Growing a beard can greatly enhance a man’s confidence as it’s often perceived as a symbol of masculinity, strength and maturity. But, for some men, growing a beard can be a source of embarrassment because it grows in a way that appears patchy. Patchy beards are more common than you may think, and there are many factors that can contribute to this appearance.
If you’re dealing with a patchy beard, the first thing that you must do is determine the cause. This is because identifying the cause of your patchiness will allow you to treat it accordingly.
Poor Diet and Lifestyle
In order for our hair to grow, we need to be in relatively good health as consistently as possible. For one thing, hair growth requires certain nutrients like vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals give hair what it needs to grow quickly and be strong rather than brittle. Additionally, certain lifestyle habits can greatly interfere with beard growth by interrupting the natural process of the follicles. These habits include excessive drinking, smoking and severe stress.
Our hormones control the rate at which our hair grows, as well as the evenness. In fact, beard growth is directly determined by DHT, a byproduct of testosterone, which is a male sex hormone. Now, many factors can contribute to an imbalance of our hormones. When our hormones are imbalanced, we may find that our beard growth is uneven.
It’s possible that a patchy, uneven beard is the result of a skin-related issue. For instance, if you have a fungal infection of the skin, or an inflammatory skin condition such as psoriasis, you may find that your facial hair does not grow over the affected areas. If you have other symptoms such as itchiness, redness or sensitivity to skin products, you may want to consider seeing a dermatologist.
Poorly Formulated Beard Care Products
A major factor that’s often overlooked is poorly formulated beard care products. We all want to take great care of our beards on a daily basis, which is why there are so many different beard care products on the market today, ranging from moisturizing beard oils to cleansing beard washes. But some popular beard care products contain very harsh ingredients that can actually damage the follicles by stripping them of nutrients and hydration. This means that using harsh ingredients may cause your beard to become patchy due to damage to the skin and follicles.
Lastly, genetics may play a role in uneven beard hair growth. If other men in your family have patchy beards, you may want to consider the fact that patchiness runs in your family. Still, this doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. There are definitely ways to boost even growth despite your DNA.