I’ve seen questions on this topic that sometimes go like this: “My beard is patchy what do I do?” or “will my patchy beard fill in?”
Usually, a patchy beard solution is easy to come by because typically, a patchy beard is caused by these 3 things:
- Simply not giving ample time to allow the beard to grow and fill in
- Not eating proper nutrition
- Not grooming the beard properly
Let’s quickly discuss these 3 things.
Proper Beard Nutrition + Lifting
Make sure you’re eating a decent diet that is not comprised of mainly junk food or nutrient thin foods. You should eat ample protein and of course have a balance of grains, vegetables, and fruits. Protein is the most important element here as higher protein intake is actually great for your beard (read about beard and hair growth here to understand more). Some junk is ok but those well-balanced meals will help you maintain a much healthier beard.
Now, I also mentioned lifting. Again, I cover that topic more in-depth in the above article on beard growth but it’s important to lift heavy weights for low reps if possible. Lifting helps build up testosterone which is good for your beard. So not only is lifting weights good for helping your body look awesome, it’ll help that beard look awesome too!
Allowing Time For The Beard To Grow
Most men who have patchy beards see the patches early on and they simply freak out and give up on what could easily turn into a very manly beard. Many men have some type of patch or flaw in their beard that could easily be covered up by simply allowing the beard to grow few several months. Sure, it might look a bit rough at first but as time goes by it should fill in and cover the bald spots. Let it grow man!
Groom Your Beard Properly
I’ve covered proper grooming of a beard in-depth but let’s talk about it again because it’s important.
You should be doing the following:
- Washing your beard only 2-3 times per week (use beard shampoo)
- Pat dry with a towel after shower – do not wipe hard or pull hairs out
- Apply beard oil twice daily (try it free here) Morning and night.
- Gently comb the beard daily
Following the above procedure daily will ensure that your beard stays properly hydrated and soft. When your beard is properly hydrated and soft this allows the beard to look healthy and fuller which will help cover those patchy areas. Many men make the mistake of washing their beards too often or washing their beards with harsh soap – avoid this. You only need to wash your beard 2-3 times per week.
Beard oil is a mix of awesome carrier and essential oils which hydrate and condition the beard. Not only does this help prevent things you do not want like dandruff and ingrown hairs it also prevents itchy beard. Beard oil also helps promote a soft healthy beard. If you’re not interested is trying the formulation of beard oil I created for free here just search Amazon below for different brands.
Gently combing the beard is another way to help cover those beard patches up. When you comb your beard it’s good for it plus it helps straighten and adjust the hairs to cover any potential patches.
Quit touching your damned beard!
Let me clarify this. You can touch the beard and stroke it gently but many men have a habit of twisting the beard and pulling the hairs out when they are thinking or simply nervous. This leads to hair falling out and potentially causing patches. Stop messing with it.
Have Patchy Beard Hair Loss?
Now, I’m not trying to scare you but that patchy beard may be caused by a rare condition. If you’ve been able to grow a full beard before but are now experiencing major patches of beard hair loss you should consider visiting your doctor and discussing the subject. Keep in mind, this is a rare condition and you likely do not have this issue.
The medical term for a patchy beard hair loss is Alopecia Barbae. It is not directly induced by stress, it is actually caused by an autoimmune disorder. When there is a condition of Alopecia Barbae, antibodies are produced by the body, these attack the hair follicles. Typically the antibodies are isolated to a single patch of hair, what takes place is that a circular patch of smooth skin which is hair free is produced, the size of the patch is usually about the size of a nickel to a quarter.
Generally, the hairs around the beard patch are fine, they are brittle and easy to remove, the patch itself, however, may have a burning sensation or hurt a bit. Although it is uncertain exactly why the body begins to attack itself, the common belief is that it is either a genetic weakness or factors in the environment that cause the genetic weakness to be displayed as an autoimmune attack. A big role in this is however played by genetics, families with atopic illnesses tend to experience this issue.
Beard patches could show up over a certain amount of time or occur almost overnight. At the onset of a patch developing, you may not really give it much attention. However, once the patch begins to grow, that is when it is usually noticed and concern sets in. The sooner that the patch begins being treated, the better chance there is of reversing the issue.
There are a few treatments for Alopecia Barbae such as the cosmetic use of Minoxidil to encourage the regrowth of hair. Although the treatment can be helpful, the reversal rate is not high. Steroids are also a pretty common treatment in the form of a topical cream that is applied daily although, some doctors to provide the option of steroid injections. Unfortunately, these treatment options do not always work and the side effects are not pleasant.
Although a patchy beard growth may be concerning to a man attempting to grow a full beard, there are treatment options which can help to reverse the effects of Alopecia Barbae. Remember that it always helps to have a healthy diet, exercise regularly and sleep properly, these are the foundations of general health and definitely help when dealing with a condition such as Alopecia Barbae.
Again, the most likely reason for a patchy beard is what I stated in the beginning of this article but if you believe you have a more serious condition please visit your doctor.
This article is not intended as medical advice and it for information purposes only. I am not a doctor and if you feel like you have a serious health problem see a doctor.