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My Disastrous Experience Taking Biotin Supplements for Hair Growth

• Feb 11, 2014

by MJB of Trials N’ Tresses

gncbiotinBack in February I did what most would consider the “big chop”. After 11 months of transitioning I took out my protective style and cut off all the remaining relaxed ends. I was excited and nervous but most of all I was impatient. I wanted my hair to grow back as quickly as possible. I heard all of these great things about so‐called “miracle” hair growth pills and decided to dive in head first. I went to my local GNC and bought their “Be‐Beautiful Hair Skin & Nails” dietary supplement with a whopping 6000mcg of Biotin in them. The bottle states taking one tablet a day and will provide 2000% of the Biotin you need for the day.

For those of you who are unaware, extremely high levels of biotin are the “miracle” workers that can be found in 99% of these hair growth medications that are being sold on the market today. Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin that produces keratin, increases hair elasticity, and protects the hair from becoming dry. It also helps thicken the hair to give the appearance of fullness. It is usually paired with MSM which my vitamins did contain 100mg of.

I started taking the pills and decided to talk to my other natural friends about their success and experiences while taking Biotin. I was shocked to hear more negative than positive responses but still wanted to give it a try for myself. After all, just like hair products, pills also work differently for different people. I went home to do some research on biotin myself (which I should have done before I started taking the pills) and saw a lot of people had issues with acne. Again I wrote it off and still decided to proceed to gather my own experiences.

The first two weeks I didn’t notice any major changes to my hair, skin, or nails but I noticed a few small pimples formulating around my lower cheek area close to my jaw. I wrote it off as poor eating for that week but also decided that if this was the worst that Biotin would do then that would be just fine if it would make my hair grow at rapid speeds. About a month into the process I was terribly disappointed and upset with myself more so than with the actual supplement. My face had completely broken out all over and I noticed no major changes to my hair’s length of thickness. I stopped taking the pills immediately and decided maybe the Biotin levels in this supplement were too high and my system did not agree with it. I moved on to taking Trader Joe’s “Women’s once Daily Multivitamin & Mineral” dietary supplement which only possessed 150mcg of Biotin (50 percent of my daily value). Along side the multi vitamin I began taking their Vitamin C complex.

That seemed to make the problem even worse. I’ve always had very clear skin except for my short battle with puberty back in high school. I just couldn’t get my face to stop breaking out and it was driving me crazy. I drink more than the daily recommended amount of water but just couldn’t seem to flush the vitamins out quickly enough. It was at that point that I decided to just stop taking the pills all together.

I was fighting a losing battle and my face was taking the worst part of the beating. My regular skin regimen wasn’t working even after I stopped taking the pills. I had to create a more aggressive regimen to get my skin back to normal. I started using 100 percent tea tree oil to decrease the pimple size. I would pair it with my face wash diluted in water to prevent excessive drying of my skin. For the really big pimples, I’d place the tea tree oil undiluted directly on there with a Q‐Tip as the applicator. I started using Queen Helene face masks once a week to tackle the oiliness that was building up around the breakouts and would finish off with an Aveeno moisturizer.

I can finally say after almost two months since I took my last “miracle” pill my face is at about 90% where it was before. The breakouts have stopped. The face masks helped quite a bit but it was the tea tree oil that really did the trick.

So… my overall experience with Biotin was unsuccessful the negatives outweighed the possible positives that might have come had I continued to take them. This doesn’t mean that it may not work for you. Again, my body just personally did not respond to it well. I suggest reading into Biotin a little further and testing out a lower level before diving into 6000mcg like I did. My body my have been shocked and refused to go into submission. Therefore, my over all recommendation for those who want to give it a try is to start with the Trader Joe’s multi vitamin first and see how your body responds. Then you can slowly increase the levels of Biotin you are willing to ingest. I personally will just take the normal patient route from now on and enjoy my hair grow at its own speed.

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Ann

Great post! I just watched a video on the amount of biotin in these types of vitamins yesterday. I’ve been taking a similar vitamin & I’ve been having breakouts for about a year & couldn’t figure out why. I will no longer be taking them & hopefully my skin returns to normal pretty soon.

Amanda
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Amanda

I think this is the first article I’ve seen really dive into the possible negative side effects of biotin pills — thanks for publishing this. For women who want to get more biotin without taking pills, I suggest looking up foods that naturally contain it. Since I have some skin issues as it is, this is the route I’ve gone, along with maintaining an overally healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.

Jaimie E
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Jaimie E

This is such a good point! Though sometimes it’s hard to get the recommended amounts everyday, it’s best source of most vitamins & minerals. Not only is it more natural, but your body is more likely to absorb it better than it would from an artificial source (though there are food based supplements). I was surprised by how many common & popular foods had the recommended amount of Biotin, as well as the other vitamins/minerals needed to help the body absorb & process it.

KP
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KP

After reading this story, I definitely won’t be taking Biotin. I’ll just moisturize and wait to reach my next goal. :/

It’s interesting in general to see that many people think that more is better. Concerning vitamins, our bodies only absorb a particular amount and, sadly, the rest goes unused. With supplements, it’s probably smart to see what the recommended daily amount is and stay in that general ballpark.

Tabatha
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Tabatha

Oh man! I take Biotin. I first started with Infinity pills I liked them but after a while it just got expensive because you are paying for the shipping and handling too and I would buy it 2 at a time. Then I was in my CVS store getting my normal nature made vitamins and saw Biotin. They had it in 2500 mg and 5000mg. The thing is, is that if you are taking something with biotin you need to drink a little more water then you normally do because I started to break out just a bit, but then… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

same thing happened to me if you are looking for hair growth and thickness via herbal vitamin pills take garlic and onion for the natural msm(sulfur mineral) and swiss chard for natural organic form of bioton.. See with the bioton that is on the market it is an inorganic form of this b‐vitamin which in some cases such as yours by chance caused an adverse reaction due to your liver, kidney etc was having a hard time utilizing it and it was released via your skin because if your kidney or liver can’t absorb or use an inorganic material(vitamin,mineral etc)… Read more »

Andie
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Andie

Great article; so many times we hear the positive effects of taking supplements, but never the negative. In order to make a well‐informed decision, you need both the pros and the cons. I’ve also heard that you may have to up your water intake when taking biotin, maybe that will help. But, you almost have to ask yourself if it’s worth it? Possible longer hair or clear skin…? Hair will grow 🙂

RaeC
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RaeC

I decided to attempt taking Biotin last year. While I did not experience acne, I did have an odd reaction. All of a sudden I had rectangle shaped dry patches pop up on my face. 🙁 To be clear‐I drink a lot of water. A LOT!!! At first I thought it was my makeup brushes or something. I stopped taking the pills and eventually the dry patches went away. I won’t do that again.

easyBlake
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easyBlake

Yeah, you’ll see results on your skin well before your hair, lol. Any benefits will be at your roots — in the new growth. Months until anything appreciable happens, unless you gain superspeed growth with the pills.

Jen W
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Jen W

I think it’s important to take a multi, but when it comes to other supplements I think it’s best to buy them individually just in case they don’t agree with you. I also read that biotin should be taken with other b vitamins and zinc as well to prevent the skin problems along with drinking plenty of water. So I haven’t discounted biotin as together, but definitely start low like 1000/day.

