How to Make Your Facial Hair Grow

Though there isn’t any recent, formal data on the popularity of facial hair, it doesn’t take a study to notice that beards seem to be everywhere. Growing them seems to have very little to do with keeping faces warm for the winter, and a whole lot to do with appearance and style.

But what about those of us who have trouble growing facial hair? While there are some tricks for encouraging overall hair growth, at the end of the day it all boils down to genetics.

Is It Testosterone?

It’s a knee-jerk response to think that testosterone, the male sex hormone, is responsible for beard growth. But most men actually have similar levels of testosterone. Low testosterone is characterized by a host of other symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction, infertility, decreased muscle mass, and the development of breast tissue. If you’re not experiencing these, testosterone therapy from your doctor or a supplement isn’t likely to help.

Learn more about the link between testosterone and hair loss »

Is It a Skin Condition?

In rare cases, a skin condition is to blame for a lack of hair growth. Certain skin conditions like alopecia cause balding or hair loss. If you have symptoms of a skin condition, which likely affects your head as well as your hair, visiting a dermatologist could help.

In some cases, thin or slow-growing hair is the result of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). But, this condition is more common among women over 50. Thin hair or hair loss can also be largely associated with an iron deficiency, or anemia.

Generally, It’s Genetics.

For most men who struggle to grow facial hair, genetics are to blame. If your father or grandfather struggled with facial hair growth, it is possible you will too. And for those men, there really aren’t too many solutions.

While beard implants recently hit the market, they’re an extreme option for a relatively minor problem. Furthermore, NeoGraft procedures are specifically tailored for hair restoration on your head. Consult with a certified physician if a non-traditional procedure is right for you.

Do Beard-Boosting Supplements Work?

With the growing popularity of beards and facial hair, some supplement makers are capitalizing on men who have trouble growing stubble. Supplements and creams that promise thicker and fuller beards have hit the market. However, most of them lack scientific credibility.

One such supplement — Beardalizer — promises to boost beard growth by providing nutrients like vitamin C, biotin, and vitamin A. Like hair supplements marketed towards women, these vitamins and minerals are said to produce thicker, healthier hair. But if your body wasn’t meant to grow a beard, again – due to genetics, the supplement may not work. A typical daily vitamin contains similar ingredients and is probably cheaper.

Vitamins Your Hair Likes

  • There’s some evidence that vitamin D can activate hair follicles that have become dormant.
  • B vitamins like B12, biotin, and niacin can strengthen and help condition hair.
  • Read more about vitamins and hair.

Little Tips That Could Pay Off

If you’re finding it hard to grow the beard of your dreams, there’s a small chance it’s because you simply aren’t taking care of yourself. Like a good head of hair, facial hair requires a healthy diet and regular sleep. Your first steps toward reaching your facial hair goal should include:

  • reducing stress
  • eating healthfully
  • getting plenty of rest
  • not smoking
  • taking care of your skin

Learn about other natural hair loss solutions and how they can help stimulate hair growth

You can’t grow a beard if the genetics for it simply aren’t there. But, if you provide the healthiest environment for hair growth, it should help even out patchy spots or thicken existing hair.

NeoGraft hair restorations are procedures specifically restoring hair on your scalp. However, we still aim to provide hair loss resources for both men and women. To learn more about our hair loss solutions, find a doctor today.