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Fact or Fiction: Does Biotin prevent hair loss?

It’s both widely believed and supported that taking Biotin supplements, containing a part of the Vitamin B complex known as Vitamin B7, will help to restore the health of hair, nails, and skin or prevent damage. This logic is sound: it is true that Vitamin B7 is responsible for the health of your hair. People have searched for the truth behind this solution since a study appeared in 1993, in which researchers gave the supplement to women with brittle nails and claimed they experienced improvement. Unfortunately, this is one of the very few studies on the subject and the only one with these results.

Biotin is water-soluble and travels through the bloodstream, meaning that is most effective when consumed. Most of us get a sufficient amount of Vitamin B7 when we eat certain meats, eggs, avocados, fish, and mushrooms—to name only a few foods—and it is very rare for people to experience deficiencies in countries like America without medicinal reasons. Many people suggest taking Vitamin B complex supplements to ensure that levels are high, but there is little actual scientific support to indicate that it works. Since our bodies cannot store vitamin B7, taking too much Biotin is nearly impossible and extremely ineffective. Many shampoos and skin care products contain Biotin, but the effectiveness of this method has zero scientific basis. Even people who support Biotin to increase hair health agree—absolutely nothing suggests that Biotin is absorbed well through the skin.

All-in-all, it’s unlikely that taking Biotin is helping your hair stay healthy unless you do have a deficiency of Vitamin B7. If you’re experiencing unnatural hair loss, speaking to your doctor can help you determine if your levels of Vitamin B7 are too low—in which case, taking Biotin may help. However, if your levels are sufficient, stop spending money on Biotin and B7-enriched hair care products, and instead seek a solution like scalp micropigmentation. The specialists at Hairline Ink can offer you a solution that some have even called “life-changing”. Call them today at (585) 250-0835 or by filling out the contact form on their website.

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