I’ll start off by saying, once again, that I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. This is simply a description post about my own experience with biotin, breaking out and how I fixed it! Biotin has been known to have really good “hair” benefits when it comes to growing it long and strong. There are so many different products that contain biotin such as shampoos and supplements. The marketing for this product was SO GOOD that I dove head first into the hype.
I began taking the biotin at night. I added it into my daily supplements and didn’t notice anything, side effects wise, for the first week. However, by week two I had very painful, red and large cystic acne popping up on my chin area! I searched the internet to see what could be causing such a horrible breakout and low and behold– biotin popped up as possibly causing acne.
Finding this information was very confusing because I was under the notion that biotin was supposed to HELP skin! After a few hours of research I came across an article from HBFIT.com and the following is what I found:
“Vitamin B7 is absorbed through receptors in the intestines, and so is vitamin B5. Because they are both absorbed through the same receptors, if there is an excess of one, there is a deficiency in another. This means that if you’re taking biotin supplements, especially pure biotin, then you won’t be able to absorb the vitamin B5 in your diet. This means that the surface of your skin will be more prone to breakouts. It’s not that biotin causes acne, but a deficiency in vitamin B5 will.” https://hbfit.com/does-biotin-cause-acne/
OK… So what I gather from that article is if you take biotin, it can cause acne due to the biotin making one’s body unable to absorb the vitamin B5. It isn’t the biotin itself per say, it is the effect it has on the absorption of B vitamins, which can cause a deficiency.
After researching how to FIX this problem, I found different ways you can combat the horrible acne effect. The solution? You’re supposed to stop taking the biotin! Clearly, something isn’t reacting properly. However, if you’re like me and insist on making it work– It is suggested you take a biotin supplement mixed with coconut oil, as well as a B vitamin complex or a B5 supplement. You’re also supposed to drink A LOT of water. Although I had to pee every 5 seconds, it was worth it for the clear skin. I also added a collagen vitamin to my diet as well. Both the biotin and collagen are working wonders on my hair. It’s practically a horse tail!
So, if you breakout from adding biotin into your diet, try biotin that is already mixed in a multivitamin, the product I am attaching below, add a B-complex vitamin or a B5 vitamin to your diet. AND DON’T FORGET TO ADD MORE WATER INTO YOUR DIET! These are just tips and suggestions for what worked for me!
Always check with your doctor before taking any supplements or medication.