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Is the power vitamin niacinamide really as good as its reputation?

Niacinamide is traded in Beauty circles as true miracle weapon. But what exactly is behind it and what can the additive really do? Tikbow asked a dermatologist.

Anyone who relies on dietary supplements may have come across the term niacin. Behind it is the vitamin B3, whereby one speaks in the skin care of Niacinamid – a substance, which experiences at present a regular hype.

A real all-rounder

Niacinamide is a true all-rounder,” confirms Dr. Isabell Sick, owner of the Munich Isarderma Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics. Whether moisture-poor or sensitive skin – Niacinamid is suitable "for the most different skin types, there are no side effects or contraindications", so the Dermatologin in the discussion with Tikbow.

The water-liquid vitamin is available mixed as a serum or cream. "It is an antioxidant that protects against sun damage caused by UV exposure and counteracts wrinkles" explains Dr. Isabell Sick. The anti-aging vitamin can also help to reduce excess sebum. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, refines the pores and is therefore also recommended for acne-prone skin,” the expert adds.

Niacinamide can also help with dandruff

The beauty vitamin also has another area of application: "It also helps with pigment disorders", says Dr. Isabell Sick. Background: "Niacinamide helps to inhibit the production of the pigment melanin and thus ensures a more even skin tone." And niacinamide can allegedly do even more: "There are products especially for the scalp", says the dermatologist. "They have an anti-inflammatory effect and thus reduce sebum production and thus also the formation of dandruff."