Let's say that you consider yourself to be an expert on all things skincare. You know all about hyaluronic acid and you've done your homework to find the best sunscreen. You're the person friends go to for tips on serums, and eye creams, and night masks, and you don't mind sharing your wisdom one bit. If this description sounds like you, then here's your test: Have you ever heard of niacinamide?
This term, which is also called nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B that can be found in food, supplements, and the latest buzzed-about skin products. "It is able to boost the immune system and increase the body's ability to repair sun damage and DNA damage," Ronald Moy, MD, a dermatologist at MFC Dermatology in Beverly Hills, says. "It has also been shown to improve the look of scarring, breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots as well as boost skin texture and lessen dullness."
Moy has seen so many positive effects niacinamide has had on his patients' overall skin health that he credits it with helping to decrease pre-skin cancers and skin cancers.
"The fact that niacinamide increases DNA repair throughout the body suggests that it will also decreases cancer throughout the body," he says. "Not only does skin look better, but oftentimes patients say that they feel much better, too."
We asked Moy for the 10 best niacinamide products he'd recommend to friends eager for advice, and he adds that you should always check with your physician about making this change. Read on to gather his thoughts, and feel free to share them with your inner circle, too.
"This all-natural daytime beauty supplement includes 500 milligrams of niacinamide to help kick-start your DNA repair first thing in the morning," he says. "Polypodium is added, which works as an oral sunscreen and decreases pigmentation. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin D, folic acid, turmeric, and astragalus to improve the immune system, boost additional repair, and add antioxidants to your system."
"This is another all-natural beauty supplement that contains 500 milligrams of niacinamide, but for nighttime," he notes. "It also has a small amount of melatonin, lemon balm extract, and valerian root extract, which improves sleep and skin health to give you the ultimate beauty sleep."
"The combination of niacinamide and SPF in this product makes it work double duty as it promotes hydrated skin," Moy adds.
"In this product, niacinamide is combined with salicylic acid to calm and minimize acne," he says.
"This works as a good primer, but also helps decrease pore size with its 2% component of niacinamide," he notes.
"This light formula dramatically helps with anti-aging efforts by containing 2% of niacinamide along with peptides and green tea extract," Moy says.
"This lotion is great for stretch marks and wrinkles," he continues. "It uses a gentler version of niacinamide known as myristyl nicotinate to help lessen wrinkles and the appearance of scarring."
"This one helps skin's vitality and resilience by boosting its immunity response and targeting pigmentation," he adds.
"This combines niacinamide with the benefits of vitamin A and encourages collagen synthesis in cells that fortifies the skin barrier, reduces wrinkles, and brightens complexion," he says.
"This combines niacinamide with elasticity-boosting copper peptides, omega 3 and 6, and ferulic acid to build moisture and help out dehydrated, dull, and stressed skin types," he says.
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