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November 21, 2018

What Is Biotin?


Biotin goes by many names — sometimes it’s referred to as vitamin B7, or as vitamin H. Biotin is a B complex vitamin that’s critical in converting food into energy and helps in the promotion of cell growth. If you don’t have enough biotin in your diet, it can lead to hair loss, brittle nails, or itchy skin.


If you’re taking supplements, skip the pure biotin. A biotin multivitamin instead can give you a boost of vitamin B5 without risking any of the potential problems of an excessive dosage. Whatever supplement you take, make sure not to go over a 5,000mcg dose per day.


Many hair products promise longer, thicker strands, but the fact is, anything applied topically can only create the appearance of a thicker mane. If you want to actually get more volume, you have to make changes from the inside out. 


We often overlook diet and health when it comes to our beauty regimens, but they play a huge role in the look and feel of our hair and skin. One symptom of having a (very rare) biotin deficiency might be thinning hair (or hair loss), so taking biotin in that case might correct that. But, for the average person who isn't deficient, taking extra biotin probably won't do very much. 


No, biotin will not alter the natural texture of your hair. Biotin is a supplement from the B complex family that helps promote hair growth. Biotin stimulates hair growth, helps produce keratin and aids in preventing hair loss and premature graying.