How this B vitamin affects your hair, skin and nails
For years, dermatologists have quietly prescribed a B vitamin called biotin for hair loss, despite a lack of studies showing its benefit.
Why? Because it works.
“We find biotin to be very helpful for hair disorders,” says dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD. “It also makes nails thicker, and oral biotin is exceedingly safe, even in large doses.”
It’s primarily used for alopecia, the medical word for hair loss in men or women. “Biotin improves hair growth and helps with inflammation,” she says. “The hair follicle, the skin and the nails all benefit.”
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