Meet Dr. NiaCinamide: The B3 Powerhouse

Today we sit down not with a person, but with an essential vitamin that’s revolutionising skincare routines worldwide: Vitamin B3, better known as Niacinamide.

Often hailed as the unsung hero of skincare, Niacinamide has been a cornerstone ingredient in dr.NC's formulations for years.

Let’s dive into why we’re so obsessed with Niacinamide, and why Dr Natasha Cook is so passionate about it as an ingredient.

Thank you for joining us today. Let's start with the basics. Can you tell us exactly what you are, Dr. NiaCinamide?

Dr. NiaCinamide: Absolutely! I’m a form of Vitamin B3, a vital nutrient that supports numerous cellular processes. In skincare, I’m known for my versatility and broad range of benefits. I improve skin’s elasticity, enhance its barrier function, diminish hyperpigmentation, soothe inflammation and break the breakout cycle. Just to name a few.

Impressive! dr.NC has been incorporating you into their products for quite some time now. What makes you so integral to their skincare philosophy?

Dr. NiaCinamide: dr.NC prioritises ingredients that not only deliver immediate results, but also protect and enhance skin health in the long term. Doctor Natasha Cook (aka Dr NC) recognised my ability to multitask in skincare routines long before I was a cult favourite. I help reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, control oil, and bolster the skin’s barrier. This makes me an excellent match for dr.NC’s commitment to high-performance, science-backed formulations. I’m also a longevity favourite if you are serious about having great skin through the decades. I’m pretty handy when it comes to boosting the immune system and fighting skin cancer. More on that later.

Speaking of science, could you highlight some of the research that supports your benefits?

Dr. NiaCinamide: I don’t mean to brag, but there have been countless studies about just how good I am. I’ve been reported to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antipruritic, and even anticancer. In fact, 500 mg twice a day can reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23%. Plus, long-term use of me paves the way for new skin cells, making skin healthier, brighter, and happily hydrated. For everyone.

My widespread incorporation into cosmetic products is attributed to my safety profile and proven efficacy. My other proven benefits include skin brightening, anti-ageing properties and the protection of the skin barrier.

That's quite compelling. How does dr.NC incorporate you across their product range?

Dr. NiaCinamide: I’m proud to say that I’m featured in almost every product across the dr.NC skincare range, excluding the steps involving acids in order to retain the high acid concentration. From cleansers to moisturisers, serums and even the dr.NC FaceShield SPF, and dr.NC Concentrated CC+ SPF 30, you’ll find me there, ensuring that each application not only cleanses or hydrates but also repairs and protects the skin. More than just your average formulations, boosting with B3 increases the skincare benefits of every single step.

You've been a hot topic in the skincare world recently, haven't you?

Dr. NiaCinamide: I sure have. Interest in me has grown by 52% over the past year. But Doctor Natasha Cook has been talking about me for a lot longer.

In fact, my role within dr.NC extends beyond just being a component in their skincare products. The real magic happens when I'm part of a well-considered routine. dr.NC integrates me into almost every step of the skincare process, acknowledging my abilities to work synergistically with other ingredients to amplify results, which is why you'll find me in nearly every product from the morning routine to nighttime regimen, and even in specialty treatments.

As a dermatologist, Doctor Natasha Cook knows how much of a miracle worker I am…and that miracles sometimes require deep scientific knowledge!

What would you say is your standout role in these products?

Dr. NiaCinamide: While I play many roles, perhaps my most crucial is enhancing the skin’s barrier. This is especially important in environments that challenge skin health, whether due to pollution, stress, or UV exposure. By strengthening the skin's barrier, I help maintain skin health and keep out pollutants and irritants, which is fundamental to maintaining youthful, healthy, and radiant skin.

Finally, what message would you like to leave our readers with?

Dr. NiaCinamide: More is more when it comes to me. Don’t be afraid to layer multiple products that I’m infused in - I only get better! Just like the old fashioned Sara Lee approach; adding layer upon layer only adds more skin worthy benefits without any risk of irritation. Sensitive skin types love me, not to brag.

Thank you for your time Dr. NiaCinamide. It’s clear as our skin why you’re a staple in the dr.NC formulations, and why Doctor Natasha Cook has championed you as a miracle ingredient for so long.


References used:

Cosmeceutical Aptitudes of Niacinamide

Niacinamide: a review on dermal delivery strategies and clinical evidence

Niacinamide global trends