For overall skin rejuvenation, one ingredient always stands out in our minds. Especially effective when it comes to lightening acne scars and pigmentation, this also won't cause skin to peel off nor make you look like a tomato. Introducing, niacinamide.
According to Dr. Windie Hayano of Skin Inc. Dermatology and Laser Center, niacinamide is a kind of Vitamin B complex (B3) that aids in overall skin brightening. "You'll find it in a lot of products now because people don't want to use hydroquinone [anymore]," she notes.
Hydroquinone is a bleaching ingredient that is now banned in several countries. Anything more than 1% of hydroquinone in the European Union is not allowed. The ingredient has been reported to pose health hazards, whereas niacinamide is considered safe to use.
Being a good alternative to the whitening ingredient, niacinamide offers brightening without extreme effects. This means that while it will help fade your acne scars, it won't dramatically lighten your skin as a result. Additional research has also shown that the B vitamin has a positive effect on treating acne, comparable to that of clindamycin.
Not only that, Dr. Windie also notes that niacinamide can be used to boost anti-aging skin care. Beauty brands like Olay, Paula's Choice, The Ordinary, and Mizon offer anti-aging products with this ingredient. This is because the vitamin inhibits inflammation and mitigates skin stress connected to sun damage.
The dermatologist further adds that other B complex vitamins like niacinamide aren't only good for the skin. Taking the vitamins orally are great for weight control as well.
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