• Brooke Walter



The first time I saw Niacinamide on a skincare ingredient list, I thought “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” Then I realized, I was thinking about Niacin, a common ingredient found in foods and supplements. While Niacin helps convert food into energy, and help overall body functions, Niacinamide can be considered this same “do it all” superstar for the skin.

Unlike it’s Vitamin A and Vitamin C skincare counterparts, Vitamin B3 carries very little risk of sensitivity yet offers massive benefits: visibly minimizing enlarged pores, improving uneven skin tone, reducing oil production, diminishing dullness, and strengthening skin barrier. You’d think such a comprehensive array of benefits would mean it would cost you a fortune, but luckily there are some budget friendly options that can get you started.

The first Niacinamide product I tried was the Ordinary’s 10% with Zinc, a great entryway into trying the ingredient due to its affordable price that’s less than my Starbucks order! I’ve found this formula to be particularly effective in regulating oil production and helping with mild acne, and the price absolutely can’t be beat. I also like Fourth Ray Beauty’s Remedy serum, which is slightly more expensive at $15, but is formulated with another great brightener with Licorice root.

On the other end of the price spectrum is the Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength Discoloration Defense serum, weighing in at $88. While you could buy 10 of the Ordinary for this price, this formula takes targeting pigmentation to a whole new level with the optimized ingredients list that consists of a 15% blend of Niacinamide, Kojic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, and Tranexamic Acid. All of these are excellent ingredients to look for if targeting hyperpigmentation and age spots are a concern, and this is the first time I’ve seen them all together in one formula. This is the dream team to tackle these concerns, so I consider it well worth the price tag. I personally think it’s the best non prescription treatment currently on the market, and Sephora reviewers seem to agree giving it a rating of almost 5 stars.

I absolutely recommend the Ordinary for any beginners that want to test the ingredient before diving in head first to the pricier waters, but if you know that pigmentation is your top concern then the Peter Thomas Roth serum is the way to go. Post acne pigmentation happens to be my biggest skin pet peeve, so its been a game changer (or should I say, face changer) for me! Another Bright Skin Brooke must have!

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