Niacinamide is a multi-functional superstar ingredient that can normalize pores, soothe acne-prone skin, improve the skin barrier and even lighten hyperpigmentation. This formula contains a whopping 10%, ideal to improve the appearance of acne and blemish prone skin.
To further enhance Niacinamide's already awesome problem solving skills, we have included Zinc PCA and Sarcosine, both known to help enlarged pores, oiliness and blemishes.
Who is it for?
How to use it?
Apply a few drops to the face after cleansing (and toning and exfoliating), but before using emulsions and/or creams. Can be used either in the AM and/or PM.
It can be used on its own or you can also add it to another product as a Niacinamide Booster. Do not add it to direct acids, such as exfoliating acids or pure Vitamin C. It mixes well for with our HA 5 Serums.
Ingredients & Research
Niacinamide (10%) – A multi-functional superstar that can normalize pores, soothe acne prone skin, improve the skin barrier and lighten hyperpigmentation.
Zinc PCA – A combination of antibacterial and sebum normalizing Zinc with the humectant molecule found in the skin called PCA (stands for pyrrolidone carboxylic acid). Zinc PCA has the property of both, meaning it is a gentle, non-drying ingredient known to help acne-prone and oily skin.
Sarcosine: An amino-acid derived ingredient that works as a so called 5α-reductase inhibitor helping to normalise oil-production and pore size.
full inci list:
Aqua (water), Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Zinc PCA, Sarcosine, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
Walocko, Frances M., et al. “The role of nicotinamide in acne treatment.” Dermatologic Therapy (2017)
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 13 (4) – Dec 1, 2014, A review of nicotinamide: treatment of skin diseases and potential side effects
Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014;27:311-315, Niacinamide – Mechanisms of Action and Its Topical Use in Dermatology
Shalita, Alan R., et al. "Topical nicotinamide compared with clindamycin gel in the treatment of inelammatory acne vulgaris." International journal of dermatology 34.6 (1995): 434-437.
Navarrete-Solís, Josefina, et al. "A double-blind, randomized clinical trial of niacinamide 4% versus hydroquinone 4% in the treatment of melasma." Dermatology research and practice 2011 (2011).
Tanno, O., et al. "Nicotinamide increases biosynthesis of ceramides as well as other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier." British Journal of Dermatology 143.3 (2000): 524-531.