Do You Know About Niacinamide Serums? A Dermatologist Explains Why You Need One


Claire Most

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.