So AM routine: Cetaphil cleanser, Vitabird C12 powder mixed with SR Martian Toner, SR CEO Vitamin C Serum, Good Genes, Herbivore Pink Cloud cream or Ren Evercalm Global Cream, and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen Fluid. So, as Niacinamide and Vitamin C move deeper into the skin, they tend to go their separate ways, forming less and less Niacinamide Ascorbate. Definitely start a blog. A B-3 deficiency can lead to disorders of the skin, kidneys, and brain. Would you advise skipping the Vit C/HA serum on the nights I use the Dr. I have a question that I recently bought Paula’s Choice C15 super boost and The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Niacinamide Ascorbate isn’t as useless as it seems. But if you’re using two distinct products with these ingredients, wait 15 minutes between applications, or save … Formulating products is a lot more difficult than most people think. The combo of 2% tretinoin, 4% niacinamide, 5% azelaic acid is effective at fading away dark spots, too, but it takes time. Glad to hear it’s (mostly) a myth, and that I can keep using it. This’ll slow down the conversion even more. The chemical reactions they trigger are very slow or reversible so they can’t compromise their effectiveness. Keep the skin info coming please! Thanks. If you need more help, please book your consultation here:, I was worried about this since I just bought an essence with niacinamide in it, and I also use vit c serum at the same time.. You can use that with niacinamide. My current PM routine is wash with Cerave foaming cleanser, apply Curology treatment (2% tretinoin, 4% niacinamide, 5% azelaic acid), and then apply Drunk Elephant protini moisturizer. The ordinary niacinamide 10% and zinc 1% serum comes in 2 sizes, which are 30ml and 60ml. Do you think they actually mean not to mix the powder and solution together, but ok to use the products one after another? But, when you peek behind the curtain, you’ll see them get on like a house on fire. thanks. That’s why cosmetic chemists often ignore it. Can i use The Ordinary niacinamide together with The Ordinary vitamin C suspension 30%? , Hi geo,I used klair vitamin c and after that I used e-luminence deep moisturzing cream which contains niacinamide….so for best results how I used it,mix both of them together or after vitamin c wait for 30 mins then used the moisturizer please suggest.and you blog is so help to me.thanks namaste from INDIA. Great article as always! I love your explanations! To be able to adapt your routine effectively, you need to know how to assess your skin, and know how your skin reacts to specific products (which is why I bang on about the one-product-at-a-time method). If the solution uses thickeners (and most skincare products do), the conversion occurs even more slowly. Niacin in the form of nicotinamide has fewer side effects than nicotinic acid. Both Vitamin C and Niacinamide can fade dark spots. Vitamin B12 and vitamin C help your body process folic acid, while vitamin C also improves iron absorption. L-Ascorbic Acid, is very finicky to formulate with. Do I need to wait a certain time between 2 of them? I use a generic of Epiduo, Elta Md pm and am moisturizers and Elta md sunscreens and wanted to try some other retinol but have read shoudln’t since in use the Epiduo. Here's the answer to that question. We’ve got the answer to this big skin care question. Morning routine 1 cleanse with cerave hydrating cleanser I use my clarasonic sometimes depending if I need to exfoliate, or I’ll use tatcha enzyme cleanser to get rid of a dead skin will do that a couple times in morning, generally it’s just cerave hydrating cleanser. I used drunk elephant C-Firma and Missha’s Time revolution night repair ampoule together and instantly turned beetroot. Niacinamide is one of the two forms of vitamin B3 — the other being nicotinic acid. You may wish to begin by using it 1-3 times per week. I have roseca and have bought Niacinamide to put on my skin and just wondered if vitamin c serum would help further or irritate my skin more!?? Lauren, I wouldn’t mix exfoliating acids with L-ascorbic acid as it could be too irritating. Especially as research suggests that it takes at least two hours for the skin’s pH to correct itself after the application of a product that alters the skin’s natural pH level. But as I wrote here, the myth has been debunked. Vitamin C and Niacinamide are the Britney and Xtina of skincare. They don’t go bad when you expose them to light, air or heat, like other antioxidants do. