What the heck is Niacinamide?

There are a plethora of terms that exist within the beauty world that will have you scratching your head in confusion, to say the least. Granted, there are some bizarre words in just about any industry, but if I had to pick specific realms that offer the most insane terms, I would wager it is the beauty industry or the medical one.

Niacinamide is a term I came across a few years ago. Initially, I had no fucking clue what niacinamide is, or what it does, for that matter; fast forward a few years to when I started getting acne, I noticed niacinamide is an ingredient in quite a few anti-acne products. Most of the skin products I use now contain niacinamide, and I also take it as a supplement.

For anyone wondering what in the fuck niacinamide is, allow me to provide you with some context. This information comes from healthline.com.

“Niacinamide is one of the two forms of vitamin B3 — the other being nicotinic acid. Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin. Niacinamide and nicotinic acid both provide vitamin B3 activity, but they differ in chemical structure and how they affect your health.

“Niacinamide plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy. For this reason, it’s a popular additive in the cosmetic and skincare industry. When applied topically or taken orally as a supplement, niacinamide has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin (5Trusted Source). It has been used to treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea, a facial skin disorder characterized by redness (5Trusted Source6Trusted Source). This makes niacinamide a popular alternative to oral or topical antibiotics for treating acne or rosacea (7Trusted Source8Trusted Source).

“Niacinamide may benefit those with certain skin conditions and reduce the risk of melanoma in high-risk individuals. It may also be useful for people with chronic kidney disease and, to a lesser extent, type 1 diabetes.

“There is a low risk of side effects with nicotinamide supplements. But despite a relatively strong safety profile, it’s best to consult with your healthcare provider if you choose to supplement with nicotinamide,” the web page states.

There you have it, my friends.

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