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15 yr old daughter wants to take biotine for her nails that chip a lot and to make her breasts bigger as well as help her skin. Is it safe to take?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Very safe but...

There is research showing biotin in doses of 2.
5 mg/day can strengthen fingernails. Deficiency can cause rashes but i don't know if it will do much for her skin ; breasts. Some women do report breast enlargement with biotin but I am not aware of studies on this. You can assure her most15 yo's breasts will naturally grow as they get older. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/biotin/.

In brief: Very safe but...

There is research showing biotin in doses of 2.
5 mg/day can strengthen fingernails. Deficiency can cause rashes but i don't know if it will do much for her skin ; breasts. Some women do report breast enlargement with biotin but I am not aware of studies on this. You can assure her most15 yo's breasts will naturally grow as they get older. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/biotin/.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology

In brief: No harm

But no benefit. Waste of money.
A 15 year old girl needs guidance so she will not do something she later regrets such as breast augmentation. Discuss this or invite someone to give her a healthier attitude about what is important to her. Biotin benefits only those who sell it.

In brief: No harm

But no benefit. Waste of money.
A 15 year old girl needs guidance so she will not do something she later regrets such as breast augmentation. Discuss this or invite someone to give her a healthier attitude about what is important to her. Biotin benefits only those who sell it.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Randy Baker
Actually 3 trials have been published on biotin for brittle nails. 2 found clinical improvement in 67-91%, and the third showed a 25% increase in nail thickness & decreased splitting. I don't know of studies on biotin & breast size though many report that it has enhanced breast size. See http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/biotin/
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