I guess every non-bearded or patchy bearded man has wondered about this question at least once in his lifetime:
“How to stimulate facial hair growth? Is there a way to grow a beard faster naturally?”
After that, most men will go online and start searching for info about facial hair stimulation and beard growing tips.
They will find the following types of articles;
News articles that seem knowledgeable, and only tell that beard growth is 100% in genes and that there would be no way to promote the growth naturally.
Supplement marketers who claim to have a magical beard growth serum, oil, spray, or supplement (which are more than often over-priced scam products).
Articles which make claims where hair growth in the scalp is “proof” towards something also working to stimulate facial hair, which isn’t often the case as the beard is hormonal, scalp hair is not.
This article is a bit different.
Right off the bat, I can guarantee you that there are research-proven ways to stimulate facial hair growth and even grow a beard in the areas where you really can’t normally.
I will also warn you that the effects are NOT instant, and will often take 6-12 months to show a significant difference.
Fact is that you can’t completely overcome your genetics, but in 95% of non-bearded men, there is gigantic room for improvement in their natural facial hair growth ability.
I speak from experience when I say this.
When I turned 22, I decided to try growing a beard.
Two months of no shaving whatsoever and I had a not-so-impressive thin mustache and some fuzz on my chin. The total hair on my cheeks and sideburn area could not reach double digits.
That’s when I developed a beard-envy towards guys who were able to grow majestic beards with little to no effort.
Leading me to research scientific studies as well as reading every bit of anecdotal evidence from various online discussion boards to finally come up with proven ways to:
- Stimulate the facial hair follicles and their blood supply.
- Optimize lifestyle and nutrition to maximize natural beard growth.
- Master natural hormone optimization to increase beard hormones.
- Find natural and pharmaceutical supplements to make the beard grow.
- Figure out several “body hacks” to force facial hair growth.
After some time of implementing my findings, I decided to give another shot at attempting to grow a beard, and this time, it worked.
After 2-3 months of no shaving whatsoever, I finally was able to produce a full beard. Not grand Dan Bilzerian style yet, but still, undoubtedly an impressive one (which still keeps improving due to implementing the findings on a daily basis).
In this article, I will teach you everything I learned about how to stimulate facial hair growth naturally and finally grow that beard you never thought you could.
Table of Contents
- Primer: How Facial Hair Grows in Men
- Infographic: 9 Methods to Increase Natural Beard Growth Rate
- 1. Stimulate Facial Hair Growth with Minoxidil
- 2. Grow Beard Faster by Optimizing Lifestyle
- 3. Eat Right for Beard Growth
- 4. Supplements to Boost Facial Hair Growth
- 5. Microneedling
- 6. Red Light Therapy
- 7. Avoid these Common Scams and Myths
- 8. Facial Massage and Exfoliation
- 9. Stay Lean; Bodyfat Lowers DHT & T
Primer: How Facial Hair Grows in Men
Before we get into the ways to grow more facial hair naturally, you need to know how beard and mustache growth happens in men.
Most people think that it’s the same as hair growth in the scalp area, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
To understand human hair growth we have to go back in time, back so much that we are still in the womb.
During the pregnancy week 22 (five months) is when the fetus forms all of its hair follicles, is when ALL of the ~5 million human hair follicles generate.
After this point, you will never generate new ones during the courses of your life.
So yes, as a five months old fetus, you already have the follicular structure to growing a full beard.
Fast forward to childhood, and at some point, early in your life, you will start growing hair on your scalp.
As the years roll by you will eventually hit puberty, and at this point, your hormones will kick in and trigger the growth of pubic hair, leg hair, arm hair, chest hair, and facial hair.
Except that for many men, there will be no facial hair or chest hair. Alternatively, if there is, it may not be anything significant.
The answer lies in our hormones and the activity of our androgen receptors in the hair follicles.
Simply put, unlike scalp-hair, facial hair growth is purely androgenic, it is triggered and regulated by two male hormones; testosterone (T) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Androgens are the reason why women can’t grow facial hair.
Women don’t have high enough levels of these two hormones, and their receptor sites for utilizing these hormones in the facial hair area are not sensitive enough to trigger beard growth.
Androgenic hormones also explain why some men can’t grow full beards.
Either the levels of T and DHT are too low for that, or the receptiveness of the facial hair follicle androgen receptors is not intense enough to properly utilize the hormones for beard growth stimulation.
