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Acne: Nicotinamide

Acne Treatment With Nicotinamide

Nicotinamide is also called Niacinamide. Nicotinamide is a water-soluble component of the Vitamin B complex group. Nicotinamide can be taken orally as well as applied topically to treat acne. Nicotinamide has anti-inflammatory properties, which help treat acne. It works similar to antibiotics but does not have the side effects of antibiotics such as gastric disorders and developing resistance to the bacteria.

Oral Nicotinamide-

For oral formulation, nicotinamide is combined with Folic acid and Zinc. Nicotinamide can cause nausea in some people. If that persists, you need to inform your doctor. Some other side effects such as: fever, fatigue, dark urine, etc. need to be reported to your doctor immediately. The brand name of oral tablets is Nicomide in the USA.

Topical Nicotinamide-

Nicotinamide is available as a topical in the U.S.A. as the brand Nicomide T Gel or cream. Topical nicotinamide-

  • Reduces inflammation of the acne,
  • Reduces the reddish appearance of acne
  • And reduces oiliness of the skin.
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