Bridget J.
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Bridget J.

I tried taking biotin for two weeks and my forehead broke out something awful. Stopped taking them and now I just take a multivitamin and focus on healthy hair practices.

Shiane
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Shiane

I’ve heard of a lot of people having problems taking biotin. I haven’t experienced any sort of change yet. My skin is doing fine but it’s only been 2 weeks or so since I’ve started taking it.

I took it for a month a while back but forgot about it lol. Didn’t experience any bad effects nor any noticeable good ones. But then again some vitamins can take up to 6 months to show any difference.

I guess this goes to show that everyone’s different. ^_^

Ang
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Ang

I took Biotin pills a few years shi and experienced exactly the same results. I even began to develop body acne. NOT cute. Today, I began taking prenatal vitamins to supplement my iron & D3 deficiency. I’ve now realized that one my vitamin deficiencies were taken care of, my hair & nails are now able to flourish as my body no longer has to try and pull these nutrients from my hair strands. Currently arm pit length. Take away lesson, consult your doctor before experimenting w/ pills. Treating the underlying innue could be all your body and hair needs. 🙂

MsKat
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MsKat

Just thought I would share what I do for a breakout (I have been having them a lot, possibly due to a hormonal issue, just got insurance again to to go see about it). First, as your article highlights, not everything is for everyone, so what works for me may not work for another. My remedy involves Tea tree oil, as yours does, but in addition I have Lavender essential oil and peppermint oil included: I found a 1/2 ounce Nalgene travel bottle with a nozzle at container store (if you can’t find Nalgene try to find glass, essential oils… Read more »

Jaimie E
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Jaimie E

Like some of the other commenters, I’m very happy with how you handled your issues with multis in this article! I’ve seen a lot of misinformation on YouTube, especially with bloggers taking Hairfinity/Biotin supplements (with unnecessarily excessive levels of Biotin) without having done a lot of research & not having basic knowledge of how our hair grows. Not smack talking or anything. I mean that In the most respectful way possible. Hopefully this will help people to do more research before they decide to delve into the world of Multivitamins. and also to focus more on the health of their… Read more »

Tabatha_Frm_ Ri
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Tabatha_Frm_ Ri

I agree with your comment.

Twinkle
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Twinkle

I think everyone should stop trippin..eat healthy,drink plenty of water, exercise, take care of your hair and the rest will work out. Patience is important..especially when it comes to natural hair.

Macfille
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Macfille

I take the very GNC supplements you wrote about in your article, and they have been nothing but a Godsend for me. In the year plus I have been taking them, I have realized and retained about 7 inches of growth, taking me to MBL, and the density of my fine hair has increased by at least twenty percent. And I have had no skin issues. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with biotin, but it has worked wonderfully for me. Just making sure both sides are expressed in this discussion.

May
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May

I used to take biotin but didn’t really notice any significant changes in the rate of growth of my hair, though my usually flimsy nails did become a lot firmer and stronger (I’m not sure if it improved the health of my hair either because that’s hard to measure). Anyways, the thing about vitamins is most of it isn’t proven. Either way, I now take a woman’s daily vitamin because honestly my diet isn’t as balanced as it probably should be. Anyways it has about 30% of the daily value (and doesn’t stink like many biotin pills).

Brittany
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Brittany

I’ve been taking Biotin for almost four months and I haven’t experience any sort of adverse affects. I started with taking one pill a day (1000 mg), and then a month or so in I upped it to two a day (2000 mg). Before I started taking 2,000 mg, I was experiencing skin problems due to birth control (small, but noticeable light discoloration on my face). Once I started on two pills a day, my skin problems vanished! I’ve also noticed a bit of a change in my hair, too. I wouldn’t suggest taking 6000 mg of Biotin. Seems like… Read more »

Miranda
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Miranda

I am not sure that our bodies was made to absorb these vitamins in that form. I have had the same situation with biotin i.e. pimples and very little progress hairwise. I lost a lot of hair while taking Hema‐Plex for iron deficiency. Supposedly it’s one of the best iron pills out there. But my excessive shedding stop a few days after I stopped taking it. I would advise extreme caution when taking these vitamins. The tendency is to expect miracle, but very often you get disasterous results.

ChiChi
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Great article. I do believe before purchasing anything, you should always ready reviews. Though what works for you may not work for me, it’s always good to know what you’re up against. I was taking Biotin back in 2010 when I first cut my natural hair. I never received acne for it, it actually worked pretty good. My nails were strong and my hair was growing everywhere (in all areas) LOL! So, it does work for some of us. I’m not a big fan of pills so I would suggest anyone who wants to attain longer hair; eat foods that… Read more »

Elle
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Elle

RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH! I’ve taken 5000mcg Biotin for years and have experienced only POSITIVE hair and nail results with it. HOWEVER, go to any skin care or health care forum or board and Biotin causing outbreaks in SOME PEOPLE is well known. Vitamins are NOT CANDY. Different company brands use different preservatives, vitamin combos and different derivatives (i.e. lanolin vs. fungus vitamin D) and some contain sugars and soy. Many who’ve had outbreaks with Biotin alleviated symptoms with an increased intake of water or have stopped taking them. Rave reviews and horror stories are always taken at face value without… Read more »

Zaza
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Zaza

I’ve been taking biotin for 5 months now and I went from not taking it to 10,000 mcg super strength along with 1000mg of MSM 1000mg vit c and cod liver oil, primrose oil and a multivitamin. I have had no major adverse reaction other than 2 -3 sporadic small pimples (usually my face is perfectly clear) in the first couple of months. Although my hair growth is not phenomenal I have gone from 1/4 of an inch a month to just under 1/2 an inch a month (I have dyed hair at the front so I measure monthly). The… Read more »

Zaza
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Zaza

Forgot to add, shed hair has drastically reduced to the point where it is almost non‐existent!

Tyler
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One of my friends had a similar experience. For me, on the other hand, it seemed like I might as well have been taking placebos. But to be fair I wasn’t as consistent as I should have been.

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hansy
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hansy

I read somewhere that you have to take it everyday for it to work since you have to maintain a high level of biotin in your body for your hair to grow faster, if you are not consistent it won’t work.

ida voyder
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ida voyder

I do hope that some people take into account that not everything that says it’s something is the real thing but can be something completely different. We live in a world where imitation things are sold and it can be hard to tell what is real from what isn’t. It is something that is not covered at all(by the media), but it exists. That reality was brought home when I had to get something for my mother, and in 4 cases out of five what she got was the fake stuff, but was sold as the real thing and these… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

It’s unfortunate that the writer had the issues that she did when taking Biotin. As with many supplements, what works for one person may not work for someone else. I’ve been taking 10,000mcg of Biotin for over a year, ever since my BC in December 2012. In one year my hair grew almost 6 inches. I’ve attached pics. I did my BC in Dec 2012 and the second pic was taken in Dec 2013. I never had any issues with my skin, thank heavens. The Biotin didn’t thicken my hair as much as I would have liked, but it did… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

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Lisa
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Lisa

Sorry…tried to upload my Dec 2013 pic but the site won’t let me. I’ll keep trying.

Lisa
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Lisa

Uggh! Can’t get the pic to rotate. Sorry.

