A patchy beard is the bane of every beard enthusiast’s existence. And oftentimes, patchiness is chalked up to genetics and genetics alone, and although your genetics certainly plays a BIG factor in your beard’s growth and style, there still may be more at play here than you originally thought.
A patchy beard is defined as one in which small areas in the region of where your beard hair should grow, don’t really seem to grow at all. Thus leaving the “patchy” look. Just take the image below for example.
In the image, you can see the “patches” on the side of the cheek, right above the chin, and by the jawbone. So what causes these patches? And are there any remedies to at least some of the causes?
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Patchy Beard Cause #1. Age
As we hit puberty as males, we start growing facial hair. But as the years keep going, once we hit the age of 24-25, our testosterone has peaked and we can get a good sense of the fullness of our beard. If at this point your beard isn’t as full or dense as you may want, it may be a good sign as to whether or not you will be able to grow facial hair beyond those patches in the first place without the aid of supplements or treatments.
One good suggestion that many people have is to use micro-needlers. The thought behind these tools is that micro-needling slightly punctures the skin and causes blood (and consequently, nutrients) to rush to the area and begin fixing the skin. The nutrients that the blood brings are thought to provoke new hair growth, but this is a lengthy process and should be done by professionals.
Patchy Beard Cause #2: Genetics
I mentioned genetics earlier because your genes, and the role they play, is vital in terms of beard growth. Generally speaking, science says that your Mother’s Grandfather will determine whether or not you will experience balding and/or beard growth.
This one unfortunately is out of your control, considering your genes are literally part of your DNA and cannot be changed so easily.
Patchy Beard Cause #3: Hormone Imbalance
It’s time to get a little bit more serious with this one. Testosterone is commonly referred to as the “male” hormone and promotes many of the traditionally “male” characteristics such as hair growth, muscle and protein synthesis, and more.
Put simply, without much testosterone, you may not be experiencing much hair growth on your face, or many other places, in fact. But, the good thing is that there are supplements and practices that you can try to increase either your testosterone level or aid in other ways to promote beard growth.
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Patchy Beard Cause #4: Alopecia
Alopecia is a condition in which baldness happens on your scalp, face, or elsewhere on your body. Alopecia is usually noticed in the form of spotty areas where hair growth is inhibited.
Now obviously there are some ways around alopecia like with the recommendations mentioned earlier. You can consult your doctor, take supplements, but in the end what you really need is to rock some confidence with what you’ve got! Your beard or hair don’t define you as a person and are only meant to complement the you that you are!
So don’t fret! if you’ve got a balding beard, then a wicked mustache works amazingly as a backup.
Overall, these are just some extremely common conditions and reasons why many people can’t grow their “ideal” beards and may suffer from unexplained patchiness.
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