Are Vitamins for Hair, Nails & Skin Safe to Take?

Vitamins may offer great benefits with proper guidance from a professional.

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Don't be stuck in a rut with hair that won't grow, nails that look like they've been through war or disastrously dull-looking skin. Kick up your beauty game with the help of vitamin supplements made specifically to help your hair, skin and nails grow strong and healthy. But before you head to your local vitamin store or drug store, know the ABCs of these vitamins to be on your way to plentiful days of gorgeousness.

What They Are

Hair, skin and nail vitamins are a blend of specialty vitamins that typically include vitamins A, B, C, D; zinc and biotin to promote healthy hair, skin and nail growth. When we aren't getting these essential vitamins in our diet, this can lead to deficiencies in the condition of our body cells, and affect the growth and health of our hair, nails and skin. The effectiveness of vitamin-enhanced beauty supplements varies for each person based on their specific needs.

What They Claim to Do

Popular brands claim that these types of vitamins strengthen hair, make nails grow faster and improve the look of skin. But there is no guarantee that taking these specialty vitamins will give you the exact results you are looking for. To avoid wasting your time and your money, speak with your health-care professional for recommendations on how to deal with your hair, nail and skin issues before purchasing a supplement.

Dangers

Dermatologist Melanye Maclin warns consumers that many vitamins marketed to improve hair, nails and skin are simply multivitamins. "You have to be careful as you never want to double-dose or overdose on vitamins," she says. Maclin recommends speaking with a physician before using any supplements to make sure they are safe and won't interfere with any other medications or supplements you are taking.

Choosing a safe solution

Look for vitamins made by credible manufacturers, doctors or health professionals as you walk the aisles or research online. If you aren't sure about the ingredients or the authenticity of a product, contact the company directly and ask them about any research, statistics or studies behind their brand.

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