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that does EVERYTHING: See that last one? Our latest vitamin C serum, SupremaC+, has been formulated at a skin-friendly pH of around 5.5. Shelley, it’s a tricky matter indeed. Since every individual has different skin identity, companies want to safe than get sued!! I will now mix my vitamins C and niacinamide in my a.m. routine! Sam, that’s a great tip. The low pH of the vit C causes the niacinamide to turn into niacin which flushes the skin. Thank you. That was great info. Lin, yes, you can. However, Niacinamide can minimise the benefits of Vitamin C when applied together. I know not to add it to Ren’s Gylcolic Toner, but what about to Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Toner or Herbivore’s Jasmine Toner in AM? Hii! Should I wait a while after applying the vitamin c serum? They don’t work as fast, but are a lot less demanding. Thank you very much for this useful article! You can layer them from the thinner to the thickest texture. over all the routine goes – Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser niacinimide+hyaluronic – Vitamin C Renewing serum – Cera Ve moisturizing cream. I saw you posted a link about it being okay to use both on r/AB, but the link you referenced is no longer an active site so I’m a little confused. PM routine: Cetaphil cleanser, Herbivore Rose Mist, Herbivore Prism 12% AHA & 5% BHA Glow Serum, Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative (they say safe to use together on their site), Herbivore Cloud cream, Herbivore Lapis Oil or Snowfox Herbal Youth Oil. My AM routine is just cleanse with Cerave hydrating cleanser, Boscia Gree-tea oil-free matifying moisturizer, and Smashbox Oil & Shine control primer before using CoverFX face powder (no foundation or concealer). Jane-Claire, it really depends. If your skin is super sensitive, then even this tiny amount will be enough to trigger flushing and tingling. You’ll notice some effects immediately although most of the studies on niacinamide showed results after 8-12 weeks. Thanks so much for this, I was using vit c in the morning and Niacinamide at night but I’m going to “upgrade” and use Niacinamide in the mornings too. You know what this means? This reaction is reversible. I am the type of combination skin with pore problems so I hope the Niacinamide can help. Niacinamide & Acidic Ingredients. Linda, the only serum I’d layer on Retin A is a hyaluronic acid serum. I guess I had thought the C Serum needed to go on with something else… but perhaps the best bet here is to simply layer on the Vitamin C serum by itself first and then follow a few minutes afterward with the CeraV lotion (with Niamicinide)? They prefer to use its derivatives, instead. As for Vit C, do you know why on the Ordinary website for the 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder, it says not to mix with Niacinamide? How long does it take for niacinamide to work? Which Retinol or Retinoid is best for a beginner? As for peptides, it really depends on what type you use. Can niacinamide absorb and remain active at this ph if its outside its range? That’s around 25 °C (77 °F). Do you use Vitamin C and Niacinamide together? DE bhydra for hydration , still using old formulation w/o niacinamide 4.DE ctango for under eye cream, I also have DE shaba under eye cream I would use at night because it has niacinamide, and WE says you can layer the two of needed, I never did because of my beliefs of not mixing the two, so I just use ctango 5. If the solution has an acidic (low) ph, it’ll take 6 weeks to convert only 1% of Niacinamide to Niacin. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Georgina. I’m a tell-it-like-it-is skin coach and author on a mission to help you achieve your best skin day ever - every day. Would niacinamide interfere with it too or am I safe to incorporate into my routine? Hi Gio, Thanks so much for explaining the interactions here. The only reason I ask is I have this expensive Vitamin C cream serum and I have recently noticed if I put on a particular brand’s Niancinamide first even if I wait 5 to 10 minutes the vitamin C cream seems to ball up on my face and I have to keep rubbing it in and unfortunately it leaves a little white residue. I bought one off Amazon Truskin C and it don’t seem to be working out very well I have some acne pitted scars already and seems to be making it worse or could just be me I was using Ole Henriksen Truth Serum but was trying to find something cheaper. “A vitamin C serum will be most effective in delivering to the cellular level,” says Dr. Engelman. Another doubt is about I’ve always had is about Retin-A. Hi Jenn, sorry to hear TruSkin isn’t working well for you. If this were the case for niacinamide and retinol then the five-minute delay between … I recently purchased a essence with niacinamide as one of the main ingredients and the instructions say to apply it to toned skin before serums. Also, I found another source online that supports your notion that you can actually use the two together. There is no reason why you shouldn’t use these two antiaging superstars together. So my question is can I add The Ordinary Niacinamide to my skin care routine with DDMG and Night repair serum and in which order I should use properly. Dawn, I haven’t seen anything in the literature to suggest that this is a problem, so don’t worry about it. Is the wait time necessary? My skin is on the drier side and I’ve been using it for the past year. Esther, yes that’s ok and yes you can use niacin amide after Retin-A. Long-term treatment, especially with extended-release forms of nicotinic acid, can cause liver problems, including hepatitis and liver failure. And most importantly the new formulation of bhydra now being called a serum and has niacinamide in it, is it going to be