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Biotin for Hair: Pros and Cons, Side Effects, and Precautions

Updated on February 17, 2016
What are the pros and cons of using biotin? Find out in the review below.
What are the pros and cons of using biotin? Find out in the review below.

What Is Biotin?

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin also known as vitamin B7, vitamin H, or coenzyme R. It plays an important role in cell growth and the metabolism of fats and amino acids, which make up protein. A biotin deficiency can result in hair loss, dull skin, and a lack of energy.

There are many pills on the market that contain not only biotin, but also other B vitamins that also help with cell metabolism and other nutrients, such as vitamin A and C, silica, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

These pills can do wonders for your hair, but they can also harm your skin and health if you do not understand how to use them. While I am not a doctor or a dermatologist, I have done a lot of research on biotin capsules.For professional help you may consult my skin doctor, the link to her website is at the end of the article.If you are thinking about buying biotin pills, here are my tips and review. Let’s talk about biotin-only capsules first, then the all-in-one pill.

Biotin Review: The Effects of Biotin on Hair and Skin

Biotin-Only Capsules

You can buy pills that contain nothing but biotin to add to your daily routine. Nature's Bounty sells pure biotin. However, it contains gelatin and beeswax, so if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you'll want to go with Solgar or Natrol, which use vegetable-based alternatives.

Pros:

One of the pros of biotin is that it has been shown to promote healthy hair growth.
One of the pros of biotin is that it has been shown to promote healthy hair growth.
  1. Healthy hair: Biotin has been proven to make hair grow faster, thicker, and stronger for those with biotin deficiencies. You can actually see the results in a month or two. There’s also evidence showing that biotin can improve the health of your hair even if you’re not deficient.
  2. Strong nails: It makes your nails grow faster and stronger as well.
  3. Stretch marks removal: Biotin makes your skin healthier and helps get rid of stretch marks.

Cons:

However, biotin can cause pimples and breakouts.
However, biotin can cause pimples and breakouts.
  1. Acne and Breakouts: Biotin may cause acne and breakouts. The results on your skin may be terrible, but the following precautions will reduce the risk of this happening.

Precautions:

It's important to drink plenty of water while taking biotin.
It's important to drink plenty of water while taking biotin.
  1. Dosage: It is extremely important to only take one pill a day. Take it with a heavy meal, and start out with the minimum dosage. For all those who are taking it for the first time, start out with 1000 mcg or less, and see how your body reacts to it. If you have good results, you can increase the dosage if you choose.
  2. Water: As I mentioned, biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, so drink lots and lots of water—health authorities recommend two liters, or eight cups, a day normally. But with this medicine drink atleast 3.5 ltrs a day.
  3. Vitamin B complex: Biotin is just part of the vitamin B complex, which also includes vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B9 (folic acid), and B12. All of the B vitamins contribute to cell metabolism, so their quantities should be balanced. So, if you are consuming biotin, you should also take vitamin B supplements to avoid acne. However, while there are no adverse side effects for having too much biotin, you want to be sure to limit your vitamin B3 supplements to 35 mg/day and your vitamin B9 (folic acid) to 1 mg/day.
  4. Multivitamins: Instead of taking a vitamin B supplement, you can take a multivitamin. Check the label to make sure it contains the B vitamins listed in the precaution above.
  5. Duration: Take these pills for two or two-and-a-half months only. It is rightly said that anything in excess is a bad thing. In my research, I found that no matter how many precautions people took, they often experienced one health problem or another. After all, these are medicines, so you should not depend on them too much. You will be able to see the results within as little as one month or as much as two-and-a-half months—after that, I do not recommend continuing. Instead, maintain your beautiful hair with exercises and proper diet.
  6. Pregnancy: Pregnant women and children shouldn’t take these pills unless prescribed by a doctor.

All-in-One B-Complex Pill

These are pills that contain other vitamins and minerals that complement biotin, such as the vitamin B complex, silica, and MSM. The silica and MSM help maintain collagen and keratin, so they are also good for hair. The all-in-one B-complex pill mentioned in the video above is by Hairfinity; in addition to Hairfinity, Nature's Bounty sells B-complex pills (their High Potency B-Complex Plus Electrolytes and Vitamin C pills contain 300 mcg of biotin), as does Solgar (their Vitamin B Complex "100" Extra High Potency tablets contain 100 mcg of biotin) and Natrol (their supplement also contains 100 mcg of biotin).

