care routine, including those that contain retinol, peptides, hyaluronic acid, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, vitamin C, alpha arbutin and all types of antioxidants. In fact, to maximize results, niacinamide is often used in combination with other active ingredients in skincare products.
Your New Dark Spot Solution.
One more thing: when it comes to hyperpigmentation, you’re not the only one. We all have a few dark spots that we’re not thrilled with. To diminish them without a peel or laser, niacinamide can give you a real shot at a brighter, clearer complexion. Offer your skin a topical dose of niacinamide consistently and watch the discoloration give way to surprising evenness.
Most dermatologists recommend using niacinamide twice a daily (morning and night) for best results. We suggest Lumos RX Niacinamide + Stem Cell Radiance Lotion as your am boost of brightness, and the nightly niacinamide and botanical hyaluronic acid cream Stem PM Stem Cell Renewal Night Cream. Niacinamide is generally non-irritating, but like any new product, conduct a patch test on your arm before applying it to your face.