ok to use following cfirma ? I recommend you use vitamin c in the morning and alternate BHA and retinol at night. Should I start using the Granactive Retinoid I bought from the ordinary at night? Is Siberian Olive A Natural Alternative To Vitamin C? Log In Sign Up. Thank you for this very well constructed article. You’re just causing more dark spots than any skincare routine, with or without vitamin C, can fade away. Hello.. I would like to know your opinion? However I also use a vitamin c serum and I've read that vitamin c should be applied first so now I'm confused on which should go first and should there be a wait period in between? However, at high doses of 500 mg/day or more, nicotinamide can cause diarrhea, easy bruising, and can increase bleeding from wounds. I have mild cystic hormonal acne and I use Paula’s Choice salicylic acid and The Ordinary’s Niacinamide in the morning and evening plus The Ordinary Azeliac Acid and Squalane at night … where does Vitamin C fit into this? We recommend slowly incorporating Retinol 0.5% into your routine. Thanks for this article. Press J to jump to the feed. If it leaves your skin dry, then you can look at adding a moisturiser. As a general rule, I still recommend using vitamin C in the morning as this active protects from solar free radical damage throughout the day. Hi Gio! Close. Posted by 6 months ago. Vitamin C serum or Niacinamide serum - which one is better? Cathy, yes the zinc can be drying. It’s safer to use vitamin C in the morning and glycolic acid at night. However, I have a oily … Press J to jump to the feed. It’s no wonder you want to use them together to speed up the process. You can book your consultation here: If you mix Niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Acid together, the solution turns yellow. Can I follow this with a store bought product (cerave pm or Olay) that contain nicinamide? When mixed together in aqueous solutions. Will this affect the results? Vitamin C can aggravate acne in acne-prone skin, unless you pick the right form. I’ve just checked out your blog and I love how detailed your reviews are. Is too much product being layered at once. 3. Thank you. I was wondering if I am able to use a niacinimide + hyaluronic cleanser and follow up with a vitamin c serum. . In the evenings, I’m using a retinol cream so I didn’t want to put the BHA or Vitamin C on in the evening. I have combo skin that decides to randomly become sensitive. Are You Applying The Right Amount Of Each Skincare Product? We're often asked how long a person should wait between applying the products in their skin care routine. Wait time + rince seems like a pretty safe way to reduce the chance of flushing. There is no wait time needed in between each skincare step. Niacinamide Ascorbate forms at a ph of 3.8. Is there a consensus on this? I read all the good info on Niacinamide and vit C and am so glad u did because I wanted to use the Elta MD UV clear spf 46 during the day and it contains both Niacinamide and lactic acid. Thanks. Would like to see your comments on layering serums on retin A. thx. Actives go before skincare steps such as toners, essences, lotion, etc. According to Dr. Gilbert, vitamin C has been shown to brighten the appearance of skin and help neutralize the damage from free radicals. Kiran, yes you can use them all together. They’re less effective but gentler on the skin and last way longer too. Asmriti, apply vitamin C, wait a few minutes and then layer Niacinamide on top. Also, store the mixture in an opaque, air-tight container. Also, do you know what the absorption time for Retin-A is, I have searched far and wide and some people say it is instant, while other say 10 or 20 minutes. Niacinamide in the AM and hydroquinone in the PM is perfectly fine. I follow a simplified K-beauty routine as follows: AM: double cleanse with a ba and then gentle foaming cleanser and Clarisonic, followed by Lancôme hydrating toner, Fresh black tea and Kombucha essence, DE C firma, la roche posay mineral spf 60, DE or Clinique moisturizer (sometimes with rose oil if my skin is crazy dry). What are your thoughts on hydroquinone? I use DE tinted spf umbra, a pump of their d bronzi ( has peptites) and a drop. 98. I use Retin a micro in my p.m. routine… Can I use niacinamide too? Would it be a great choice? Cheryl, I’m afraid I’m not into DIY skincare. Noel, yes you can. If you're extra worried, you could use the vit C in the morning and the niacinamide at night. By using retinol and vitamin C on alternate nights, you'll get the benefits of both, without having to worry about interactions. Yes, you can use them all in the same routine. Thank you. Skincare. 