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Why Hollaface 5% Niacinamide Serum is Better Than 10% Niacinamide?

Aqalili AzizanAugust 26, 2021

Niacinamide is one of the skincare ingredients that people are hyping until now! This ingredient has been in the market for a while now. You can find topical products either in the form of a serum, cream, gel and even toner.

Aside from that, I want to tap on something that you might not know. Can you have a bad reaction to niacinamide when the concentration is more than 5%? Let’s find out here!

What is Niacinamide and its Benefits?

Niacinamide (aka nicotinamide or vitamin B3) and Niacin (aka nicotinic acid) are heterocyclic aromatic compounds that function in cosmetics primarily as hair and skin conditioning agents. It’s an excellent moisturiser that helps lock in moisture and prevents Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL).  There are few benefits that you have to know about this MVP ingredient, such as:

⦿ It helps to increase the production of ceramide for your skin barrier,
⦿ Niacinamide helps to minimise pore appreance,
⦿ Anti-acne and anti-inflammatory, which can reduce redness and skin irritation,
⦿ It treats hyperpigmentation, where research shows 5% niacinamide helps lighten dark spots by inhibiting melanin production and enhancing collagen production,
⦿ Protects from sun damage: by rebuilding healthy skin cells and protecting them from damaging UV rays,
⦿ Anti-ageing. By strengthening the skin barrier and boosting collagen production, the skin can repair and rebuild itself while minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

Can I have a bad reaction to niacinamide?

It turns out it’s possible that you can have a bad reaction to niacinamide. I know, I’m shocked too! But, how can our beloved ingredient give a poor response to our skin?

According to Dr Rachel Ho, Medical Director of La Clinic:

“Most likely an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity—which can occur if the concentration of niacinamide is too high”. And to be fair to Niacinamide, “a skincare product is more than the sum of all its ingredients—sometimes a bad reaction to a skincare product may be due to another ingredient in the product”.

Her advice is to choose niacinamide products containing a concentration of 4% to 5%, which is enough to get all the benefits above. If it exceeds that, it may cause a stinging and burning sensation, redness and your skin will become more sensitive. The higher the percentage, doesn’t mean it’s better. Anywho, use products that contained around 4% to 5%, kapish?

Hollaface Pore Clarifying Brightening Serum Aqa's Note

Product recommendation:

Since we are on the same page regarding the concentration, I would like to recommend one brand that I’ve tried before called Hollaface. Right after I tried their Refreshing Facial Cleanser, the Malaysian local brand developed other excellent skincare products, and one of them contained 5% niacinamide, called Hollaface Pore-Clarifying Brightening Serum.

The Pore-Clarifying Brightening Serum is a gentle yet effective niacinamide serum that delivers visible results on all skin types (#GentleFormulationForAll)! It’s also free from fragrance, oil, silicon and fungal acne safe.

I’ve tried it on my skin before, and the serum absorbed pretty quickly. Since it’s free from fragrance, you won’t smell anything at all. Well, as long it can regulate my sebum production on my nose and clarify my congested skin, I mind the no fragrance part.

Hollaface Pore Clarifying Brightening Serum Aqa's Note
The Hollaface Pore Clarifying Brightening Serum is very lightweight and absorbed quickly.

What People Are Saying About Hollaface 5% Niacinamide Serum

I’ve been raving about their cleanser the moment I used it, and I do not doubt their serum as well. But let’s get real here and make sure that I’m not just all talk. I’ve checked the Shopee store and read all the Hollaface review (product rating) areas from one to five stars, and I’ve compiled legit feedbacks about the Hollaface 5% Niacinamide Serum. If you have more questions about it, ask them away because I assure you the staffs are friendly!

Hollaface Pore-Clarifying Brightening Serum (5% Niacinamide and Vitamin C) - RM34.90
Click here for Hollaface serum ingredients info.
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Comments (2)

  • Hafiz Azman

    September 1, 2021 at 4:20 PM

    Untuk lelaki boleh hensem ke sis? Muka saya pecah habis.

    1. Aqalili Azizan

      September 3, 2021 at 1:14 PM

      Huishh, mestilah boleh! Consistenly use it, insyaAllah boleh jadi lagi hensem.

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