Benefits of Niacinimide for Skin:  6 Anti Aging Benefits of Niacinimide for Skin

Benefits of Niacinimide for Skin: 6 Anti Aging Benefits of Niacinimide for Skin



Benefits of Niacimide for Skin :  6 Benefits of Anti Aging Benefits of Niacinimide for Aging skin, Eczema , Rosacea, Psoriasis, dry and sensitive skin.


Do you have dry, dehydrated, aging skin?

Do you have hyperpigmentation or large pores?

If you tend to have sensitive, blotchy, or reactive skin and you tried Vitamin C  (L Ascorbic Acid) or Retin A or Retinol to address some of these issues, and you ended up getting red, itchy, dry, inflamed skin, then your skin may prefer Niacinimide as an anti aging ingredient over the more popular ones.


6 Anti Aging Benefits of Niacinimide for Skin

1.  Multiple benefits-Niacinimide has been show to have multiple benefits for the skin such as:

  • Anti Aging Benefits
  • Improves Skins elasticity
  • Reduces the appearance of redness, pores, and hyperpigmentation

2.  Niacinimide tends to be greatly tolerated by more skin types.  However, it may cause irritations when used with products containing AHAs, Vitamin C or Retinoids.

3.  Shrinks the Pores-This multifaceted ingredient is not only better tolerated by most skin types, it also helps to reduce the appearance of pores for oily and problem skin types.

4.  Niacinimide boosts the hydration capability of your skin.  Not only does it assist in maintaining the skins hydration to help speed up epiltheliazation and helps the photo protection of the skin.  It is also known as a hydration booster for moisturizers.  This can lead to:

5.  Improving the skins barrier and preventing immuno aging.  New research is showing that if proper care is taken to maintain the skins barrier (i.e. reducing inflammation, avoiding dehydration of the skin) this can greatly affect the over all health of the skin.

6.  Clinical studies show that when applied topically it was shown to reduce :

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • hyper pigmented spots
  • red blotchiness
  • yellowing of the skin


Clinical Study of the Benefits of Niacinimide for Skin

A clinical study of 50 Caucasian females between the ages of 40-60 was done.

It was a 12 week study that was:

  • double blind
  • placebo controlled
  • split face
  • left-right randomized

It assessed two topical products.  The first one was a moisturizer controlled product.  The second moisturizer contained 5% Niacinimide.

The Results showed that Niacinimide was well tolerated by the skin and showed significant improvements in hyperpigmentation, spots, texture, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, red blotchiness and skin yellowing vs the control product.

If you are interested in adding Niacinimide into your skin care routine , I have evaluated some of the more popular Niacinimide products according to their ingredients list below.


Recommended Niacinimide Products:

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinimide Booster- 


-Can be added both to moisturizer , added to a serum or applied directly on skin.

Although, it says you can add this to a serum, I would recommend using it directly on your skin or blended in with a moisturizer or sunscreen moisturizer.  Serums, for the most part should not be blended with other serums so that they don’t dilute the serums.

Serums and eye products are the most expensive per it size due to the concentration of the active ingredients so I would opt to apply this on BEFORE the serum and then apply the serum.

Ingredients list (as of this writing):

Water (Aqua), Niacinamide (vitamin B3, skin-restoring ), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin replenishing/antioxidant), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Phospholipids (skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Ubiquinone (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Carnosine (antioxidant), Genistein (antioxidant), Citric Acid (pH balancing), Sodium Citrate (pH balancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).


The second ingredient is Niacinimide.  So this product does not mess around here and fluff up the product with fillers.

Acetyl Glucosamine – derivative of glucose.  It has exfoliating properties similar to aha and bha but less irritating to the skin.  Research has shown using this ingredient along with Niacinimide has helped to fade age spots caused by sun damage.

Ascorbyl Glucoside– derivative of Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C.  Although not as effiecient as L-Ascorbic Acid, definitely not as irritating to the skin.  Vitamin C in its pure form is not stable in water.  This is the water soluble form of the derivative of Vitamin C.

Butylene Glycol – Solvent and also a skin conditioning agent that is also a humectant.  It reduces viscosity (thickness)

Phospholipids– helps hold the cell membrane together.  Helps maintain healthy skin by keeping the skin hydrated and strengthening the Natural Moisturizing Factor of the skin .

Sodium Hyaluronate– humectant and the sodium for Hyaluronic Acid

Panthenol –help with wound healing, moisturizing properties



Ingredients to help with Pigmentation (other than the Vitamin C ingredient)-

Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract-(Licorice Root extract) has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and also is known to inhibit melanogenesis (creation of melanin pigments).


Anti Oxidants:

Carnosine– slows down aging of the skin

Ubiquinone – also known as Coenzyme Q10- 1974 a Japanese company  Kaneka Corp. perfected the industrial process of manufacturing Coenzyme Q10 in commercial quantities (Ubiquinone) identical to what is naturally produced in the body.

It can aggravate or irritate sensitive skin types in severe cases.  I had a client who took this to moisturize her skin when she went to Burning Man.  Her skin was so dry she used it all over her lips and face constantly  and ended up with swollen lips.  She looked like she had an allergic reaction to shellfish!

Epigallocatechin Gallate-powerful polyphenol compounds found in green tea.


The Ordinary Niacinimide 10% Zinc 1%

pH 5.5-6.5 -good range for acid mantle

Ingredients (as of this writing):

Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Pentylene Glycol-synthetic ingredient that can be used as humectant, solvent, conditioning agent, and perservative.

Zinc PCA- synthetic skin conditioning agent.  Some reearch has shown that it reduces uv induced photoaging of the degradation of collagen.

Dimethyl Isosorbide- aids in absorption.  This ingredient serves as a delviery system for active ingredients.

Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum- humectant, skin conditioning agen, emollient

Xanthan Gum-Emulsifier, stabilizer

Isoceteth-20– Emulsifier, Solvent

Ethoxydiglycol– solvents / thins out viscosity in ingredients

Phenoxyethanol-Perservative/ Stabilizer

Chlorphenesin– Perservative


InstaNatural 5% Niacinimide Face Serum

Ingredients (as of this writing)

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Niacinamide**, Glycerin*, Dicaprylyl Ether*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ceteareth-6 Olivate*, *Potassium Cetyl Phosphate*, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate*, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hesperidin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate*, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol*, Xanthan Gum*, Pentylene Glycol*, Caprylyl Glycol**, Ethylhexylglycerin**, Linalool*. *Naturally Derived **Safe Synthetics


Niacinimide is third in the ingredients list.

Hydrating Properties:


Sodium Hyaluronate



Emollient/Occlusives Properties:

Olive Fruit Oil

Ceteareth-6 Olivate

Dicaprylyl Ether

Avocado oil

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil


Emulsifying Agent/Solvent:

Potassium Cetyl Phosphate


Antibacterial/Antimicrobial/Anti inflammatory:

Lavender oil

Rosemary Extract


Magnesium Aluminum Silicate


For the value of the products , I would choose Paula’s Choice Niacinimide 10% Booster.

It has the most beneficial ingredients to soothe skin, hydrate the skin, and no ingredients that tend to clog the pores.

This product has the ability to be used alone or be combined with other products.

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