Many women have hopped on the Biotin bandwagon in hopes for hair like Rapunzel. I even at one point was heavy into the biotin craze. And now don’t get me wrong I am not trying to say there is anything wrong with it, I just think everyone should be aware of the pro’s and the con’s. Biotin is an awesome B complex vitamin that has proven to be facilitator of your metabolism. As far as it’s beauty benefits, its has also gotten much attention for its claims o help grow healthier and stronger hair and nails. Dr. Richard Scher, Dermatologist and nail disorder expert says “that it isn’t totally clear what role biotin plays. However, he believes taking the vitamin does improve the keratin infrastructure. Dr. Susan Stuart, Board Certified Dermatologist argues that, “Biotin deficiency is rare and low levels may result in brittle nails and hair loss. However, hair loss and brittle nails may have multiple causes and taking biotin supplements may actually halt this process and even help to reverse it.” Like with anything, everyone’s body will react differently to a supplement. There are several proven pros and cons to Biotin that I myself can attest to.
1. On it’s own, biotin is responsible for the production of fatty acids, metabolizing fats and amino acids, and cellular growth. Essentially, biotin helps us to digest, grown, and heal.
2. Average hair growth is stated to be about 1/2-1 inch per month (depending on the person), and with additional biotin intake your hair is said to grown in faster, fuller, and healthier. I myself can attest to this. My hair grows 1/2 inch per month. When I was heavy into my relaxed to natural transition I took biotin daily and saw remarkable hair growth. I went from growing 6 inches of hair per year to 12 inches.
1. There are side effects just like with any supplement. Many people who take biotin notice that they have an increased amount of acne. I am also one who can attest to this. What I found out is that you really have to manage the dosage you are taking of biotin. As I began to increase the dosage levels, I noticed that my breakouts happened more often.
2. Continuous intake of biotin supplements can create an allergy within some people. This can come in many forms such as an itchy rash, nausea, inflammation of the chest, and/or swelling of the face.
3. Biotin is a supplement that isn’t recommended to be taken when on certain medications, particularly anti-seizure or cholesterol control medications, as studies show biotin impacts its effectiveness.
Biotin is a great supplement if used right, and enough research is done. Just like with anything else, it can’t be a replacement for overall good health practices. And when taken in moderation, great beauty benefits can gained.
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