Niacinamide and Niacin are a forms of vitamin B3. In cosmetics and personal care products, Niacinamide and Niacin are used in bath products, shampoos, hair tonics, skin moisturizers and other skin care preparations, and cleansing products.
Niacinamide and Niacin enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment. When used in the formulation of skin care products, Niacinamide and Niacin enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
Niacinamide is also called nicotinamide. Nicotinc acid is another name for Niacin. These ingredients are different forms of vitamin B3. Niacin is an essential nutrient required for normal metabolism. The U.S. Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for Niacin is 20 mg.
Niacinamide may also be used for the treatment of high cholesterol. Niacinamide is found in many foods, including yeast, meat, eggs, milk, green vegetables and cereal grains.