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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of BYOMA Brightening Serum versus Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% .

Last updated on July 18, 2023. Published on September 12, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both vegan, cruelty-free, and reef safe serums. They have a total of 6 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne, dry skin, brightening skin, oily skin, reducing pores, scar healing and dark spots

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens or sulfates

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Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Niacinamide
Ceramides
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (5)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (4)
Reduces Irritation
Skin Texture (2)
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging (4)
Dark Spots (3)
Scar Healing (3)
Acne Fighting
Brightening (5)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger
Irritating (2)
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Vitamin E
Niacinamide
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing
Reduces Large Pores
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting (2)
Brightening (3)
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Methylpropanediol β€’ Niacinamide β€’ 1,2-Hexanediol β€’ Glycerin β€’ Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate β€’ Ceramide NP β€’ Cholesterol β€’ Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride β€’ Phytosphingosine β€’ Sodium Phytate β€’ Ascorbic Acid β€’ Stearic Acid β€’ Oleic Acid β€’ Hydrogenated Lecithin β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin β€’ Xanthan Gum β€’ Squalane β€’ Tocopherol β€’ Lactic Acid β€’ Carbomer β€’ Tromethamine β€’ Caprylyl Glycol β€’ Caprylhydroxamic Acid

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Smoothing
Community Rating: Loved

Niacinamide has emerged as an all-star ingredient due to its many benefits.

It is known to treat acne by reducing inflammation. It also helps fade dark-spots and strengthen the skin by promoting the growth of the ceramide barrier.

Other benefits include smoothing wrinkles and minimizing redness.

The cherry on top? Niacinamide can also help build keratin, a protein that keeps skin firm.

When incorporating niacinamide into your routine, look out for concentration amounts. Typically, 5% niacinamide provides benefits such as fading dark spots. However, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to begin with a smaller concentration.

Niacinamide can be mixed with other ingredients to boost benefits. For instance, it has shown to be effective when used with copper, folic acid, and zinc to treat acne.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 3.

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains this as ingredient number 2.

3
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 5.

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains this as ingredient number 4.

4
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

Like hyaluronic acid, it is great at holding water and acts as a humectant. This makes it a great skin hydrating ingredient.

Sodium Hyaluronate is naturally occurring in our bodies and is mostly found in eye fluid and joints.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 7.

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains this as ingredient number 7.

5
What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 18.

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains this as ingredient number 11.

6
What it does: Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and preserves moisture.

It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products. It has slight antimicrobial properties.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 24.

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains this as ingredient number 9.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

64% are loved or liked
16% have mixed ratings
20% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet
50% are loved or liked
0% have mixed ratings
44% are disliked or very disliked
6% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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BYOMA Brightening Serum 25 ingredients

3.0 /5
from 3 ratings
Broke Me Out (1) Irritating (1) Pilling (1)
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YousifShamoon

1 year ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

liked it
it does occasionally lather up during application, but it happens so inconsistently that i don't know the cause. my skin tone was visibly...

liked it
it does occasionally lather up during application, but it happens so inconsistently that i don't know the cause. my skin tone was visibly more balanced and bright after i started using this and my skin felt less dull and dehydrated. it takes a while to absorb into the skin because of its more viscous texture. i won't be repurchasing personally because i feel like i don't need my serum to be this gentle and also because the numbuzin no. 6 appears to be a much better option for me, but i'll have to try it and see. definitely get this if your skin is sensitive and/or you definitely don't wanna risk compromising your skin barrier, this applies to all byoma products because of their triceramide complex and not so risky ingredients.

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jDragneel

6 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

I’m pretty sure this broke me out. Didn’t feel like it did much, pilled under my makeup. Wouldn’t buy again

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% 16 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 rating
Absorbs Well (1) Great Value (1) Light (1) No Scent (1)
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MichelleR

5 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

I really do love this product. The mix of niacinamide and zinc underneath my sunscreen make me feel super protected during the day. Especially...

I really do love this product. The mix of niacinamide and zinc underneath my sunscreen make me feel super protected during the day. Especially since I cannot tolerate Vitamin C as my antioxidant. And this pairs super well with Paula's Choice BHA Gel Exfoliant on days where I'm having acne breakouts. I <3 it here!

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