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Marta Daniels
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Thanks for the heads up on tea tree oil my skin has recently started to rebel as well. Glad your skin is back under control! God bless!

Sasha
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Sasha

I began breaking out badly when I started taking biotin too. Then I read that one needs to take a supplement with zinc in it in order not to break out. I then began taking a supplement with zinc in it and the break outs completely stopped. I am not a medical professional but taking a supplement with zinc in it while taking biotin prevented break outs for me.

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Jacky
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Jacky

So sad to hear that.Thanks for sharing your story.

LBell
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LBell

I’ve never tried biotin, but I did try a couple of different hair vitamins/supplements years ago. While I never had any major reactions to them, and I saw results of a sort (my strands weren’t growing in faster, but they were definitely growing in thicker, i.e. less fine), I stopped taking them because I decided to stop taking any medications, including supplements, that my body doesn’t absolutely need. My family has a history of persistent iron‐deficiency anemia so we take iron supplements because we need them in order to function in all areas of life. (Mental alertness is a good… Read more »

Brittany.L
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Me I’ve taking Biotin 2500 mcg once a day and honestly I’ve seen a difference in thickness with my hair using not so much growth. Also it works miracles with my nails. My nails grow really fast using Biotin.

But I bite my nails : z As it pertains to my skin I rarely have acne problem so I don’t know if it helps my skin

I think your dosage was extreme but I read the comments and other ppl take high dosages so it’s probably different for everyone.

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cacey
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cacey

i’m same way. when i took biotin consistently for a lil more than a month my nails were the only place i noticed a definite change. normally my nails are very crack‐prone but them puppies were hard as steel, and quite shiny, too, when i was taking the biotin. hm, i should probably go back, then, see how long i can get them, because they were never longer than when i took biotin. with my hair i didn’t notice any difference, but that’s probably because hair takes waaay longer to show any changes.

hansy
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hansy

I’ve been taking 10,000 mg biotin pills daily and so far no problems.

Kelcie
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Kelcie

Honey, I’m so over taking supplements for hair growth. I tried all that in the beginning of returning to my natural roots in 2012. I did notice an abundant growth of hair. My hair was growing really well.…and so was the hair on my chin, armpit and “carpet”! That was a deal breaker for me because plucking chin hairs every other day was not on my agenda. I’m ok with the armpit hair and carpet area because I can hit that with a razor anytime and be done, as those areas are not on display for others (except summertime swimsuits… Read more »

hansy
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hansy

LOL yes hair grows everywhere not just the head. Now I have to shave almost every other day before I could go a whole week without shaving.

Kelcie
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Kelcie

I also wanted everyone to be mindful that when hair grows, so does hair everywhere else. You are definitely taking a risk when consuming these supplements. There’s no such thing as supplements targeting certain areas of hair growth. Now, if you are getting the results you wanted, congrats. You are lucky and the chosen one!!! Lol

Eliza
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Eliza

I started taking 1000mcg of Biotin of which you can take up to 5 times daily. I started taking 1 pill & increased over time to see how my body would react. The most I can do without having cotton mouth (no matter how much water I increased my mouth was DRY) I can only take 2 per day. I’ve never had an acne problem; only the dry mouth, which I rectified by taking no more than 2 per day. My nails grow really fast but I can’t tell what effect if any it has had regarding hair growth. Also,… Read more »

Manespeak
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We talked about the Biotin experience back in September. You can see the post here:

http://manespeak.com/biotin-supplements-for-longer-hair-growth-yay-or-nay/

It’s a common myth for women to think that the more Biotin they put into their system, the more hair growth. You can get Biotin using natural resources (that is the best way anyways). Glad you overcame the Biotin effect and thanks for sharing 🙂

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

DID IT EVER OCCUR TO YOU PEOPLE THAT NOTHING IS GOING TO GIVE YOU FAST GROWTH. YOU LOOK DUMB

Kelcie
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Kelcie

Not you again Tina. Nice of you to troll with us today!!

Jameka
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Jameka

It took about 2 months for me to see a true difference in my hair with Biotin, with most vitamins you have to give them time to build up in your system. Yes, I’ve had some acne, but I find that when I increase my water intake my skin does much better. I think it’s worth taking based on the results I’ve had.

Tenica
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I’m going through this RIGHT NOW!! Thank God I only took 3 1000 mcg pills before the breakout came. I took two pills on Thursday and one on Friday. That Sunday I noticed cystic acne all over my face. I’ve never really had breakouts except maybe one or two pimples around “that time”. I don’t think my body likes the pills. I already drink about two liters of water a day.. so that’s not the issue. I eat pretty healthy, but maybe I should eat healthier. Anyway.. I don’t see myself trying the pills again. The pills should be out… Read more »

Dana
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Dana

Try the Inversion method if you are looking for faster hair growth @ 1–2 inches in seven days. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so9ExluN8TM

Maria V.
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Biotin DESTROYED my skin. Like the author, it took months for me to nurse my skin back to it’s original condition. Even then, it remained very oily and splotchy for a while after.

All of our bodies are different, Biotin isn’t for everybody (certainly not for me) but to those of you that can get it to work: CONGRATULATIONS.

Rosie
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Thank you for this article! I am 28yrs old and my skin is the worst it’s ever been. I do eat a lot of sugar (I’ve slowed dramatically in the past few months) but I also drink a lot of water. I thought it was the oils/shea butter I put in my hair. I’ve been taking Natures Made 2500mg Biotin. I’m going to stop taking it see if it help my skin. It never occurred to me it could be the Biotin.

lablooplah
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lablooplah

I don’t think getting long hair is worth this at all.

Carla
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Carla

I started taking Natural Bounty Biotin 5000mcg for about 2 months now and Mr skin is fine no acne problem. I do see some growth in my hair, but I was already taking Geritol Complete and my nails are long and beautiful. I have just added Women’s essential vitamins to the list and now I have cut back to taking the every other day and I drinks lots of water.This is a front and back view taken about a month ago it now thicker and a little longer.
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Dana
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Dana

Try the Inversion Method for hair growth.

Grace
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Grace

Literally this has been my life since December! I’ve had biotin for years and never really took more than one a day more sporadically. In December I started taking two a day for a week and my skin went maadd. Cycsts, small spots big spots, the works! I stopped taking them and through the last two months the spots have reduced but the scarring is unreal. my skin has always been problematic but this an exception. As my hair has been in a protective style for two months I’m not sure if it aided growth, but definitely not worth it.… Read more »

CB
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CB

LOL!!

I learned the hard way myself.

Biotin is great if your body needs it. Mine didn’t but I kept using it and I broke out all over and i mean ALL OVER.

Also, some people say you have to drink a ton of water after. I drink 8 cups a day and that wasn’t enough. No ma’am. LOL!

Ambrosia034
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Ambrosia034

I have taken 5,000 mcg of Biotin pretty consistently (i.e. almost every day) for the past few years. I have never experienced any negative side effects from the supplement–my nails stay strong and I notice that I have more hair. I also eat a well‐balanced, healthy diet and drink LOTS of water. Biotin is a vitamin that is hard to take too much of, so‐to‐speak, as excess biotin is excreted by your kidneys. One thing that people should be aware of is that many vitamin and herbal supplements on the market have additives (including natural additives) that may cause a… Read more »

Ambrosia034
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Ambrosia034

*hair growth (sorry about the typos)

me10
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me10

I was using a Biotin brand with 10,000 mcg and had to stop taking them. I didn’t want to throw them away so I only take one a day until they are all gone.