Pros:

All-in-one B-complex pills can help reduce cramps.
All-in-one B-complex pills can help reduce cramps.
  1. Biotin benefits: These pills share all of the benefits of a biotin-only pill. However, most b-complex pills contain a lower dosage of biotin.
  2. MSM: MSM treats inflammation, pain, hair loss, and cramps, among other things.

Cons:

The MSM in these all-in-one pills can result in side effects including headaches.
The MSM in these all-in-one pills can result in side effects including headaches.
  1. Biotin disadvantages: You may suffer with all the problems as mentioned above that are caused by biotin.
  2. Bacterial yeast infection: These pills may lead to bacterial yeast infection, which causes painful urination and sex, severe overall soreness, and mild to intense itching.
  3. MSM side effects: MSM can have side effects including bloating, diarrhea, upset stomach, or headaches.

Precautions:

Although allergies are rare, if you experience itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing, contact a doctor immediately.
Although allergies are rare, if you experience itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing, contact a doctor immediately.
  1. Biotin precautions: Take all the precautions already mentioned for biotin.
  2. Vitamin C: If your pill contains vitamin C, it is important to take it not only with a meal, but also with a full glass of water. Do not lie down immediately after taking this pill.
  3. Allergies: It is extremely rare to suffer an allergic reaction to these pills, but it is possible. If you experience itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Conclusion:

Biotin can be good for your hair, skin, and nails if you take the proper precautions. This article was not meant to scare you away from trying it! Rather, it was make you aware of how to do so safely. You should also do your own research on the topic.

I hope you have a happy, smooth, and successful hair journey!

MY SKIN DOCTOR

Dear Readers

I have already mentioned in my article that nor am I a professional in medicine neither am I a dematologist. All the information provided above is as per my detailed research on BIOTIN. But sometimes being a human I also freak out when I get skin infections and hair problems and I am left with no solution.

That is the time when I consult my skin doctor- Dr Surbhi , MD Skin- founder of www.dermatocare.com

I can blindly trust on the medicines she prescribes and it always works for me like magic!! If you are going through skin or hair problems and nothing works then www.dermatocare.com is the guaranteed solution for you.!!

BELOW IS THE LINK TO www.dermatocare.com

DR. SURBHI MAHAJAN- MD & FOUNDER OF DERMATOCARE.COM
DR. SURBHI MAHAJAN- MD & FOUNDER OF DERMATOCARE.COM | Source

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      Cyber Sammy 5 weeks ago

      Interesting I recently underwent a FUE HT and post that Biotin was one of the key ingredients of the medication that was being prescribed. Prior to my HT as well, i used Amways product Biotin Cherry Plus. I could see a good effect on my skin and nails, but not much for my hair. But that does not mean i will give up on biotin and will continue post my HT as well.

      https://bellatory.com/hair/My-Daily-Experience-pos...

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      Emily0115 7 months ago

      Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don't know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

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      mactavers 11 months ago

      Thanks for posting that all pills cause different results pro and con in different people.

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      LaTosha Franks 13 months ago from Lancaster

      biotin is good for the hair but u have to be careful with taking it everyday and eat and drink plenty of water.

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      mohit 13 months ago

      what is the role of folic acid with biotin?

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      abhiruchi jain 15 months ago

      I have a problem of hair loss since last 4years..My age is 20 now.

      Dis hair loss is getting extreme.

      Please help

      Should I take capsules dat contain only and only biotin??

      Taking a pill for a day is enough??

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      Akash Patil 17 months ago

      Every Tom. Harry and Dick does research !

      If you are not an expert kindly shut this blog. OK ?.Go and find a good job.

      don't misguide people

      else u will worsen your readers issues.

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      missy 18 months ago

      My hair was falling out like crazy! Biotin does help - I am taking biotin 1000 for over a year now, but i still had hair falling out. I did a full physical at my doctor and dermatologist. He recommended I change my shampoo & conditioner because i was using stuff from the store that was full of chemicals. I now use the Somaluxe Paradise Shampoo which is all natural and I have noticed my hair stopped falling out. Chemicals are so dangerous, and I wish I knew this before! Use the Somaluxe Shampoo - Take Biotin, and that should work. Im hoping it will not grow the rest of my hair back that I lost to harmful shampoos!

