No matter where you look, everywhere you see full, magnificent beards that belong to self-confident, authoritarian men. How you wish you were like them! But somehow your beard lets you down and instead of a mighty mane you can just show off bald spots in your beard… Okay, that’s enough. This is no time to feel sorry for yourself. First of all, if you take a closer look, you’ll find that an amazing number of men also have problems with a full, even beard. And who says there’s nothing you can do about it? Read on and find out how to get rid of patchy beard!
Is it circular hair loss?
Bald areas in the beard, especially around the cheeks or between the mouth and chin are not uncommon. If your beard growth is patchy or you notice that your whiskers are falling out, you should first of all remain calm and take a closer look at the affected areas. You are probably already having nightmares about the much feared “circular hair loss”. What at first sounds harmless is the most common hair disease (yes, such a thing actually exists) – in the United States alone, about 6.8 million people are affected by it. Circular hair loss is an autoimmune disease. The hair follicles are attacked by the body’s own defence cells and the hair dies. As a result, relatively round bald spots appear on the head or beard, which grow or can multiply over time. It is also not uncommon for a bald spot to re-grow over time, resulting in the formation of a new bald area in a different place.
It is likely that your beard growth problem is really circular hair loss if:
- you have several bald spots in your beard,
- you have bald spots on your head, too,
- the bald spots get bigger and/or more with time,
- the bald spots have a relatively round (or even oval) outline.
A visit to the family doctor is recommended to rule out health reasons for hair loss. Medication therapy is also possible. However, circular hair loss is often the result of a mixture of stress, psychological strain and unhealthy lifestyle.
If none of the above points apply to your beard, then it is rather unlikely that you suffer from autoimmune disease. Your bald patches in your beard are then more likely to be due to genetic predisposition, your diet or the wrong beard care. But you can also do something about it! 🙂
How healthy are you really living?
If you notice bald spots in your beard, it’s high time to reflect on your lifestyle – and to do so in an unsparing and honest way 😉 Do you eat healthy? Do you drink enough water? Do you get enough exercise, preferably in the fresh air? Do you avoid stress?
All this may sound banal, but a healthy and balanced lifestyle is indeed the most important basis for a strong and dense beard.
Does your beard have all the nutrients it needs?
Your beard can only grow and flourish if you provide it with the building blocks it needs. These are proteins and healthy fats, which you take in with your food. On the other hand, there are vitamins and micronutrients that enable healthy hair growth. If you want to improve your beard growth and fight off bald spots, you should keep an eye on biotin.
Biotin – also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H – is the hair vitamin par excellence. It strengthens skin, hair and nails by supporting the natural metabolism.
Preparations containing zinc and selenium in addition to biotin are also recommended. Both nutrients can stimulate beard growth and improve the hair structure.
Please be aware that there is no guarantee for the successful effect of the food supplements. You should also give the supplements 1-2 months before you make your judgement.
Your beard needs affection
Beards are more than a necessary evil for men who are too lazy to shave. A beard is your personality, your figurehead, it makes you a better – and more beautiful! – human being. But only if you care for it properly and often enough. Here are the most important beard care rules at a glance:
1. Brush your beard daily.
Brushing not only removes dirt particles, dead skin cells and inactive whiskers from the beard. It also stimulates hair growth and promotes the blood circulation of the skin. A well combed beard also lies better and looks better groomed. It is best to use a wild boar bristle brush for your beard.
2. Use beard oil.
Beard oil is the most important care and styling product for your beard. It provides the beard with nutrients and moisture. It also gives your beard a pleasant scent and a personal touch.
3. Wash your beard properly.
Many guys with beards make the mistake of washing their beard daily. This is too much and dries the beard too much. It is better to wash your beard only every 2-3 days. It is best to use a beard shampoo without parabens and sulphates. Such shampoos are softer and better for skin and hair.
4. Avoid too many styling products.
Beard wax, pomade and other styling products may tame your beard and bring it into shape, but they usually stick to the surface of the hair and dry out the beard slowly. If you use such products every day, this can be a reason for a weaker and uneven beard growth. It’s better to give it up now and then and give your beard a little freedom and air to breathe!
When is it time for beard growth products?
Unlike food supplements, beard restorers contain medicinal substances and should therefore only be used if all other measures have failed. Side effects such as skin irritation, itching and (temporary) hair loss are rare, but possible. Consultation with a dermatologist is therefore advisable, especially for long-term use.
Probably the best known and most frequently used hair growth product is Minoxidil, which you can find in the commercially available Rogaine. It is available in the form of tablets, solution or foam and was originally developed to improve hair growth on the head. Minoxidil can of course also work for your beard and help you to get rid of your patchy beard. I recommend that you try the solution or foam. You can apply it directly to the affected areas and do not burden your metabolism with unnecessary tablets. Just apply some Rogaine daily to the bald spots in your beard and let it soak well. After about four hours, you should rinse the areas with clear water, as minoxidil dries the skin out considerably and can quickly cause itching.
Although Rogaine is the most popular hair loss product, its effect is not guaranteed. Some men report a visible improvement after just a few applications, while others cannot detect a single new sprouting beard hair even after months. If Minoxidil – i.e. Rogaine – has no effect on you, it is a good idea to try another beard restorer with a different active ingredient. An alternative active ingredient is Redensyl, for example, which has only been on the market for a few years. Redensyl can be found in products like Beardix or Panthrix, for example. It is just as easy to use as Rogaine, but the manufacturer promises an 81% higher effectiveness (of course the underlying study was carried out by the manufacturer himself, so we still retain our natural scepticism).
How to Get Rid of Patchy Beard: Conclusion
Everyone is different and the above suggestions are a selection of tips you can try in order to get rid of patchy beard. Healthy eating, regular exercise, mental hygiene, the right balance between work and leisure, sleep and party, enjoyment and renunciation can make a big difference. It is clear that a lot of sugar, a lot of animal fat, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs as well as diseases and hormone deficiency are counterproductive.
A well-groomed you will definitely look more attractive. Choose a few beard care products we have suggested above. A little something always works! And you’ll see – in the end everything will be fine.