Do you know individual with low levels of nicotinamide have a greater risk of developing a certain forms of acne?

Nicotinamide also known as niacinamide (vitamin B3) - is a water-soluble vitamin mainly found in our daily diet such as fish, legumes, meat etc. It is used to treat a number of illnesses including acne.  It is belived that individual with low levels of niacinamide have a greater risk of developing a certain forms of acne.

Niacinamide reduce redness by blocking the irritants that cause acne. In addition, it helps to ease inflammation. This ingredient is mainly used for topical acne treatment. Because it is derived from vitamin, it is hard for the bacteria to develop resistance as compared to antibiotics.

Niacinamide is available in the forms of  topical cream, gel and oral forms. Its anti inflammatory properties have contributed towards its success in clearing acne. It also reduces facial sebum production that contributes to inflammatory acne lesions and non inflamed comedones. In most places niacinamide gel is marketed as an OTC treatment for acne.

Why niacinamide?

  • It has anti-inflammatory effect, that will effectively treat acne by reducing sebum.
  • Increase skin hydration by Improving skin barrier function through reducing loss of water from the outer skin layer.
  • It improve the pigmentation, blotchiness and redness of old skin.
  • Reduce the risk of skin cancer.


  • Drive cars and heavy machinery with great caution, since niacinamide may cause drowsiness and dizziness.
  • Niacinamide is not suggested for acne treatment in pregnant and breast feeding women. Talk with your doctor before using it.
  • Before using niacinamide, make sure that  you have allergic reaction to it or not.

How should nicotinamide be used?

  • Read manufacturer's information leaflet before using niacinamide gel.
  • It is recommended to use twice each day. However, if your skin become dry or irritated, use it once a day.
  • First, clean the area with water and soap and dry it with a towel.
  • Gently rub a thin layer of gel on the dry skin.
  • Avoid applying the gel to sensitive areas of your skin such as around your mouth, eyes and, and nose.
  • Avoid using in any areas of skin which are irritated or sore.
  • Before deciding whether the treatment working for you or not, continue to use this for a minimum of six weeks. If your skin condition is not improved within a couple of months, contact dermatologist for another treatment options
  • Acne commonly can return back after your spot have cleared. So do not stop using the treatment immediately after your skin condition improved, instead, use other maintenance treatments.
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