2.Serums I use DE cfirma followed by Hadalabo Gokujun HA serum( has 3forms of HA ) timeless coq10 3. Thank you. Hi Georgina, I think it’s a great idea to use the Granactive Retinoid as it can help with your concern. User account menu. I also review K-Beauty products at , also I would also like to know what you think of my content! If rumour is to be believed, Vitamin C plays a couple of nasty tricks on Niacinamide: Vitamin C may be finicking, but Niacinamide isn’t. Is this a o ok morning routine?, Am I doing steps correctly? Niacinamide only reacts with LAA type Vitamin C, so check your serum to see which kind it is to see if you even need a wait time. Visit our online shop: Hi guys! 2. Niacinamide and salicylic acid work together to calm and minimize breakouts, while licorice root extract and vitamin C help the niacinamide brighten hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Either way, you can always store your Niacinamide lotions and potions in a cool place. Using both of these active ingredients together has been a debate for long time!! You also didn’t mention anything about sunscreen. Was wondering… Would be more effective to add niacinamide along with the hydroquinone at night instead of only using niacinamide during the day? I use Retinoid & Pure Vitamin C together. Do you think I should stop using that one and maybe switch to PC Niacinimide? I have read a lot about vitamin C wait times being 15-30 minutes, but that advice usually involves additional products like Niacinamide or AHAs. I recommend Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (you’ll find it in Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum) in the morning right after cleansing. Unless you want to up your anti-aging game. I read your article in the other page about products to NOT mix. Answer: You can use them together, but there needs to be a 15 minute wait period between them. Niacinamide is very soothing and can help your skin better tolerate the retinoid. It’s cheap and effective. It’s the same rule as above, just switch retinol for niacinamide. I think that could put a lot of people off. Hi, thanks for your helpful article. Can I use drunk elephant vitamin c Firma in the morning and the ordinary niacinamide in the evening. FYI, my night routine is: tretinoin > wait 5-10 minutes > Cerave in the tub > vaseline. I’ve never really looked into the absorption. Can You Use Vitamin C And Niacinamide Together? Gross peel pads? Evelyn, it should not turn your skin more oily. Also aside from retinol waiting 15 mins before the next application, I usually dont wait longer then a min for the rest including victmin c in the mornings as I dont have the time. If the ph’s not right, it won’t work. For most people this isn’t a problem. Niacinamide, also called nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B-3, an essential nutrient. Hi there. Laine, if you have acne-prone skin, you need a Vitamin C serum with Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, not L-Ascorbic Acid. ⚠️ In this case, you'd apply your acid first, wait 30 minutes, and then follow up with your vitamin C derivative, hydrators and sunscreen. : Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum VS InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum. Are you saying that The Ordinary Niacinimide+Zinc can be drying? It is found as an ingredient alongside other acids often. I use 0.5 every other night. Marianne, yes you can use niacinamide after Retinol A Micro. Chanel, never use something just because others rave about it. I just recently bought The Ordinary’s Niacinamide and I want to use it in the same routine with my Vitamin C, but I had also heard the warnings about mixing the two. Rumour has it, these two skincare superstars hate each other’s guts and can’t stand working together. They’re gentler than pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid). Can you please suggest me the best way . LK, how long have you been using Curology? Thank you so much for the wonderful explanations to the not-so-chemsitry minded. My Curology medical advisor suggested I add a vitamin C serum to my routine to help fade my stubborn sunspots and hyperpigmentation. Very well informed!! Can I also use the Niacinamide the same night or will it be too much? They are so well thought out and presented v clearly. How often should I start with The Ordinary 0.5% Retinol? Is it because of the Zinc? I just discovered your website so will be spending some time looking through your old articles. Ph matters here. I’ve been following your The Ordinary skin routine for acne and have been seeing great results BUT literally everyone I know is raving about vitamin C and I’m curious. Thanks for your help! You are a God send in a world filled w hyperbole and BS;)). You don’t need to wait a specific amount of time—as long as it’s absorbed, you’re good to go. That has never happened before with the Vitamin C it would always glide on my face. (topped with sunscreen ofc). Let me know how your experiment goes. Is there a night moisturiser I should look at also? Hi Gio, I’ve been using pure victmin c then hyaluronic acid then Olay whip moisturiser containing niacimaide followed by spf in the mornings (sometimes adding squalane oil to the moisturiser) Night I use niacimaide+zinc then retinol followed by hyaluronic then Olay mico sculpt cream or neutrogena moisture gel. It doesn’t make you flush 2. As far as the exact way to use niacinamide and vitamin C together, you can either look for one product that contains both or layer them separately, though the experts we spoke with agree that layering is preferable . Apply the GHK-Cu Copper Peptide Serum, wait 15 minutes and apply the