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Is There Such a Thing as Taking Too Much Biotin?

If you’re in the market for longer, stronger tresses, chances are you’ve heard of biotin. Endorsed by celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, this wonder vitamin is all over social media. With glowing, gorgeous ads, Biotin supplements promise an easy solution to thinning, brittle, strands. But is biotin really worth the hype? Could this popular product actually harm, rather than help, your fragile strands? We sat down with Breana Wheeler, a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner at FACILE Dermatology + Boutique, to find out if too much biotin could be bad for your mane.

How Much Biotin Is Too Much?

When taking biotin (or any other supplement) it’s important to stick to the recommended dosage. “Most quality biotin supplements for hair and nails contain between 2,500-5000mcg,” Breana says. “While there’s no evidence of biotin toxicity, I would stay within the recommended dosage of up to 5000mcg daily unless directed by your medical provider.”

What Are the Side Effects of Taking Too Much Biotin?

In terms of your hair and scalp, taking too much biotin won’t result in drastic damage. But while your magnificent mane might not be in danger, biotin could have adverse effects on your skin. “What I see most often is breakouts on the face, chest, and back,” Breana cautions. “An upset stomach and a skin rash are possible side effects as well.” She recommends cutting back on your dosage if you experience these issues, taking it every other day, or cutting the daily dosage in half. Adding a salicylic acid toner or face wash to your regimen a few times a week could also help combat the oiliness and breakouts. “Additionally, taking high doses of biotin can interfere with certain lab results,” Breana further explains. “So make sure you let your medical provider know if you’re taking biotin.”

Consider the Alternatives

If you’d rather not risk the side effects, there are a wealth of other alternative natural supplements for strengthening hair and nails. “Vitamin C and zinc are other important nutrients to support the health of your hair follicles,” Breana says. Increasing your intake of these essential nutrients could also benefit your locks.

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