LOLA
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LOLA

I’ve been taking 5000mcgs of Biotin for a little over a month (first by its self for about a week and then added a women’s one a day, B‐100 complex, MSM, Calcium, Iron, and vitamin E) and my skin has been fine, if not better than it has been of late. And my hair has been better too (maybe due to co‐washing more often; there is something about conditioner with anything coconut my hair loves). Maybe Biotin isn’t for everyone in high doses like this or it may be an issue in how it is consumed. But you have to… Read more »

t-sha
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t-sha

I took biotin 10,000, MSM and silica just about everyday for close to three months. The first month there was no difference. By the third month there was a significant difference in hair growth. I had 4.5 to 5 inches in some areas of my head, from March to Oct of ’12. On the flip side my skin looked like a pizza and I ended up at the dermatologist office on sumadan wash, orachea pills and epiduo cream. The pills did excellerate my hair growth. I grew just over 7 inches that year, but my skin took a beating.

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Siddeeqah.Hofler@gmail.cm

I had a similar problem with taking just a Biotin Supplement. It not only affected my hair but I just felt bad every time I took it. However, I started taking Solgar Hair, Skin and Nails vitamin with a women’s multivitamin with no iron for about a year and my hair is down my back and healthily. I can tell the difference when I stop taking it. I also only take one a day instead of the recommended two a day.

Mind of B
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After about a year of massive skin problems from biotin, I learned that my daily threshold of breakouts‐to‐no‐breakouts was 1500 mcg. I go over AT ALL, and I get the worse type of pimples you could image. But I digress. 😛

I just bought a bottle of 1000 mcg softgels, with 150 pills in one bottle; I’m taking one a day until it’s used up. Been taking it for about a week and a half, and so far, good. We’ll see how my hair growth is after 5 months.

Sonja
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I have (or had) been on Hairfinity for about 3 years. This past year about 9 months ago I suddenly broke out with horrific acne all over my face! I’ve been miserable trying to figure out the source. I even took a trip to see a derm. My skin has always been relatively pretty and now it’s awful. I ran into an article on BHI regarding biotin and how our body’s already produce it (didn’t know that). And the affects it can have and I stopped taking it 2 weeks ago. Praying I have found my resolution and this will… Read more »

Naijastar
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Naijastar

This post is very timely as my derm just recommended biotin to help regrow my edges. I’m curious about to women who have have experienced acne: what type of skin did you have previously? dry? oily? combination? normal? Perhaps there is a common thread? I’ve literally just started with a relatively moderate/ low dosage biotin supplement, and these anecdotes are making me a little nervous!

Naijastar
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Naijastar

* curious about the women

RedPaperLantern
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RedPaperLantern

My skin is dry and I did get some acne initially, but not now from Biotin. Mine comes from my menses. You might be on to something though.…

RedPaperLantern
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RedPaperLantern

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share my experience with Biotin. I have been taking Biotin for about 2 years and although I did have a mild breakout in the beginning, I no longer have any issues with acne, other than during my menses. I take 5,000 mcg soft gel caps, daily. I also take MSM and other supplements, too. It took some time for my body to adjust to the Biotin, like it also did when I began to take Fermented Cod Liver Oil. When I began taking FCLO, my stomach went berserk, so I dropped down the amount I… Read more »

Spirit
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Spirit

I have been taking biotin for 3 years and have no negative effects, I’m so sorry for those of you that have…

vrob
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I have always had tremendous success with hair growth when taking biotin, but I always only took one about two times per week. Sometimes when we get excited about having a certain outcome, we greedily go overboard. Biotin nourishes our body and supports hair and nail growth, but too much of anything is not a good thing. Take biotin in a responsible way and you will see positive hair growth and should not have skin problems. There is no RDA for biotin and, ironically, it is used in the treatment of skin problems, including acne. In fact, one sign of… Read more »

ade
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ade

i used to take biotin because of my nails, i stopped at a point because i was have too much hair on my face. I just started taking biotin again to bring my nails back to life. i realised that the best way for me to take it is with vitamin C. and honestly it works wonders. apart from the hairy face i have no other side effects

Ugochi
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Ugochi

The absolute same thing happened to me. Stopped the Biotin pills after researching and finding some similar stories. I learned that patience with my hair is the best thing I can do for it.

Honeybrown1976
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Honeybrown1976

Yes, after trying Biotin for a few weeks, my face broke out. I never had issues with breaking out. So, I left it alone.

her flyness
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her flyness

There was a segment on Dr.Oz about dietary supplements. He stated that a supplement exceeding 100% DV is more than likely toxic to the body

Tavia
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Tavia

I broke out just a little..i grew up with Acne…getting made fun of and then blossomed out of it so it was an ok trade off for me. I could care less lol. But, after a couple of weeks it went away and i took MSM, Vitamin C, and horsetail as well. I found that my hemp oil helped to clear my face.. Hope someone could use this info…i also rub lemon juice on my face and use bentonite clay masks every other weekend and my skin is not breaking out anymore and i’m up to 10mg now. Hair is… Read more »

Heaven
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I think a MOJOR problem here is that maybe not enough water is being consumed on a daily basis. I have taken biotin on and off for well over a year now. My hair is thick and shiny. If you do not drink water, you are more likely to break out when taking biotin. My goal is to drink 64 oz a day. Of course I do not always drink that much but most days I have at least 4 — 12 oz glasses of water. When I am working out I drink way more than the 64 oz.… Water… Read more »

Keri K.
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Keri K.

When taking a supplement like Biotin, it is very important not to exceed the daily dosage and with Biotin, that amount is between 1000mcg to 5000mcg. I personally would take 1000mcg and be patient because otherwise, you are feeding your body too much of a good thing and it becomes toxic causing breakouts, excess oil buidup, etc. Again, it works differently for all people, but no dosage should exceed 5000mcg. I would suggest 1000mcg/day along with water and foods high in protein and fiber (green vegetables, lean meats, etc.), Vitamin C and E.

Carla
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Carla

I break out if I take any amount of biotin. I drink 1 gallon of water a day and I still broke out in cystic acne. It took weeks before my skin cleared up and months before the hyperpigmentation was cleared.

nappichique
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nappichique

stop the madness!
even without the perms, weaves,flatironing, press & curls and extensions we are still having hair issues…doing stuff to make our hair grow faster because inside is still that voice that says “your hair is not pretty”…I know it is a healing process but when we just simply learn to accept our hair for whatever it is, long, short, curly, straight, kinky, nappy, or any and all of the above, we will be better for it. there is nothing wrong with improving our hair…but all of this obsession with length = beauty is just too much! #donetalk

daniMonizzle
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daniMonizzle

^^^ *applause*

rhoc
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rhoc

When doctors say that biotin can help, and many have great experiences with great amounts than a balding person for whatever reason is going to try it, to take a chance.