Vitamin C+ Serum. If it comes in contact with light and air, it throws a tantrum and stops working. I really think that you do have immense experience and scientific knowledge in this field!! Retin A is very powerful and can make your skin very sensitive so you don’t want to use too much stuff with it. The headline here had me concerned, as I’ve been using a serum with vitamins C and B3 combined. Or does it have to be Vitamin C first and then Niancinamide? This isn’t dangerous, but I still recommend you avoid this combo. Vitamin C is used to give your skin a radiant glow due to its antioxidant properties, while peptides help increase the production of collagen and combat the damages to your skin. Now does it matter if you put on Niancinamide first and then layer it with Vitamin C? . Basically, an electron transferred from Vitamin C to Niacinamide, holding them together. Previously I had acne breakouts two to three years ago which was settled with Clinique DDMG n EL advanced Night repair serum. But Are The Results Worth It? BTW your articles are amazing. I don’t recommend it at night because your night medication is already very harsh. Hello dear, can sensitive skin use serum that contain Vitamin C and Niacinamide (2%) together? Jess, I think they’re still following the old studies that believes this combo to be bad because of the chance of colour. You can check LabMuffin blog for that. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Tennille, your skincare routine is spot on, well done for putting it together! Not sure how. What we mean by Vivan Bucay's comments is that overall after your skincare routine is complete it takes 30 minutes to be fully absorbed so if you were to wash them off before 30 minutes they would not have had enough time to sink in. Thx. The amount of Niacin formed under normal conditions is so tiny, you won’t even notice it. I have used once Tiam 20% C source serum and Cosrx PHA Moisture renewal cream (which contains 3% Niacinamide, 2% PHA and ph of 4-5) in a same routine and didn’t have any problem for my dry sensitive skin (I am so sensitive to quite a lot of ingredients). Now it might be brand specific but I it will be great to get your thoughts on this? It’s easy to believe that two are incompatible when you delve further into the science, there’s nothing to worry about. TO is formulated especially for oily skin and reducing excess shine, whereas PC has more antioxidants and focuses more on Anti-aging. But, at home, you NEVER expose Niacinamide to those temperatures. EGI, it’s deteriorated pretty badly, so I would toss it. If after 3 months on Curology, you still don’t see an improvement, it may be a good idea to add vitamin C too. Are niacinamide and vitamin C the skin care equivalent of oil and water? Thx before. Can we mix sodium ascorbyl with niacinamide? My routine isn’t rigid – I adapt it based on how my skin feels, and what its needs are that evening. You mention niacinamide can work fine with vitamin C. However I’m curious as to whether niacinamide will actually remain stable, absorb into skin and work at an acidic ph even without vit c eg ph4-4.5. ✔︎ Vitamin C and Retinol at Night, 30 Minutes Apart If you must use retinol and L-ascorbic acid at the same time, separate them by 30 … I have dry skin, acne prone skin as well, I dont know if this combo is good? IIRC, Allergan recommend to layer a moisturizer UNDER its Tazorac (another strong retinoid) in order to avoid irritation. Candy, yes it is ok. Only in the rare case your skin flushes red afterwards you need to use them separately. I'll try using the niacinamide at night :). Recommended Vitamin C Serums and Acids (and Their pH Levels) Ultra-thin texture means the skin will absorb this serum quickly, without leaving an oily cast. I use Environ Clarifying lotion with Niacinamide, followed by Mario Badescu Vit C serum and then a hydrating spf moisturiser. Spotlight On Niacinamide: What Does It Do For Your Skin? Like so many others write I probably won’t mix the two regularly but it’s so great to know that I can if and when I need to in order to cut down on steps or save time. Angie, yes you can. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Share your thoughts in the comments below. The bottom line: If you’re using a product that contains both vitamin C and niacinamide, it’s likely been specially formulated so that they can work together. If that’s not a problem for you, you don’t need to switch. Keep in mind their Niacinamide + zinc is drying so apply it on oily areas only. Thanks for sharing, how about matrxily, can I use all three together? Fyi, i have oily combi skin. How about mixing lactic acid or glycolic acid with vitamin C (in the L-ascorbic acid form)? BUY NOW. But in this case, I don’t think most people have anything to worry about. Katy, that’s fine. You really dissect every aspect of a product, which is very helpful. Don’t mix niacinamide with acidic skincare ingredients like AHA’s/BHA’s and vitamin C. Vitamin C is pretty darn famous in skincare, but you might not have heard of niacinamide. Related: Spotlight On Niacinamide: What Does It Do For Your Skin?

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