4 Reasons You Need Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) In Your Skincare Routine

4 Reasons You Need Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) In Your Skincare Routine

It's a name that may not roll off the tip of your tongue, but it should be on your skin! Often an unsung hero, Niacinamide tackles multiple skincare concerns simultaneously to improve the health and beauty of your skin, regardless of your age and skin type.

What is Niacinamide?

A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide (can also be written nicotinic acid) offers multiple benefits, particularly for skin suffering from visible signs of irritation, redness, discomfort and blemishes.

Among the benefits is its ability to refine the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness, and congested skin. Niacinamide helps repair UV damage, but in contrast to antioxidants and some other vitamins, niacinamide is actually very stable in skincare formulations.

 “Niacinamide is a great skincare ingredient with so many benefits,” explains Dr. Ejikeme, Founder and Medical Director of Award-Winning Adonia Medical Clinic in London. “It is a tyrosinase inhibitor so it can help with uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation due to sun damage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can be great for inflammation seen in acne. And it increases blood flow to the skin and upregulates ceramides which help improve the skin’s moisture levels. One of my favorite properties of Niacinamide is its antioxidant effects. It helps to prevent free radical damage in the skin.”

Dr. Ejikeme, Founder and Medical Director of Adonia Medical Clinic in London

Four Benefits of Using Niacinamide in Your Skincare

1. Evens-out pigmentation 

Niacinamide reduces the transfer of melanin to the skin, thereby improving the appearance of skin tone. It helps to reduce pigmentation, age spots and melasma, and brighten the skin.

2. Boasts anti-inflammatory properties

As we all know the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots arise from long-term UV exposure, As an anti-inflammatory, Niacinamide acts on the DNA damage caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays. It also combats acne and rosacea, while minimizing pores.

3. Protects the skin barrier and builds its defenses

Niacinamide boosts the skin’s production of ceramides, naturally occurring lipids that help maintain and protect the skin’s barrier. This in turn helps to prevent moisture loss and damage from environmental stressors.  When the skin holds moisture it is more elastic and firm, and much less likely to get irritated and inflamed.

4. Works as an Antioxidant

It fights the bad guys - the free radicals - to prevent cellular damage caused by oxidation and improve the skin’s ability to fight back.

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Niacinamide as Part of the Perfect Formula Pyramid

Forming the core tier of the Perfect Formula Pyramid, Niacinamides are integral to the strength and resilience of the skin barrier. At Swissline, we treat Niacinamide as a core skincare ingredient - alongside Vitamin CAntioxidantsAminoacidsPre- and Pro-biotics.

Our Global Brand Director Custodio D'Avo elaborates on Niacinamide as a beneficial skincare ingredient on his YouTube channel The Age Traveller:

"Niacinamide counteracts many inflammatory chain reactions, especially those related to UV exposure. UV rays - being the number one cause of aging, Niacinamide acts on the DNA repair from the sun demage. Overall, Niacinamide is not in anyway an ingredient that causes question marks or reservations."


Product Tip: Our Magic Eye Mask is a classic in our Cell Shock collection. It's a power brightener, containing 5% Niacinamide, pumpkin enzymes, and probiotics. You can use it as an eye mask overnight, or it can also be used as a daily concealer (a little goes a long way!). It works wonders to erase signs of fatigue and lack of sleep!

More on the Perfect Formula Pyramid

At Swissline, we believe a healthy skin routine starts with understanding the ingredients you’re using on yourself day in and day out. We have created The Perfect Formula Pyramid™ of skincare ingredients - inspired by beauty. Informed by skin biology.

Our pyramid offers a clear look at skincare ingredients such as Peptides, AHA’s and Ceramides, demystifying them and explaining their place and purpose in your beauty regime. From beauty basics like NMF to age-defying collagen, the pyramid guides you through five tiers, from fundamentals all the way up to a brand’s star ingredient.

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