Charity
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Charity

I tried the Hairfinity vitamins. It has the extremely high dose of Biotin as well. I drink plenty of water. I had no breakouts, but my hair started shedding so bad that the overall thickness of my hair decreased rapidly. I quit taking them. I recently saw on Dr. OZ and another show as well that taking more than the recommended amount of a supplement can be dangerous.

Aneisha DeArman
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You should honestly try Hairfinity. Although it may not have 2000% of daily biotin intake, I have found it to be very effective. I started in Mid‐January right after a perm and after a one month supply I am already in serious need of another perm because of all of the new growth. Also you should take a look at my blog as well http://hardworkingncmomma.blogspot.com/

NubianPrize
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NubianPrize

I’ve been taking biotin for over a year & have had no problems.

The Mane Captain
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I don’t understand why natural ladies get length obsessed after going natural. Your hair will eventually grow. One only needs to pay attention to length retention, and you ill have long hair.
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Shah
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Shah

Your dosage really looked incredibly high. I believe the recommendation is to not exceed 5000 mcg/ day. Also, from what I’ve seen on many natural hair blogs, advocates of Biotin also strongly recommend that it be taken simultaneously with Zinc in order to prevent unwanted side effects.

Polarbelle
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I’ve been taking Biotin for about 15 years and it’s made all the difference in my hair and nails. When I first started, supplements were only available in, (if memory serves), the 500 mg amount. I think starting at 6000 would overwhelm just about anyone. I took 500 for several years. When the 1000 came out about 3–4 years ago, I started taking that. Then the 5000, which I currently take. My hair was falling out and my nails were splitting and peeling and I’d just been dx’ed as hypothyroid at the time. The Biotin made such a difference in… Read more »

CeeDee
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CeeDee

Sorry you had a bad experience with biotin. I actually take 10,000 mcg daily with msm and silica and I have absolutely no acne issues what so ever. Honestly I don’t think it’s really making my hair grow any faster but my nails surely are. Doctors said I have an autoimmune disease which one of the symptoms is stunted hair growth so I think the vitamins are helping me to achieve the growth I should achieve without them

Happy Curls
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Happy Curls

Long hair has always been symbolic of beauty and youth. It will continue to be. If you like short hair‐great. If you don’t-great too.

However, for those of us who prefer longer hair & think long hair is beautiful that’s equally great. Please stop with this notion of length obsession. Some of us prefer long hair just get over it & be happy with your own.

Angela
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Angela

I’ve been taking Biotin for about 6mos, I take it with Zinc. These two sups help with my eczema too! I’ve not had a breakout issue, it seems to have helped my acne–as I’ve had adult acne. I also drink a lot of water, *shrug* nonetheless it doesn’t work for everyone.

Kim
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Kim

Hi all‐ This post is so interesting. What some of us fail to realize is that we need to treat our whole body and not just our hair. We all are individuals and may require more or less of something that works well for others. I’ve heard pros and cons of taking biotin, but not nearly as much about iron and vitamin C or other vitamins. Some vitamins do not work so well alone and need others to actually do what it’s meant to do. Iron works well with vitamin C, for example. Go to the doctor and get an… Read more »

Likewaterforchocolat
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Likewaterforchocolat

I have no issues with Biotin. It didn’t really seem to make my hair grow faster, but I noticed less shedding and that my fine strands seemed stronger and thicker. However, I began hearing great things about MSM, but it causes skin rashes for me, so I son’t take it.

Kenyan Bunnie
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Kenyan Bunnie

I have been taking Biotin along with Vitamin E, Evening Primrose, Folic Acid, Fish Oil, CoQ10. I am having success with Biotin, which is 5,000. For about 2 months I went on 10,000, but that made my nails brittle and didn’t do much for my hair. So I went back to 5000 and back to strong healthy fast growing nails (I faithfully cut them, I hate long fingernails!) I have had 4 inches of growth within the past 6–7 months. My diet the last few months has been shit, so I need to fix that. Just keeping to healthy nourishing… Read more »

Ebony
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Ebony

How about focusing on finding a good multivitamin for our overall health instead of looking for a miracle hair growth pill. Good health + good hair practices = longer, stronger hair ladies 🙂

stephanie
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stephanie

THANK YOU! This is my focus as well.

Karen
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Karen

same thing happened to me if you are looking for hair growth and thickness via herbal vitamin pills take garlic and onion for the natural msm(sulfur mineral) and swiss chard for natural organic form of bioton.. See with the bioton that is on the market it is an inorganic form of this b‐vitamin which in some cases such as yours by chance caused an adverse reaction due to your liver, kidney etc was having a hard time utilizing it and it was released via your skin because if your kidney or liver can’t absorb or use an inorganic material(vitamin,mineral etc)… Read more »

Stacie Reeves
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Stacie Reeves

Ugh! so this is why I’ve been breaking out! I took Biotin before when I had longer relaxed hair but it didn’t make me break out. I started to take them again now and I’ve been breaking out like crazy!!! I thought it was due to stress or psm because I’ve been super stressed out lately, but I think this is why my forehead looks like crap!

Charlene
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Charlene

I had the same terrible experiences with Biotin and I had extremely “bad” headaches when taking MSM. Not anymore. I take both of them religiously and my hair is thicker, longer, fuller and due to the garlic supplements has stopped breaking off and shedding so much. You see, when I take either the Biotin or MSM, the key is to drink more water Every Day to evenly distribute it throughout your body without cluttering up your kidneys, liver, skin, etc. At my weight I should be drinking not less than 72 ozs. per day. But because I take a multi,… Read more »

Kellee
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Kellee

It’s one of those things in which it really depends on how your body responds. I started taking biotin in early 2012 and I am still taking them. I started out with I think 1,000, then went on to 5,000, now I am currently taking 10,000mcg plus the amount that is in my mult‐vitamin. I have not had any break out issues or other adverse affects. I tend to take a break for a few days on occassion, just to allow my body to process, but other than that it is well. Also, my hair has always been thick, and… Read more »

Charlene
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Charlene

I was going through a tremendous amount of stress and neglected to drink as much water as I should. That resulted in my skin breaking out and me having terribly itchy skin. I went back to drinking a LOT of water and it stopped and my skin has cleared up. Still taking both MSM and Biotin along with my other supps. (I’ve even added another hair vit -lol).

Danessa
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Danessa

I had the same experience… Smh… Will never take biotin again! It’s been 8 months the summer is coming and I’m still suffering from acne marks ????

Ashley
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Ashley

I think you shouldn’t have started out taking 6,000. You should have just took biotin and like the 500 or 1,000. And drank a whole lot of water. But that’s just my two‐cents. Sorry it didn’t work out!

Amber
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Amber

I had the same thing happen to me. I usually have decent skin but I took Biotin for about 2 months and my skin totally freaked out. I was breaking out HORRIBLY around my jaw and chin area. It lasted about 3 months after I stopped taking them. It wasn’t worth it at all.

Layah
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Layah

Everyone’s body is different and intake levels do vary!!!! I take Hairfinity and it works wonders on my hair.

hebba
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hebba

Biotin builds up protein up until a certain amount. Once you eat a certain amount it reverses and starts to break down protein, causing brittle nails, bad skin, etc. … number one rule of biotin. And probably one of te reasons why they say you shouldn’t eat too many eggs?