So here’s a simplified explanation of human beard growth:
- Testosterone and DHT bind from the bloodstream to the androgen receptors in facial hair follicles (T again primes to follicles, and DHT promotes density).
- Your body will utilize certain micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) to produce keratin.
- Beard growth takes place and follows the regular bodily hair growth pattern of growth phase (anagen), transition phase (catagen), and resting phase (telogen).
finally, we can begin the actual article, the nine methods of growing more facial hair.
Infographic: 9 Methods to Increase Natural Beard Growth Rate
1. Stimulate Facial Hair Growth with Minoxidil
Minoxidil. Not precisely a supplement, but a prescription-free pharmaceutical solution that men use mostly to stimulate the growth on scalp hair.
So if you’re one of those guys wondering: “How to grow a beard if you can’t grow a beard?”
The answer #1 is minoxidil.
It works by activating the potassium channels on your hair follicles and allows for increased circulation of nutrients, testosterone, and DHT to the beard follicles, dramatically improving beard growth within 6-12 months.
Honestly, is minoxidil that good for beard growth?
I can’t stress this enough. If you’re looking to stimulate NEW growth on patchy areas, minoxidil (often sold by the name Rogaine or Kirkland), is the way to go.
Is minoxidil hair growth permanent?
Yes. Hundreds of men have reported that after discontinuing minoxidil use, the beard hairs will not fall off.
For hair on the scalp, however, quitting minoxidil will likely cause some shedding to start happening again.
Minoxidil is also cheap, easy to use (apply 1-2ml to facial hair area once or twice per day and let dry), and proven highly effective.
Use it with the other tips on this article and I can guarantee majestic facial hair growth within 3-12 months.
NOTE: minoxidil can dry your face, I suggest you take a look through our guide on stopping beard itch and investing in a good moisturizer if you plan on using it.
2. Grow Beard Faster by Optimizing Lifestyle
To naturally boost beard growth and maximize your facial hair follicle potential, you must start from laying the groundwork.
When it comes to any bodily process, one should start from optimizing certain lifestyle factors.
You know, the daily habits of yours.
Consider sleeping more. Many of us neglect this nightly task, but studies have shown that men who sleep for 8 hours have nearly two times the testosterone of the guys who sleep for only 4 hours per night.
Do everything in your power to lower stress, the stress hormone; cortisol directly reduces testosterone and DHT, causing weakened hair growth all around the body, including the facial hair area.
Do not abuse alcohol. Although few drinks here and there will do no significant harm, binge drinking does. Studies have shown that exceeding four drinks is a sure way to bring down T and DHT, which slows down your beard growth.
Lift heavy weights. Exercising is a great way to improve circulation and help those crucial beard growth nutrients and hormones get into the follicles, but resistance training in particular also skyrockets testosterone, which is fantastic for the beard.
Don’t use antiandrogenic medication. Many common drugs have a nasty side effect of lowering crucial beard growing hormones; these include statins, SSRI’s, beta-blockers, opiate painkillers, and antifungals.
Avoid certain human-made chemicals in cosmetics, especially BPA, parabens, and phthalates. They are all proven antiandrogens and can lower testosterone and DHT, inhibiting beard growth. Especially avoid using moisturizers with these on facial hair area!
3. Eat Right for Beard Growth
To grow a beard faster, you have to dial in your nutrition.
Your diet should cover all the vitamins and minerals necessary to sprout hair from beard follicles, as well as be optimal for the production of beard growth hormones.
You may have heard the claims that since hair is mainly protein, a diet rich in protein is the way to go.
Instead, a diet heavier in carbs and fat, with medium protein. Is best for the production of DHT and testosterone, and therefore optimal for stimulating beard growth.
Consider eating roughly 30% of your calories from fat, 50% from carbs, and the remaining 20% from protein.
Not any type of carbs, protein and fats are right for beard growth hormones:
- Avoid overeating polyunsaturated fats, which lower T and DHT. Eat more saturated and monounsaturated fats, which raise both.
- Eat animal-protein over plant-protein, best if you eat meat, cheese, milk, and plenty of gelatin (which is a fantastic collagen protein for beard growth).
- Try getting most of your carbs from fruit, rice, and potatoes, and avoid gluten-rich grains which can raise prolactin and end up lowering crucial beard growth hormones.
