Thursday, April 6, 2017

What is Niacinamide? Benefits of Niacinamide for Your Skin



Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3. Niacinamide restores and rejuvenates skin cells and improves the overall appearance of the skin. 

Niacinamide is not readily found in the human body. The body makes niacinamide from niacin.


Niacin - Food Sources


Niacin can be found in vegetable sources such as lentils, lima beans, avocado, sunflower seeds and peanuts. It can also be found in tuna, chicken breast, turkey, and liver.  It can also be taken as a supplement.


Benefits of Niacinamide for Your Skin

Niacinamide is an important component of your skin that benefits your skin in the following ways -

Prevents damage by free radicals

Niacinamide is an antioxidant that protects the skin from damage due to free radicals and helps to repair and heal damaged skin cells.


Evens out skin tone


Niacinamide reduces redness of skin and evens out the skin tone by controlling the transfer of melanin (pigment responsible for the color of the skin) to the outer layer of the skin.

Regulates production of oil

Niacinamide regulates the production of oil by the oil glands present in the skin and prevents the skin from becoming too oily or too dry.


Moisturizes the skin


Niacinamide keeps the skin moisturized by boosting the production of ceramides. 

Ceramides bind and hold the cells on the outer layer of the skin. 

Water loss through the outer layer of the skin is reduced when the skin cells are bound together by ceramide, this binding of skin cells help to keep the skin hydrated.

When the skin cells are hydrated, the skin becomes plump and smooth out the wrinkles on the skin.

Boosts the production of collagen

Niacinamide boosts the production of collagen. 

Collagen is a type of protein found in our body that is responsible for keeping the skin strong and elastic. Collagen also helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.


Many cosmetic products such as facial creams have niacinamide as one of their ingredients.

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References
http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6926/niacinamide-oral/details
http://www.livestrong.com/article/287213-food-sources-of-niacinamide/
http://www.medicinenet.com/niacin_and_niacinamide_vitamin_b3/supplements-vitamins.htm