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      Reema 18 months ago

      Hi just to know I am losing too much hair and some one said organic vegetarian biotin 5000 mg will work better for hair is that true

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      maahajan 19 months ago from India

      Dear Readers

      After lots and lots of comments on breakout and receding hair line even if the above article doesn't help you and you are seeking for the help from a professional skin doctor. Kindly visit my skin doctor's website www.dermatocare.com.

      My whole and sole intention on writing this article was to help you and the above link to the dermatocare website is not for promotional purposes but to help you all. If the medicine advised by the doctor on website doesn't help you then revert here. She has helped me and it works for me. I hope it will work for you too.

      other than this I am already working on an article that will help you get long thick hair and nails naturally.

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      maahajan 22 months ago from India

      Hi Everyone

      After writing this article I still am getting a lot of queries on hairfall problems and blackheads. So I'd like to inform you all my dear readers that these supplements work on your body only when your body system is working in a proper manner i.e. your metabolism,absorption etc etc. I am writing a separate article for improving your hair, skin and other health issues. Kindly go through that article and make sure you comply with all the basic requirements your body needs ( from the daily diet). If yes and still your hair / skin problems exist then you might go to a dermatologist or take supplements. PLEASE REMEMBER INTAKE OF SUPPLEMENTS SUCH AS BIOTIN AND OTHERS SHOULD BE THE LAST RESORT. Please read the article I would be writing based on my personal experience and most of your hair/ skin problems will be resolved NATURALLY.

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      Asher Kabir 22 months ago from Pakistan

      I've a serious hairfal problem. At the same time, I have lots of blackheads and trying my best to grow my hair, at the same time getting rid of blackheads, but failed miserably.

      How can I get order this product online?

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      litsa 23 months ago

      This might seem crazy but I never had no problem with my hair until I used biotin every time I wash my hair I noticed that I m losing some on the drain and my hair looks less then it was.I'm stopping it and I'm not going bad.

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      Dynasty 2 years ago

      I started taking biotin 3 months ago. In the beginning my face did break out but after drinking water daily and cleaning my face properly , I don't have any issues. My skin is flawless and so are my nails. I love the vitamin and I recommend it to everyone. Of course everyone's body will react differently to biotin but I do suggest trying it out because I did so much research and the comments had me thinking that I shouldn't try it. I'm

      So glad I gave biotin a try. My hair is so long , beautiful and most important it's healthy. Now I've always had

      Long pretty hair but I believe biotin has helped maintain my hair and has made my hair healthier.

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      Diane R. 2 years ago

      Thank you for doing so much research, I know that is very time consuming! I appreciate all of your efforts and that you share them with everyone. I have been taking Biotin for several months now myself also. All of the rude and just plain absurd comments that others leave made me feel compelled to leave a comment of appreciation. So Thank You!! :-)

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      greeneyedblondie 2 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea there could be so many "side" effects and bad problems with taking a vitamin. Good to know.

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      joy 2 years ago

      what about sperm count and quality ? Do we still get to make babies while consuming this ?

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      Aflores 2 years ago

      I m taking biotin for about 4 months daily & no side effect yet

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      jean 2 years ago

      Nice article with superb information ! thank you. Do you know that ebay is the cheapest place to buy Vitamin? Can you believe that I sell even cheaper than eBay? is it possible ? yes ! check my website WWW.HERBALCOST.COM

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      priya 2 years ago

      my hairs are also thin, so I also want to take biotin, but this is the first time that i will have it. So can you please suggest me, which biotin i have to take.

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      ashtyn 2 years ago

      I take 2 10,000 mcg of biotin (spring valley + keratin) a day and I have had no negative side effects only positive with healthy skin hair and nails and my hair has grown about 3+ inches in a matter of 2 months while taking it.

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      sukh 2 years ago

      My hair fail to much..help me

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      curlyHopes 2 years ago

      I am a 48 yr old woman with a thick full head of hair, or I should say 'had'. In the last year my hair has been falling out like crazy. After consulting with a hair specialist she suggested seeing a doctor to check my hormones and also suggested biotin. I also have facial hair growth and I am concerned that if I take biotin that it will also increase the facial hair growth, which I DO NOT want. Can you tell me if this will in fact be the case? Thank you!

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      Norva 2 years ago

      Y does biotin make me constipated. I drink plenty of water and I'm active.

