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The Truth About Biotin and Acne: Separating Facts from Myths

Updated: 7 days ago

You may have noticed many women sharing positive feedback about the benefits of biotin on their hair, skin, and nails. However, does it have any potential to cause acne?

What is Biotin?

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a vital nutrient that dissolves in water and can be found naturally in specific foods. It can also be taken as a supplement. Biotin is essential in converting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from your diet into the energy your body requires.

How can it cause acne?

Currently, there is minimal evidence that taking biotin supplements causes acne. Most people get plenty of biotin from food sources and do not need biotin supplements. The real reason many say biotin causes acne is because just like it increases your hair keratin it can increase your skin's cuticle production. This can create havoc for the skin because when you're acne prone, you're already producing high amount of skin cells and when you add biotin to the mix, this is where inflammatory response will start. The accumulated dead skin gets trapped in the pores, this breeds bacteria development which causes inflamed and non-inflamed acne. From many years working on clients I have seen this be the case.. Moderation is key when it comes to biotin. If you suspect biotin could be the cause of your acne, stop for four - eight weeks and analyze your skin. If you see that your breakouts have lessened, this could be a culprit in your acne flareups.

Do I need biotin supplements?

It is uncommon for people in the United States to experience biotin deficiency. Nevertheless, you can consult your doctor to determine which vitamins your body might be lacking.

How can I prevent it from making acne?

If you suspect that biotin is contributing to your acne, seek the help of a corrective skincare specialist for guidance on how to navigate this culprit through lifestyle considerations and professional treatments . If your doctor advises against not taking biotin due to a deficiency, you may want to consider increasing your consumption of biotin-rich foods such as eggs, salmon, and beef liver. Alternatively, vegetarians can consume foods like sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, and almonds to obtain biotin.

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