If you’ve ever wondered how to get your hair as long and shiny as a model’s, then you may have heard about the magical phenomenon of biotin. Same if you’ve ever wanted stronger nails and better skin–biotin is the recommended supplement, right? It says it right there on the bottle.
What’s all the hype about anyway?
In this post, we’ll be covering 6 interesting facts about biotin, and then go over the potential harm it can do to your skin if you are even the slightest bit acne prone and sometimes, even if you have never had acne before.
Fact #1: Most people get enough biotin in their diet, as it exists in many everyday foods.
Fact #2: Biotin deficiency is extremely rare.
Fact #3: There are no known cases of overdosing on Biotin, as it is water soluble and flushes out of the system easily.
Fact #4: Biotin, B7, and Vitamin H are all the same thing.
Fact #5: Raw egg white contains avidin which naturally inhibits the effects of biotin.
Fact #6: Long term use of antibiotics may hinder the integration of biotin in the body by killing off healthy gut bacteria.
So what does all this have to do with your acne?
If you are not biotin deficient (as in, losing your hair and having brittle nails), eating raw egg whites every day, using antibiotics for a long period of time, or pregnant, there is really no reason to consider taking a biotin supplement. Foods like bread, chocolate, egg yolks, fish, nuts, oatmeal, meat, poultry, and whole wheat all contain more than enough biotin to keep your body healthy.
So why are biotin supplements so popular?
Biotin is essential in keeping your skin, hair, nails, and body organs healthy there’s no doubt about that. But most people are misinformed as to how much of it their body actually needs. The recommended dosage of biotin supplements is 30 mcg per day. But your body already produces that much on its own.
There is little scientific research that supports the claim that biotin actually makes your hair grow longer and shinier (unless you take it in mass quantities), but it does do something interesting to your skin: it makes it overproduce skin cells.
Acne is generally caused by bacteria and dead skin cells clogging the pores. So what happens when an acne prone person starts taking biotin? Typically, more acne. Or even cystic acne, even if you have never had it before.
The safest way to avoid the potential dangers of biotin supplements is to simply avoid taking them altogether. Unless you’re in a small group of specific people who need more than the average amount of biotin for daily life, there is no scientific research saying that it will help your skin and hair on its own. But trust me, your skin can definitely do without it.
To learn more about supplementation and how to clear your acne without prescriptions click here.