Experiments with Biotin

I’ve always had issues with my nails, mostly because it’s a genetic problem. Both of my parents have absolutely terrible finger- and toenails. Ingrown toenails that are shaped funny and uneven, unhealthy looking fingernails. After my doctor put me on vitamin D supplements, I asked her if there was a vitamin to fix my nails and she recommended biotin.

After doing some internet research, I started taking 5000 mcg of biotin daily on April 25. It’s been three months now. Here are some before and after shots.

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I wouldn’t say I’m especially hard on my hands unless you count constant typing. I do have bad habits of minor picking at my skin and ripping at my nails like if I have a small hangnail. As you can see in the before picture, my index fingers are the worst, with the strange white marks and uneven texture, which they all have to some degree.

I wear nail polish occasionally but it’s more trouble than it’s worth for me because it constantly chips right away and I end up peeling it off then.

Now it’s the day before my wedding and time to give myself a manicure so they look nicer for the pictures. Here are my nails after three months on biotin.

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Not a ton has changed, they still grow funny and uneven and curl inwards, especially on the long nail on the ring finger of my right hand. I still get the occasional hangnail that I have to pick at, which is the main reason some of them are shorter. But they’re way more smooth now, and more strong. I haven’t had long nails since 6th grade because as soon as they get so long, they’d split below the tip of my finger. I haven’t had that happen since I started taking the biotin.

Now it’s time to cut my lovely long nails so they’re all even for the ring pictures we’re inevitably going to take tomorrow.

I definitely see improvement though, which is good. Anyone have tips for healthy, pretty nails?

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