Most people don’t realise that this particular derivative of vitamin B3, while maybe not as popular as retinol or vitamin c as an ingredient, is in our opinion supremely underrated and overlooked. Niacinamide works on any skin type and is a great multitasker, and when paired with zinc, is a serious miracle worker (especially if you deal with acne or excess oil production).

Its an all round crowd pleaser, suitable for all ages and skin types. Its also super easy to use, and the benefits are abound. In addition to smoothing and healing, here’s what including topical niacinamide application in your skincare can do for you: 

  1. Works well on enlarges pores 
  2. Regulates oil and sebum production in the skin
  3. Reduces redness caused by acne spots on the skin
  4. Helps to deal with inflammation caused by acne 
  5. Combats wrinkles and fine lines
  6. Strengthens the skin barrier by aiding natural production of ceramides 

Niacinamide is also a team player, working perfectly with a range of ceramides, peptides, AHAs and BHAs, including hyaluronic acid and retinol. But a word of caution: 

Do not mix Niacinamide with Vitamin C - essentially, the niacinamide cancels out the benefits of Vitamin C and may cause more acne/redness. 


Our bodies don’t naturally produce niacinamide, but through a healthy, balanced diet we can get it! Niacin, another B3 derivative, can be supplemented through grains, fish, milk, and meat. Oral intake is shown to have amazing effects on the body, contributing to a reduced blood pressure level, and a boost in brain function. On the other hand, topical use of niacinamide is super useful for overall skin health. 

The best niacinamide serums in India: 

  1. Dermaco 10% Niacinamide 
  2. Suganda 10% Niacinamide 
  3. Dermalogica Super Dailyfoliatnt 

We hope you are now virtually en route to getting your niacinamide fix. But as all products, we recommend patch testing on your arm or neck 24 hours before using, and contact your dermatologist asap if you have any issues! 

Until next time, 

Stay curious. Stay #freequal. 

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