There are eight different forms of biotin, but only one, D-Biotin, has full vitamin activity. It is vital for the production of energy from carbohydrates and fats, and for healthy skin and hair. It forms part of several enzyme systems and is necessary for normal growth and body function. It plays a key role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
Originally called Vitamin H or Coenzyme R. Biotin is a water soluble B-vitamin (vitamin B7) and has been used for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia, scalp diseases and other skin complaints. It has been found to be an important factor in the growth of tissue and the correct composition of the sebacious gland secretion (sebum).