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Does Biotin Cause Acne? We know it’s great for hair, skin and nails. Biotin, (which is vitamin B7) helps with the breakdown and distribution of fatty acids and improves the keratin infrastructure. This gives you both a glow and a protective layer.

Vitamin B5, (pantothenic acid) helps with the regulation of the surface layer of the skin. In short, it helps prevent acne. Working together they can give you healthy looking skin.

Biotin B7 is absorbed through receptors in the intestines, and so is vitamin B5. Because they are both absorbed through the same receptors, if there is an excess of one, there is a deficiency in another.

This means that if you’re taking biotin supplements, especially pure biotin, then you won’t be able to absorb the vitamin B5 in your diet. This means that the surface of your skin will be more prone to breakouts. It’s not that biotin causes acne, but a deficiency in vitamin B5 will.

What Can You Do to Prevent It? You need to make sure that you don’t have an excess of biotin to pantothenic acid.
If you’re taking supplements, skip the pure biotin. A biotin multivitamin such as Halcyon for Skin (link in bio, HalcyonSkin.com) , instead can give you a boost of vitamin B5 without risking any of the potential problems of an excessive dosage.

Kristin Gunn is licensed in Texas, New York and Colorado.