The One Serum Ingredient Dermatologists Swear By Because It Shrinks Pores & Reduces Redness

December 16, 2019 by Hannah Kerns
shefinds | beauty

Picking a great serum to shrink pores and reduce redness can be a difficult task. With so many options on the market, it can be hard to tell which products will actually do everything they promise. However, by looking out for certain ingredients, you can find more effective products that will give you the results you want.

Specifically, if you are hoping to reduce redness and shrink your pores, one ingredient to keep an eye out for is Niacinamide–aka Vitamin B3. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, this is the key ingredient in effective serums. In fact, it can help you combat both skin tone issues and signs of aging.

woman applying serum in mirror

Key Benefits

- Targets pigmentation and skin tone issues

- Treats early signs of aging

- Safe for sensitive skin

serum in hand

How It Works

Dr. Zeichner explains, "[Niacinamide is] an entry-level ingredient that I recommend even to my youngest patients who are concerned with pigmentation and skin tone issues."Because it is mild, it can be used across a variety of skin types and  is particularly effective in treating early signs of skin aging."

Bring out the best in your skin with these Niacinamide serums:


Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($34)

Firming Serum

Schăf Radiance Firming Serum ($44, down from $55)


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml ($11.99)

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