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How this B vitamin affects your hair, skin and nails
For years, dermatologists have quietly prescribed a B vitamin — biotin — for hair loss, despite a lack of studies showing its benefit.
Why? Because it works.
“We find biotin to be very helpful for hair disorders. It also makes nails thicker,” says Wilma Bergfeld, MD. “And oral biotin is exceedingly safe, even in large doses.”
Biotin is used primarily for alopecia (hair loss) in men or women. “It improves hair growth and helps with inflammation. The hair follicle, the skin and the nails all benefit,” says Dr. Bergfeld.
Why hair falls out
Hair loss has multiple causes, many of them systemic. “If your hair is falling out at the roots, often something is going wrong in your body or in your life situation,” she says. For example, great stress can cause hair loss.
But one of the most common causes of hair loss may surprise you — diet. “So many diets today are restricted — they’re mainly avoidance diets — and there is great variation in what’s considered healthy,” says Dr. Bergfeld.
“When we look at what our patients eat, we find they are often low in protein and essential vitamins. Also, you need a little carbohydrate to make hormones, and your brain needs fat.”
Looking for clues
Dr. Bergfeld says dermatologists play detective when seeking the cause of hair loss. They start with a thorough physical exam. Then they look at your personal medical history and your family history.
They consider not just your diet, but your exercise habits as well. Then they review your medications, because some can cause hair loss.
The most common medical conditions linked to hair loss are endocrine disorders. This includes problems with your pituitary, parathyroid or adrenal glands, or your ovaries or testes. “For example, menopausal women who bleed excessively may be losing iron. Anemia causes hair loss,” says Dr. Bergfeld.
Bariatric procedures also call for supplementation, as a smaller gut can’t absorb as many nutrients. “Anything that disrupts your GI tract can affect hair growth. Once you lose 20 pounds, you start shedding hair,” says Dr. Bergfeld.
Biotin combination best
For biotin supplementation, Cleveland Clinic dermatologists favor a mega-B vitamin combination that includes:
3 milligrams biotin
30 milligrams zinc
200 milligrams vitamin C
<1 milligram folic acid
“Occasionally, the mega B-vitamin combination gives some patients minor gastric trouble, but switching them to biotin alone relieves it,” Dr. Bergfeld notes.
And if you can’t find the mega B-vitamin combination, you can buy biotin, zinc and vitamin C separately, she says.
— Reprinted/excerpted from Cleveland Clinic healthessentials
All of our serums perform different functions,
and all of them can work together.
A few of them pair together more intuitively.
Here's a breakdown.
FOR HAIR & SCALP
All of our hair stimulating products work wonderfully together.
• Our "hero product" RevivHair Stimulating Serum is applied daily, and is a leave-in serum.
• RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque is a pre-shampoo serum and is left on the scalp for 10-30 minutes before shampooing.
• Our RevivHair Stimulating Shampoo & Conditioner and remarkable new RevivHair Placode Booster Serum (used 3-4 times a year) round out this product line perfectly.
• RevivLash Lash & Brow Stimulating Serum targets eyelash & eyebrow density & fullness.
We recommend using all these products together to address hair loss and thinning hair issues. For the budget-conscious, landmark RevivHair Stimulating Serum would be the first choice.
FOR THE FACE
Our latest invention, TelomErase 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective Serum is the current benchmark. We recommend this stellar treatment serum to all our customers.
TelomErase Serum has the same base as our very-popular Ultimate Serum, but also has instant skin tightening, more wrinkle blurring, and the latest in long-term anti-aging telomere support. It is also even more moisturizing than the Ultimate Serum. Many customers have "graduated" to this new serum.
Not to discount renowned Ultimate Serum: it has a number of novel ingredients not found in TelomErase, like alpha-arbutin for brightening and extra stem cells, growth factors & peptides for long-term anti-aging. It's also a favorite of customers who have previously used TNS® Essential Serum from SkinMedica®. If you use these two serums together, we recommend TelomErase in the morning, and Ultimate Serum at night.
Phloretin Serum is unique, and a rather standalone product that we always recommend. Both TelomErase Serum and Ultimate Serum contain a Vitamin C Ester, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, but it is in small concentration compared to our Phloretin Serum. We lose a teaspoon of collagen from our faces every year after age 30, and vitamin C is required to build that collagen. The "gold standard" is ascorbic acid, included with the Phloretin Serum. Because of its low pH, it cannot be included in most other products because it would negatively affect actives like growth factors, peptides, and other delicate proteins, and it would degrade quickly if we were to buffer the pH. Its low pH is also why it works so well, since it has an exfoliating effect in addition to collagen building.