Easteller Bruihl
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Easteller Bruihl

10MG Biotin has done wonders for me! Clear skin, strong nails longer than ever in my life! Hair growth outstanding. Again, everyone is different but I’ve tried many different supplements and Biotin works for me.

Jolie
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Jolie

Maybe I’m keratin deficient? I read some of the same issues that you’ve described, but haven’t experienced them myself. My skin, immediately after starting to take them, seemed to glow and look healthier. I do get zits here and there, and they are gone. But also, they work as an appetite suppressant, not that I need to lose weight, but in the future, it’s a natural possibility. I’d rather take biotin than caffeine. Now, I just take the walmart brand. Plain, no other additives. But yeah, I think biotin has helped my hair. There has been a boost in growth,… Read more »

Lea
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Lea

How about talking to a doctor first to see if you even need some of the vitamins your taking. I talked to a doctor first and I was told to always take B12 with the Botion to keep it from breaking out my face. And I only take 2,000 mcg a day.

Jessica K.
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Jessica K.

I think it is different for everyone. After having my daughter 19 months ago, my acne got really bad, my hair was really dry, and my nails were really brittle. I decided to start taking Biotin 2 months ago and my acne has completely cleared up, my hair grew 2 inches and is shiny and thicker, my nails are shiny and thick and grow faster, and I dropped 15 pounds. Not everyone is going to have positive results with herbal supplements. Like I can’t use any type of acne medication, even proactive makes my skin worse.

Tanya
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Tanya

Hi Jessica, which Biotin supplement did you purchase?

Faith
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Faith

You absolutely, ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO drink lots of water when taking any supplement, especially biotin. Because it’s water‐soluble, it needs that extra water intake so that your body will have a better time breaking it down. Otherwise, you WILL break out. Biotin is a great supplement for hair, skin and nails, but you must drink lots of water; at least 8–10 glasses per day. Sounds like alot, but it’s worth it. 🙂

Raquel
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Raquel

I agree with you!! Drinking tons of water will help flush the toxins out!

alvina
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alvina

Biotin is water salable so u can’t over dose on it your body will be pee the remainder out you have to drink more water to flush it out and there are other vitamins like zinc that counter balance biotin

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.

I’ve been taking biotin for 6months. The only thing I’ve noticed is it makes me really thirsty. The one supplement I had a bad experience with was MSM, i started having difficulties sleeping. It would take me hrs to fall asleep and if I happened to wake up during the night it would take me hrs to fall back asleep. I did some research and I’m not the only person that’s experienced this. I value my sleep. So I had to give up on that suppliment.

Michele
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Michele

You just fixed my life (skin problems). Been taking biotin more frequently because my hair is so fine. Thank you so freakin much

neenab
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neenab

I take mine 3 times a day with each meal. But I drink large amounts of water. only bad thing is, I noticed I get pimples under the skin on my chin but I can live with that lol.

emmyk
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emmyk

Biotin literally broke me out worse than anything I’ve ever experienced and I saw zero results. Im so glad I’m not the only one this happened to. I think i’ll stick to the only hair supplement I need, the It Works Hair Skin Nails. Biotin doesn’t even remotely compare.

Allie Maria
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Allie Maria

I fainted in the middle of church after starting MSM. I fell flat on my face! I was weak for a few days following. I immediatley stopped the supplements but continued to feel the side effects (a few near‐fainting episodes at work) for months after. It was terrible.

Biotin did nothing but make me break out. So far, still on the hunt for a miracle cure!

Crystal B
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Crystal B

I have a friend who takes it, but this girl is drinking water ALL the time. While she’s at work as soon as there is a lull she’s drinking water. She can be talking to you and mid sentence be like, ‘I need to drink water’. I think that is an essential component that you must do from the beginning. If you don’t start out that way, I think you set yourself up for failure. And of course everyone’s biology is different. Starting anything with 2000% of what you need having never tried it at all just doesn’t make a… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I don’t have any issues when I take my hair, skin, and nails supplement. As long as I drink enough water and exercise, I notice positive results. I have less shedding and brittleness while taking my vitamins.

RBCA07
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RBCA07

Tried biotin twice, took all the recommended steps, but the breakouts were too much to handle. I also didn’t see any growth improvements. My hair is slow growing, it can go 2 months without growing at all. But then I found a silica complex at a health store, and that helped me get 0.5 inch a month, and recently, 1 inch a month. So, everyone is different and biotin might work for some, but for me, it was not a good experience. Silica is fairly harmless to me and I haven’t had any side effects with it. Biotin is a… Read more »

Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

Biotin is one of the ingredients in my hair, skin and nails supplement. I also take zinc which helps to balance Biotin, and is great for stress, the immune system. Find a hair supplement that includes zinc and biotin and you should be OK.

TheWhiteLilyBlog
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TheWhiteLilyBlog

I take 10000 at the advice of a hair stylist who has several patients on chemotherapy. You can see the new growth along the hair line, it clearly works (I had not one but several heart surgeries in the last three years and the anesthesia plays hell with my hair). My nails also have never been stronger. I took 5,000 for several years and only saw results in my nails, and it wasn’t until I met that beautician who told me you have to take at least 10,000 to see any hair benefits. I have never had any breakouts, I’ve… Read more »

neenab
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neenab

Hello I can also say that these pills really do work. I have been taking the 10,000 for about a year and on the real ish.. they work. I went natural a few years back and wanted my hair to grow back faster. I have stronger strands thicker, and longer. Even when I go get my hair washed the beautician says my d=strands are really strong.

Elle
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Elle

I never really had a problem with hair growth. I cut my hair constantly and it seems to grow back as fast as I cut it, even with coloring it on a consistent basis. I never had the desire for my hair to grow insanely fast and I always thought biotin was for people who were having health problems or going through chemo anyway. My friends have told me more positive than negatives about biotin, so I really knew to stay away. Before starting a vitamin regimen, you are supposed to talk to your doctor anyway to see if it… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

1. Never use undiluted essential oils! Ever. 2. Why not take a B complex? I recommend this brand because you actually absord 90% because there are no binders or fillers and it is an isotonic solution. Your body can only absorb so much at a time and since B vitamins are water soluable, taking more is not necessarily better. Your body will just eliminate the excess. A better option would be taking this one 2x a day IMO. As well as a healthy diet rich in Omega 3s. I speak as an herbalist/nutritionist. B complex: http://www.shop.com/Isotonix+reg+Activated+B+Complex-604981550-p+.xhtml

Hannah
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Hannah

I broke out three days into taking biotin with 15 or so zits practically overnight. I stopped immediately and it took me two weeks to get my skin clear again. Never again!

Juan Martin
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There are so many good foods rich in Biotin, if the pills don’t work, I would look into including them in your diet more. I will be following my own advice, as I don’t even want to think about dealing with a breakout like that.

Maria
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Maria

I’d believe it more if you didn’t have affiliate links going to Amazon for everything you talk about in your post. I counted 19 affiliate links, Geez.

MjbTheone
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MjbTheone

Hi hun. I’m just now seeing this. The original article I wrote didn’t have any affiliate links. You can find it here: http://trialsntresses.com/natural-hair/product-reviews/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-results-of-taking-biotin Thank you for the comment.

