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Niacinamide: The Skin Brightening Ingredient You Need To Know About

I’m a hedge fund analyst by day, an MBA student by night, and a skincare nerd all of the time. I want to maintain integrity in the beauty blogging world, and I hope to do that by curating products that are supported by clinical research and unfiltered personal experiences. Before I buy a beauty product I like to research the brand and the ingredients to try to see if the product will be both legitimately effective and safe. I look for studies that are either independent of brands, or peer-reviewed studies on ingredients to figure out what should work and why.   In this post I’ll be discussing my favorite skin brightening agent that has been verified by scientific research to improve the evenness of color and luminosity of the skin.


Niacinamide– This is an active ingredient in skincare products and a vitamin B3 derivative that works to ameliorate hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone. It also has been proven effective in wound healing and treats acne with a non-irritating method. Below is breakdown of the reported effects of topical niacinamide.

  • In clinical studies, niacinamide was shown to be well tolerated by the skin and reduced areas affected by hyperpigmentation in 4 weeks
  • Niacinamide works as a component in hydrogen transfer and because of this it stabilizes the epidermal layer which helps to moisturize and lock in moisture
  • Increases keratin creation which helps smooth out the skin’s texture and reduces the depth of wrinkles
  • Reduces acne severity because of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and suppression of certain types of sebum
  • A study on older patients (aged 40-60) showed a significant decrease in skin sallowness (yellowing)
  • Brightens skin and inhibits the transfer of the dark brown pigment, melanin, from transferring to the outer skin layers
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Unlike tretinon (trans-retinoic acid) the beneficial effects to the skin do not come at a cost to the moisture barrier. When the moisture barrier is damaged or compromised your skin will likely become more sensitive, reactive, and blotchy

If you are interested in trying some skincare products with niacinamide I included a list of my favorites:


Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence


Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule
Skin Inc. Vitamin B3+ Niacinamide Serum RESCUE TROUBLED SKIN


Manefit Bling Bling Hydro Gel Mask – Whitening Platinum

Eye Treatment

Goodal Moisture Barrier Eye Cream

Daytime Moisturizer

Verso Skincare Day Cream

Nighttime Moisturizer

Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

Special Note: I’m thinking of doing a giveaway of some beauty products with niacinamide. Don’t forget to follow to learn more about it!


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