How To Grow Full Beard Without Patches

How To Grow Full Beard Without Patches

Growing a full beard without patches has been a long held ambition of many men, especially those with patchy facial hair. To achieve this it is important to understand the chemical, environmental and lifestyle factors that are involved in beard growth.

Prior to attempting to grow a full beard, you must begin by understanding your particular genetic makeup as this is key to successful full beard growth. Male hormone, testosterone, plays a key role in controlling facial hair growth and, while each individual’s genetic makeup will dictate their hormone levels and beard growth, modifications to your diet and lifestyle may help to increase levels.

From a dietary perspective, the most important nutrient for beard growth is vitamin B7, otherwise know as Biotin. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin found in foods such as eggs and salmon which assists with the formation of keratin, the three dimensional protein structures which create hair and beard strands. Supplementing biotin in your diet may also help with full beard growth.

In addition to a healthy diet, you should also ensure that you provide your beard with the correct environmental support. This includes creating the correct temperature and humid environment for the beard strands to develop and, for this job, regular hot oil treatments are essential. This will ensure best possible hydration of the hair strands and improve their health, promoting strong and even beard growth.

Finally, it is important to follow a regular grooming regime. Somewhat counter-intuitively, you should actually avoid picking and prodding the beard, as this can disrupt the healthy growth process and can lead to patchier beard growth. Instead, a regular plan of washing and using a natural conditioner and beard oil will keep the beard looking its best and, as an added bonus, will also help to soften it.

This combination of dietary, environmental and lifestyle approaches should help to create an environment for full beard growth without patches. Although each individual’s results may vary, this process should provide the basis for a successful and enjoyable beard growth experience.

Genetic Factors

The ability to grow fuller, thicker facial hair is a genetic, hormonal advantage which some men have, especially those of Middle Eastern and South Asian decent. However, some men might be genetically predisposed to patchier growth due to inherent genetic factors like, difficulty in producing and responding to hormones, or lack of facial hair receptor cells.

The genetic advantage with growing full beards can have many benefits including: enhanced physical appearance, elevated confidence and protection from sun-related skin damage.

The genetic coding in each individual’s DNA will determine the amount of facial hair they can grow, but by forming a disciplined lifestyle that includes good nutrition, producing healthy levels of hormones, and regular maintenance of the beard, even those with less genetic luck can still make some very impressive beards.

Studies have shown that although genetics are the primary factor, making lifestyle changes can significantly improve a man’s potential for growth and thus create a more full and thick beard.

The size and shape of follicles and their active phase can also be affected by other genetic factors. These influence the type of hair grown and its rate of growth, or the production of a patchy beard or thin patches.

Whilst genetics plays an important role in beard growth, it’s empowering to recognize that there are measures you can control that can still result in a successfully thickered and fuller beard.

Hormonal Factors

The production of male hormones, androgens, has a key role in the shape and density of facial hair. This is regulated by the hypothalamus, which sends signals to the pituitary gland, and in turn to the hormones Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and Androsterone.

Testosterone levels should be in balance with other hormones like oestrogen, progesterone and prolactin in order to achieve maximum beard growth. These hormones are interdependent, as they compete and interact with each other and determine the anabolic and catabolic testosterone states.

High levels of stress can imbalance the hormonal state and suppress testosterone levels. To counteract this, practices like yoga and meditation can help to reduce stress and improve testosterone production. And, as testosterone is produced in response to the amount of sleep a person has, it is advisable to create a lifestyle with adequate rest.

Whilst it is impossible to fully correct any imbalance in the hormones themselves, maintaining the correct hormonal balance on a continuous basis is paramount to successful full beard growth.

Hormones may affect beard growth during certain hormone ‘slumps’ such as after a strict diet and exercise regimen, so it’s important to ensure you are eating a balanced diet rich in all the relevant nutrition for full and healthy beard growth.

Medical Factors

Lower than normal levels of testosterone, such as those caused by medical conditions like Kallman’s Syndrome, can lead to a lack of beard growth in some areas, or absence of facial hair altogether. For this kind of condition, medical intervention is necessary.

Health conditions such as diabetes which may cause changes in testosterone levels and cause a patchier beard growth can also be treated with medication. To achieve the best results, seek out the advice of a qualified medical professional, dietician and trichologist.

Hormonal imbalances caused by medical problems can often be reversed with treatment, allowing full and even beard growth. However, medications like antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications may also reduce the rate of beard growth as they lower the levels of testosterone and can inhibit new facial hair from forming.

Whilst medical solutions are an option, it should be remembered that it can take months to realize the full benefit of your medical treatment, so patience is essential in seeing the desired exponential increase in facial hair.

Regardless, with the right attitude and a well rounded program of healthy living, it is possible to combat medical issues that may stand in your way of ‘beard-spiration’.

Environmental Factors

The environment in which you live can also have an effect on Beard growth. Pollution from cars, planes and factories all contribute to airborne particles which can reduce the quality of facial hair growth. As such, it is important to stay clear of these for as much of the day as possible.

In addition to this, it is important to begin to practice keeping your face clean and washed of any pollutants and bacteria. This will help promote healthy and fuller beard growth. Products can be used to help clean and condition the skin, but it is important to seek out advice from a dermatologist to ensure the right product is being used.

The amount of sun exposure and amount of chlorine in swimming pools may also reduce the amount of beard growth experienced. Long periods of sun exposure can reduce the production of Testosterone, and the chlorine in most pools can have a drying effect on the skin. Therefore, it is important to use a high SPF sunscreen and moisturize after swimming to help with healthy and full facial hair growth.

The importance of controlling the environment in which you place yourself should not be underestimated. Taking simple steps to ensure the correct environmental conditions for beard growth can make all the difference when attempting to grow a full and well- nourished beard.

Grooming Factors

Once you have the correct dietary, environmental and medical factors in place, it is important to begin to make regular grooming part of your daily regime. Regular brushing, trimming and using the correct product will assist with encouraging fuller beard growth.

Another way to promote optimum facial hair growth is to cut down on heavy physical labor and manual labor which can cause damage to the beard and stunt new growth. Furthermore, vigorous exercise can reduce levels of testosterone and therefore reduce beard growth.

On the other hand, low intensity exercise such as walking and jogging can increase testosterone levels and thus lead to a more full and visible beard. As such, it is advisable to start the process of regular exercise to promote facial hair growth.

To keep your beard healthy it is important to keep a good routine of trimming and shaping. Doing this correctly can bring consistency to your beard and also make it easier to grow into new styles; this also leads to a thicker and fuller looking beard.

By seeking out advice from an experienced barber, it is possible to ensure that your beard is cared for correctly, and a healthy routine can be easily established. Products like beard oil, beard balm and wax can all be used to keep the facial hair soft and promoting health, and when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle these products can help to enhance the growing process significantly.


Growing a full and healthy beard without patches is not as difficult a task as some may think. As long as the correct steps are taken, it is possible to achieve great results. By maintaining good dietary and environmental habits, combined with appropriate grooming, it is possible to encourage a full beard that is free from patches.

Paul Richardson is a master barber and an expert in men's beard care. He has been cutting hair for more than 15 years and loves to help people look their best. Paul specializes in styling beards, offering advice on the right products and techniques to use, and providing grooming tips that will keep your beard looking great.

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