A few weeks back, I decided to give the GNC Hair, Skin, and Nails dietary supplement a try because I felt that my hair was very thin and weak. It’s originally $20, but the store was having a promotion where everything was 40% off so I decided to buy it.
Background information on biotin and possible side effects
I was wary of trying this because I’ve read that too much biotin (the main vitamin in these types of supplements) may cause acne for some people. Why does biotin cause breakouts? I’ve done some research on this before and apparently when you take such high doses of a certain vitamin, it can cause imbalances in the body. If you are not taking a supplementary vitamin B5 with the biotin, it can cause acne. These two vitamins work together to perform certain processes in the body and an imbalance in these vitamins may prevent one from being fully absorbed, therefore causing side effects like acne. This is not true for everyone, but some individuals may experience this.
In addition, you should be drinking a lot of water if you are taking this. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it needs water to break down entirely in your body. You should be drinking the daily recommended amount. (I know I certainly don’t, but I really should.)
Week 1: No apparent change in hair, no apparent change in nails, 3 pimples came up
Week 2: Noticed less hair fall than usual, nails feel harder and stronger and grow a lot faster, huge breakout across my forehead
I stopped after week two because I was so unhappy with what it was doing to my skin. I got so many pimples and they weren’t the small, colorless kind I usually get. These were the bumpy, red, painful ones! The only thing I liked was that my nails were improving and growing much faster than before. I know two weeks isn’t a long time to test out a product, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my skin for the sake of my hair. It’s like a double edged sword. :/
Based on the results with this product, I would give it 2 out of 5 stars. ★★☆☆☆
Part of this can’t be blamed on the product itself, because it depends on the individual. My body responds to it differently than others. And I should drink more than a cup or two more of water each day. While this supplement may be very effective for some people, unfortunately for me, it just does not work.
What were your experiences with biotin? Was it a godsend or your worst nightmare?