How to Grow a Beard

Dr. Puneet Madan    08-07-2021 Consult

Though there isn't any recent, formal data on the popularity of a beard, it doesn't take a study to notice that beards seem to be everywhere.

But what about those of us who have trouble growing a beard? 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.

Generally, it's genetics

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

Do beard-boosting supplements work?

With the growing popularity of beards, some supplement makers are capitalizing on men who have trouble growing stubble. These companies offer supplements and creams that promise thicker and fuller beards. However, most of them lack scientific credibility.

There's some evidence that vitamin D can activate hair follicles that have become dormant. B vitamins like B-12, biotin, and niacin can strengthen and help condition hair. But if your body wasn't meant to grow a beard- due to genetics - the supplement may not work. A typical daily vitamin contains similar ingredients and is probably cheaper.

Little tips that could pay off

If you're finding it hard to grow a beard, 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 the following:

-Reduce stress
-Eat a healthy diet. A balanced diet will give your body all the nutrients it needs.
-Get plenty of rest. The better sleep you get, the better your health.
-Take care of your skin. Figure out your skin type and stick to a skin care routine.
-Trimming it or shaping it during the growth process might reduce its growth rate.
-Coconut oil is known to be the oldest yet simplest way for stimulating hair growth and help grow beard faster. Massage your face with a cotton ball dipped in coconut oil (you can also add rosemary oil for better effects) and wash it clean after letting it soak the oil for 15 minutes. 

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.