Giving niacinamide a run with ESK


If 2020 gave us anything, it was plenty of time at home, and churning out ideas to fill said time with things to do.

I took up painting, wood work and a serious amount of time in Mother Nature with the dogs. I also decided to get fitter and start looking after myself. And one way to do that was via Aussie-made skincare products.

ESK was kind enough to send me its new range that includes Niacinamide. Also known as vitamin B3, unbeknownst to myself, it’s been celebrated as skincare’s brilliant all-rounder.

A relative newcomer in commercial cosmetic formulations, this dermatologist-approved ingredient is proving to be a popular choice for consumers seeking to save on time, shelf-space and money.

Scientifically proven to treat a range of skin concerns, including acne, rosacea, pigmentation, dermatitis and wrinkles, topical niacinamide is well tolerated by all skin types and actively improves skin barrier function on a cellular level.

I got my first facial a few years ago and was told my skin type was ‘combination’. It basically means I get blackheads on the nose, and deal with both oily and dry skin on the face, at the same time. This is where Esk’s niacinamide formulations: B Calm, B Quenched, and Enlighten, come in and save the day.

Suitable for sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin, B Calm is a lightweight emulsion containing a 5% niacinamide complex designed to soothe skin in distress, balance excess oil production (yep, I get that), and improve the appearance of rosacea, redness and inflammation.

B Quenched combines the powerful benefits of 5% niacinamide with hemp seed oil to reverse transepidermal water loss and fortify the skin’s natural barrier function. Rich in essential fatty acids, the hydrating cream actively reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

Created specifically for the treatment of hyper-pigmentation, Enlighten combines niacinamide and 4-n-butylresorcinol, a tyrosinase inhibitor, to lighten skin and prevent future melanosome transfer. As a proven alternative to hydroquinone, customers report a significant change in skin clarity following 2-3 months of daily use.

It sounds like a lot to take in, but when used together, the three combine to leave you face feeling and looking clear, refreshed and well, just better all-round.

I use the products of an evening, before bed. I’ve worked out that if you just add the routine into the mix after brushing your teeth it becomes easy to integrate into your daily routine. The other thing I’ve come to realise is that less is more, and, unlike a moisturiser, you don’t need to slap heaps of these types of products on in order for them to be effective. A little goes a long way when it comes to quality product.

Made locally in Australia, Evidence Skincare (ESK) is available direct to consumers at


About Author

Justin Felix

Editor of ManSpace magazine, Justin Felix has a thing for outdoor adventures, craft beers, fishing and typewriters.


Name: Justin ‘hop tart’ Felix
Beer experience: Super welterweight
Style preference: IPA and pale ales
Beers I avoid: Anything that doesn’t deliver a punch of flavour. Smack me in the face with it.
Beer philosophy: It’s about quality, not quantity... but I’ll happily try as many as it takes to find what I’m looking for.

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