Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is an organic compound which is one of the 80 essential human nutrients necessary for normal body functioning. Although our body synthesizes a miniscule amount of niacin naturally, it cannot produce the amount needed to avoid pellagra (niacin deficiency) so therefore we have to incorporate foods, and possibly supplements into our diet to obtain a substantial amount of vitamin B3.
This vitamin, found in common cooking ingredients such as beets or fish, and even mixed into modern energy drinks, has been popularized for a variety of reasons. You may have heard about its ability to detox the body, or how it niacin can lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol which can reduce chances of cardiovascular events, but niacin is far more powerful than we are led to believe, and may just be what your skin has been looking for.
Free Radical Prevention
Decades ago, the Swedes began conducting niacin treatments for patients who were either mentally ill (from diseases such as Alzheimer’s), or suffering from drug/alcohol addiction. They would have the patients fast, and consume niacin for days at a time. Over the course of those days, they would place the patients in a sauna or steam room, and have them literally sweat the free radicals out of their brain and body.
The experiments resulted in an 80% patient recovery rate, which is, to say the least, astounding. Most importantly, the patients remained mentally healthy, and clean or sober. The reason the tests were so effective is because the niacin drained years of heavy metals and free radicals out of the brain, which allowed the patients to think clearly, and logically.
But How Can Niacin Help My Skin?
There is a water-soluble form of niacin called niacinamide, or nicotinic acid. Topical creams containing niacinamide have been shown to block the inflammatory actions of iodides known to cause inflammatory acne, but that’s not all! Just like niacin’s effect on the mind, niacinamide reduces free radicals caused from oxidation, so your skin will be well protected and healthy, not to mention youthful.
*Make sure to apply a decent moisturizer after you use a product containing niacinamide. The niacinamide typically has a drying effect, so counteracting the dehydration is recommended