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Niacinamide 101

A Comprehensive Guide to a Super Powerful Skincare Ingredient 

Niacinamide is a versatile ingredient that has gained popularity in the skincare industry in recent years. It has been shown to have numerous benefits such as reducing inflammation, improving skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In this article, we'll explore some of the most commonly asked questions about niacinamide and its benefits for the skin. 

What is niacinamide? 

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that is found naturally in many foods, including meat, fish, and green vegetables. In skincare products, it is used in its synthetic form and is often listed as "niacinamide" on ingredient labels.  

What are the benefits of niacinamide for the skin? 

Niacinamide has been shown to have numerous benefits for the skin, including: 

  1. Reducing inflammation: Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe redness and irritation in the skin. 
  2. Improving skin texture: Niacinamide has been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. 
  3. Boosting collagen production: Niacinamide can help to stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can improve skin elasticity and firmness. 
  4. Reducing hyperpigmentation: Niacinamide can help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, including dark spots and age spots. 
  5. Regulating oil production: Niacinamide can help to regulate sebum production in the skin, which can be helpful for those with oily or acne-prone skin. 

What types of skincare products contain niacinamide?  

Niacinamide can be found in a variety of skincare products, including: 

  1. Serums: Niacinamide serums like our Rejuvenating Niacinamide Elixir. are popular for their ability to deliver a high concentration of the ingredient to the skin. 
  2. Moisturizers: Niacinamide moisturizers are a great option for those who want to incorporate the ingredient into their daily skincare routine. 
  3. Toners: Niacinamide toners can help to balance the skin's pH levels and provide a hydrating boost. 
  4. Masks: Niacinamide masks like our Charcoal Peel-Off Mask with Niacinamide. are a great way to give your skin a concentrated dose of the ingredient for a weekly intensive treatment. 

What skin types can benefit from niacinamide?  

Niacinamide is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is particularly beneficial for those with oily or acne-prone skin, as it can help to regulate oil production and reduce inflammation. 

Combining this Niacinamide with other ingredients such as Aloe Aera, Chamomile Extract, and Cucumber Extract helps soothe and make our Niacinamide Serum’s formula gentle enough for all skin types while enhancing the benefits of our power players. 

How should niacinamide be incorporated into a skincare routine? 

Niacinamide can be incorporated into a skincare routine in a variety of ways, depending on your preferences and skin concerns. Here are a few tips for incorporating niacinamide into your routine: 

  1. Start with a low concentration: If you're new to niacinamide, start with a product that contains a lower concentration of the ingredient and gradually work your way up. 
  2. Layer it with other products: Niacinamide can be layered with other skincare products, including vitamin C and retinol. 
  3. Use it consistently: To see the full benefits of niacinamide, it's important to use it consistently as part of your daily skincare routine. 

Are niacinamide products expensive?  

Skincare products with active ingredients tend to be more expensive but prices can vary widely from brand to brand, watch this video to see how No BS products compare to other brands: 


Potential Side Effects of Niacinamide:  

Niacinamide is generally considered safe for most people when applied topically to the skin. However, in rare cases, some individuals may experience skin irritation or redness. This is more likely to occur if the niacinamide product contains additional ingredients that can be irritating, such as fragrances or preservatives. If you experience any adverse reactions, such as itching or burning, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional. 

Our formula is safe for sensitive skin, we do not use any harmful synthetic fragrances, and while the FDA banns 11 ingredients from skincare, we have collected a list of over 1500 harmful ingredients considered harmful from all over the world that we do not include in our products. 

Scientific Evidence Supporting Niacinamide:  

There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the use of niacinamide in skincare. Some studies have found that niacinamide can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that a topical niacinamide and retinol combination improved skin texture, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation in participants over a 12-week period. Another study published in the International Journal of Dermatology found that niacinamide reduced the appearance of hyperpigmented spots in participants with melasma. Overall, these studies suggest that niacinamide is an effective and safe ingredient to include in a skincare routine. 


  1. Niacinamide and retinol combination: 
  2. Niacinamide for hyperpigmentation: 

How does No BS offer Niacinamide? 

Currently we offer two products that include Niacinamide, our Rejuvenating Niacinamide Elixir and the Charcoal Peel Off Mask with Niacinamide. 

Our Rejuvenating Niacinamide Elixir is a milky serum that contains niacinamide as a key ingredient. It is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of pores. It also contains other ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and green tea extract, which can provide hydration, antioxidant protection and soothing benefits for the skin. 

