All about Niacinamide

Jun 24, 2021
All about Niacinamide

All about Niacinamide

Here at Honest we’re all about ingredient transparency and letting you know what you’re putting on your skin. So, we’re helping you get to know some of our fave skincare ingredients. Next up: Niacinamide (pronounced: Nigh-uh-sin-uh-mide, you’re welcome babes)

What it is

Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, is an essential vitamin for protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism that plays an important role in the production of energy in our cells.

What it does for your skin

  • brighten the appearance of skin + lighten dark spots. 
  • balance sebum production 
  • strengthen the skin barrier (which improves protection against external aggressors) 
  • provide soothing and anti-inflammation 
  • reduce the appearance of fine lines + improve skin texture 

So yeah, you could say it works wonders.

Pro tip: keep an eye on our new releases… we have a few Niacinamide-infused skincare products coming soon.

So, Niacinamide 101: complete. Stay tuned for more blogs breaking down the ingredients that make your skincare faves your skincare faves.


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Kawada et al. Evaluation of anti-wrinkle effects of a novel cosmetic containing niacinamide. Japanese Dermatological Associate, 2008.

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We aim to provide you with the most honest and credible information possible. This article was reviewed for accuracy by The Honest Team and was written based on trusted sources that are linked at the bottom of the article.