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Why Niacinamide Is The Skincare Ingredient You Need To Brighten Acne Marks And Dark Spots

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When you have oily and acne-prone skin, you've already accepted the fact that treating breakouts is only half the battle. You also have to deal with the aftermath, aka the dark spots and marks left behind. If you're looking for the best skincare ingredient that will banish your woes, let us turn your attention to niacinamide.

Below, we have listed down the benefits of this well-loved skincare ingredient, plus the best niacinamide-infused products you can use to jumpstart your #ClearSkin2020 agenda:

What is niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, works with the ~natural~ substances in your dermis to minimize pores, correct uneven skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and strengthen the skin barrier. It's a suitable choice for people who have oily and acne-prone skin. 

What are the benefits of niacinamide?

  1. It evens out skin pigmentation.

    This skincare superstar is beneficial in brightening dark spots left behind by acne or caused by prolonged sun exposure. Niacinamide increases the production of collagen, which helps repair the skin.

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  2. It regulates sebum production.

    Niacinamide helps in regulating the amount of sebum your oil glands produce and prevents them from going into overdrive.

  3. It treats acne.

    Niacinamide helps in alleviating and soothing angry pimples, thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory and healing properties. 

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  4. It strengthens the skin barrier.

    Continued use of niacinamide-infused products has been proven effective in strengthening the skin barrier.

  5. It helps soothe rosacea.

    This hardworking skincare ingredient isn't just for oily and acne-prone complexions. Niacinamide has been proven to calm down rosacea by improving the barrier and preventing water loss.

If you're ready to hop on the bandwagon and get the ~best~ skin of your life, here are the best niacinamide-infused products to get you started:

  1. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

    If you suffer from dark spots and marks left behind by acne, turn to The Ordinary's serum to diminish their appearance. It has a high concentration of niacinamide that helps in brightening dull, blemished skin.

    The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P740, BeautyMNL

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  2. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: Apotheke Niacinamide 10% Serum

    This serum from local brand Apotheke Science Philippines is infused with a high concentration of niacinamide, aloe vera extract, and seaweed extract. These ingredients will help in brightening and evening out your skin tone, giving you a radiant complexion with continued use. 

    Apotheke Niacinamide 10% Serum, P499, Shopee

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  3. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: Hello Gorgeous Purifying Facial Soap

    If you're dealing with bacne, try out Hello Gorgeous' Purifying Facial Soap. It contains niacinamide, tea tree oil, and virgin coconut oil to dry out pimples and speed up their healing process.

    Hello Gorgeous Purifying Facial Soap, P150, Hello Gorgeous

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  4. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: Luxe Organix Miracle Soap For Face & Body

    Luxe Organix's all-in-one bar soap contains salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide—all of which will help with oily, acne-prone, and congested skin.

    Luxe Organix Miracle Soap For Face & Body, P149, Watsons

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  5. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: Celeteque Brightening Facial Wash

    If you need a gentle cleanser that still packs a punch, use Celeteque's Brightening Facial Wash. It takes off all the dirt and grime from your face while brightening and correcting discoloration. It's also hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and proven safe even for sensitive skin.

    Celeteque Brightening Facial Wash, P150, Lazada

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  6. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence

    If you need a gentle but powerful combination, try this essence from COSRX. It contains 95 percent galactomyces and niacinamide that will even out your skin tone and reveal a fairer complexion.

    COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence, P1,000, Lazada

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  7. Best Niacinamide-Infused Product: Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

    This essence from famous Korean skincare brand Benton contains a bevy of skin-loving ingredients that includes snail secretion filtrate, niacinamide, and adenosine. It also has a lightweight, watery texture that won't feel heavy on your face.

    Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, P1,050, BeautyMNL

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