Why We Use 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) in our Anti Aging Cream

Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is a form of Vitamin B3 and is different than Niacin (they are two different types of vitamin B3).  It is a nourishing vitamin that is added to skincare to help protect and improve overall skin health.

In studies conducted in 1995 and 2013, a topical preparation of 4% niacinamide treated acne just as effectively as those who were on a 1% clindamycin (antibiotic treatment) after it was applied twice daily for eight weeks. Overuse of antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance when bacteria that cause illness become resistant to the antibiotics.  Research has also shown that 2% topical niacinamide may also inhibit the production of oil, which can often help with acne.  In a study published in 2004 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 50 women were given a moisturizer containing 5% niacinamide in one half of their face and a placebo on the other half of their face for 12 weeks.  At the end of the 12 weeks, results showed that the half of the face that had received niacinamide showed improvement in hyperpigmentation spots, fine lines, and wrinkles compared to the control side. 

What are some benefits of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)?

Niacinamide helps restore cellular energy, repair damaged DNA, and reduces the immunosuppressive effects of sun-induced UV rays. This vitamin has been shown to prevent the transfer of pigment within the skin, which can help reduce brown spots.  Niacinamide preserves hydration, protects the skin like a barrier, and improves synthesis of healthy fats.  It also helps to build keratin and minimizes the look of pores.  It protects against sun damage and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.  Dr. Rachel Nazarian, from New York, recommends niacinamide for those with sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema. She says that it is a great option for those who are concerned about irritation from their skincare products or struggle with allergies.

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Are there any side effects or risks of using Niacinamide?

This vitamin is considered safe to use, however those who already have pre-existing allergies may be more susceptible to a reaction.  Niacinamide is very mild, compared to other ingredients found in cosmetic creams, and great for those with sensitivities.


When should I use it?

It is effective to use niacinamide cream in the morning and evening. Dr. Anna’s 5% Niacinamide Anti Aging cream can be found on our website and comes in a glass bottle which can be refilled at our office located on 322-1964 Fort St.

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Dr Anna Medical Aesthetics
#322 – 1964 Fort St, Victoria, BC. V8R 6R3

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