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Can biotin help for acne?

Can biotin help for acne?

No: Often it makes acne flare up. You're almost a grown man now, and you need to manage it scientifically. Ignore all "pop" advice. Use topical benzoyl peroxide on affected areas as tolerated, or retoinic acid, or both. If you're not clearly improving in a few weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something stronger. Neglecting acne at your age is a serious liability. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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I took biotin 10, 000but it increase acnes in my face. So how can I reduce them? I've read some reviews of people taking it of that side effect of acnes

I took biotin 10, 000but it increase acnes in my face. So how can I reduce them? I've read some reviews of people taking it of that side effect of acnes

Manage your acne: This is famous for making acne flare. I'm wondering why you're taking the biotin -- trying to change your hair? Maybe you'll get a good result, but you'll want to do something about your acne. Topical benzoyl peroxide isn't pleasant but I bet it will help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I take along with biotin to prevent acne?

What can I take along with biotin to prevent acne?

Something that works: Despite all the pretty pictures and talk, "natural remedies" for acne will disappoint you (for acne and almost everything else), though biotin has some plusses. Benzoyl peroxide is otc, the other stuff (i'm partial to topical clindamycin) must be gotten from your physician. No young person should have to suffer with acne in the 21st century, or rely on our great-grand'arents' medicines. ...Read more

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I learned that biotin makes you gain weight and causes acne. Is that true?

I learned that biotin makes you gain weight and causes acne. Is that true?

Anecdotal: But I'm impressed with what I've read, at least about acne flares. If you're taking it "for your hair" (and I can't guarantee it), you're welcome to start using benzyol peroxide on your face at the first sign of an acne breakout, or before; to avoid weight loss, hit the treadmill or your favorite fitness activity. ...Read more

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I have severe acne & hairfall. I'm taking orofer, acutret and biotin tablets. Am I likely to see positive results?

I have severe acne & hairfall. I'm taking orofer, acutret and biotin tablets. Am I likely to see positive results?

Endocrine workup: You describe yourself as a young woman. With hair loss and severe acne, my first concern is whether you have for some reason too many man hormones on board. This needs to be addressed, if it has not been already. Isotretinoin will work in a few weeks; the others won't really help acne but you pobably have had them rx'd for a reason. Good luck. ...Read more

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Best acne pills to make my acne disappear? I'm really looking for one. My acne is getting out of control ever sines I took biotin.

Best acne pills to make my acne disappear? I'm really looking for one. My acne is getting out of control ever sines I took biotin.

You have options: Depending on what type of acne you have, there are a variety of medications that can improve acne. Topical products can help as can oral antibiotics. If your acne is hormone related birth control or spironolactone can help. For severe acne, oral Isotretinoin has a strong record of clearing acne. Talk with dermatologist to decide which would work best for you. ...Read more

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Does biotin causes acne & constipation?

Does biotin causes acne & constipation?

Biotin: According to a number of sources, when used orally in doses of up to 10 mg per day, biotin (or vitamin b7) does not cause side effects. Biotin helps to metabolize fat, carbs ; proteins. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could prevent acne while using biotin 5000 mcg?

Can you tell me how I could prevent acne while using biotin 5000 mcg?

Salicylic acid: A salicylic acid wash isn't pleasant but should be enough to keep it at bay. If not, talk with your personal physician. ...Read more

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For my hairs I want to take biotin but having little acne problem can biotin increase it to more?

For my hairs I want to take biotin but having little acne problem can biotin increase it to more?

Biotin & acne: Biotin does not affect acne one way or another. However, hair loss and acne in a 20 something year old female may be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Please see your dermatologist for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can taking biotin pills cause acne? Or cause acne in those who already have the acne gene?

I suspect so: I could not find a study, but if anecdotal evidence is to be trusted on the basis of a great many self-reports -- unlike most other nutritional supplements -- i'll trust the popular experience of humankind. Especially if you're taking it just for your hair, it may be wise to stop. A few folks must take generous amounts of biotin for a genetic illness; if so, consider prescription rx for the acne. ...Read more

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Does biotin 5000mcg has any side effects? I have acne prone skill, I heard that it breaks people out..

Does biotin 5000mcg has any side effects? I have acne prone skill, I heard that it breaks people out..

It may!: Biotin is widely available as a supplement in a number of different preparations. The adequate intake for adults is 30 micrograms per day. Therefore, a 5, 000 microgram biotin supplement is very high potency. Scientists have yet to determine the safety of such high-potency individual vitamins. ...Read more

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Can I take antibiotic 'vibramycin for example' for acne with biotin 10, 000?

