Biotin: Effective for Healthy Hair, Nails, and Skin
August 23, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Biotin: Effective for Healthy Hair, Nails, and Skin


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Biotin, a B-vitamin, has numerous benefits throughout the body, but it is most known as a natural beautifying agent in regards to skin, hair, and nails. Vitamin B7 is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for the production of glucose and energy metabolism.  Biotin is found in nuts dairy, avocados, cauliflower, and egg yolks, to name a few.  It is rare to be deficient in biotin, but some people consume biotin supplements to promote hair growth, prevent hair loss, plump skin, and boost nail growth. 


While scientific research is lacking to support the belief that biotin benefits hair, skin, and nails, the majority of people who take biotin swear by the results.  Many people report less hair loss, increased hair growth, stronger nails, and more supple skin, but the actual 'how,' scientifically speaking, regarding any of these claims is unknown.  More research will have to be done to provide conclusive evidence.  Although there has been scientific proof that people with hair loss generally have a deficiency in biotin.  As previously stated, biotin deficiency is uncommon, and there is no upper limit submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So, many people are encouraged by their doctor to take biotin because there is no risk of toxicity or harm.  If you are having symptoms of hair loss, cracked or chipped nails, and uneven skin, try biotin, over-the-counter, to investigate if you notice a difference.  Most do not regret taking this beautifying secret weapon.  


As always, speak with a physician or pharmacist before starting any new medication or supplement.  Book appointment with one of the best dermatologists and skincare specialists of Pakistan on Shifa4U today and get consultation about your hair loss as this could be due to an underlying condition if there are ongoing symptoms after at-home treatments.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.