How to use Niacinamide: A Comprehensive Guide

Young woman with beautiful skin applying Niacinamide cream on her face

Niacinamide is an incredible ingredient used in a variety of skincare products. It’s beloved by us here at REN, as well as dermatologists, skin care aficionados, and pretty much everyone who uses it because of its promising results. The many niacinamide benefits for the skin are backed by substantial research and evident by anyone who uses it. Here, we’ll explain why it’s so popular and, more importantly, how to use niacinamide for your skin type to reap its many benefits.

Why Use Niacinamide

So, what does niacinamide do for the skin? Scientists have known how vital niacinamide, a derivative of niacin or vitamin B3, is to the body for decades, however, it’s become clear how beneficial niacinamide is for the skin, in particular.

Niacinamide has the power to help address a myriad of skin concerns. From signs of aging, such as fine lines and a sallow complexion, to dullness, dryness, blemishes, and more, everyday skin struggles are no match for this ingredient.

How To Use Niacinamide

It’s no secret what niacinamide does for the skin, so it’s no surprise that this ingredient is found in many skincare products. This makes it easy to access and simple to use! How you use niacinamide will depend on what skincare concern you want to address and what your current skincare routine looks like. To help you determine the optimal usage for you, let’s answer a few common questions about using niacinamide…

When should you use niacinamide?

Unlike some other skincare ingredients, such as AHAs and retinoids, topical niacinamide serum shouldn’t increase your sensitivity to the sun. On the other hand, it acts as a photo-protectant, so you can use it morning or night. However, it’s still always a good idea to complete your morning routine with sunscreen.

At which step in your skincare routine you apply niacinamide will depend on the type of product you’re using. When you have all of your skincare products in hand, follow this skin care routine order for the best results.

How often should you use niacinamide?

Niacinamide, in and of itself, is considered safe to use as frequently as twice a day. So, if you find a niacinamide toner, serum, or moisturizer you love, feel free to incorporate it into your routine both morning and night. However, most skincare products contain more than one ingredient, so it's important to ensure you can use the other ingredients in the product as frequently. If the niacinamide product contains more ingredients that irritate your skin or is a mask that’s not intended for daily use, you may want to use the product once or twice a week.

With the introduction of any new skincare ingredient into your routine, it’s smart to start utilizing it once a day or every other day to see how you react to the formula before increasing the frequency of use.

Can you use niacinamide with other ingredients?

Yes! In fact, niacinamide works well with a variety of other popular skincare ingredients, and its use should be complemented with the use of others, including AHAs, retinoids, and ceramides. Another combination to consider is niacinamide and vitamin c to boost radiance, adjust uneven skin tone, and helps prevent environmental damage.

What’s the best product to use for niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a great ingredient that you can incorporate into your routine in more than one way. The best niacinamide product for you will depend on the other products you’re already using and the concerns you’re looking to address.

That being said, if you want to reap the maximum benefits from niacinamide, many dermatologists recommend using a serum. Why? Face serum typically contains a higher concentration of a particular active ingredient. A higher concentration (within reason) typically produces greater results. Another reason why serum is a good way to go for niacinamide-containing products, in particular, is that niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin, so it is more readily absorbed into the skin through a water-based formula like a serum.

To start benefiting from the use of niacinamide right away, try our Bio Retinoid™ Youth Serum to improve radiance, firmness, and moisture levels, and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in a matter of days.

About the Author

Camille Poggi is a doctor in Pharmacy (PharmD.) and is passionate about skincare and how the skin works in general. She specializes in the cosmetic industry and worked for renowned companies in France like L’Oréal and Chanel before moving to London. After being a training manager for 4 years, Camille is at ease with explaining how products work in the skin and how to adapt her speech according to the audience.

She joined REN in January 2020 as International Training Manager and moved to the Research & Development team earlier this year to be the new Scientific Education Manager. A tailored-made role where she assesses and leads all technical communication and ensures scientific compliance is always met. She’s also involved in new product development from the earliest stages. Finding a way to create sustainable skincare products and making sure the message is properly delivered and understood is definitely a big challenge but also her favorite part working for REN.