Nicotinamide (also known as niacinamide) is a component of the vitamin B complex. It works by inhibiting sebaceous lipogenesis and blocks the inflammation associated with various inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne vulgaris.41 Oral and topical nicotinamide supplementation have been shown to be useful as adjuvant treatment of inflammatory acne.42
Zinc is bacteriostatic against P. acnes and contains anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory lesions.43 It has shown some success in the reduction of inflammatory lesions.44 However, the literature is still inconclusive regarding its true efficacy.
There is a relatively new dietary supplement on the market that combines nicotinamide, azelaic acid, zinc, pyridoxine, copper, and folic acid. As stated earlier, azelaic acid has antimicrobial activity and aids in normalization of keratinization. A recent study demonstrated that supplementation with the nicotinamide/azelaic acid combination resulted in a visible reduction of inflammatory acne lesions when added to the acne treatment regimen.41
How to Find the Right Treatment for You
Know that less might be more
“You unfortunately cannot determine the strength of a product strictly by the percentage of its active ingredients because how well a product works depends on how well its inactive ingredients help it penetrate the skin, “In other words, a 2 percent benzoyl peroxide may be more effective than another brand’s 5 percent benzoyl peroxide because there are other ingredients helping out.”
It’s tricky to say what these types of other ingredients are, there are no clear answers because your skin is too subjective. The best advice, is to use one that feels good and rubs into your skin well without over-drying it. The more comfortable the product is to apply, the more likely you are to keep up the regimen.
Get into a routine
The most critical part of combating oily skin is combating it every day with a customised routine. The only way to see good results is to use it on a daily basis waiting at least one four o six weeks before you deem a product ineffective, this is how long it takes for cellular turnover to occur on your skin.
Treat breakouts with care
If you are also prone to breakouts, they need TLC, too. The study on acne found that, in an attempt to dry out lesions, patients often use too many products or apply excessive amounts to problem areas, resulting in further irritation and over drying of the skin. Vigorous scrubbing and using harsh exfoliants can actually make your oily skin worse, by rupturing whiteheads and blackheads, turning them into painful red ones. And remember: no matter how satisfying it is, picking and popping your zits will also increase inflammation, re infection and hyper pigmentation.
Choose your makeup carefully
Oily skin can be made moot if you pile on pore-clogging cosmetics. Look for labels that state non-comedogenic.