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Why Can't I Grow A Beard?

How to grow a beard?

The growth of facial hair is an inevitable part of growing up and developing into an adult. Our genetics, ethnicity, age, testosterone levels (and related levels of hair growth), and facial hair type all impact the likelihood of growing a beard. 

Why can't I grow a beard? There is a good chance you have asked yourself this question at one point in your life. At one time or another, we all have tried to grow a beard, and it never works. I hope by reading this article you would answer the question "Why Can't I Grow a Beard?" once and for all.

Here are some common reasons for poor beard growth

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Low testosterone
  • Alopecia areata
  • Ethnicity

1. Age:

Beard grows until around the age of 30. If you are in your 20’s, don’t worry; your beard will continue to grow. Some even develop a full beard at the age of 18 years, but everyone is different. Other factors contribute to beard growth.

2. Genetics:

Chances of you getting a similar beard growth pattern similar to your father and grandfather are high. If your parents and grandparents have a thick beard, chances are you might grow a thick beard as well.

Testosterone is converted into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase. The androgen hormone DHT binds to hair follicles inducing beard growth. DHT sensitivity differs from person to person due to genetics. 

Sometimes due to DHT sensitivity variation, it might cause hair loss.

3. Low Testosterone

10% of testosterone is converted into DHT. Low levels of testosterone lead to a decrease in the production of DHT. Low DHT means poor facial hair growth to no beard growth at all.

Symptoms of low testosterone include 

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Low muscle buildup
  • Low sex drive
  • Irritation
  • Mood changes

4. Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where the body is unable to recognize its cells. Here body attacks hair follicles as it is unable to identify its cells. It causes severe hair fall and a patchy beard. There is no cure available for alopecia except for treating the symptoms

Some of the medications to treat symptoms of alopecia area include

  • Minoxidil topical solution
  • Topical immunotherapy
  • Steroid injects
  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Cortisone medications
  • Immunosuppressants
  • phototherapy

5. Ethnicity

A study conducted in 2016 says that ethnic groups also exhibit differences in facial hair growth patterns; for example, Chinese men have low beard growth than Caucasians. Chinese males have facial hair around the mouth, while caucasian males have less beard hair on the cheek, neck, and chin but with higher density.

The diameter of a beard, which can vary from 17 to 180 micrometers, might also contribute to such variations in beard growth.

Methods you can use to grow a beard

There is simply no hack to give you instant results regarding hair growth and beard growth. Patience and consistency are the keys. The following are some tips to make your beard grow thick and long.

  • Use derma roller:

Derma rollers have many tiny micro-needles; usually, f 0.25 to 0.75mm, rolled in the beard skin region. The microneedles cause holes or rupture skin in the area and make your body start repairing the damaged tissue. This increases blood circulation in the part of the application and also increases collagen production. Collagen is a connective tissue protein that can stimulate hair growth. It is used with minoxidil or any other essential oil.

If you are using 0.25 mm needle size derma rollers, you can use them daily. If you are using 0.5mm needles, use them twice a week and if using 0.75mm needles, use them once a week.

 The study suggests that using minoxidil with derma roller has high results for treating anthropogenic alopecia and derma rollers are safe options for gaining hair growth.

  • Decrease stress:

 studies conducted suggest that stress can cause hair loss, decrease in beard thickness. Try to maintain work-life m=balance and also maintain inner peace. Regular work out, yoga, spending time with loved ones, following your passion are ways to reduce stress.

  • Good diet:

Be it scalp hair, or facial hair, or even your skin, everything requires proper nutrition to be healthy. That is why it is crucial to eat healthy foods.

Calorie deficiency might also drop testosterone levels, in turn dropping DHT levels. So have enough calorie foods every day. 

Take multivitamins if required.

Include healthy fats, proteins, sprouts, etc., to get enough nutrients every day.

Have an antioxidant-rich diet by including green tea, tomatoes, etc., in your diet chart. It will help in preventing oxidative stress and cell damage.

  • Routine:

Your medications and follow an excellent beard regime religiously.

If using minoxidil, take it once or twice a day and apply it properly as per the instructions.

Moisturize your skin regularly. Use beard oils at least once a day. It will help in fighting dry beard skin.

If you are using derma rollers, use them once a week or your doctor’s instructions.

  • Avoid smoking

Smoking is not only harmful to your lungs but also your skin, hair, and beard.

  • Fixing Sleep Schedule

Giving your body time to rest and heal is very important after an exhaustive day. Your body gets in repair mechanisms while you sleep and improves overall functioning. Sleep is known to increase testosterone levels in the body, as per a study conducted in 2011.

  • Regular Exercise:

Regular workout improves blood flow to stimulate the hair follicles. Exercises like cardio, strength training, yoga, etc., are known for improving blood circulation and also increase testosterone levels.

Take Away

There are many reasons for not being able to grow a full beard. Things like genetics, ethnicity, and autoimmune disorders like alopecia, all of them being out of our control. However, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to improve beard growth. Taking proper diet, enough sleep, reducing stress, using a derma roller,  medications like minoxidil, etc., are some of the ways to improve beard growth.