The Art of Layering Actives: Part 1. Niacinamide

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Hey there BKFam,

Well that high coverage foundation you bought can give you an even-toned looking face and you can cover those irritating acne spots with a good concealer.

But after 1 hour of hard work and putting a hole in your wallet, your face still doesn't look perfect?

Yeah we know!! If you want to make that expensive makeup to work well, you need healthy skin as well babe. Simply there is no escape πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ.

Skincare is part of your daily hygiene and you have to educate yourself about your skin and it's needs, so that you can perfect your skincare regimen. And once you find that holy grail of skincare routine, there is turning back. Your skin will thank you in the longer run πŸ˜‡.

While picking a product, ingredients are everything that matters. So you should be focusing on that rather than who is the brand ambassador or how many YouTubers and beauty gurus are raving about it!!!

Okay enough preaching πŸ‘ΌπŸ», we are bringing this series of blogs where we will talk about some amazing actives to looking for while choosing the skin care products.

Which are

  • Niacinamide
  • Retin- A, Retinoid, retinol
  • Vitamin C/Ascorbic Acid
  • Hyaluronic Acid


Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, AHA


BHA, AHA, OR Retinol OR Vitamin C. Do Not Mix..

Tip: it might get nerdy πŸ€“, bookmark this page for future reference πŸ”–.

So we will introduce all these superheroes (not Avengers dude !! ) of skincare ingredients family to you one by one in upcoming blogs. Discussing their benefits, how to accommodate them in your skincare and how to layer it, etc..

So the first superhero - the Captain America of Actives... πŸ₯ Niacinamide 🎊πŸ₯³

This active is an allrounder known as Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3 or Nicotinamide. It is so beneficial for your skin. But for some weird reason it is so hard to find a good product which has an apt amount of Niacinamide in it πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ.


  • Anti-Aging properties - With age, skin loses it's elasticity because of less collagen production and reduced production of proteins such as keratin, filaggrin, and involucrin. And this messes up the skin structure and causes wrinkles πŸ§“πŸ». It has been proven scientifically that Niacinamide helps in collagen and protein production and helps fight against skin aging signs. It speeds up the epidermal cell growth. 4-5% niacinamide is what you should be looking for and it takes around 8-12 weeks.

  • Minimizes Pores and improves texture - Niacinamide can smooth and condition the structure of the skin and has antibacterial properties.

  • Anti-Acne properties - Though Niacinamide is not considered as the magic spell for anti-acne, it has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties which will definitely help the troubled skin. It has been proven that 4% of Niacinamide for around 8 weeks showed notable improvement in treating acne. It also controls excess oiliness or sebum production in the skin.

  • Skin hydration and healthy skin barrier - Niacinamide helps in the synthesis of ceramides, free fatty acids which are the key factors in the structure of skin cells that means bye bye dehydrated skin πŸ’¦. This active helps in protecting your skin from water loss.

  • Skin lightening and fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation - It suppresses the transfer of melanin pigment from the skin cells which it generates to the top layer of skin cells. With 2-5% of Niacinamide used daily for 8 weeks results in a significant lightening of hyperpigmentation.

So Niacinamide is one Active which is gentle but effective on the skin in many wonderful ways and it is really worth including in your skincare regimen.

How to layer

Now let's talk about the layering of actives, fortunately, you can layer Niacinamide with most of the actives which are

  • Retinol
  • AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
  • BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids )
  • HA (Hyaluronic Acid)

But do not layer it with Vitamin C, because Niacinamide can affect the integrity of the Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid and/or Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid).

We will understand these actives as well in the upcoming blogs in this series.


Niacinamide serums or creams can be used in Daytime 🌀 or Nighttime πŸŒƒ. And it should be applied 2 times every day for the best results in at least 5% concentration. But as said earlier you might not see results immediately it takes at least 8 weeks as per the skin specialists.

How to use

Niacinamide suits every skin type and it can be layered anywhere between the skincare regimen, definitely after cleansing and toning but before Oils/Creams.

You should apply only a pea-sized amount and it is always better to introduce it slowly to the skin.

Start with a patch test πŸ§ͺ and if there is no reaction for the next 24 hours start using it once every other day, then you can slowly up the frequency to every day and then two times a day.

Never ever start actives on a daily basis 🚫 unless you were already been using it, slowly build the tolerance otherwise it will cause breakouts and we don't want that.

Where to find

We are listing out a few products which are known to have Niacinamide in it.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

We like to call it The extra-Ordinary, it is a brand that concentrates on providing results they claim. There are no ALL In One magic product, they have minimum ingredient products which are actually designated for the purpose. And it is very much affordable.

The InkeyList Niacinamide

This is another budget friendly product loved by people all over the world. Minimum ingredients and amazing effects.

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