Washington-Brown Sheila
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Washington-Brown Sheila

Biotin does work, the first time I took it I didn’t have any problems breaking out. Then I stop taking it for a few months, because I just fell off from taking them. So I started back again. The second time taking it my face broke out, and I was trying to figure out why didn’t I break out the first time taking them, my friend said I need to drink more water, and that didn’t help either, then I figured it out, the first time I was taking biotin, I was also drinking vegetable and fruit smoothies 3 to… Read more »

Eliz L
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Eliz L

I agree. (Now personally I cannot speak for skin break outs, because for long term hormone issues I take a birth control pill. I have heard some have break outs with a birth control pill, but I don’t.) So while I can’t speak on break outs as I don’t have that side effect, for my personal self is that biotin works for me and I swear by it. I have tried taking a regular plain multi‐vitamin, but I tend to get nauseated I think because the iron is so high, so I stopped taking my multivitamin again and just got… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

When I heard about Biotin years ago I was excited and started taking it. A few weeks later I started breaking out in the biggest zits I have ever had. The ones that hurt and you can feel under the skin. I researched this and someone had mentioned that you need to take ZINC with the Biotin and it will prevent the breakouts. That is what I did and it worked like a charm. Not one zit and I can take 10000 units. That was the key. Hope this helps.

DR
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DR

I have to say I had the exact same experience minus the lack of growth. Within two of taken the vitamin I noticed my face breaking out small rashes on my body. After a month my nails and hair started to grown rapidly however my skin was getting worse! At first I thought it was my diet, I just come off a 31 day detox and figured maybe it was my body pushing out the rest of the toxins. My face experienced daily pimples and cyst bumps then I realized it wasn’t my diet because I’d only been very well… Read more »

Mew0116
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Mew0116

I take one Pantothenic Acid 200mg otherwise known as vitamin B5 along with 5,000mcg Biotin a day to stop breakouts. I watched YT and someone suggested it and no more breakouts. In fact, not only is my hair growing faster, but my skin looks wonderful.

Erin Gatewood
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Erin Gatewood

The long and short of it, is that everyone’s body has a different response to supplements; doesn’t make them good or bad. My personal experience with Biotin (1000mg) was not acne, but I was nauseated EVERY day. I had been taking it for about 5 weeks when I realized that was probably the source of my nausea. I immediately stopped taking them and within a day I was feeling much better, but the quality of my hair hadn’t changed.

I also know others who have taken Biotin with great success.

Everyone is different.

KellyK
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KellyK

This is exactly what happened to me taking biotin. I’d take the wegmans brand which also contains vitamin c right before bed and in the morning I’d be fine but was extremely nauseated by the afternoons. Now I just take a multivitamin.

Ajah
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Ajah

I have been taking Hairfinity and that has Biotin in it. I’ve been taking it for about 2 years now and I have never had an issue. My hair is longer and stronger. One thing that is so important is water. You have to drink so much water. I drink at least a gallon a day anyways, but sometimes I’ll sneak in a little more if I can. I would say that something that everyone does and that is a HUGE NO, NO, is trying to fix things by yourself. When issues happen to your skin or hair or what… Read more »

SPIRIT
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SPIRIT

First line of defense, when it comes to the body, check in with a physician first. I been taking 5,000 per day for a year to prevent breakage. Wasn’t concern with growth because that wasn’t the issue. One’s hair will grow to the floor at the rate your body’s DNA will allow. There’s no magic pill on the market so think before you dive. 🙂 Consuming more than you body can handle, you will absolutely experience serious side effects. Think!! It’s just hair.

Nunu
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Nunu

I took biotin for about 6 months with no problems and saw some results. I decided to increase my levels and that was the worst mistake I’ve ever made. Not only did my face break out but my back and chest started to break out. I haven’t had problems with acne since I was 12 and I am MUCH older now…lol. It took months for my skin to get back to normal. Clean eating is the way to go for me!

Anfaani
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Anfaani

i’m sorry that happened to her. but in my opinion a lot of this could be remedied by us accepting out hair as it is. we cut off the weaves and did the big chop, but inside some of are still obsessed with hair, hair length, texture, shrinkage etc. and are doing all kinds of things to get long hair that we did when we wore weaves and perms we exchanged one obsession for another. nothing is wrong with healthy growing hair but i think we need to put everything in perspective and not become slaves to hair…just sayin’.

Jessa
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Jessa

Biotin (after 3 months of taking) made my fingernails even weaker (I do NOT polish my nails because I think it’s a waste of my time.) And I never noticed anything with hair growth. It made my hair oilier. I’ve had numerous test & nothing came back. I wear gloves when I wash dishes or work with chemicals. So, while it’s a miracle drug for some, it made my stuff worse.

Terra
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Terra

I take 10,000 mcg every day and my hair is definatley longer anf fuller. Zero acne or bumps anywhere or any other side effects. But I also take really great care of my skin via Proactive Plus. I think everyone’s body reacts differently to anything so people should try it for themselves. I read tons of negative reviews about Biotin and I am more than pleased I tried it for myself. 🙂

Sasha P
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Sasha P

I’m not a medical professional. When I first started biotin years ago I had bad breakouts, and I had never had that issue before. I came across a pharmacist that informed that when taking biotin one must also take a supplement with zinc in it in order to prevent breakouts. I began taking a multi vitamin with zinc in it along with the biotin and the breakouts stopped.

sk
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sk

I am 16 years old… Does taking biotene depend on age? I am planning to start it to grow mine facial hair… Mostly fr a good beard

DJ
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DJ

Yeah, Biotin has to be taken with a multivitamin to prevent breakouts. I take 5,000mcg with a prenatal… No acne. Before the prenatal my face broke out really bad.

Anita Fields
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Anita Fields

I’ve actually taken Biotin alone and loved the results but had some bad side effects! I experienced break outs on my face and random parts of my body. I tried using mixed Biotin products like Hairfinity and got no breakouts but my hair barely grew and it seemed liked it was growing thin. Has anyone tried any other hair growth vitamins?

jmwelch1394
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jmwelch1394

I’m taking biotin 10,000 mcg or 10 mg a day and drink a lot of water. i haven’t had any breakouts but biotin works to grow hair EVERYWHERE if you know what i mean. It’s been about 2 months and I’ve finally gotten over my apl hump taking it

Dikeledi
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Dikeledi

First of all, you are taking a large dose of biotin. As the saying in toxicology goes, everything is toxic. Why? Because some thing that appears not to be toxic, if taken in an excessive amount can become toxic. Second of all, biotin isn’t the only vitamin that helps in hair growth. Other factors play a role. One, your genetics. Two, nutrition. Also, are you taking any medications or birth control pills that affect hair growth. I personally take biotin twice a week. Why? Because I take other supplements on other days. I rotate my supplements. Vitamins known for hair… Read more »

Madison
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Madison

My sister who is a pharmacist is who I consulted before taking biotin and she stated that biotin is water soluble therefore your body will get rid of what you don’t need. Meaning you will basically pee out what your body doesn’t want. She also works at the only poison control center in Utah and so she also stated that its safe enough that if kids get into it there is no worries because your body will just expel it.