Here's a blog post about the subject: All about Vitamin C Serums, and why ours is best
We recommend waiting at least thirty minutes after applying the Phloretin Serum before applying our TelomErase Serum, Ultimate Serum or any product that contains delicate growth factors since the lower pH of the Phloretin Serum (even at 5% strength, and especially at 20% strength) may lessen the effectiveness of the growth factors. We recommend the following regimen: applying the Phloretin Serum in the morning, and the growth factor serum(s) at night.
Since hydration is different than moisturization, and most skin is dehydrated, we also always recommend our remarkable HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum for hydration & plumping, as well as its anti-pollution & anti-stress effects (one of the great benefits of the award-winning Neurophroline® ingredient).
Our Copper Healing Serum contains a great copper peptide that is a wonderful active for skin. Because it generally cannot be combined in high concentration with vitamin C, it is a standalone product. It is not necessary to apply the copper peptide in the Healing Serum every day to achieve results (targeting inflammation, healing, and overall rejuvenation). You might reserve daily use of Healing Serum more to address specific, acute issues that may arise, like irritation, sunburn, rash, windburn, post-procedure, etc.
OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY
All of our facial serums can be used on the neck, hands and chest. TelomErase Serum can be applied to the upper eyelid area, but be careful not to get it in your eyes.
Our RevivSculpt Transforming Body Serum is, of course, meant for the body, but can also be used on the face although it is a bit occlusive.
All our facial serums can be applied to the lips with the exception of Phloretin Serum.
Further questions about how our product work together?! Send us a note.
Remarkable benefits of BV-OSC (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) in our Ultimate Serum: Antioxidant, Whitening, Collagen Synthesis & Protection
We use a novel form of Vitamin C in our Ultimate Serum: BV-OSC or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. This oil-soluble version of vitamin C is very bio-available and has excellent percutaneous absorption into the skin compared to ascorbic acid. It is able to penetrate keratinocytes to assist with the prevention of UV damage and provide a cytoprotection effect against cell mortality.
Studies show its anti-aging properties, including collagen synthesis. The use of BV-OSC has shown to DOUBLE collagen synthesis in fibroblasts.
It has also been shown to reduce melanogenesis by more than 80%, and inhibit tyrosinase activity, making it an excellent ingredient for brightening and evening out skin tone.
While BV-OSC is decidedly more expensive than other forms of Vitamin C, its benefits clearly outweigh its hefty price.
Details, data and graphs here.
Get these remarkable properties in our Ultimate Serum for face, neck, chest and hands (product page here).
Q. Why do we make so many different skincare serums? Why can't you put all the ingredients into one product? It's very confusing.
A. That's a great question.
The answer lies in chemistry.
There are many ingredient incompatibilities, especially related to pH and to electrical charge (cationic/positive charge; anionic/negative charge).
Many ingredients like delicate proteins (growth factors, etc.) cannot stand a low pH, nor can many preservatives. Niacinamide can turn into nicotinic acid if the pH isn't in the right range. Copper and Vitamin C can theoretically cancel each other out. Certain ingredients need a lower pH to be effective.
Then there is the issue of volume and potency. Most ingredients require a certain volume to be considered "active." You can only add so many of these active ingredients before everything starts to get diluted, and thus ineffective.
The exceptions? Certain actives like peptides, growth factors and stem cells. Such ingredients are measured in micrograms -- a unit of mass equal to one millionth of a gram -- and little volume is required for such ingredients to be very effective. That's why, for example, we're able to "shove" the top 25 primary ingredients of TNS Essential Serum® into Reviv Serums' Ultimate Serum AND leapfrog that formula by also including hexapeptides and stem cells.
While we wish we could provide a product that contained a sunscreen, antioxidants, stem cells, hydrators, brighteners, tighteners, telomere-targeters, glycolic acid, retinoid, emollients, redness reducer, wrinkle filler, anti-inflammatory, copper, vitamin C, etc. -- all in one bottle. It's not practical or possible. Be skeptical of the efficacy of any product that portrays itself to do it all. There is really no such thing as an "all-in-one" skincare product.