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How Does Niacinamide Work to Reduce Melasma Symptoms?

Jul 29, 2023

How Does Niacinamide Work to Reduce Melasma Symptoms?

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How Does Niacinamide Work?

Are you struggling with melasma, a condition that causes dark, patchy discolouration on your face? Does it feel like nothing you have tried has helped to reduce its appearance? If so, you may want to consider adding niacinamide to your skincare routine for melasma treatment.

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to improve a range of skin concerns, including melasma. But how exactly does niacinamide work to reduce melasma symptoms?

How Does Niacinamide Work?

Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin essential for maintaining healthy skin and can help reduce melasma symptoms. The exact mechanism by which niacinamide reduces melasma symptoms has yet to be fully understood, but several proposed theories exist.

How Does Niacinamide Work?

Firstly, it can reduce the production of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the skin, by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes (pigment-containing bags) from melanocytes (pigment-making cells) to keratinocytes (skin cells). By reducing the amount of pigment produced and deposited in the skin, niacinamide can help lighten melasma’s appearance.

Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the inflammation and irritation associated with melasma. This can improve the skin’s overall appearance and reduce the skin’s sensitivity and reactivity.

Additionally, niacinamide has been shown to improve the barrier function of the skin, which can help to reduce the penetration of environmental irritants and pollutants that can trigger or worsen melasma. By strengthening the skin barrier, niacinamide can help to improve overall health and appearance.

Overall, niacinamide is a safe and effective treatment option for melasma and can be used alone or in combination with other treatments such as hydroquinone, retinoids, and chemical peels. However, it can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, itching, redness and burning in sensitive people.

Therefore, it is better to consult a melasma doctor or dermatologist before using niacinamide for melasma treatment. He/She will determine your skin condition and recommend a suitable treatment for your individual needs.

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If you are struggling with melasma symptoms and looking for treatment, book your consultation with Clear Skin Clinics Pune today! Our dermatologists can help you achieve your skincare goals with a range of cutting-edge melasma treatments, including chemical peels, laser therapy and microneedling.

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Dr Dhanraj Chavan

About the Author: Dr Dhanraj Chavan

Dr. Dhanraj Chavan is a globally trained, young, and dynamic dermatologist. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Varicose Vein Specialist at Clear Skin, VeinMD, and HairMD.

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