Traci Ferguson
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Traci Ferguson

You can’t expect to see results in one or two months. I take 1000 mcg biotin and i didn’t start seeing real results until about 4 months in. Also, you started with a riduculously high amount of biotin.

Courtney1028
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Courtney1028

I would never recommend biotin to anyone after my experience. My face broke out horribly in places that I had never had acne before. 2 years later, and I still get occasional break outs in the new areas. It’s like the biotin “unlocked” the possibility of breaking out there. But my skin is almost totally clear because of my skin routine.

Sassyccr
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Sassyccr

First, I will say I have always had mild to moderate acne with scaring so I am not going to start that I had perfect skin. However, beginning this summer I started 3 things, a multi vitamin (liquid) and 10,000mcg of biotin as I wanted to work on hair growth and nail growth. About 3 weeks later right around the last week of June/beginning of July I started to get skin breakouts. It was unlike anything I ever had. Cystic acne and white heads on my cheeks, forehead and jaw line. I had never had acne on my forehead. I… Read more »

Miss Vee
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Miss Vee

The amount of water you drink daily also affects the way your body reacts to the Biotin. Drinking lots and lots of water (and taking other B vitamins and zinc) can help with biotin induced acne. If you drink enough water (I drink roughly 3.5–4 liters of water a day) biotin can actually improve your skin. So I’d say, if you want to start taking biotin, start with a small dosage and work your way up and drink A LOT of water.

Chang
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Chang

You have to drink a lot of water to hydrate your body with your vitamins and diet is super essential. I’ve been taking biotin regularly and haven’t had a breakout since, tbh I don’t think I’ve ever had a breakout in my life. However I do know that drinking lots of water with your supplements is probably what is affecting your breakouts, especially at ridiculously high quantities. 10,000 mcg sounds too much for your body to handle at the start, you should start with a lower quantity so your body gets used to it, and when it does you should… Read more »

Megan
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Megan

You do realize that acne has absolutely nothing to do with biotin or biotin levels in the body.

Acne is 100% dependent on the hormone levels in the body. If hormone levels fluctuate, acne increases. This is why pregnancy, puberty, and menstruation, increase the occurrence of acne, because they all impact hormone levels.

Jessica Lewis
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Jessica Lewis

I had a serious problem with my hair because of bleaching, straightening and repeated pregnancy. What I found in this natural remedy
( http://regrow-hair-naturally7.weebly.com ) , made my hair grow again and became so healthy and long. Also I followed its nutrition program and tips. Those things made very good results and treated my hair.

Nathalie Burnett
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Nathalie Burnett

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?

hossam amr
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hossam amr

From my researches
1‐massage it everyday with oils example :argan oil, olive oil, coconut oil and search for more oils
2‐drink grean tea its very good
3‐drink alot of water
4‐take supplements to strength your hair
5‐ exercise like jogging and try to do yoga
6‐stop stressing i know its hard to stop thinking of it but just think that everyday u do all that u get vetter its a matter of time
7‐ rubbing your finger nails search fir that on youtube to see how its done its simple but it work
8‐buy a herbal shampoo because normal shampoo will make it just worse

Vivian
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Vivian

Same thing happened to me. I’ve been hiding under clip‐in hair extensions to hide my bob haircut and Rusk Thermal Serum helps my not be as sticky and frizzy. Apply when wet.

J xx
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J xx

I’ve recently bought Healtheries Women’s Multi One‐A‐Day and it contains 50mcg of Biotin. Been trying out for a few days now, no changes to my skin (thank godness) but I’ll see how it goes. Hopefully 50mcg would be a good starting point for those like myself who are beginners with biotin.

Chantal McCulligh
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Chantal McCulligh

It’s important to match up with your hair type, etc etc.Google “no sulfates hair loss shampoo for normal to dry hair” if you have hair that’s a bit dry or google “no sulfates hair loss shampoo for normal to oily hair” if your hair is more on the oilier side.

Raquel
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Raquel

I believe the breakouts some people are reporting from biotin could be a detox reaction — that’s happened to me with other supplements.

Stacie Sandall
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Stacie Sandall

Sounds like all you’ve been buying is the cheapest stuff. No wonder.

VvSylvia
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VvSylvia

Sorry about the bad experience you had with Biotin. That was strange indeed. Normally if your body does not use what is left of what biotin is in your system it simply gets rid of it. It is strangely one of those vitamins that seem to do its job correctly. Maybe trying a food source would serve better.

Meka
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Meka

I know this is an old article but I have to add that Biotin gives me the worst heartburn.

Nancy Harlow
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Nancy Harlow

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?

Shandi
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Shandi

There are two things you should do together consistently that’ll work. 1. Buy Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil and Rosemary Oil (if you have high blood pressure, substitute Rosemary Oil with Thyme or Cedar Wood Oil). Mix 4 ounces of Castor Oil and 8 ounces of Coconut Oil with 5mls each of Peppermint and Rosemary Oil in a bottle, shake and use it to massage your scalp and edges daily. It’ll promote blood circulation and trigger hair growth. 2. Before you wash your hair (I did this consistently (and I still do) and it worked. Blend one small onion… Read more »

BRIBOT Science
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BRIBOT Science

Sounds like you should of done more research before (diving in). You are only supposed to get 2500mcg of Biotin a day if you plan on taking the supplement. Anything more can cause minor side effects, as well as increased heart rate. Everyone’s body is different, and everyone’s lifestyle is also different. If you were living a pure life, healthy, no meat, chicken, or fish in the diet. You took Biotin, you wouldn’t notice many side effects at all, (if any) just the benefits.

SAMMISWEET
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SAMMISWEET

The Lady Soma Biotin is the third brand of biotin I have taken over the years. Although I have seen results from all brands, this one has been the most noticeable. I bought it to make my hair grow longer. It has grown about .5–1 inch per month so far (been taking it for almost 3 months). I wish I had before and after picture. LOVE THESE RESULTS.

Simone Keinia Sharp-Bucknor
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Simone Keinia Sharp-Bucknor

I had been taking Biotin 10,000 mcg a day for about a year. I had phenomenal hair growth from about… 2 inches off my scalp AND 2 bald spots. One in the front and a giant one that was shaped like Texas in the back. I thought the Wild growth had grown it back but since I’ve recently stopped with the Biotin, I noticed the back starting to break and thin again. Then it started breaking. The hairstylist told me today, Biotin is like Roagine, if you need it, you have to use it for life.

Stacy
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Stacy

I’m a Licensed Cosmetologist. You should never take large dosages of anything. Taking Biotin can help but large amounts can cause facial hair. I don’t know how many ladies who like sporting a mustache or a beard. Also, all of our bodies are different. Don’t just take any and everyone advice on here. There are people who are helpful and then there are some people who purposely give advice that’s false.

jasmie
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jasmie

I just started taking biotin for my hair and nails, I hope I don’t start getting any negative side effects. My hair is just in really bad shape and I don’t really want to cut it off, so I want it to grow faster. I don’t feel comfortable using hair treatments, or anything where you have to wash your hair out, because all that happenes is just hair breakage.

Rita cachia
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Rita cachia

Does anyone suffer with excess weight and fluid retention to the piont where lungs are hurting. Had to stop my biotin only taking 1500 . Hair and nails improved but something is wrong with my water works.

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