Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties which, when applied topically, help minimize the impact of acne, and moderate rosacea. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the ingredient can also neutralize free radical damage, helping to prevent skin cancer as well as fine lines and wrinkles in the process. “The amount of niacinamide in products varies in formulations, and depends on what other ingredients are in the product,” says Marnie B. Nussbaum, M.D., Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. “There are topical formulations ranging from two percent to 10 percent."
If you’re considering trying it out at home but unsure where to start, check out some of these over-the-counter niacinamide products dermatologists swear by.
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“This product is a fragrance-free face moisturizer that treats concerns of dry, irritated, red, blotchy, and sensitive skin. It's a light cream that contains niacinamide to calm down inflammation, linoleum acid, and glycerin to moisturize.” —Dr. Hu
“It’s a lightweight moisturizer that contains niacinamide, and it’s very gentle. It’s a favorite choice for my sensitive skin patients.” —Rachel Nazarian, MD, F.A.A.D, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Dermatology
“This is my go-to non-hydroquinone (a lightening agent used for the treatment of melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) skin brightener. In addition to niacinamide, the product contains additional effective ingredients that help to normalize melanin production, decrease inflammation, and protect the skin including tranexamic acid, marine protein extract, and phytic acid.” —Melanie Palm, M.D., assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego
“Cerave PM Face moisturizer is a great hydrator which also can decrease redness.” —Dr. Nussbaum, Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College
“This line of powder mineral-based sunscreens and skin-care products is a fave among many dermatologists. This product is great for rosacea as it uses allergy-free ingredients—like zinc oxide for sun protection—and includes ingredients like niacinamide, to soothe skin and reduce redness.” —Dr. Palm
“This moisturizer helps to restore the skin’s barrier, and provides meaningful hydration. The niacinamide components perform both anti-inflammatory, brightening, and restorative properties for the skin.” —Dr. Palm
“This product is a favorite sunscreen of mine as it hydrates, protects the skin from sun damage, and contains niacinamide to reduce redness.” —Dr. Nussbaum
“I often recommend this great zinc oxide-based physical sunscreen to my acne and rosacea prone patients and those with oily skin due to its light formulation. It is part of my standard therapy for melasma patients to help fight abnormal pigment production and inflammation. It is also a favorite among men as it is not tacky and has a light feel.” —Dr. Palm
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“I recommend the Nia 24 line which uses a form of niacin to improve skin tone and texture. I like this mineral based treatment sunscreen that is oil-free.” —Rita Linkner, M.D., F.A.A.D, dermatologist at Spring Street Dermatology in NYC
“SkinCeuticals Metacell B3 combines a blend of peptides to improve the skin's firmness and decrease fine lines with niacinamide to improves skin's tone and decrease hyperpigmentation.” —Dr. Nussbaum
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