Niacinamide, also known as niacin, is a form of the B-complex vitamin niacin, or vitamin B3. It is the principal form of niacin used in dietary supplements and fortified foods 1. Niacinamide is approved for use as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2.

Niacinamide is also used in cosmetics and personal care products as a skin conditioning agent 3. According to the Cosmetic Ingredients Review (an independent committee established by the Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade association that thoroughly reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics), niacinamide is safe to use in the amounts present in our products 4.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. PDR for Nutritional Supplements. Montvale, NJ: Physicians’ Desk Reference, Inc, 2008.
  2. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.
  3. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook. Washington, D.C.: The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, 2006.
  4. Cosmetic Ingredient Review. Cosmetic Ingredients Reference Table. 7-31-2008.