We’ve all heard about Vitamin C’s benefits it has on our skin. Let’s go back a letter and now look into Vitamin B3 – one of the best forms of the vitamins for your healthy radiant-looking skin! 

Also known as niacinamide, Vitamin B3 can help to treat acne, aging, dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, sun-damaged skin, and even reduce the risk of skin cancer! 

Game-changing skincare super ingredient: Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 for healthy radiant looking skin - skincare ingredient

Vitamin B’s game-changing properties are:

  • Improves skin barrier function to keep moisture in while simultaneously keeping irritants out 
  • By increasing moisture retention, the skin is more plump and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Well-tolerated and very rarely causes reactions so it’s great for sensitive skin

Vitamin B3 is one of the newer additions in the “evidence-based” skincare ingredient list. That’s why we have just developed two new hydrating moisturisers that are focused on adding Vitamin B3 into your skincare routine. 

Higher concentrations aren’t always better

But it does come with some warnings, not all of which are taken into consideration by many industry players.

A number of manufacturers have used increasingly higher concentrations of active ingredients in their skincare products, in the mistaken belief that “more is more”. We’ve seen concentrations as high as 10%, but that “rule” is almost always wrong

The scientific studies demonstrating Vitamin B’s efficacy have used concentrations between 2.5% and 5%. There is no substantial data on both effectiveness or side effects like skin sensitivity for doses higher than that. And we know that ingesting excessive levels of Vitamin B3 can lead to liver problems.

ESK Products that contain Vitamin B:

  • B Quenched (5% concentration) – a rich moisturiser for dry, sensitive Rosacea or Eczema prone skin and it actively restores and repairs the skin’s barrier function so that your skin can retain more moisture.
  • B Calm (5% concentration) – a soothing moisturiser for oily, acne-prone (and sensitive) skin and reduces inflammation caused by acne or eczema and rebalances oil production.  
  • Ultimate A and Ultimate A+ night creams (4% concentration) – highly effective anti-aging night creams.
  • Enlighten cream (5% concentration) – depigmentation from sun damage and acne.


  1. Treatment Modalities for Acne.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6273829/
  2. valuation of anti-wrinkle effects of a novel cosmetic containing niacinamide.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1346-8138.2008.00537.x
  3. Nicotinamide and the skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24635573
  4. The effect of niacinamide on reducing cutaneous pigmentation and suppression of melanosome transfer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12100180
  5. Niacinamide-containing facial moisturizer improves skin barrier and benefits subjects with rosacea. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16209160/
  6. Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging in Caucasian skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3790843/pdf/ccid-6-221.pdf
  7. Vitamin B Derivative (Nicotinamide) Appears to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28888216
  8. Nicotinic acid/niacinamide and the skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17147561
  9. Safety of high-dose nicotinamide: a review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11126400
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