Most of us would have heard about the benefits of vitamins throughout our life. They benefit the body and it’s functioning not only when consumed orally but are also beneficial for our skin when used topically. Let us understand the benefits of one of the major Vitamin, Vitamin B3 in this blog.
Vitamin B3 is also popularly known as Nicotinic acid or niacinamide. Regularly, we consume niacinamide in the form of food items like green vegetables, fish, meat, cereal grains, beans, egg, milk, and yeast. Our body can fulfill its daily requirement by consuming these food items or can take them orally in the form of tablets as well. Niacinamide is proven to be beneficial for skin concerns like uneven skin tone, dryness, fine lines, open pores, and acne. To help improve these skin problems, vitamin B3 can be applied topically in forms of creams and gels to give faster and effective results.
Here are a few benefits of Vitamin B3:
1. It works wonders for sensitive and dry skin. Using vitamin B3 topically helps in stabilizing and regulating the skin barrier thus helps restore the moisture of the skin cells. As it facilitates skin to grow ceramide barrier which in turn helps restore the moisture of this layer. For people with dry skin, it helps in improving conditions like eczema and atopic dermatitis by reducing irritation as well.
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well which is helpful in skin conditions like rosacea. It has been witnessed that the topical application of Niacinamide and oral supplements help in reducing the inflammation in rosacea by reducing redness and improving the skin barrier.
3. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it forms a major part of acne creams as well. Niacinamide helps in reducing redness and inflammation along with controlling sebum production and the oiliness of the skin. It helps in reducing oil production by sebaceous glands and going into overdrive. It plays another vital role in reducing acne by reducing the pore size.
4. It has anti-aging benefits as well. Niacinamide has been seen to improve collagen production and increases the production of proteins of the epidermis. Thus, it is beneficial in improving skin laxity and improving fine lines and wrinkles and skin texture.
5. Skin lightening is another benefit of niacinamide. This is available in creams which can be easily applied during the day. It helps in inhibiting the transfer of melanin pigment from melanosomes to skin cells and thus reduces dark spots, blemishes, and improves uneven skin tone.
6. It helps in improving under-eye concerns like dryness and inflammation. It also helps in producing new collagen and reducing pigmentation.
Vitamin B3 is available in food sources and also informs of creams and gels.
- It can be found in skin whitening formulations along with kojic acid and glycolic acid.
- In anti-acne creams, niacinamide is generally available with clindamycin formulations.
Niacinamide is one of the essential building blocks for our living cells which helps in the proper functioning of cells. But to our surprise, it is not naturally produced by the body and hence should be consumed in the form of food products. It is commonly used in skincare as it helps in improving a lot of skin conditions, maintain the skin barrier, skin tone, and texture by using the right skincare products as recommended by the dermatologist.
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