By Macaela Mackenzie
The ingredient is so beloved specifically for its unique ability to address a multitude of skin concerns.
To max out on the gentle skin revolution of niacinamide, we asked skincare experts how to incorporate the ingredients into every aspect of your routine.
Niacinamide is a beauty powerhouse.
“Because niacinamide is vitamin B3, it helps support hair growth and improves blood circulation,” says Taylor Worden, celebrity esthetician and founder of Taylor Worden Skin in New York. Niacinamide also helps build keratin, so when applied to your scalp, it can help your hair “grow thicker and healthier,” Worden explains.
As we continue heading into the dry winter months, you might want to consider adding niacinamide to your moisturizer. “It helps to lock in skin moisture and promote production of key skin lipids and proteins on the top layer of the skin,” says Rina Allawh, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in King of Prussia.
Niacinamide’s hydrate and protect effects makes it the “ideal” ingredient to treat inflammatory skin conditions like eczema on other areas of your body, says Dr. Allawh. Niacinamide has long been revered for its ability to increase ceramide production in your skin, as a ground-breaking study in the British Journal of Dermatology found.
You’ll often spot niacinamide in formulas designed to fight the signs of aging. As a stand-alone ingredient, it holds its own: Niacinamide works by helping to promote collagen production in your skin and “improving skin elasticity by decreasing the cross-linking of collagen molecules in the skin,” explains Dr. Allawh.