Further reading: 12 Foods that Boost Beard Growth.
4. Supplements to Boost Facial Hair Growth
“Are there supplements that promote facial hair growth?”
The answer is yes.
There are at least these ten scientifically proven compounds which stimulate the production of testosterone and DHT, and thus make your beard grow faster at the same time.
The small needless poke tiny holes into the facial hair area, which accomplishes two important things that will over time help to grow your beard and mustache faster.
Here’s how derma roller promotes beard growth:
- Rolling stimulates blood circulation to the facial hair area, which helps to deliver nutrients and hormones to the follicle.
- Microneedling signals the body that there’s damage, and the body sends keratin and collagen into the area to “repair” the skin. Both compounds are beneficial for the beard.
Microneedling is hugely useful when it’s done along with minoxidil, and you can get an excellent quality roll with optimal size (0,25mm) needles without breaking your budget.
Read more: Microneedling and Beard Growth.
6. Red Light Therapy
- Increase testosterone levels when aimed to testicles (which is where T is produced).
- Increase thyroid hormone production when aimed to thyroid (neck area).
- Turn thin and light vellus hairs into thick androgenic terminal hairs.
Now, do you have to take actual red light laser sessions to a clinic or buy a device costing thousands?
You can get to the optimal wavelengths with powerful laser flashlight too, make sure that it’s in range of 630-850nw, and you should be able to mimic the results seen in studies by pointing the light to your beard area for 20-30 minutes per day.
7. Avoid these Common Scams and Myths
There are many myths, and delirious products pushed to men try to increase facial hair growth rate naturally.
One of the most pervasive myths is the “shaving increases facial hair growth” claim, which is utterly false and not at all effective way to stimulate beard or mustache growth.
Another common thing is the selling of beard supplements.
Most commonly these are just low-quality kitchen-sink multivitamins with a considerable price tag (like Vitabeard or Beardilizer), they can slightly help (just like any standard multivitamin would), but the fact that they’re grossly overpriced and not any different than grocery store multi’s is sickening.
8. Facial Massage and Exfoliation
Just massage your beard area 1-2 times per day to stimulate fresh blood and nutrient flow to the facial hair roots.
Also, exfoliate your skin under the facial hair area couple times per week while showering.
Why is exfoliation good for beard stimulation?
Simple; it helps remove dead skin cells, bacteria, and all sorts of other “blockages” that might hinder proper oxygenation of the beard follicles.
I would highly recommend this natural exfoliating cream. There are no harmful additives or beard hormone suppressing compounds in it, which makes it perfect for facial hair skin exfoliation.
9. Stay Lean; Bodyfat Lowers DHT & T
As said numerous times already, beard growth is highly dependent on high levels of DHT and testosterone.
Sadly, one of the worst things you can do for these hormones in your body is to get fat.
There are many reasons behind why exactly being lean is going to increase T and DHT, and why being fat leads to suppressed levels of both, but I’m going to explain you the two main reasons quickly.
Firstly, each extra pound of adipose tissue raises the levels of aromatase enzyme in the body.
The primary function of this enzyme is to convert the male hormone testosterone into the female hormone estrogen.
The fatter you are, the more aromatase you produce, resulting in lower levels of testosterone, and reduced ability to sprout facial hair.
Secondly; fat mass has been scientifically proven to break down the master beard growth hormone (DHT) into much weaker metabolites, such as 3a-diol, which won’t contribute much to beard growth.
Being lean helps your chances of getting that sick full-beard. I’m not saying that obese men can’t grow beards, I’m merely saying that beard growth is more likely to occur in a hormonal environment of a lean individual.
Conclusion on How to Increase Beard Growth
How can I increase facial hair growth?
- Facial hair growth stimulation starts from optimizing lifestyle.
- Proper nutrition is vital to promote beard growth.
- Certain supplements do work to boost beard thickness.
- Minoxidil is a way to grow facial hair even if you can’t naturally do it.
- Microneedling is proven to work and works together with minoxidil.
- Red light therapy is an almost entirely unknown hack that works.
- Don’t waste time with myths and shitty supplements, sprays or oils.
- Consider doing some facial massage, and exfoliate your face.
- Try to stay lean, as fat mass depletes your body of DHT and T.
That’s it brothers, now beard on.