Different ways to promote beard growth

Like mentioned before, your genetics can’t be changed, but they can be optimized with a healthy lifestyle and conscious health choices.

There are a multitude of different ways to promote beard growth, the usage of minoxidil being one of them. These following lifestyle changes can help to reach and maximize your genetic facial hair potential.

 

Different ways to promote facial hair growth

  • Sleep more

    Illustration of a man sleeping in a bed with blue bed covers.

    Sleep and beard growth are connected, even though a lot of us don’t realize it.

    It is a myth that sleeping on your face negatively affects beard growth. There is absolutely no evidence for that claim. However, it is possible that your facial hair grows faster on one side of your face than the other. As a matter of fact, getting enough sleep promotes beard growth.

    Most people don’t get nearly enough sleep. Aim for around 8 hours of sleep as a general guideline, since your body repairs itself when sleeping and resting.

    However, it is true that the amount of sleep one needs depends on your age. And older people generally require less sleep than younger folks.

    Not to mention that a lot of testosterone and growth hormones get released during your deep sleep. It has been scientifically shown that being severely sleep-deprived causes a massive loss of testosterone levels, in some cases cutting it in half or more.

    Keep in mind that while alcohol makes it easier to sleep in, it will severely disturb your deep rem sleep, making you wake up in the middle of the night. This means you’ll get less deep sleep which is detrimental to your overall health, testosterone levels and thus, to your beard gains.

  • Reduce stress

    Stress can negatively affect your beard growth.

    Stress, and particularly chronic stressors, can cause facial hair loss, hair loss on the scalp and other body areas as well. That’s why it’s not unreasonable to assume that it can also lead to beard hair loss and reduced beard fullness.

    Try to minimize stress by reducing or eliminating ruminating and negative thoughts entirely. A handy tip in this instance would be not to worry about the things you can’t change, and to take action to shift and control the things that are under your voluntarily control.

    The answer to the question “does stress make your beard grow faster” is a resounding no. In fact, facial hair grows much slower when stressed! This is due to the fact that our body produces cortisol when we are stressed, which is our stress hormone. This production of cortisol crashes our hormone levels, which crashes our facial hair growth.

  • Eating healthy

    Image of healthy food.

    Diet is an important factor in facial hair growth. That’s because eating healthy is a natural way to increase blood flow to the scalp.

    Our body is like an engine. Fuel it with good, clean foods, and it will run smoothly without any problems.

    Eating a well-balanced and varied diet is the key in order to get in sufficient macro and micronutrients.

    Macro and micronutrients deficiencies can negatively impact hair growth, not to mention our general health. Thus, eating healthy and beard growth can be intertwined.

    Try to eat a large variety of different foods like meat, vegetables, and fruits in order to make sure you’re eating a well-adjusted diet.

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol

    Drugs and alcohol can most certainly influence facial hair growth.

    Substances such as drugs and alcohol have been shown to have a negative effect on your testosterone levels if used in abundance. Alcohol in particular has shown a negative effect on beard growth. Smoking can have a negative effect on your health, as well as on your skin.

    While alcohol is also a drug, and potentially a very dangerous one, it is most certainly one that’s generally socially accepted and often seen as one of the safer drugs by the public, although statistics tell otherwise.

    Try to be mindful when drinking. Try to keep alcohol consumption down and drink in moderation. Make sure you’re not drinking daily and when you do drink on occasion, make sure to stop on time.

  • Have patience

    Sometimes, the answer is as simple as just being patient and waiting for your genetics to kick in and age to lend a helping hand. As age is typically a positive promotor of beard growth.

    It is extremely hard to say at what age you will be capable of growing a beard. You might still be young. Maybe a teenager or in your early 20s. Your genetics might have decided that your beard fills in at a later stage in your life. Some people can grow a thick full beard at age 15 while others can only do so at age 40. Everyone is built different (no pun intended).

    No matter if you’re trying to grow a beard by simply getting older or if you’re trying to do so by other means like using minoxidil or a dermaroller, patience is always key. Don’t expect immediate results, not even with minoxidil.

    But consistency is key in order to grow a beard, not to mention accomplishing anything of worth in life.

  • Use a dermaroller

    Picture of a dermaroller with a replaceable head.

    Yes, microneedling helps to promote hair growth. And it is scientifically proven that derma rollers work effectively to promote facial hair growth.[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746236/

    Microneedling is a dermatological procedure that’s minimally invasive. It works by rolling fine needles over the skin in order to puncture the stratum corneum.

    This therapy is practiced in order to induce collagen formation, neovascularization, and growth factor production of the topically treated area(s).[2]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29194786/

    Studies have shown that a combination of microneedling and using minoxidil have produced the best results in regard to promoting hair growth. Thus, logically, a combination of microneedling and minoxidil is best to promote facial hair growth as well.

    So instead of simply using minoxidil, consider using a dermaroller for beard growth.

  • Use tretinoïne in combination with minoxidil

    sulfotransferase changes minoxidil into minoxidil sulfate, the active form of the molecule. Tretinoïne can cause more sulfotransferase activity and, as a result, cause the minoxidil to work better and more efficiently.

    One particular study said the following about using topical tretinoin for hair growth:

Topical all-trans-retinoic acid (tretinoin) alone and in combination with 0.5% minoxidil has been tested for the promotion of hair growth in 56 subjects with androgenetic alopecia.

After 1 year, the combination of topical tretinoin with 0.5% minoxidil resulted in terminal hair regrowth in 66% of the subjects studied.

Tretinoin was shown to stimulate some hair regrowth in approximately 58% of the subjects studied.[3]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3771854/

 

Final note

There are a large variety of different ways to promote beard growth other than just applying minoxidil.

Using a derma roller for beard growth in particular has shown promising effects to promote facial hair growth. And even though derma rolling your beard can be very effective, a combination of preferably all the above factors will be your best bet to grow a thick and full beard.

 

References

References
1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746236/
2 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29194786/
3 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3771854/