Skin, Nails, and Biotin

Biotin is a vitamin necessary for healthy skin, hair, and metabolism. Most people receive enough Biotin in the foods they eat. Foods such as whole-grain cereals, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and chicken contain Biotin.

Pregnant women are at risk of being deficient in Biotin. Most gynecologists will recommend a prenatal vitamin with Biotin to help maintain healthy levels throughout pregnancy.

Women who are deficient in Biotin frequently have hair loss, dry skin, painful mouth sores, and generalized weakness. People who are diabetic are often deficient in biotin. There is no special blood test for biotin, however the supplements are available over-the-counter.

Talk with your doctor and cosmetologist about any questions you may have regarding vitamin deficiencies, hair loss, or nail damage.

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References:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/supplement-guide-biotin?page=2

http://www.healthline.com/health/the-benefits-of-biotin#Overview1

http://www.angularcheilitishelp.org/angular-cheilitis-pictures.php

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