There are many factors which affect the thickness and density of hair on your beard. If you’re struggling with growing a beard or looking to grow your beard faster, this article will help you understand what works and what doesn’t for beard growth.
Here are some of the questions we will attempt to answer in this article
Before we move on to that, let’s spend a few minutes discussing why some men have less beard or no beard growth at all.
Few people have a sparse beard because even their father, and/or grandfather had very less beard. This shows that they are having a genetic predisposition of having sparse hair on the beard. However, there are multiple factors which are very much responsible for thick, dense, sparse hairs on your beard. The most important factor is the level of androgens in your body.
Hair follicles on the beard of a male usually have a very long anagen phase. That is why men can grow a long beard. However, if there are a few genetic factors that may lead to short anagen phases, growing a longer beard becomes difficult. An unhealthy lifestyle or unbalanced diet can also affect the beard growth you can achieve.
Now, let’s get started with how to increase beard growth. Here is the list of treatments that are often recommended to boost the growth of the beard.
You can try using topical minoxidil to improve the thickness and growth of the hair on the beard area. But it often does not lead to a thick, dense hair growth as much as expected. The hair growth with minoxidil is temporary and may fall out once you stop using the minoxidil.
Dermaroller can be used as a line of treatment to improve the density and thickness of hair on the beard area. Using Dermaroller creates multiple micro-injuries on the skin. These micro-injuries can form new blood vessels beneath the hair follicles to grow the hair thicker.
Medication and treatments are viable options only if hair follicles are present on the beard area. But if sufficient hair follicles are not present or absent in genes, no treatment will bear positive results, except hair transplant.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma uses a patient’s own blood growth factors to stimulate beard follicles. When used in combination with Dermarollers, it can stimulate stem cells in the area which in turn can help grow new hair.
Certain peptides such as GHK-Cu copper peptides have been found effective in stimulating beard growth. These are comparable to the effects of Minoxidil on scalp hair growth.
Beard hair transplant is also a good option to grow beard hair. If your beard is too sparse, you can think of beard transplant. This is the safest and most effective treatment for growing out a sparse beard.
Diet and Supplementation: As discussed previously, a lack of nutritious diet may adversely affect the growth of facial hair. You can have food that has more of Vitamin B, D and Vitamin E, or start taking beard-boosting supplements and creams for a thick mane. There are supplements that are a source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and biotin, which boost hair density, thickness, and health.
Vitamin D, present in eggs, fish, and fortified plant-based milk, activates dormant hair follicles, while vitamin B12, niacin, and biotin boost the strength of facial hair and condition it. However, these supplements are usually not productive if the underlying cause behind lack of facial hair growth is genetics.
Quitting Smoking: Smoking can badly affect the blood supply to hair resulting in loss of nutrition to hairs, it can directly damage the area responsible for hair growth in the hair follicle.
Sleep well: Insufficient sleep puts a lot of stress on your body and causes hormonal changes which will have a negative impact on hair growth.
Washing and moisturising: Clear and moist skin encourages hair growth. Hence, use a natural soap, and never forget to moisturise your skin with lotion or oil, like coconut or castor oil, after a shower. Clean, moist skin is more conducive to healthy hair growth.
To learn more about beard growth and the treatments available to aid it, speak to a dermatologist.
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