What Are The Best Skincare Products With Niacinamide?

by Gio
best niacinamide products

And the winner for “Most Versatile Skincare Ingredient Is….. Niacinamide!”

“Thank you, thank you,” Niacinamide says as it receives the award, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Olay, which believed in me from the start and gave me my first gig. I’d also like to thank Paula’s Choice, The Ordinary and all the other brands that have given me a place of honour in their formulations. It’s a pleasure to work with you and help your customers reduce their wrinkles, fade their dark spots and soothe their irritations. Let’s keep up the good work! Thank you, everyone.”

Awww, it’s so sweet to see Niacinamide get the recognition it deserves. But,

What Does Niacinamide Do For The Skin?

Plenty of things:

Awesome, isn’t it? So, where do you get your niacinamide fix? Take a look below for the best skincare products with niacinamide:

Related: Spotlight On Niacinamide

1. Best For Dry Skin: Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex ($93.00)

Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex doesn’t have “normal” niacinamide. It has Pro-Niacin, ie niacinamide married to a fatty acid. On the label, it’s called myristyl nicotinate. It does the same thing, including fading dark spots. But where this cream excels is fixing your skin’s protective barrier. It has ceramides and squalane to strenghten it against environmental damage, hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture and plenty of antioxidants to fight premature wrinkles.

Available at: Dermstore

Related: Are Ceramides The Key To Healthy Skin?

2. Best For Oily Skin: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.00)

Let’s be clear: niacinamide isn’t a miracle cure for oily skin or acne. But, it can soothe the redness, help pimples heal faster and fade away those little dark spots they sometimes leave behind as an unwanted parting gift. All things your skin badly needs. Plus, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% pairs it with Zinc, another anti-inflammatory that helps reduce the signs of acne, too.

Available at: Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Skinstore

Related: The Complete Guide To The Ordinary Anti-Acne Skincare Products

3. Best For The Eye Area: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream ($15.99)

I don’t believe in using a separate cream for the eye area but I know a lot of you do. If you’re looking for one, Cerave Eye Repair Cream is a great option to consider. It contains ceramides to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, hyaluronic acid to add moisture and a few antioxidants to prevent wrinkles. The texture’s on the thick side but that’s the norm with most eye creams.

Available at: Dermstore, Feel Unique, Ulta and Walmart

Related: CeraVe Eye Repair Full Review

4. Best For Dark Spots: Olay Pro-X Even Tone Spot Fading Treatment ($29.80)

Looking for a gentler alternative to hydroquinone? Niacinamide’s it. Plus, Olay Pro-X Even Tone Spot Fading Treatment also has undecylenoyl phenylalanine, a new skin lightener discovered by Proctor & Gamble. It treats skin discolorations and brown spots by inhibiting melanotropin, which controls tyrosinase activity, melanin synthesis and melanosome. In plain English, it stops your skin from producing too much melanin. Together, they make a powerful combo.

Available at: Walmart

Related: 7 Ways To Treat Hyperpigmentation: Which One Is Right For You?

5. Best For Multitasking: Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42.00)

Don’t know where niacinamide fits into your routine? With Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster, it can fit anywhere! Just pour 3 or 4 drops into your fave serum or moisturizer to supercharge it and you’re good to go. Plus, in true Paula Choice’s style, the booster is full of antioxidants to help you keep those pesky premature wrinkles at bay, too. In case you’re wondering, yes, vitamin C is here too – and you can totally use them together. It’s a myth you can’t – and I’ve debunked it here.

Available at: Dermstore, Look Fantastic, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice


What do you think are the best Niacinamide products? Share your picks in the comments below.

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Barbara April 25, 2017 - 11:47 am

Thanks!!!! This was an article I´ve been waiting for. In fact I tried to do a thorough research on what niacinamide is good for a few weeks ago. There are just so many multipurpose ingredients out there!

Gio April 29, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Barbara, you’re welcome. Niacinamide is one of my fave ingredients, it’s good for everything. I can’t recommend it enough.

Inka April 28, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Hi Gio,
I just bought the ordinary’s niacinamide and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate yesterday. I planned to use them individually, am and pm. But in the ordinary’s website they have this regimen guide, and there it says the example regimen for pigmentation issues:
AM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%; PM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% or Advanced Retinoid 2%
Which confused me since weren’t we supposed not to mix niacinamide with any vit C? What do you think? Should I stick with using them individually, or can I really use the magnesium ascorbyl after niacinamide, since its format is emulsion anyway?
Thank you 🙂

Gio April 29, 2017 - 12:52 pm

Inka, the traditional advice was to use them separately because vitamin C can deactivate niacinamide. But recent research has shown that this reaction happens so slowly it really isn’t a problem. You can wait 20 minutes in between application if it makes you feel more at ease but I personally don’t think it’s necessary.

Jenny October 16, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Thanks for your article! But I am wondering if it is ok for me to use the ordinary niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% right after I used my BHA exfoliant and follow up with the rest of my skincare without waiting? Or do I have to wait for 20 minutes both after using BHA and niacinamide?

Gio October 19, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Jenny, just wait for the first product to absorb into the skin and you should be fine.

Mlan October 19, 2017 - 4:38 pm

Gio, which one do you recommend for PIH and normal , slightly dehydrated skin? and doesn’t need a moisturizer after
Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal or Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex?

Gio October 28, 2017 - 1:57 pm

Mlan, if you don’t want to use a moisturiser afterwards, I’d go with NIa24. It’s the most moisturising of the two.

Olivia February 17, 2018 - 8:04 pm

Thanks for the article Gio! I was wondering if there are other ingredients I need to look out for in a product that complement niacinamide. My derm recommended skinceuticals b3 (which is an arm and a leg) but it boasts a delivery method (different and better) than others. I was wondering if that’s a real thing, or if I could go with a cheaper product maybe from the Ordinary and get the same benefits. Also I saw different % of this ingridient out there, is higher better?

Gio March 2, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Olivia, niacinamide is quite gentle so you can use a higher concentration without problems. You can definitely get similar results with any of the products on this list. But because of zinc, The Ordinary Niacinamide product is suitable only for oily skin. Paula’s Choice is a good alternatives for all skin types or, if you’re on a budget, check out the Olay line. Most of their products have niacinamide.

Charolette April 15, 2018 - 3:04 am

Hi Gio, I would like to find a product that has Niacinamide, B3, Linoleic acid and oil like safflower and sunflower oil in it. I would like to use this on my arms too. My skin is getting very frail and wrinkly because of weight I lost and possible meds that I take. I don’t mind paying for a product that will work, so tried of false claims.

Gio April 19, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Charolette, have you thought of getting a niacinamide booster, like Paula’s Choice 10% niacinamide booster, and mixing it with these oils?

Charolette April 21, 2018 - 1:50 am

would that help my crepe paper like skin on my arms and make the skin resilient and diminish the wrinkles? I have not used any of these products I have seen where these products are helpful so I thought you might know a product that has all .

Gio April 27, 2018 - 9:12 am

Charlotte, unfortunately no product has it all. But layering a retinol serum under a niacinamide moisturiser will help reduce wrinkles and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier.

camila April 4, 2019 - 2:15 pm

hi gio ! it is OK to layer:



Gio April 12, 2019 - 4:15 pm

Camila, yes t’s ok to layer them. But use either salicylic acid or glycolic acid, not both!


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