The Beginner’s Guide to Niacinamide: What to Expect Weeks 1-12

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The secret’s out: Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is one of the best things you can use on sun-damaged skin. But if you’ve just started out on your niacinamide journey, you might be wondering what to expect and how long it might take before you start seeing results.

We recommend using SolarCareB3 twice a day for at least three months, but you’ll likely see changes to your skin well before then. Here’s what you can expect week-by-week when you use our niacinamide products as directed.


Week 1-2: Increased Hydration, Reduced Redness

You may begin noticing the first signs of transformation in as little as one to two weeks. Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that penetrates the skin’s barrier and acts as a precursor to important molecules involved in skin repair and health. Put simply, niacinamide has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and can reduce the appearance of redness caused by sun-damage, acne, rosacea and other skin conditions. It also plays an important role in supporting the skin’s barrier function by helping increase production of ceramides, which are essential lipids (fats) that maintain the skin’s integrity and prevents moisture loss. These two benefits combined can result in improved hydration and a reduction in redness in as little as one to two weeks.


Week 3-4: Improved Texture

As you enter weeks three and four of your SolarCareB3 journey, you may notice your skin texture starting to improve with niacinamide helping to regulate the differentiation of something called keratinocytes. These are common skin cell types found on the outermost layer of your skin and niacinamide helps control how they change and develop. These benefits combined with improved barrier function promotes a smoother, more refined skin surface. If you’re prone to acne or congestion, you might also notice SolarCareB3 helping to reduce these issues. Niacinamide’s ability to regulate sebum production can help keep unwanted breakouts at bay and reduce the appearance of pores.


Week 5-8: Reduced Dark Spots

As you progress into the second month of using SolarCareB3, you may begin to notice another change: the gradual fading of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. These are often remnants of sun damage, and niacinamide is known for its ability to inhibit the production of melanin – the pigment responsible for these discolourations. Niacinamide acts on melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in the skin, by preventing the transfer of melanin to keratinocytes. This can reduce the appearance of dark spots and promote a more even, brighter complexion.


Month 3: Increased Collagen, Reduced Fine Lines

By the third month of consistent use, SolarCareB3 users may experience a gradual boost in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives structural support to the skin, and as we age, its production tends to slow down. Niacinamide helps to kickstart collagen synthesis by stimulating the activity of fibroblasts (a type of connective tissue) in the dermis (the deeper layers of skin). This increased collagen production can lead to firmer, more elastic skin. Additionally, niacinamide promotes the production of hyaluronic acid, a molecule that helps retain moisture and can make the skin appear more plump and hydrated. The combined effect of increased collagen and hyaluronic acid production can contribute to the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


A Final Thought:

Whether you’re battling sun damage, fine lines, acne, rosacea or just need a helping hand for sensitive skin, niacinamide is an undeniable skincare game-changer. At the three month mark, most people notice significant changes to their skin, but for ongoing results we recommend continual use.

It’s important to note that while niacinamide may seem like magic pill for every skincare woe, it can’t work its magic in isolation. Remember to complement your skincare routine with broad-spectrum SPF protection to prevent further sun damage and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.


Ready to start your niacinamide journey? Shop the SolarCareB3 range here.


Please note: Individual results may vary based on skin types, conditions, and other factors. The information provided is intended as general information, and specific results cannot be guaranteed.

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