We’re Pretty Sure Biotin Doesn’t Work

Biotin, a medicine cabinet staple for girls everywhere. At some point or another, it’s very likely we’ve all been suggested the magical biotin amidst a vent session about how we hate our short hair and brittle nails. Why? Because supposedly, it’s incredible for not only your hair and nails, but for your skin too.

Biotin is technically used for preventing and treating a biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss. It is also used orally for hair loss, brittle nails, skin rash in infants and other depressing issues. If we look at what is classified as a deficiency, it’s much more serious than lack of perfect hair. We need to think before we take it upon ourselves to diagnose our shitty, over processed hair and gel ruined nails as a biotin deficiency.

Do we really need to take this giant bottle of biotin we just spent $15 on at Whole Foods? The University of Maryland Medical Center says, “Very weak evidence suggests that biotin supplements may improve thin, splitting, or brittle toe and fingernails, as well as hair.” There are even claims of biotin causing acne. While there’s no actual link between biotin consumption and acne, there is a possibility the fats in the vitamin are contributing to breakouts (although not scientifically proven).

There is a very little chance of a biotin overdose, but it’s probably best to save that $15 and spend it on something that will actually save your hair, nails and skin…like vegetables.


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