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NEAR 1 (Niacinamidoethyl Retinoate) is Verso’s patented molecule. It combines Vitamin A and Niacinamide in one impactful, versatile technology.

The first of its kind in cosmetics, NEAR 1 is the result of eight years of research and development. It started as a project to create an effective and stable form of Vitamin A that would cause little to no irritation. By using a unique link to add Niacinamide to the Vitamin A molecule, we managed to stabilize and enhance the effects of the Vitamin A.

NEAR 1 is a testament to Verso’s science-first approach and introduces a new standard of simplicity and efficiency in skincare.  


NEAR 1 is Verso’s patented molecule. It is a versatile skincare technology combining two hero ingredients: Vitamin A and Niacinamide. It is the outcome of our ambition to create an effective and stable Vitamin A technology causing little to no irritation. NEAR 1 is developed from Vitamin A and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). After combining these ingredients with a unique link, a new Vitamin A derivative (an ester of Vitamin A) is produced. The technology uses Niacinamide to help further stabilize and enhance the benefits of Vitamin A. This results in Vitamin A being more stable, effective, and gentle - the first of its kind.


We started the project of developing NEAR 1 because we wanted to further improve the efficacy and usage of Vitamin A. Our vision was to create an effective and stable Vitamin A technology causing little to no irritation. Thanks to the increased stability of Vitamin A, products powered by NEAR 1 can effectively deliver the unique effects of Vitamin A. It took us eight years of research and development, but as we launch NEAR 1, we are introducing something genuinely innovative, on par with the Vitamin A complex Retinol 8. For us, it is a triumph for science-based skincare.


NEAR 1 is an entirely new molecule based on two of the skincare industry's most functional ingredients: Vitamin A and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide).

What sets NEAR 1 apart is its unique ability to utilize Niacinamide to stabilize and enhance the effects of Vitamin A. Thanks to its stable form, NEAR 1 can harness the enhanced Vitamin A benefits while being suitable even for sensitive skin.

NEAR 1 provides Vitamin A´s visibly rejuvenating and brightening benefits and its ability to effectively slough off old skin cells faster from the outermost layer of the skin. This can improve the look of a fresh, even skin tone with a healthy radiance. Further, it can enhance Vitamin A´s power to a visible reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of less oily skin. Studies show and confirm that NEAR 1 has outstanding brightening properties and is highly efficient at creating a glowing complexion. In short, NEAR 1 brings out the best of Vitamin A in a powerful, versatile technology. 


NEAR 1 comes with outstanding, visibly skin-rejuvenating qualities. It helps create the appearance of a radiant and more even skin tone while visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles.


The first-ever product with NEAR 1 is Verso Super Elixir. More products powered by this patented molecule are boiling in the lab and being prepared for release in the near future. 


NEAR 1 combines Vitamin A and Niacinamide, with Niacinamide stabilizing Vitamin A. Thanks to its stable form, NEAR 1 can deliver enhanced Vitamin A benefits while being suitable even for sensitive skin. Studies show and confirm NEAR 1´s outstanding brightening properties. Consequently, using products powered with NEAR 1 is likely to result in the appearance of an even skin tone with a healthy-looking glow.


Like Retinol, NEAR 1 is formulated to work as the core ingredient in specific Verso products. The amount of NEAR 1 in each product is always rigorously tailored to the product’s specific target. To learn how to use NEAR 1, always read the usage instructions included with your NEAR 1 product.


NEAR 1 is a testament to Verso’s science-first approach and introduces a new standard of simplicity and efficiency in skincare.


Can NEAR 1 increase skin sensitivity?

NEAR 1 is assessed and classified to be non-irritant. But it is essential to keep in mind that it is individual how your skin reacts to new functional ingredients.

Can I use NEAR 1 during the day? 

Even if NEAR 1 can be used during the daytime, we advise you to protect your skin when exposed to the sun (with or without using a product with retinoids/Vitamin A). Protecting your skin against the sun maintains the results of your skincare routine, promoting a prolonged youthful appearance. We advise that you avoid using products with NEAR 1 when sunbathing. We always recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher when using NEAR 1.  

Can I use NEAR 1 during my pregnancy and breastfeeding?

The same precaution applies to pregnancy and breastfeeding. We do not recommend using NEAR 1 during pregnancy due to the overall hormonal change in the body. Instead, we recommend choosing products that help moisturize, soothe, and protect your skin. Our Facial Cleanser, Hydration Serum, Super C Serum, and Nourishing Cream are examples of products that can be used with those benefits. Do not forget to add daily sun protection.

Is NEAR 1 safe to use?

Yes, NEAR 1 has been tested and assessed as safe to use.

Can NEAR 1 improve the appearance of oily skin?

Yes, NEAR 1 may balance the skin and reduce the appearance of oiliness. It does not clog the pores and leaves the skin fresh and healthy-looking.

Can NEAR 1 contribute to reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone? 

NEAR 1 is proven to enhance skin tone and add radiance effectively. You may experience improved overall skin appearance when using products powered by NEAR 1. 

What is the difference between NEAR 1 and Retinol 8?

Both NEAR 1 and Retinol 8 deliver Vitamin A benefits to the skin. NEAR 1 is a novel molecule patented by Verso Skincare and exclusively found in our product range. It combines two of the most popular ingredients in skincare, Vitamin A and Niacinamide, and helps to revitalize the skin to give it a visibly healthy-looking radiance. 

Retinol 8 is a unique Vitamin A complex used in several Verso products thanks to its visibly rejuvenating properties.

What is the difference between Vitamin A and Niacinamide brought together in one molecule and using the same ingredients in separate formulations?

The innovation and novelty behind NEAR 1 are Niacinamide’s ability to stabilize Vitamin A. Thanks to its stable form, NEAR 1 can deliver the enhanced benefits of Vitamin A to promote radiant, healthy-looking skin with a visibly rejuvenated youthful look.

Are there any side effects to be aware of?

We have performed clinical tests with the NEAR 1 product Verso Super Elixir. These dermatological tests confirmed that the test group (normal and sensitive skin) experienced no unwanted effects, such as allergies and irritations while using the ingredient. However, we always recommend that customers with sensitive skin slowly introduce a new functional ingredient, such as NEAR 1. Start by applying it a few times a week. 

When can I expect to see results from NEAR 1?

It is very individual when you see the results. A clinical study with the first product containing NEAR 1 showed results on skin tone after six weeks of use. As with all skincare, patience is the key, and it can take several months to see optimal results. We recommend that you use NEAR 1 consistently to improve the quality of the skin and maintain the results. 

Always complete your daily skincare routine with sun protection. It helps your skin maintain visible results and to become more resilient against the visible effects of environmental stressors.

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