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If you use Biotin for nails and hair, how much, how often and when did you see results?

Started 1281626329.563 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1281845133.133 by kachina624

I started taking one 5000 mcg capsule daily about a week ago. Anybody tried it?

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irishone1281626931.69792 PostsRegistered 5/26/2007Windsor, co
That's how much I took, for about 6 months, and it didn't do anything. My DR. suggested pre natal vitamins. It's been a month and my nails are growing like weeds. It didn't help my hair growth yet and that's what I need it for. I may not see any hair results for 6 months though.

BESwede1281627617.486218 PostsRegistered 6/4/2007Colorado

Didnt have any results with Biotin either so discontinued it after a year.

46, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring. Combination/sensitive skin. Vegetarian

Lowry831281627815.813364 PostsRegistered 8/15/2008

Haven't tried pure Biotin, but I do take 2 of Andrew Lessman Hair, Skin & Nails capsules daily. Can't remember the amount of Biotin. I have seen improvement in all 3 areas, especially hair growth & thickness, but it's difficult to pin down how quickly it happened, as I use many hair & skin products and don't always know how much credit to give to any one item.

robomo1281627909.3879305 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

I've been taking Biotin for probably close to a year now. It makes my hair grow super fast which I do NOT need. It did nothing for my bad nails, but my derm tells me that ridges and splits in nails are a sign of previous trauma and that there's no cure for it. I think Biotin is a good thing to take for a multitude of reasons. It helps with metabolism of things too.

Dachsie1281628284.2172607 PostsRegistered 6/4/2006

I am returning the Lessman H, S & N with ECGC newer formula about a month ago. Have taken two a day. Do not see any changes in hair, skin or nails, so since my 30 day trial is about expired, I am going to return it. I had considered maybe reordering and giving it a longer trial, but noticed HSN and Lessman are playing a trick on customers in that regard. It is not possible to reorder this newer product in smaller quantity package. You only have one choice on reordering and that one choice is the 600 count bottle for $234 with 10.95 shipping charge. You were provided a 20 percent coupon with that special they had on the product one month ago but you have to use the coupon in August, and in August you can only have one choice and it is for a large expensive size, so the coupon would be of no use really to those of us who have to buy the smaller more affordable bottles. That is an example of the trickery played by HSN and Lessman. So I would say, if someone wants to buy some inexpensive biotin, like at iherb, and give it a try for a few months, that would be the way to go.

I called the Lessman order line, which I guess to someone who takes orders at this company and they do not offer any smaller sizes either. The lady who "helped" me had not a clue about the coupon or what HSN was offering or that there was an old version and a new version with the EGCG. She finally told me that that big bottle was the only choice at this time.

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robomo1281635480.8839305 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

Just buy Biotin at Walgreens. They carry two brands and sometimes those two brands are buy one, get one free.

Shelbelle1281645658.20333951 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I have been taking 5000 mcg Biotin daily for years now. My nails are great, my hair is still thinning, but no worse. I just upped my Biotin to 7500 mcg daily. It is water soluble so any excess is eliminated thru your bladder. Biotin does not come with any real side effects.

BeachParkB­abe1281655492.737538 PostsRegistered 5/27/2010

Bought Nature Made Liquid gel Biotin at Walgreens B1G1 free. I paid I think 11.99, so 6.00 for a bottle of 60 capsules (2500 mcg). I haven't priced other places, but I always like the liquid gels as I think these products are more effective. Time will tell if they work, but not too big of an investment.

NurseRecru­iter1281664691.33713869 PostsRegistered 6/9/2005Suburban Chicago

I started at 3000 mcg (3 mg) a day and saw results in about 6 weeks as I recall. What I "noticed" is that I needed to do my grey roots more often and then I noticed I was having to pluck my brows more often. Finally, I noticed that in fact my nails were growing faster because my polish had a space of no polish by the cuticle (does that make sense). These changes were very, very subtle and if not for the grey roots and the fact that I wear polish, I think it would have taken me longer to actually notice things.

I cut back to one every other day as I really wanted the biotin for strength and healthy hair and nails, not to speed up growth. Made a huge difference in the strength of my nails which it really takes a long time to notice since it takes about 6 months for the new growth under the cuticle to grow out and become the tip.

I've been taking the Andrew Lessman version for about 4 years, maybe longer?

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ShoppingRo­cks1281835648201 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006home

I've been using 5000mcg for aprox. 5yrs. (since I had my thyroid removed) it was rec. by my hairstylist & my dr. it's helped with my nail's, hair & skin it took awhile,since I don't have a Thyroid, my metabolism had to be regulated with Synthroid, but it ok for me now.

kachina6241281845133.13314691 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico

I started taking 10,000mg daily of Biotin last December. After several months I reduced it to 5,000mg. So far it has done absolutely nothing for anything; hair was already thick and full and nails were a mess and still are. When I run out of the supply I have on hand, I'll end this little experiment.

A poster said her dermatologist told her that good nails are heredity and I believe it's true. My mom had horrid nails and so does my sister. He further said there is really nothing that will help. I believe that also. I've had a little success using argan oil before bed but I can still split any nail in a nanosecond. I found all the so-called hardeners just dry out the nail and make it worse. Some have some dangerous ingredients also.

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