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      moe 2 years ago

      Cvs or rite aid mendy

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      Mendy in Port elizabeth,South africa 2 years ago

      I want to know where can i get boitin 5000mcg around p.e..I really need It,plz reply

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      jboo 2 years ago

      My face is so broke out from biotin!! Im stopping it immediately!! hope my face clears up soon!! and ive been having headaches baaaad.

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      ashish 2 years ago

      Is taking biotin along vitamin capsule for hair improvement in men affect sexual life in any way ..? Please comment genuinely

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      Bri 2 years ago

      I've been taking 3000-10000 mcg of biotin, daily, for about five months. I don't take it everyday each week , I'm terrible with pills... But at least 3 times a week. My hair has grown so much, and I haven't added a B vitamin or gallons of water, I didn't even know to do so actually until now. It is so cheap and it works well for me. My hair has grown a year's length in these 5 Months. Zero side effects :)

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      maahajan 2 years ago from India

      HI

      Regarding the side effects and procedure to take it. Kindly go through the article carefully , you will get all your answers.

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      preeti 2 years ago

      hiiiiii.......

      i m 26 yrs old girl and i have been taking biotin pill for last 3 days but i was so confuse regarding its side effect.. plz tell me about its side effect and how to take it....

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      rraju 2 years ago

      one doctor given suggsition to use boitin for hair

      May i use that

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      Dj 2 years ago

      I'm taking biotin for a year now hoping that I will regrow my hair, but instead sharp nails are growing on my SCALP!!! Pls help! Very embarrassing!!!

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      Brenda 2 years ago

      hi can somebody please tell me what is very good for hair bald all In the top.lord I want my hair back..

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      zoro 2 years ago

      hi,can u plz assist me,i have lost my hairline in front and my hair is ver thin and grows soo slowly,im 29 yrs old female,is it ok to take biotin and with what exactly myst I take it with,plz plz help me,im desperate as im preparing for my december wedding

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      pretty 2 years ago

      I have very clear skin and I really want longer hair. The comments that I read about skin effects of biotin really scare me as I don't want to lose my clear face, wat shud I do?

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      john eckles 3 years ago

      Dear manager which of the collagens do l pick to make my hair grow thicher and very strong will elastin pills do too l like to know l want the strongest in all the pillsa l take

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      john eckles 3 years ago

      Dear manager l am bald on top my head is there any pills l can take to bring it all back and make my hair grow thicher what will do for me or what will work for me someone say that type v will make my hair grow thicker is that right what will make my hair grow thicker all over my head l like to know .

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      luisa 3 years ago

      If a person drinks more than 3 liters of water a day she will eventually have many other problems such as over hydration and desire of going to the bathroom.

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      angela smith 3 years ago

      Im starting my biotin and i ha ve faith un god they do there job.

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      varsha 3 years ago

      Hi m planning to take biotin fr nail growth but I wantedd to knw dat taking so many pills at once can increase our weight or wat n can u mention any tab for multi vitamim

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      sandrine elistone 3 years ago

      I STARTED USING BIOTIN FEB 2014 AFTER 1WEEK MY FACE STARTED TO BREAK VERRY BAD AS WELL TO MUCH PIMPLES :( BUT I DON'T WANNA STOP USING THEM BECAUSE I WANT LONG N THICK HAIRS STILL, ANY ADV PLS? IS IT I SHOULD DRINK LOTS OF WATER O? PLS ADV :(

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      Hanan 3 years ago

      I started to use biotin may 2013.I stopped after one week as my face started to break very badly. Then I went through reviews and as it mentioned I should drink lots of water I thought maybe that was the problem..I started wth 10.000 then I minimized by dosage to 5000 and added B complex to balance the vit yet I was facing the same problem I can say I used all in all a two month biotin and stopped and until this moment I can't get my clear face back. I went to drs they say my checkups are clean but my face has this elergic full of pimples reaction that I never had before using biotin. Am hopless now. Would appreciate your help!

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      Dear readers

      Kindly keep biotin as your last resort for the growth of hair.

      First of all you all should go see a doctor for the root cause of hair problems. May be it is because of the diet or some other health problem.Especially for the people who are very young and are below the age of 20.

