Biotin And Skin Break Out Issues – Be Cautious

If by chance I was hired to be an ambassador for biotin or any other pills related to encouraging hair growth I would probably be fired very soon after. My personal opinion of vitamins geared towards hair growth is that they are not worth the trouble.

I am more inclined to tell you to get whatever vitamins you need from the food that you eat with juicing thrown in to boost your intake because believe it or not there is a fruit or vegetable out there for each and every aspect of your health and development including hair.

But I cannot just dismiss the value of the Biotin supplements for hair growth because there is evidence that it does improve the quality of your hair and nails and is especially popular in the black hair community, we get it!

Biotin is a B complex vitamin and the reason it is great for hair growth is that it is vital to cell regeneration and when you take it, it reacts with cell enzymes helping to create Amino Acids. Amino Acids are the building blocks for protein and protein is what hair is made of.

Biotin, then enzymes, then amino acids, then protein equal improved growth and longer hair. That is simple enough however if you do prefer to ditch the pill for a natural alternative then you should know that Biotin is naturally found in a variety of healthy foods including, peanuts and almonds, liver, egg yolks, fish, avocado, raspberries, green leafy vegetables and cauliflower. In conjunction with biotin, those foods are also great sources of vitamin A and B6 which are great for hair growth as well, a win win situation if you ask me.

What happens If you Take too Much Biotin

Reports have stated that biotin deficiency is actually very rare because our bodies naturally produce and recycle it. It is produced by our intestines in amounts that are in excess of what the body even needs.

This begs the question, what happens when you take Biotin as a daily supplement when you do not have biotin deficiency? The answer is nothing… mostly. The reason the answer is so vague is that there really has not been any tried and true scientific studies to link excessive biotin or any form of deficiencies with ailments as a result of it.

There is, however, anecdotal evidence of individuals taking biotin and developing horrible acne issues; also it might not react well with certain medications so there may be other ailments that are not proven to be directly linked to taking the supplement.

The bottom line is, the lack of proven hard scientific evidence of a problem does not automatically mean that the problem does not exist, so the solution is always, do what is best for you. Make sure your research is extensive and long before making the decision to take any supplement and finally always consult a doctor first.

Here is a video from LHDC – TV who thinks that Biotin might be the cause of her skin issues, watch and weigh in!

Originally posted 2013-12-01 20:00:41.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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  1. Nakeitra Marie
    Nakeitra Marie

    You have to drink lots of water or drink orange juice…I take Hairfinity pills that have biotin in it..

    1. karima

      have you had any growth and/or hair quality changes since taking hairfinity? i’m considering it, but I’m just not sure :/

  2. Nakeitra Marie
    Nakeitra Marie

    You will only break out if you don’t increase your water intake…I stop drinking all juice/sodas (but orange juice)

  3. Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton
    Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton

    I take biotin, because its reasonably priced. Ive noticed that my hair has gotten much thicker and my nails are stronger. i did research it thoroughly before i decided to take it. My doctor also ok’d it with my daily vitamin routine.

  4. Francesca J Glass
    Francesca J Glass

    Working great … Doctor okayed it , I also eat and drink healthy less sodas and processed sugar mostly water and juice

  5. Veda McLean
    Veda McLean

    Not any vitamins only the ones that come up in my blood that say below the median. Then my doctor orders them. I do not take anything that is not prescribed.

  6. Terra JoAnne
    Terra JoAnne

    I love biotin. it made my hair and nails grow like crazy, especially my nails. my face did break out when I first started taking them but it’s fine now. they work though and are pretty cheap.. like $3 for 150 pills.

    1. Husna

      Hey -, I am thinking to take biotin. can you advise me what mcg i should start with ?

  7. Heaven Scent
    Heaven Scent

    I take hairfinity and biotin I drink plenty of water and my skin is very clear I love both pills also my hair is growing like crazy so diffrent strokes for diffrent folks

  8. Lashay Robinson
    Lashay Robinson

    I’ve been taking it since May my face is clearer nails stronger and hair longer and still growing. Guess it depends on the person

  9. Olukemi Owoseni

    It made me break out but it isnt ridiculous. I just started so I dont have a report on hair growth yet.

  10. Devera Smith Robinson
    Devera Smith Robinson

    I take biotin and my hair has grown and thickened, it also helps me too lose weight. I take 5000 mcg a day. You do have to drink lots of water while taking them. I’ve heard of Hairifinity, what else in them?

