What is Niacinamide for the Skin: What are the Benefits?

What is Niacinamide - Phirm Beauty

In This Article

  1. What is Niacinamide?
  2. What is niacinamide good for?
  3. What are the niacinamide benefits for your skin?
  4. Possible Niacinamide Side Effects
  5. How to use niacinamide in your daily routine
  6. Popular ingredients paired with niacinamide
  7. Best products with niacinamide
  8. Final Takeaway


What is Niacinamide and how can it benefit my skin?

Niacinamide for skin has so many proven benefits and uses as an anti-aging ingredient that you have most likely seen it in tons of skincare products.

Whether you are looking to stop aging, reduce pore size or help with fine lines and wrinkles, Niacinamide is the right ingredient for you.




INGREDIENT TYPE: Repairing. Repairs and smooths the skin for a more youthful appearance.

MAIN INGREDIENT BENEFITS: Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, helps to reduce the pore size in your skin, helps to stimulate collagen production, assists in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and is a key part of supporting lipid barrier function to retain moisture in the skin.

WHO SHOULD USE THIS INGREDIENT: One of the reasons why Niacinamide has become so popular is skin care is that virtually all skin types can benefit from this skin care ingredient. Whether you have dry skin, hydrated skin, sensitive skin, inflammatory skin conditions like skin redness or just normal skin, you can benefit from a niacinamide serum, niacinamide cream or niacinamide moisturizer.

WHEN YOU CAN USE THIS INGREDIENT: For topical use we recommended to use it daily as part of your night skincare routine. You can definitely use niacinamide in the morning however we've seen the best results when you let this ingredient work throughout the day while you sleep. We have formulated other ingredients that do better with sun exposure.

WHAT WORKS WELL WITH THIS INGREDIENT: Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Zinc and Retinol.

DON’T USE THIS INGREDIENT WITH: Does not currently have any known negative reactions at this time. Always consult a doctor or medical professional.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, which can also be called nicotinamide a topical nicotinamide, is a form of Vitamin B3 that is B Vitamin commonly used in skin care products or as niacinamide supplements. By taking niacinamide supplements on a consistent basis, it can help to prevent Vitamin B-3 deficiency. 

People often ask if niacinamide is the same thing as niacin. While the names are quite similar, they are not the same thing. Your body is capable of making niacinamide from any niacin supplements that you may have consumed.

But that can only happen if you have an excessive amount of niacin in your body. To treat niacin deficiency, we recommend you consult your doctor.

What is Niacinamide Good For?

So what is Niacinamide Good for, what can it do for skin and what is it used for? Topical Niacinamide compared to supplements has many incredible benefits but mostly good for reducing pore size, help collagen production and repairing skin.

What Niacinamide is Used For

Niacinamide works by helping your skin grow a ceramide lipid barrier that will let your dry skin to retain moisture levels better just like with hyaluronic acid and that is what makes it such a sought after anti-aging skin care product.

Taking niacinamide as a prescription dietary supplement also has many benefits but we recommend that you consult a doctor or physician for details on that. 

What are the Niacinamide Benefits for your skin?

As mentioned above, niacinamide benefits the skin health by reducing pore size, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, regulating excess oil production, help skin retain moisture, produce healthy cells and reduce inflammation issues in the skin. 

What are some of the possible Niacinamide Side Effects

Using Niacinamide as a topical treatment is generally considered safe. In some cases, topical niacinamide can help your body release histamine which could cause some people to experience an allergic reaction if they have pre-existing allergies. 

Niacinamide, just like every other active ingredient we recommend, should be patch tested in a small area on your skin before fully applying to your face. 

How to use Niacinamide as part of your daily skin care routine?

We have found that utilizing the powerful skin health benefits of niacinamide is best done at night. We find that letting your skin repair itself while you sleep will give our customers the best result. That is why we have included niacinamide in most of our night skin care routine products.

Niacinamide is so versatile that it is commonly paired with other incredible active ingredients. If the niacinamide skincare product is formulated correctly, you can harness all of the niacinamide skin benefits while also letting other incredible ingredients benefit your skin.

Niacinamide and Vitamin C Products

We have formulated Vitamin C and Niacinamide in our PM Facial Serum because both of these ingredients do such a great job with toning the skin. People often ask, can you use Niacinamide with Vitamin C and the answer most certainly is Yes!

Niacinamide and Retinol Products

While Phirm Beauty does not use Retinol in our skin care products due to multiple reasons, we have been asked can you use niacinamide with retinol and yes, are commonly used together. We use safer alternatives that provide the same results as retinol without the risk factors that the ingredient possesses. 

Glycolic Acid and Niacinamide Products

Niacinamide and Glycolic Acid also work very together. While we do not currently pair these two ingredients together with any of our products, they can be beneficial is formulated properly. When asked can you use Glycolic Acid with niacinamide, the answer is yes.

Glycolic Acid is mostly known for improving skin texture, skin health and smoothing fine lines. We have chosen to create recipes using alternative ingredients that we feel produce better results.

Lactic Acid and Niacinamide Products

Lactic Acid is a tricky ingredient that doesn't always produce the benefits it's intended to like smoothing, brightening and evening out skin tone. We have had better results with other ingredients that we feel you'll agree with. However, more and more each day we see that other manufacturers try to pair lactic acid with niacinamide.

Niacinamide and Zinc Products

Zinc is primarily used for acne treatments and is not an ingredient that we use in our products. We are heavily focused on anti-aging products and prevention by reducing pore size rather than trying to treat acne.

Although some of our competitors do use zinc with niacinamide, our beliefs at Phirm Beauty are that acne patients should be treated in the cleaning/toning phases of your skin care routine.

Best Skincare Products that have Niacinamide in them

We make three different products with Niacinamide as one of the main ingredients. These products are best used in the evening to help rebuild and repair your skin.

PM Facial Serum

What is Niacinamide - PM Facial Serum - Phirm Beauty

As you most likely have seen recently, topical niacinamide products are now everywhere. We make the best niacinamide serum for reducing pores, collagen production and so many other anti-aging benefits with our PM Facial Serum. The niacinamide serum benefits are nearly endless. 

PM Eye Cream

What is Niacinamide - PM Eye Cream - Phirm Beauty

Topical Creams with Niacinamide like our PM Eye Cream can do wonders for the sensitive and delicate skin around the eyes. Most of us know that aging around the eyes is a huge problem and having smooth skin by treating fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. 

PM Facial Moisturizer

What is Niacinamide - PM Facial Moisturizer - Phirm Beauty

Our PM Facial Moisturizer is a whopping 10% Niacinamide Moisturizer in it and the moisturizing effects are amazing. Using a high concentration of niacinamide at the end of your night routine is key to getting the most anti-aging benefits possible.


Final Takeaway

An active ingredient like Niacinamide is absolutely essential for repairing and smoothing our your skin. We've mentioned the benefits like reducing pore size, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and so much more. We highly recommend you make niacinamide part of your daily strategy in your fight against skin aging.


Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with a board certified dermatologist or your professional skin care or healthcare provider.

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