      PLEASE TAKE A NOTE that heavy medicines like biotin should be taken only after your doctor allows you to because everyone has a different body type so such medicine might or might not suit your body

      Thank You

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      jada 3 years ago

      My daughter wants to take biotin for hair growth and she 12 going 13 on the 17 of August should I let her take it or not but if so which one should I let her take

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      Reema 3 years ago

      I've found taking btin has made my skin darker

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      PLEASE NOTE:

      THIS IS A GENERAL MESSAGE TO ALL THE READERS I HAVE CLEARLY MENTIONED NOR AM I A DOCTOR OR A DERMATOLOGIST. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON MY RESEARCH DONE ON INTERNET. THERE MIGHT BE SOME FLAWS BUT NO ONE IS FORCED TO FOLLOW THE ADVICE MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE. AS FAR AS INTAKE OF WATER IS CONCERNED I HAVE ALREADY RECTIFIED THE MISTAKE IN THE COMMENTS.

      THANK YOU ALL.

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      Jesus Christ 3 years ago

      6 LITERS OF WATER A DAY COULD KILL YOU. THIS AUTHOR SHOULD BE FIRED FOR PROVIDING LETHAL ADVICE.

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      Shan 3 years ago

      i hv been researching about biotin, to take it. i hv less hair but good skin. so now i m really scared to take biotin for hair growth. it's a very long wish for me to have long hair , even i think atlest in dreams wouldnot i enjoy it. i badly need a long hair. can i take biotin. help me please

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      prem 3 years ago

      Biotin has really its impact on the hair on head and all over the body. you can confirm that there is arrest of hair falling and hair falling has been reduced. i used to take two pill everyday and it has showed me the result. Have faith and belief that really biotin works.

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      PAwan 3 years ago

      I m 25 years old , m much worried abt my hair loss frm past 1 year ,biotin plus i think a gd option earlier i was usng riotin plus ! It stoppd my hair loss bt wen i discntund it strtd again ! Pls sugat who had already used biotin plus and gt results

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      Nurse Dee 3 years ago

      Leandra, please correct your post to 2000 **cc**, NOT 2000 **oz**. Thanks!

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      hsg 3 years ago

      Hi, i need some help. I haven't actually lost my hair but its gone thin, weaker and receding hairline. I've done some research and come to a conclusion that i'll be taking omega 3 and biotin.

      Now im a bit confused if i should also take vitamin b complex and multivitamins or not?

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      As i mentioned earlier that i am not a doctor or a dematologist. This article is based on my research.After reading so many comments on drinking 5-6 ltrs. of water i did my research again & YES all you people are right. DRINKING 5-6 LTRS. A DAY CAN BE FATAL FOR THE BODY.

      Kindly do not drink more than 3 ltrs a day.

      SINCERE APOLOGIES!! :-))

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      KR 3 years ago

      Is Biotin is beneficial for facial hair growth if yes so how many percentage?

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      Leandra 3 years ago

      As an RN I can support the comments that say 5-6 liters of water per day is dangerous and can lead to water intoxication!! There's 30 cc/oz and approx. 2000 oz per day is sufficient (approx. 8 -8 oz glasses) depending upon activity and climate. That is 2 L/day. Out here where I am in the desert of TX approx. 3L/day may be needed if working outside in this heat. PLEASE DO NOT consume 5-6 liters of water per day on a continuous basis because water intoxication messes with the chemicals in our body, esp Potassium and Sodium, overloads the kidneys and can be fatal.

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      olivia 3 years ago

      Don't drink 5 to 6 liters of water a day. That is WAY too much. Drinking that much water on a daily basis can actually have very very bad side effects. It IS possible to poison yourself with water (water toxicity poisoning), and drinking 5 to 6 liters every day is a sure way to do that.

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      irfan 3 years ago

      hey i am a men 32 years old and have hair loos i have extrem pain in urine taking biotin 1000 three time a day have some stones to.

      shuld i stop this product or its normal plz guide me

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      ajay 3 years ago

      Hi sir, m takng vitamin B complex for hair .is it gud for my hair nd skin? Nd actually i have body heat problem so should i take vitamin B complex tablets ?

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      same 3 years ago

      i am men age 31 hair loss from top crown can i take bioten rec me 1000 or 5000 mg

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      zain 3 years ago

      i have hair fall from top can i take 5000 mg or 1000 plz recomand for how much time can i use this biotin thx in advance

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      @ John Special Thanks to you for acknowledging & appreciating the article.

      If anyone wants anymore guidance on any of health related issues in a natural way treatment then they may post the topics here. I will write down the article & pass on the information to you all.

      Sincere Apologies for late replies.