Why the biotin?: Who's told you to take biotin? Take an antibiotic for acne only on a physician's advice and NEVER as the sole treatment, only as an adjunct to topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid or salicylic acid. Acne is serious business especially now that you're getting older. You'll need guidance from your own physician here. ...Read more

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I'm starting to take 5mg of biotin to help with my hair becoming thinner and thinner, I read 1 of the side effects of taking biotin is acne...But would this side effect occur with just taking a low dosage 5mg a day?

I'm starting to take 5mg of biotin to help with my hair becoming thinner and thinner, I read 1 of the side effects of taking biotin is acne...But would this side effect occur with just taking a low dosage 5mg a day?

No one knows: The internet is full of accounts of folks who believe big doses of biotin help hair, cradle cap, diabetes and much else. 5 mg is 5000 micrograms, in the lowish-range. Seems safe. The online reports from users are anecdotal; anyone can have a single pimple or short acne flare at any time, and people taking huge doses don't predictably get acne. Suspect "faces in the clouds". Peace and health. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Cephalexin 500/twice a day against Acne for a period of 6 months. Should I use any Biotin at least?

Is it safe to use Cephalexin 500/twice a day against Acne for a period of 6 months. Should I use any Biotin at least?

Safe is relative: It is a utilized therapy for acne, as are several other oral antibiotics. But anytime you undertake long term antibiotic use, there is a chance of an adverse effect like antibiotic associated diarrhea, c.diff colitis, alterations in the natural bacteria of your body, resistant microbes. With that said, it's still rather safe. ...Read more

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Been taking biotin as supplement everyday. It made me my skin more smooth, no acne anymore & hair grew fast! Is it a miracle vitamin? Love the changes!

Been taking biotin as supplement everyday. It made me my skin more smooth, no acne anymore & hair grew fast! Is it a miracle vitamin? Love the changes!

Cause or coincidence: Now you know what a "testimonial" is. A testimonial is something you say happened to you, such as "I stopped eating plums, and my skin is much smoother". It often is a coincidence, the things that are happening, and are not "cause and effect". That means "not eating plums" does not cause skin changes, but both things occurred around the same time. Coincidences can fool you, if you let them. ...Read more

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Green tea and acne connection? Recently I have been drinking large amounts of it coupled with high doses of Biotin. My acne scars are nearly gone.

Green tea and acne connection? Recently I have been drinking large amounts of it coupled with high doses of Biotin. My acne scars are nearly gone.

Difficult to know...: There are many anecdotes that topical green tea bags cures people's acne, but there is little in the way of any research, let alone double blind, placebo-controlled trials, which are the gold standard of assessing a potential treatment. Nevertheless many people think that green tea cures acne, possibly due to antioxidants known to be in green tea. It would be useful to investigate this further. ...Read more

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I have started biotin 3000mcg and folic acid supplements today. Will this cause cystic acne as I have been reading or is it safe?

I have started biotin 3000mcg and folic acid supplements today. Will this cause cystic acne as I have been reading or is it safe?

No---BUT: Since you are never going to be pregnant, you will derive no benefit from folic acid. There is no valid evidence of any benefit to any person in any way for biotin. Biotin is promoted very aggressively, so there must be significant benefits to those who sell it. Folic acid is used when a person takes methotrexate, is clearly indicated for women who plan to be pregnant, and in rare cases of folic a. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take skin, hair, and nail vitamins (5000 mcg of biotin) with doxycycline (for acne)?

Is it safe to take skin, hair, and nail vitamins (5000 mcg of biotin) with doxycycline (for acne)?

Not recommended: Because biotin will decrease the level or effect of doxycycline. Always talk with your doctor if you have any questions regarding a drug's side effects and interactions. ...Read more

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I take biotin 10, 000 mcg Solgar. And so far I'm breaking out so much and getting painful itchy back acne. Help? I need biotin for hair loss nd thining

I take biotin 10, 000 mcg Solgar. And so far I'm breaking out so much and getting painful itchy back acne. Help? I need biotin for hair loss nd thining

Not the biotin: Biotin is used to help with hair loss and nail growth as well as some skin conditions. It should not cause back acne or rashes unless you are allergic to it. You can try decreasing the dose or holding it for a few weeks to see if your acne improves but if it doesn't you should see your doctor to discuss causes and treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a hair, skin, and nails (contains biotin and vitamin c) pill, while I am taking doxycycline 100mg for my acne?

Is it safe to take a hair, skin, and nails (contains biotin and vitamin c) pill, while I am taking doxycycline 100mg for my acne?

