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Flawless, poreless, blemish-free skin. Long, luscious, healthy hair. We all want them - and some skin and hair vitamins promise to deliver exactly these results.
But what’s the truth and what’s hype? Here’s what we know.
As the main suggests, these supplements are meant to supplementthe vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that we normally get our diets. The goal is to make sure that you’re getting every nutrient that you need to have healthy hair, skin, and nails.
That said, most supplements that are meant to stimulate hair and nail growth or clarify skin contain ingredients like:
Yes - but only for people who really have a problem.
If you have health concerns that interfere with your natural ability to absorb nutrients, then you could benefit from taking supplements.
Biotin, for example, was found to be effective for hair and nail regrowth in a study of 18 different cases, but all of the patients using biotin had an “underlying pathology” for damaged hair and nails. The study concluded that biotin might not be effective for people without medical conditions causing hair and nail breakage.
Similarly, recent studies have also found fish oil to be effective in treating keloid scars, while topical Vitamin A has been used for years to treat acne, hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
That said when it comes to healthy people just looking for stronger nails, clear skin, or hair with a little healthy shine, there’s really no evidence to prove - or disprove - that these supplements really work.
The biggest problem here is that these supplements aren’t heavily regulated by the FDA. This lack of regulation means that companies don’t have to be honest or forthcoming about the efficacy of their products - and they could absolutely be selling pills that are basically just sugar or junk.
That means that you have to be diligent and do your homework to make sure that you’re not purchasing snake oil.
So what are you looking for?
Overall, look for:
And gummies are fine - just take them before you brush your teeth to avoid the sugar problems. Finally, if you do decide to start a supplement routine, stick with it—most people don’t see results for three to four months.