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Why niacinamide is your best ally against hyperpigmentation

Have you ever wondered what might be the cause of those darker spots on your skin? If the answer is yes, and if you are trying to learn more about hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, read on. What’s hyperpigmentation, anyway? As the name itself suggests – “hyper” meaning more, and “pigment” meaning color – hyperpigmentation is a condition wherein your body produces too much melanin, i.e. too much brown pigment responsible for skin color. 
Usually manifested on skin as the appearance of brown, black, gray, red, or pink spots, hyperpigmentation is quite common for people over the age of 40, but it can occur earlier than that as well, and affect people of pretty much any race or ethnicity. Although the condition can sometimes be a sign of skin diseases such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, it is usually a cosmetic concern rather than a medical one: these darkened areas and skin blotches make your skin look uneven. The blotches and marks, also known as age spots or sun spots, are more common on exposed body parts like the face, neck, décolletage, hands, and arms.

Niacinamide and its benefits

So how can you fight this problem? What skin products for uneven skin tone should you consider using? Your best bet might be niacinamide – one of the main weapons against skin hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide, or nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B3, an essential nutrient really, whose deficiency can lead to skin, kidney, and brain problems (niacinamide is not to be confused with niacin, another form of vitamin B3). How does niacinamide work? Being a strong antioxidant, niacinamide helps reduce inflammation without any radical damage, preventing pigmentary changes. It essentially evens out any color variations you might have while also enhancing the hydration of your skin. According to studies, niacinamide minimizes pore size and enhances the skin’s texture, fostering skin elasticity and reducing skin’s redness and blotchiness. Niacinamide also helps build keratin, a protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy, and this, in turn, improves your immunity. It is also great for sun protection, shielding your skin cells from damage caused by ultraviolet rays.

How to use niacinamide products

Here are different ways you can include niacinamide in your skincare routine:

  1. For one, you could use a pure niacinamide serum such as Glossier Super Pure
  2. Two, there are also niacinamide moisturizers, such as Paula’s Choice DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer – they are a great alternative if you don’t want to use a niacinamide product on its own
  3. Or three, you may even get it in your sunscreen such as La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair UV SPF Moisturizer

And when should you apply products for hyperpigmentation? Ideally, right after cleansing your face and before applying your protection, or simultaneously with your moisturizer.

2x better absorption – with BOOST 

But now comes the best part. One way to make niacinamide work much better is to use your product with BOOST. Thanks to this smart skincare device, niacinamide can now be absorbed by skin 2x times better than before. That means better and faster results, with less product wasted and more niacinamide actually deployed to fight skin hyperpigmentation. By harnessing Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Technology (PEMFT) and the power of diamagnetics, BOOST ensures better absorption and deeper penetration of active ingredients, including niacinamide.

And rest assured: BOOST will not replace your usual skincare routine, it will just enhance it – making your usual skin creams, serums and lotions way more effective. On top of it all, BOOST provides personalized treatment for you and your skin, based on your skin type, specific skin conditions, the type of product you are using, and the climate you live in. 

According to BOOST users and fans worldwide*, here are some of the most popular skincare products fighting hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone issues (both with and without niacinamide): 

The Ordinary Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) 10% + Zinc 1% serum, Paula’s Choice BOOST 10% Niacinamide Booster, Glossier Super Pure, Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Clinique Even Better Clinical™ Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter, The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C + EGF Serum

So take your pick, let BOOST enhance the product and its active ingredients, and let us know how it went!

*source: RÉDUIT database, 2022.