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      yes @ roxy you are right. As i already mentioned that the medicine varies from person to person and before taking it one should consult a dermatologist and start with a minimum dosage.

      and @ esdelice you should check out the link mentioned in the article. It will solve your queries regarding hairfinity and biotin

      @ Missy may be medicine is not working for you and as per the article you should have started with the minimum dosage. 5000 mcg is a high amount to be consumed.

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      Roxy 3 years ago

      Oh and it made my hair and nails go insanely fast and super strong. I've been taking it for years I swear by it

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      Roxy 3 years ago

      Biotin actually cleared my acne when I took it alone! It varies for everyone.

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      Missy 3 years ago

      I have been taking Biotin 5000 along with Vitamin B complex together in the morning. I have been losing my hair and my scalp itches even my eyebrows...I have taken a hair skin and nails supplement in the past with no problems. I stopped taking the Biotin and complex and it feels like my scalp is now improving with next to no itching after 1 day. Is it both vitamins together or is one or the other the culprit?

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      Esdelice 3 years ago

      I wanted my hair grow so fast I'm taking biotin and hairfinity my whole body is itchy now. Should I take only hairfinity and quit biotin help please

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      hi @farfar you should immediately stop taking biotin. 10000 mcg in itself is very strong & as i mentioned it is good for hair but may cause other health problems. Please stop taking biotin and visit a doctor a.s.a.p for UTI. Otherwise if can get some neem leaves try boiling it in water and when it is lukewarm take bath with neem water specially for genital areas for UTI. and drink a lot of water to overcome acne

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      Regina 3 years ago

      I have been taking biotin for 2 weeks, initially I broke out but that has passed. I am having hot flashes, they are like a niacin flush but not as intense more like a fever. Is this dangerous? I don't want to mess my system up just to have better hair.

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      vaishu 3 years ago

      hi...i was have a bad hair loss,when i asked my doc to suggest some pill,she gave me biotin 10 mg.....i think it is 10,000 mcg,she also gave me omega 3. i just started taking these pills.....iam very scared after reading ur article. i drink like 8 glass of water everyday. what else do i do?

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      farfar 3 years ago

      Took biotin 10000 mg for 1/2 a ye got big bumps on head ; ignored them; then i got severe cystic acne never knew it was from biotin;then I took 20000 mg for a week got horrible uti. Stopped biotin about two weeks ago. Still the conditions persist. How long to get biotin out of my system.... I want my flawless skin back....hair grew a lot but not worth spoiling skin and health...please help..even my doc could not treat me..burning in urinary trackt keeps coming every week since a month now...

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      anony 3 years ago

      Actually, Carl, drinking 200 oz of water is NOT fatal.

      And 64 oz is only recommended for someone weighing 128 lbs.

      Daily water recommendation is half your weight in lbs in oz. Example, you weigh 200 lbs, you REQUIRE 100 oz of water a day. That's no sugar, no additives, no caffeine WATER.

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      Krisy 3 years ago

      Can u get an allergic reaction to biotin?

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      Elenaferrater 3 years ago

      Good morning.

      Can I ask?

      Is it ok to use biotin pills but I will not take it and I will just dissolve the pills and use it as an hair spray?

      Is it bad for a pregnant like me to use it without taking that pills?

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      Elenaferrater 3 years ago

      Good morning.

      Can I ask?

      Is it ok to use biotin pills but I will not take it and I will just dissolve the pills and use it as an hair spray?

      Is it bad for a pregnant like to use it without taking that pills?

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      ElenaFerrater 3 years ago

      If your'e going natural and your hair is dry and brittle, for everyday maintenance get a 1)Spray Bottle 2) 5 Biotin pills 3)Water. Dissolve pills in water and spray solution on hair at least 3x day. Promotes growth and gives moisture

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      john 3 years ago

      i am 26 , i am not feeling comfortable because of very less beard .If i am take biotin then it work's or not.By taking biotin hair grows faster?

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      Carl 3 years ago

      I just want to make it known that drinking 200 oz of water is fatal. One can die of water intoxication. Drinking the appropriate 64 oz should suffice.

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      janet 3 years ago

      I was given this biotin 5000, it does wonder to my hair &nails i truly recommended trying to buy the 2 bottle. very good indeed.

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      Cassie 3 years ago

      Bacterial yeast infection? Ha!

