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How To Deal With The Frustration Of A Patchy Beard

Once again, it’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way. We are back with some more information that can help you. When you’re trying to grow out a new beard, there’s nothing worse than patches. Instead of the magnificent beard, you were hoping for, you end up with half-baked coverage that makes you look like a teenager. A lot of the time, those patches will only be temporary and if you just wait it out for a couple of weeks, they’ll fill in and you’ll get great coverage. But if that doesn’t happen and you’ve still got patches a few months later, you need to do something about it. If you’ve got a few gaps under the chin and around the neck area, it’s not really that noticeable and you can probably get away with leaving it as it is, but the most common area where people get gaps in their beard is on the cheeks which can really ruin it. A lot of men get to a certain point and then decide to give up and shave it all off because it’s patchy. Luckily, you don’t need to do that because there are ways that you can fill in those patches.

What Causes Patches?

Before you can start remedying the problem, you need to understand why it’s happening in the first place. There are a few reasons for patches; most of the time, gaps on your cheeks are caused by a lack of blood flow compared with other areas of the face. That means that the nutrients and testosterone that inspires hair growth is lacking in the cheeks compared with other areas of the face. It could also be caused by a general lack of hormone overall which leads to patches in all areas of the face. Another common cause of patches is weak hair follicles. When hair does grow in these areas, it often falls out before it can fill out into a proper beard. Those are the major causes of patches in your beard, so what can you do about it?

Beard Oils

If you’re trying to grow a beard, you need to be taking care of it, just the same as you do with your hair. Getting a good beard oil that can keep the hair and face well moisturized will stop it from drying out and prevent dandruff and split ends. As well as giving your beard a better look generally, it can also help with patches if you get the right stuff. The products from Bearded Basturds are made from all natural products which can help to strengthen your hair follicles and reduce the likelihood of getting patches. Applying a beard oil daily will ensure that your beard stays healthy and grows out fully.

Hair Loss Medications

There are a lot of products out there that claim to inspire hair growth but you’ve got to be careful because the vast majority of them don’t do anything. However, there are some that have been proven to encourage hair growth and they can help with a patchy beard. Minoxidil is one of the best ones that you can get without a prescription, it’s been proven to work on your hair and the results on the face are good as well. It also doesn’t have any of the side effects that a lot of the other products do.

Microneedling

Microneedling sounds like a bit of a scary treatment on the face of it but it’s not painful and it’ll help you to fill in those annoying gaps. The treatment involves taking a roller with lots of small needles on it and running it over the patchy areas. It breaks the skin and signals to the body that there is damage in the area. Your body then sends keratin and collagen to the area which encourages hair growth. It’s a quick treatment that you can do yourself and you’ll start to see results in a couple of weeks.

 

Increase Testosterone

 

If the problem is caused by a lack of testosterone, you can take steps to increase your levels and grow out a full beard. There are all sorts of things you can do in your day to day life that will increase testosterone production without having to take supplements that could have side effects. Exercise is one of the best things to do and it keeps you healthy at the same time. Cardio exercise will increase your levels of testosterone a little bit but if you really want to boost it, strength exercises are a lot better. Studies found that people who regularly lift weights tend to have a lot more testosterone in their bodies than people who don’t.

 

What you eat also has a big impact on your testosterone levels as well; eating protein, carbs and fat will all help but make sure that you still maintain a healthy intake. If you just start eating loads of fatty food to grow your beard out, you’ll end up gaining a lot of weight in the meantime.

Vitamin D is another vital nutrient that helps your body make testosterone and the best way to get it is from the sun. Making sure you get outside once in a while will help with your beard growth, but if you’re struggling with that, there are supplements you can take as well.

 

Best Styles For Patchy Beards

In some cases, you won’t be able to get rid of all of those patches but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your beard completely. If you’ve tried everything and you’re still not getting anywhere, you can still get a great looking beard if you style it the right way. If the patches on your cheeks are really bad, you could just go for a goatee and give up on trying to grow it out on the cheeks altogether. But if you do want to go for a fuller style, it’s important that you trim all of the hair so it’s the same length, that’ll make the patches less noticeable. Then you can use a good amount of beard oil and comb the hair over the patches to cover them up.

 

A patchy beard is a bit of a pain but doesn’t think that you should just give up on it. There’s plenty of things you can do to grow it out fully. Thanks for reading. If you have a topic that you want us to cover, feel free to email kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com