Here's What Vitamin B3 Does For Your Skin

by Lindsey Rose Black
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If spring cleaning has you inspired to polish your skincare act, too, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. If you've scanned the ingredients list on your favorite products and are asking yourself, what does vitamin B3 do for your skin, worry not — I'm here to break it down!

In most skincare products, vitamin B3 is listed as "niacinamide." As for its benefits, Paula Begoun, skincare expert and author, shared on her blog "[Vitamin B3] is a potent cell-communicating ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Assuming skin is being protected from sun exposure, niacinamide can improve skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolorations, and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture." So for those of you that spend a lot of time in the sun, you'll definitely want to consider using vitamin B3.

The product also has benefits beyond anti-aging. As explained on TotalBeauty, the vitamin "has been shown to reduce acne." Dang, talk about a powerhouse.

But before you start slathering yourself in niacinamide, keep in mind that it doesn't work well for everyone. The Dermatology Review shared, "If you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you should abstain from using a niacinamide cream as it may react with the increased levels of alcohol in the body. [Additionally], if you use a niacinamide cream for the treatment of acne, dermatologists suggest that you start with a small amount of the cream on your skin so you can take note of any negative skin reactions." If you discover excessive irritation, definitely stop using the cream and call up your doctor.

Want to test the vitamin out? Below are anti-aging and acne-fighting products that contain vitamin B3:

1. Anti-Aging Blemish Cream

Anti-Aging Blemish Cream, $28, Amazon

Yeah, that's right. Anti-aging and blemish cream.

2. Mineral Beauty Balm

Mineral Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum, $32, Amazon

This balm is tinted to hide pimples while also fighting them. Score.

3. Hydrating Sleep Cream

Hydrating Sleep Cream, $38, Amazon

If you skin is dry and dull, consider adding this to your routine.

4. Snow Magic Sheet Mask

Snow Magic Sheet Mask, $28, Amazon

This mask is infused with niacinamide to help you achieve bright, glowy skin.

5. Aloe Skin Treatment Gel

Aloe Skin Treatment Gel, $19, Amazon

This cleansing acne gel is balanced out with hydrating aloe.

6. Vitamin C And Buckthorn Moisturizer

Vitamin C And Buckthorn Moisturizer, $10, Amazon

This ultra-hydrating moisturizer will keep you pimple-free, thanks to the bit of vitamin B3!

7. Acne Spot Fast Fix

Acne Spot Fast Fix, $18, Amazon

For a quickie vitamin-packed spot treatment, this is a worthwhile splurge.

8. Goji Berry Facial Cream

Goji Berry Facial Cream, $11, Amazon

Nutrient-rich goji and vitamin B3? Yes please.

9. Clarify And Illuminate Moisturizer

Clarify And Illuminate Moisturizer, $18, Amazon

Get your glow and hydrate without breaking out thanks to this moisturizer!

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