(Closed) Anyone take Biotin?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@MsGinkgo:  My advice is be careful.  I took Biotin for several months and it made my usually clear, smooth skin break out with the worst acne ever.  I immediately stopped taking it when I read that acne can be a side effect of Biotin.  My face has mostly cleared up, but I do still have some scarring which is not pretty.  If you do continue to take it, just be aware of the side effects! Good luck! 🙂

Post # 18
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve tried Biotin in the past however I’ve never seem a benefit.  luckily, a dermatologist recommended a product called OPC-3 beauty blend.  It’s a special vitamin blend that helps boost immene system with added benefit of supporting heathy skin, thicker stronger hair and nails.  I have a thyroid condition which causes me to have really fine hair. Honestly,  I noticed a huge improvement in my hair in about 60 days.  I have always had thin nails that would break super easily but after taking this I didn’t even need artificial nails for the wedding! If you are interested  I can direct you to the company who sells it. did I mention it also works super well for allergies! 

Post # 19
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I’ve taken it to strengthen my nails after doing the gel manicures (which destroyed them).  I’ve tried various formulations and strengths, and took it for nearly 6 months, and honestly I never saw results.  I have strong hair anyway, but my nails did not really improve.  I don’t think taking it would be a bad idea, but don’t expect a miracle.

Post # 20
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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I took 10,000 mcg capsules once a day for about a month and noticed my nails stopped splitting and peeling!! I keep forgetting to take it though. And of course I filed my nails and they all split apart again. 

Post # 21
4053 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I took it for almost a year and never saw a difference in my hair or nails. I stopped taking them a few months ago, and if anything I think my hair started growing faster once I stopped taking them.  My hair stylist even commented on how fast it had grown from one appointment to the next. 

Post # 22
1409 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I’m pretty sure there’s nothing that can make your hair grow faster. 

Post # 23
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MsGinkgo:  Biotin is in the vitamin B family, and since B vitamins are water soluable (your body does not store vitamin B) you will just urinate out whatever your body doesnt absorb which is why urine is neon yellow when you take a multivitamin, lol.   I dont know about the side effects like skin break outs, I have never seen or heard of that before, but taking a 5000 mcg (5 mg) is safe enough.  You have to be patient though, healthy hair grows a half inch a month and it can take a few months for any supplement to work.  And it doesnt work for everyone, especially if genetics are a factor. 

Post # 24
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Angel Orensanz Foundation

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@FutureMrsJohnston:  is correct.  It can only help with the new hair growth, also. I know that seems silly and obvious, but I’ve had clients tell me that they’ve been taking Biotin and their ends ares till dry and splitting.  Well of course they are!  Hair is dead–and thank goodness, or else cutting it would physically hurt!–and the only thing you can do as far as the ends are concerned is trim, condition, and be nice to them with gentle shampoos, not a lot of product or harsh coloring processes, and easy on the heat styling.  

Omegas (3,6,7,9) are also vital to the health of hair, skin, and nails–make sure you are getting a well rounded diet that includes these essential fatty acids and you may want to take additional omega supplements, since the nutrients we take in are first used for vital bodily functions like cell regeneration and what’s left over goes to hair/skin/nails.  Omega 7s are found in macademia nuts and sea buckthorn, but sea buckthorn has the highest concentration so any supplements you get probably contain that as its main ingredient. Lean protein, also key.

Hair also grows fastest in the summertime, so don’t be blue if it seems to slow down a little bit during the colder months.  Good luck with your growing out process!

Post # 25
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I just switched my everyday vitamin to one that had biotin, and it made a huge difference.  My hair has gotten so much thicker!

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