Niacinamide 101: Everything You Need To Know About This Skincare Ingredient

The skincare world is full of options and ingredients, all vying for a spot on your bathroom shelf. But there is one ingredient that definitely needs a place in your grooming routine… Enter: niacinamide. This unsung skincare hero is like a secret agent, quietly tackling a range of common skin concerns with ease. Dr Asmal at Rondebosch Aesthetics is a big fan, and we’re inclined to agree – this powerhouse ingredient really does it all. So, if you’re ready to elevate your skin to new heights, it’s time to give niacinamide a shot.

The benefits…

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a versatile ingredient that can address a multitude of skin issues. One of the key benefits is its ability to regulate sebum production, which can help control breakouts and keep your complexion looking healthy. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive or irritated skin, especially after shaving. But the benefits of niacinamide don’t stop there. This ingredient can also help to brighten and even out your skin tone, reducing the appearance of discolouration, enlarged pores and dark spots. And for those concerned about ageing, niacinamide can help to improve the skin’s barrier function, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Here are the products to shop according to your skin’s needs…

For redness

Need a little pick-me-up for your skin without breaking the bank? Look no further than The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. This serum contains a high concentration of niacinamide and zinc PCA. It will brighten, smooth, and strengthen your skin over time. And the best part? It plays nicely with other products.


For dullness

Say goodbye to dull, tired skin and face your early-morning meetings with Origins Ginzing Gel Cream. It’s packed with powerful ingredients, like panax ginseng, caffeine and vitamin C, to brighten your complexion; and niacinamide to improve your skin’s moisture barrier.


For oily skin

Tired of dealing with oily skin? Kiehl’s Ultra Pure High-Potency 5.0% Niacinamide Serum could be your solution. With just 10 ingredients, it’s a simple yet effective option. Watch as excess oil and shine disappear, leaving you with a smoother, calmer complexion.


For dark spots

This serum from Uriage is formulated with 94% natural ingredients and is designed to visibly reduce dark spots and even out and brighten your skin tone. Plus, its lightweight and smooth texture makes it suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.

For acne

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Blemish Treatment Lotion is great for diminishing blemishes and evening skin tone. It’s formulated with niacinamide and salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and reduce the appearance of acne. Use it daily for optimal results. 

For cleansing

Skin Proud Kombucha Face Wash is a force to be reckoned with, kicking impurities to the curb. This gel-to-water formula packs a punch, with kombucha to banish impurities and niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate to leave your skin feeling refreshed and soft. And with no funky fragrances or sulfates, it’s a clean skincare win.

Have you introduced niacinamide to your skincare routine? Let us know your favourite products below. 


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