When it comes to ingredients with strong supporting clinical data and variety of uses, vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is the one that is on the top of the list. It is one of the most versatile ingredients can be used in various skincare formulation with multiple benefits as a nutraceutical for our skin.
Vitamin B3 is a multitask ingredient beneficial to skin health:
B3 possesses antipruritic effect: enhances skin barrier protection by stimulating ceramide synthesis and stabilizing mast cells that reduce the release of histamine. Ceramide is the lipid (fat) component of our skin cells creating a barrier and maintain skin moisture.
B3 also reduces inflammation. Pilot studies have shown its anti-inflammatory effects in atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and acne vulgaris.
B3 lightens hyperpigmented skin. It inhibits the transfer of melanosomes (small packages of melanin) into the skin’s upper layer.
B3 also regulates sebum production and yet beneficial to acne prone and acneic skin.
B3 helps to strengthen the immunity of our skin, making it an ideal ingredient for post treatment skin.
B3 is a versatile ingredient as a cosmeceutical in antiaging skincare formulation, as well as a therapeutic agent enhancing skin health and in various skin condition.