Hyperpigmentation, also called sunspots or age spots, is a common skin condition that occurs when an excess of melanin is produced in certain areas of the skin, resulting in dark spots or patches. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, and certain medications. Hyperpigmentation usually fades on its own with good skin practices, such as wearing sunscreen outdoors. People with more serious cases may benefit from niacinamide creams and other skin care products containing this versatile ingredient.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a popular skincare ingredient shown to be effective in treating hyperpigmentation. It works by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for giving color to the skin.
There are several ways that niacinamide can be used to treat hyperpigmentation. One way is by using niacinamide cream, which can be applied directly to the affected areas of the skin. This type of product is typically formulated with a high concentration of niacinamide, making it more effective at reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Niacinamide Cream for Hyperpigmentation
If you struggle with hyperpigmentation, we strongly recommend incorporating a moisturizing product that contains niacinamide into your skin regimen. It’s a gentle ingredient, so it can be used daily, morning and night. Is there any wonder it's an active ingredient in the Gle Face Moisturizer? This oil-free prebiotic daily face moisturizer is ideal for sensitive skin, as its two main ingredients are niacinamide and chamomile.
In addition to its ability to inhibit melanin production, niacinamide has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to calm and soothe the skin. This is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin, as it can help to reduce irritation and redness. If you struggle with inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema or rosacea, the chamomile in our face moisturizer also harnesses anti-inflammatory properties to soothe red, irritated skin and block signals in the body that contribute to inflammation.
How to Use: If using a highly concentrated niacinamide cream or serum to treat hyperpigmentation, apply a small amount to the affected areas of the skin once or twice daily, as directed by the product instructions. If you are using the Gle Face Moisturizer, apply a generous amount to damp skin to lock in moisture. Be gentle and apply using upward motions.
Niacinamide Cream for Dark Circles
This all-around ingredient can treat all forms of darkness on the skin, including a common concern, dark undereye circles. As a result, when looking for creams to erase dark under eyes, make sure one of its active ingredients is niacinamide, such as Gle for Wrinkles.
This highly concentrated formula combines powerhouse ingredients, including niacinamide and B5. Together, these B vitamins hydrate, heal and reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also includes vitamin E for firmer skin and algae extract, which is packed with minerals and nutrients that draw out toxins and hydrate skin.
To use, apply a pea-sized amount of Gle for Wrinkles under your eyes after cleansing and applying serum (and toner, if applicable). It’s advised to use your ring finger for a gentle application. Dab the product into your skin – avoid rubbing. Allow the product to fully absorb before applying other products in your skincare routine - about two minutes.
Risks and Side Effects
Niacinamide is a mild ingredient, so risks and side effects are rare – nevertheless, still possible. You may experience side effects if you:
- Have extremely sensitive skin
- Have allergic dermatitis (you are allergic to the ingredient)
- Use a high concentration of niacinamide
- Abuse the product
If you don’t experience side effects (i.e., skin irritation, flushing of the face, redness, itching, etc.) it is important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, as this ingredient may make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Applying sunscreen can also help prevent further hyperpigmentation
Niacinamide is a powerful skincare ingredient and niacinamide cream can be effective in treating hyperpigmentation. By using a niacinamide cream as directed, you can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and achieve a more even, radiant complexion.