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Biotin: A Great Solution for Hair and Nails

One of the two most common complaints in my practice is hair breakage and brittle nails. I always recommend biotin because this super vitamin really helps to grow strong hair and nails.

There is quite a lot of research to support the use of biotin for hair breakage. Biotin is a B vitamin that is necessary for cell growth. Biotin deficiency leads to hair loss and biotin has even been used in children with genetically brittle hair to improve strength and manageability.

It is important to understand that biotin will not actually stimulate new hair growth. Biotin does, however, prevent breakage and therefore improves overall hair health and thickness. You need at least 3000 micrograms of biotin daily to get the best results AND it can take up to six months to see improvement. This is because hair grows an average of one centimeter per month so you need to be patient.

The good news is that, for nails, the results are much quicker and my patients always comment on nail improvement first. So for thicker hair and stronger nails, consider taking a biotin supplement daily.

Solutions for Dry, Brittle Nails

Dry, brittle nails are a common problem in women. Sometimes trauma to the nails can lead to dryness, splitting and other nail changes. However, for many women, these nail problems appear spontaneously and there is no obvious cause. If you have dry, brittle nails, there are a few things you can do to help.  Biotin is a vitamin for the hair and nails, and this works well to strengthen the nails. It can take several months to notice a change so it is important to be patient. I usually recommend at least 3000 micrograms daily to get the best results.

The nail matrix is the white area at the bottom of the nail bed next to the cuticle. This is where your nails are made. For this reason, it is important to avoid any trauma to the cuticle, because any trauma in this area can affect the matrix and cause splitting, peeling and other nail changes. Avoid extensive clipping and cutting of the cuticle during manicures, which can cause trauma to the cuticle. Application of Vaseline to the cuticle area daily can hydrate the cuticle and improve overall nail health.  It is important to note that some medical conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, can also cause nail changes. These can be treated with topical steroid creams. It is best to see a dermatologist if you think you may have one of these conditions to get the best results.