Vitamin B: Niacinamide, Pathenol, Biotin

Garden cress contains a lot of folic acid (B9) and is good for blood formation. Source: Wikipedia

What is Vitamin B?

There are also several representatives of the B group vitamins. Panthenol is mainly applied to the skin externally in cosmetic products and rapidly converted into pantothenic acid (B5) by the body. Most of the other B vitamins are taken orally. Niacin (B3) is absorbed through food and also produced by the body itself through biosynthesis. Biotin was formerly called vitamin B7 and is now called vitamin H (skin vitamin).

What Vitamin B supplements can help with Melasma?

🍀 Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is mainly used in cosmetic creams for the treatment of pigment spots.
🍀 In dermatology, vitamin B12 is also successfully used again and again for a variety of skin changes, including pigment spots.
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12): Since he is such an exciting vitamin B representative, I have dedicated a separate page to him. 🙏
🍀 Also the treatment with a vitamin B complex preparation can be useful to reduce pigment spots.

Further Vitamin B representatives

Pathenol (B5): The energy metabolism of the skin is stimulated as the mitotic activity in the skin cell is increased. The healing of superficial skin damage, such as wounds or slight sunburn, is thereby accelerated.

Biotin (B7, H): is used for brittle, brittle fingernails, split hair and scaly skin. Use 1 time daily, 2.5 to 5 mg before meal.

Folic acid (vitamin B9): It is important for the formation of red blood cells and thus for the blood circulation of the skin. A deficiency of folic acid (B9) manifests itself in conspicuous pallor due to anaemia as well as exhaustion and fatigue.

The other vitamin B agents also contribute to maintaining healthy skin and hair.
Vitamin B12: Here you’ll learn interesting facts about vitamin B12, which is very promising in the treatment of melasma.

Why do we need Vitamin B?

We need vitamin B to keep skin, hair and fingernails healthy.
➡ The intake of B vitamins has a positive effect on early graying and diffuse hair loss.

Niacinamide – Vitamin B3

Niacin (vitamin B3) or nicotinic acid is oxidized nicotine, as the name implies. Since vitamin B3 is mainly absorbed in the form of meat and fish, vegetarians must be careful to absorb sufficient vitamin B3. A deficiency of niacin (B3) can occur in alcoholics, liver cirrhosis, chronic diarrhoea or a one-sided diet, for example due to anorexia.
Another representative of vitamin B3 is niacinamide. You’ll often find vitamin B3 in skin care products. It reduces superficial pigmentation, so it can help with superficial melasma or the mixed form. All concentrations up to 5% in creams are considered harmless and well tolerated by the skin. The pH range should be between 3 and 7.5, as niacinamide is considered stable in this range.

At high concentrations of 5% or more, niacinamide helps against pigment spots!

  • Superficial pigmentation can be reduced according to a study by the American Dermatology Association.
  • Protection from sun damage

What other skin problems can niacinamide cure?

  • For dry skin, dehydrated skin. It helps dry skin to store water and dryness wrinkles are less noticeable.
  • Has a soothing effect on the skin
  • Redness of the skin fades (if the skin has a tendency to redden)
  • Light peeling effect

🛒 Where to buy Vitamin B?

5% Niacinamide Serums
At concentrations of 5% there’s no skin irritation, nevertheless it’s high enough to work against pigment spots. I’ve found the following niacinamide serum:
👉 (Amazon) Niacinamide 5% Serum by Eva Naturals (2 oz) – Vitamin B3 Anti-Aging Skin Moisturizer

👉 (Amazon) Niacinamide Vitamin B3 Cream Serum for Face 5%- 1 Oz

How does Cosmelan work? At first I didn’t know that Cosmelan also contains niacinamide among many other active ingredients that help against pigment spots. Click on this link to find out where you can buy it:
Where can I buy Cosmelan?

Other products with Vitamin B

👉 (Amazon) C15 Super Booster- Paulas Choice Contains Vitamin C and E and also Pathenol (B5) which soothes the skin. Everything about the main active ingredient ⚡Vitamin C can be found here.

Vitamine und Ihre Derivate: Bedeutung in der Dermatologie und Kosmetik
Biotin – Wikipedia
Nicotinsäure – Wikipedia
Folsäure- Wikipedia
Folsäuremangel – meine