Biotin for Skin Health

By Rob Hardwicke, President & Product Master, Awakening Mineral Skin Care

This is an “Awakening Wednesday” post on yet another matter that affects the health of skin and which may help you keep your own skin in good shape in an increasingly complicated world.  So, what’s with “Biotin”?

Probably best to start with the question, “What IS biotin”?  It’s one of the Vitamin-B’s — more specifically, it’s Vitamin B7.

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Alcoholism notably is bad for skin health, let alone biotin levels.

[Then again, B7 sometimes can also be referred to as “Vitamin H” for the apparent (and somewhat peculiar) reason that Biotin is good for hair and skin.  In German, “hair and skin”  translates as “Haar und Haut”, and inasmuch as the German translation contains two of the letter “H”, biotin has ended up being called Vitamin H.  While this may make some sense etymologically, it doesn’t seem at all very scientific.  Otherwise, why wouldn’t we also be calling Vitamin A by the name “Vitamin S”, since it, too, is good in limited doses for skin?].

Since biotin is known to help make skin healthier, should those of us in the skin care business be adding it to our lists of natural ingredients?  In fact, some companies have done just that.  Awakening is not one of those companies.  Why?  Because the odds of you needing it are miniscule.

Unless one subsists on a diet of roof tiles and armadillos — or is knocking back a half gallon of whiskey and two dozen antibiotic pills daily — the chances of you being biotin deficient are pretty doggoned small.  Biotin is a vitamin that is uber-easy to assimilate through any “nutritionally sound and well-balanced diet”.  In fact, given that the average American’s diet may well be less than “sound or well-balanced”, the odds are still in one’s favor of having an adequate supply of biotin.  This is one of the more encouraging (and very rare) instances of good nutrition actually sustaining itself in the face of fast food and junk food.

Indeed, the biggest risk of a biotin deficiency would be brought about by a diet very high in raw eggs whites (you always enjoy a big bowl of raw egg whites at breakfast daily, do you not??).

Biotin has the main function of of helping your body metabolize food, process energy and transport carbon dioxide.  Nerve tissue, sweat glands and bone marrow also perform at their peak efficiency with adequate biotin levels, according to one of my favor reference manuals for healthy living, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC.  Biotin is essential for processing nearly every food that we ingest, including carbohydrates, protein and fats.

But the good news is that we get lots of it in the normal course of living, and we certainly don’t need to supplement our skin care products with the stuff! [The one & only substantive risk of a biotin deficiency is with infants and involves a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, or “cradle cap”.  In that case, consult a physician].  Biotin is produced naturally within the body by hard-working, well-behaved bacteria found in the small intestine, something that some infants take longer to cultivate than others.  As for adults, generally it’s no sweat.

Hence, rather than worrying about whether biotin is in your hand cream, it’s far better to eat natural foods high in Vitamin B7 such as meat, poultry and saltwater fish (or, if you are vegetarian, try soybeans, cooked egg yolks, whole grains and brewer’s yeast).

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2 Responses to “Biotin for Skin Health”

  1. I love natural products because they are safe to use and they don't cause any problem especially in my sensitive skin.

  2. Magmesium and potassium are superb for sensitive skin. Thanks for your comment.