Should be OK...: Fortunately Doxycycline does not have too many drug interactions and should not interfere or be significantly affected by your use of the supplement described in your question. But like all else, unexpected reaction can occur and so if you experience any significant symptoms, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take biotin together with vitamin b complex to tame my acne? Can I use benzoyl peroxide aswel? Which one is more effective, cream or gel?

Can I take biotin together with vitamin b complex to tame my acne? Can I use benzoyl peroxide aswel? Which one is more effective, cream or gel?

BP is better: Biotin and vitamin b complex are fine but don't expect a miracle when it comes to acne. Benzoyl peroxide will give you better results by far. If your skin is dry, use the cream. If it's oily, use the gel. ...Read more

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I have severe acne for the past 4 month due to stress and hormone unbalance. I'm prescribed with vitamin H but it doesn't help. What else can I take?

I have severe acne for the past 4 month due to stress and hormone unbalance. I'm prescribed with vitamin H but it doesn't help. What else can I take?

Find other physician: "Vitamin H" (biotin) is an inappropriate choice for acne treatment. Acne is not caused by stress, and your hormonal milieu might be managed by going on the oral contraceptive pill, getting more exercise, and/or some other intervention. Bad acne requires topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid plus prescription-strength meds (antibiotic, spironolactone and/or isotretinoin). Get seen soon. ...Read more

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What amount of biotin should I take?

What amount of biotin should I take?

Depends: It depends on why you are taking the supplement. The only condition that biotin treats is a true biotin deficiency. If you have this the recommended dose is 100-1000mcg. The recommended daily dose for dietary supplementation is 30mcg. ...Read more

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How much biotin is recommended daily?

How much biotin is recommended daily?

Depends: Biotin deficiency is rare and there is no set daily allowance in the us. Biotin is also known as vitamin h or vitamin b7 and is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. High dosages in the range of 5, 000 mcg are often used for hair loss, skin and nail problems and and to help with sugar metabolism issues. ...Read more

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How do I use goldenseal for my acnes?

How do I use goldenseal for my acnes?

Not proven: Goldenseal is a herb found from the northeast to Arkansas. It contains berberine which has been used in several medical conditions without proof. Most of the constituents in Goldenseal are poorly absorbed and amounts off berberine are variable. There are much better treatments for acne available so check with a dermatologist ...Read more

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Is taking 10, 000 mcg of biotin safe?

Is taking 10, 000 mcg of biotin safe?

High dose: It is a high dose and has been recommended by some dermatologists and alternate medicine practitioners for hair loss at dose of 2000 to 10000 micrograms. It is considered a safe supplement with minimal side effects like nausea, pain, stress;anxiety, diarrhea and chest pain.And rarely itching. ...Read more

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Taking 5000 mg of biotin is it healthy?

"Healthy"? ..: It is not toxic; "healthy" is a very individual matter; what is healthy for one person may not be healthy for another. This is why physicians interview and examine patients before they recommend specific treatment. ...Read more

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How much should I take the biotin 500mg?

How much should I take the biotin 500mg?

Too much/toxic?: Daily requirement of biotin is 30 micrograms and is readily available in a well balanced diet.
High doses as much as 2to10 mgm has been recommended by some for hair loss and nail growth
500mgm is very high dose and can be toxic. ...Read more

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I want to ask about the problem of acnes?

Acne Vulgaris: A very common condition that affects at least 80% of the population, at some point. Treatment can be topical or oral (if more severe) by a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is taking biotin 10, 000 mcg considered safe?

Yes, but............: Maybe overkill without side-effects. Most experts recommend 5000-7500mcg. Will help with hair and prevent hangnails! ...Read more

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If you are 16 is it ok for you to take maximum strength biotin 10, 000?

If you are 16 is it ok for you to take maximum strength biotin 10, 000?

Hair is protein: Biotin is not going to fix the problem. I am going to assume your issue is your hair. Are you getting at least 100 grams of protein per day in your diet? ...Read more

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Does biotin cause itchiness?

Does biotin cause itchiness?

Not per se: Any pill prescribed or supplements can cause varying degrees of allergic reaction because of the stabilisers, preservative & fillers! ...Read more

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How I can cure my acnes face?

How I can cure my acnes face?

Lots of choices: It depends on what type of acne you have. Benzoyl peroxide, which is over the counter, is used for papular and pustular acne, which is the red inflamed acne. Tretinion is used for comedonal acne. Topical antibiotics are another choice for acne. More than one treatment is often needed depending on your skin. Your doctor will need to look at your skin to help you choose the right medication. ...Read more

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