  11. April LovingMyself Wimple
    April LovingMyself Wimple

    I take Biotin and Hairfinity and my skin has not broken out plus I drink a lot of water. My nails are strong and growing along with my hair.

  12. Charnique Williams

    I have to have tried biotin and noticed my hair has grown a to. My nails are so strong, long and healthy looking. BUT my skin is in horrible shape. When i first started everything was great no problems, then all of a sudden i started breaking out in these painful pimples under the skin….OMG i stopped taking them daily and try it every 2days. The results with my skin are better, hair still growing, and so are my nails. It has some great benefits.

  13. Latresia J Walters
    Latresia J Walters

    My hair has grown like crazy and has gotten thicker after taking 10,000 mcg biotin for only a WEEK. It has worked wonders for me.

  14. Shana Frazier
    Shana Frazier

    I’ve been taking it for a few months and ppl are always commenting on how fast my hair is growing. I personally don’t see it. My nails are growing fast so I assume my hair is doing the same.

  15. Marquita Vickers
    Marquita Vickers

    I’m on hairfinity…and I hate the breakouts. They say drink lots of water but there’s only so much I can drink. My face was fine before hairfinity. I reduced the dosage from twice a day to once a day and going to see if I continue to have horrible breakouts.

  16. Hair Artist
    Hair Artist

    Biotin has helped mine and my husband’s hair tremendously. The ridges are even out of my nails and they are really strong and smooth.

  17. Jeannine Joy
    Jeannine Joy

    My hair came out because I was not drinking enough water with the biotin. I wait to talk it again I’m just afraid. How much mor water should I drink?

  18. Enjoleé Francine Davis
    Enjoleé Francine Davis

    My face had a lot of breaks outs when I was just taking Biotin by itself with a couple other vitamins. When I stopped taking Biotin my face stopped breaking out but I’ve notice my hair was stronger and manageable with the Biotin. Not to mention my nails were longer and stronger. So now I’m using HairFinity which I see the same benefit as the Biotin supplement alone.

  19. Tia Wilson
    Tia Wilson

    Water is the factor! You need water. I HAD breakouts and now I take my 10,000 pill every other day

  20. Emeci Smith Burroughs
    Emeci Smith Burroughs

    I know we talkin about biotin which I use. They say msm is a key factor in hairfinity so I brought some. anyone have any result from them?

  21. Val Jackson
    Val Jackson

    I noticed no difference and I took it for at least six months. I switched to Nioxin for six months and my hair started to regrow but very very slow. I’ve been taking Hairfinity for a month; hoping my hair growth is faster. No problems yet.

  22. Lavonda Moore

    I’m using this same product & I haven’t had no problem from it its definitely has grown my hair. And I haven’t.experience no pimples

  23. Nakeitra Marie
    Nakeitra Marie

    Marquita Vickers you can take the pills twice a day take one in the morning and the other one at night if you don’t want to take them both at the same time. I know water can be hard to drink but infuse your water with fruits and drink it

  24. Shareefah Bailey
    Shareefah Bailey

    This broke my skin out do bad took months to. Clear it up and even longer to fade the discoloration marks. Be very careful it Lyon decide to take these supplements

  25. Renata Mckinney
    Renata Mckinney


  26. Danetria Davis
    Danetria Davis

    Biotin helped my nails grow but did not help with my hair and my breakouts were unspeakable compulsive! I’m still trying to find the right product for discoloration. Nothing over the counter is helping.

  27. Shawnee Wiley
    Shawnee Wiley

    My hair is getting thicker from the biotin..I did notice a change in my break outs and I’m prone to break outs but my family says my skin has cleared up..

  28. Ebony -Shorty Stacks- Benford
    Ebony -Shorty Stacks- Benford

    Biotin and Hairfinity both help your hair and nails grow thicker and longer ….. Water is MUST, drink LOTS and LOTS of water, it helps with breakouts … Exercise is another key, it help with the blood flow 🙂

    1. husna

      How much water you drink?. Everyone says lots and lots. My lots and your lots could be different. For me 2 litre is lots of water. what would you recomend?

  29. Black Cat

    I take biotin, and have recently noticed cystic acne on my cheeks and under my chin! I also thought it was hormonal, but after reading the comments here, I’m going to really up my water and see if that helps, because the biotin has really helped my hair with thickness and length. If after two months I look like I’m trying to cover up a beard – no more biotin for me!! LOL!

  30. Omorie Kay

    Any of the B vitamins is water soluble hence can’t be overdosed. If you take in excess it is excreted in urine so complete watse of time if you take more than you need
    Doubt the breakout theory

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