Ingredient Highlight: Vitamin B3

  • Apr, 18 , 18
  • Bridgett Gordon

Treating Hyperpigmentation, Age Spots and Dark Spots

When choosing cosmetic products, it's important to pay attention to the ingredients. Marketing buzz words will often cause you to not look at the label to study the ingredients. This post will discuss a common well studied cosmeceutical that gets results. 

The biologically active form of niacin, Niacinamide or B3, has been well studied and backed by good science to treat skin blemishes. This wonder Vitamin is an interesting cosmeceutical that is worth considering if you suffer from pigmentation issues or environmentally damaged skin.


Here’s what the research says:


  • At a level of 2%, B3 reduces transepidermal water loss
  • Increases synthesis of collagen which improves skin elasticity
  • Used at a level of 23%,  sebum production and pore size are decreased
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation of sun and age spots
  • Reduces inflammation, irritation and skin redness caused by environmental conditions
  • Reduces the appearance of Fine Lines
  • Helps skin exfoliation via increased skin cell turnover
  • Improves the skin barrier function by increasing lipids and ceramides in the stratum corneum
  • Results are seen relatively quickly (12 days) and results are maintained with use of a daily moisturizer
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation in the outer layer of the skin by inhibiting movement of pigment bearing cells

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