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What Redheads Should Know About Biotin and Acne

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Biotin supplements (B7) are known for helping with hair growth and making your nails stronger. They have become quite popular. It is something many redheads are looking to do — because who doesn’t want thicker, stronger, longer red hair? We’re unicorns after all and it’s important to redheads to make our manes look their best.

What is biotin? 

Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in various metabolic processes within the body. It is an essential coenzyme involved in converting food into energy and is necessary for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Biotin is also important for maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails. Biotin is good for the body, and many of us get enough through foods we eat. It is naturally found in a variety of foods like eggs, nuts, seeds, and certain vegetables. Some people take biotin supplements for potential health benefits, particularly for promoting hair and nail growth. However, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional before starting any supplementation.

There is a downside

However, there is a downside to Biotin that many people are not aware of. The main reason to take Biotin is if you have a Biotin deficiency; however, this deficiency is not very common. Those that do have it often have weak nails and hair loss, amongst other symptoms. Adding Biotin back into the system helps to resolve these issues. If you do not need Biotin for a deficiency, you may encounter some side effects, including acne

There is limited scientific evidence linking biotin to acne. Some anecdotal reports suggest that high doses of biotin supplements may lead to acne breakouts in some individuals. Acne is linked to Biotin intake because it interferes with our body’s pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) which actually helps to ward off acne. This means that taking Biotin may cause acne that has otherwise been at bay to flare up. This is not always the case, but for many sensitive-skinned redheads, it’s a real risk of taking the supplement. 

Many Biotin supplements provide anywhere from 300% – 30,000% of our daily needed value in just one serving. In addition to taking an oral supplement, we may be getting an excess of Biotin in other ways. Biotin is also commonly added to hair products, which can even lead to scalp and hairline acne. Biotin can also be found in foods and drinks where you might not think to look for it. Biotin naturally occurs in some foods as well, but these smaller portions typically do not lead to skin issues.

Stay informed 

We still love Biotin as a hair and nail growth option, but it’s important for redheads to understand what could happen if they take it. That’s not to say every redhead will suffer from Biotin breakouts, but we like to keep you informed so you can make good choices for your hair, skin, and body.

Disclaimer: If you’re concerned about acne or considering biotin supplementation, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate dosage and ensure it won’t interfere with any existing health conditions or medications you might be taking.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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