If you found this article from a searching up whether it's possible to be allergic to an ingredient as popular and twell-researched as Niacinamide, you are not alone.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that has been shown to have numerous benefits for the skin. Research has shown that it can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of pores, and helps to brighten and even out skin tone.

Niacinamide is a common ingredient in many skincare products, from drugstore to high-end brands. While it is generally considered safe for most people, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to niacinamide - yes, it is possible! Like any other ingredient, it can cause a reaction in some people, but be perfectly fine for most. You've probably heard this a million times but - everybody's skin is different.

Niacinamide skin allergies can be caused by an overreaction of the immune system to the vitamin B3. It is not entirely clear why some people develop an allergic reaction to niacinamide, while others do not.

The symptoms of niacinamide skin allergy can vary in severity and may include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Blisters
  • Peeling


If you suspect that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to niacinamide, it is important to first stop using any products that contain the ingredient. This will allow your skin to rest and if the condition does improve, it can help to confirm whether it is indeed the niacinamide causing the reaction. Do not discount that it could be any other ingredient present in the formulation either. This process of elimination can be long and tedious, but ultimately relieving when you discover the culprit causing your reaction. You should also consult with a dermatologist or healthcare provider, who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment.

If you have experienced a known niacinamide skin allergy, it is important to avoid any products that contain the ingredient. Always read the labels of skincare products carefully before use and check for niacinamide or vitamin B3 on the ingredient list.

While niacinamide is a popular and often beneficial ingredient in skincare products, it is important to be aware of the potential for an allergic reaction. If you experience any symptoms of a niacinamide skin allergy, discontinue use of any products that contain the ingredient and consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

At Lazy Shark Skincare, we are committed to providing safe and effective skincare products, and we always recommend that our customers prioritize their skin health and safety.

A fun fact about us is that our founder happens to be one of the minority individuals who have this very rare skin allergy to certain forms of Niacinamide! That is why our products are completely free of this trendy ingredient, in case any of you out there have similar experiences and struggle to find products that avoid this ingredient. Given it's widespread popularity, it's hard to avoid - we know!