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      greenapple 3 years ago

      i am taking 1 biotin5000mcg+1 multivitamin then 1 bcomplex in the evening. is it ok?or i should take all 3 tabs together?

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      no @venky... let the hair grow on its own...as it is biotin and vitamins do not make ur hair grow faster it just improves the quality of the hair...so intake of biotin won't grow your hair faster...

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      venky 3 years ago

      Hello..17..I read all the comments and it kinda scares me especially about the acne because my skin is very clear..I went 2 a parlor and she cut my hair above my shoulder..and the embarrassment is unimaginable..should I just ask for a biotin and vitamin

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      ricky 3 years ago

      will its help me if my hair is receding

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      Ashley 3 years ago

      I think what you said Biotin causing bacterial yeast infections is true. I've been taking a hair vitamin supplement, which contains about 2500mcg, per 2 caps, of biotin on and off for the past year. I began taking it in march/april for about a month and a half, and obtained bacterial vaginosis around june. I had never had it before and suspected it could have been caused by the hair vitamin. For some reason I forgot about the pill after that and after summer found them again and began taking them in late August. Lo and behold by end of sept/mid oct I again got BV! Everyone's body is different and reacts differently to supplements, but I'm pretty sure I may have a biotin sensitivity. Thanks for your article and putting my mind at ease.

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      Hi Bella and Mehravin

      Actually i am not a dermatalogist or a doctor. This was an article on biotin from all the research done from internet as i mentioned in my article also. So, i can't answer your queries as it is i donot want to give wrong advice to you both. Rather i will advice you to visit a dermatalogist or a doctor for your queries.

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      maahajan 3 years ago from India

      Yes dear you can take biotin. But as it is you are young and can make your hair better by changing your lifestyle. At this age you should better choose a healthy lifestyle including exercises, yoga, balanced diet etc. I am sure the thinning of your hair will reverse.

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      indian girl 3 years ago

      hi . im 17 amd from india ... I have thinning hair all over my scalp . can I take biotin at this age ?

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      mehravin 3 years ago

      hi. can u help me please... What you suggest for a 27 years old female for hair growth. I mean what is correct dose? Can she take multivitamin, b-complex along with Biotin.What type of tablet required for 27 year old female 5000 mcg, 10,000 mcg. NOW company product is good.?

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      bella 4 years ago

      Am a using a product called vigro...this is only for hair.can somebody advice pls.can i get facial and body hair if i take hair capsules?

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      bella 4 years ago

      Am a using a product called vigro...this is only for hair.can somebody advice pls.can i get facial and body hair if i take hair capsules?

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      maahajan 4 years ago from India

      Hi . In my opinion one should have one pill of biotin in a day along with one multivitamin and vitamin b complex. But, as someone already said in comments that different bodies react differently so you can try this initially and if it suits you then with the consultation of your dermatologist you should increase the dosage. And the same goes for regrowing hair.

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      balding 4 years ago

      what is the correct dosage to regrow hair?

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      amit 4 years ago

      what's d correct dose to prevent hairfall?

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      maahajan 4 years ago from India

      dear lindsey

      biotin is a water soluble supplement and if it is not dissolved then only it causes acne. and as it is your body is prone to acne then i will advice you not to take biotin for the period being. but still if you are willing to take biotin then please consult a dermatologist first.

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      Ciara 4 years ago

      Check out some of the medical websites and you will find that it's difficult to overdose on Biotin because it is water-soluble. This means it's flushed from your body daily. I am taking 10,000 mcg of biotin and don't plan to stop taking it. I've been on it for only a month, but my nails are doing much better. It will take 6 months to see the full results on my fingernails and a full year for the toenails, but I already can tell I will have great results. I also recommend using Dr. Remedy products. These are nail products and they work great as well. I got both these products from a podiatrist but you can buy them in stores or online.

      Regarding the acne issues, I have not read that there are side effects from taking Biotin, but everyone's body chemistry is different.

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      Lindsey 4 years ago

      I already have bad acne because Its in my genes, so when taking Biotin would it still make acne really bad?

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      maahajan 4 years ago from India

      Hye Sal

      well this is not necessary that a combination supplement may cause yeast infection to everyone. different bodies react differently to medications. some may be allergic to a normal headache medicine too. so, i just wanted to mention this possibility to all my readers that many people complain about yeast infection after having this combination supplement and if they still want to have biotin they can the way i've explained.