Why the No BS Rejuvenating Niacinamide Elixir Serum? 

1.  We've combined cutting-edge ingredients like Phyto Cell Tec TM stem cells and Microalgae Extract that have powerful anti-aging benefits with the proven powers of Niacinamide to erase hyperpigmentation, even skin tone, and smooth skin. 
2. Natural ingredients like Aloe Aera, Chamomile Extract, and Cucumber Extract further soothe all skin types and enhance the benefits of our power players. 
3. This carefully curated combination of active ingredients and natural extracts creates a state-of-the-art formula proven to deliver visible improvements in skin texture, tone, and radiance. 

What’s so special about these ingredients? 

For the more visual geeks like us, here is a comprehensive chart with detailed info on all the ingredients in our Niacinamide Elixir Serum. 



Common Name 


Deionized water 

Purified water 

Hydrates and provides a base for the other ingredients 

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract 

Green tea extract 

Rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties 

Vegetable glycerin 

Glycerol, glycerine 

Natural moisturizing ingredient that helps hydrate and soothe the skin 

Nannochloropsis Oculata Extract 

Microalgae extract 

Has anti-aging properties and can help protect the skin from environmental stressors 

Phyto Cell TecTM (Malus Domestica) 

Stem cells of rare Swiss apple 

Has regenerative properties and can help improve the appearance of aging skin 

Hyaluronic acid 


A powerful humectant that helps the skin retain moisture, resulting in a plumper and more hydrated complexion 

Pentylene Glycol 


Humectant and skin conditioning agent 

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract 

Aloe vera extract 

Natural ingredient with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help calm irritated skin 

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract 

Cucumber extract 

Has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin 

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract 

Chamomile extract 

Has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe and calm the skin 

Sclerotium Gum, Kanthan Gum 


Natural thickeners that help to stabilize the product 


Vitamin B3 

Multi-tasking ingredient that can help regulate sebum production, reduce hyperpigmentation, and improve the skin's barrier function. 

Lactococcus Ferment Extract 

Probiotic ingredient 

Can help balance the skin's microbiome and promote a healthy complexion 

Hydrolyzed Corn Starch 


Natural thickener that helps to stabilize the product 

Bela Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract 

Beet root extract 

Rich in antioxidants and can help brighten the skin 

Phospholipids, Sphingolipids 

Naturally occurring fats 

Help to protect the skin's barrier and keep it hydrated 

Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Nut/Stem Oil 

Cypress oil 

Can help calm and soothe the skin 

Commiphora Myrrha Oil 

Myrrh oil 

Can help calm and soothe the skin 

 What are stem cells? 

Our Rejuvenating Niacinamide Elixir Serum contain an exclusive and innovative ingredient called PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica, these are plant-derived stem cells from a rare Swiss apple that promote the protection of human skin stem cells.   

Skin Stem cells are special cells found in the human skin that play a crucial role in its renewal and regeneration. The epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, is constantly renewing and shedding, and this process is driven by stem cells primarily located in the basal layer. Stem cells ensure the continuous supply of new skin cells, maintain the balance of cells within the skin, control hair follicle growth, and aid in wound healing, making them essential for the overall health and vitality of the skin. 

In summary, skin stem cells have two main functions:  

  • To replenish and maintain the balance of cells within the skin 
  • To regenerate damaged tissues.

Skin stem cells have a limited lifespan and are affected by both internal and external factors. As we age, the number and activity of these stem cells decline, which is considered the primary cause of skin aging. To counteract this, scientists use plant stem cells, such as Malus Domestica stem cells, to preserve the vitality of human skin stem cells. These plant stem cells contain specific factors that help maintain the self-renewal capacity of stem cells, regardless of their origin (plant, animal, or human), and aid in protecting and supporting the health of skin stem cells. 

Why the No BS Charcoal Peel Off Mask with Niacinamide?  

The Charcoal Peel Off Mask with Niacinamide is a deep-cleansing facial mask that is designed to help purify and detoxify the skin. It contains activated charcoal, which is known for its ability to attract and absorb impurities from the skin, which helps to absorb excess oil and unclog pores. The mask also contains other beneficial ingredients, including antioxidant-rich green tea extract and nourishing avocado oil. It is recommended to use it once or twice a week to help improve the appearance of the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. 


Knowledge is power, so stay tuned for more information on the best skincare ingredients that will take your skin from dull to damn! 




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