How To Get Rid Of A Patchy Or Thin Beard

How To Get Rid Of A Patchy Or Thin Beard

September 23, 2018

The day has come when you’ve finally decided to do away with that boyish face of yours and become a man! Of course, doing that means one thing: you’re going to need a respectable beard. The question is how you should go about it. We mean, sure, you will most probably have the conviction, patience, and discipline to grow a glorious face bush, but there are other things to consider in order to make sure that it comes in as smoothly and, most of all, as thick as possible. And that’s where the problem lays: men who are new to the beard growing will more than likely encounter spells of patchy and thin hair growing from their face, which is why we’re here to tell you how to handle a patchy or thin beard!

Keep Calm and Let it Grow

So, you’ve noticed that the growth of your beard looks uneven, with alternating patches of thick and thin beds of hair all around your cheeks and chin. Don’t worry; nothing’s wrong with you. And it especially doesn’t mean that you’ll be totally unable to grow a beard after some time. Genetics aside, men who have only recently started getting into growing their beards are more likely to encounter this problem the first few times. After all, not everyone can be lucky enough to have the perfect beard-growing genes in their bodies. Simply put, what we’re trying to say is that having a thin or patchy beard does not automatically make you an ineligible beard host. There is a way!

The Nitty Gritty

There are a few questions we have to answer here. First, why exactly is your beard all patchy and thin? What’s happening in your body that makes this so? Second, how can you fix it? Should you consider more drastic measures, going so far as even to get hair transplants (spoiler alert: no, you don’t! trust us)? And finally, what if you’re one of those people who is absolutely genetically predisposed to patchy or thin beard growth? What should you do then? Keep on reading, and you’ll find out the answer to each of these pressing questions and hopefully help you on your journey to become a bushy manly man!

The Reason Behind All Those Patches

If you’ll notice, one of the most common areas for your face to have rather patchy hair growth is around the cheeks. Of course, that doesn’t mean that that issue is exclusive to that particular area; there are instances where even the area around your chin or some other part of your face may have this problem. But why is it that the cheek is THE most likely area to be all patchy and thin? Well, that’s because there’s naturally less blood flow going toward your cheeks. Compared to other parts of your face, such as around your lips, chin, or neck, the area around your cheeks gets fewer nutrients and hormones that are delivered by the red life juice flowing inside you. As such, hair growth around that area becomes either thin or patchy.

Speaking of Hormones…

Testosterone, the male hormone, is one of the triggering factors that allow for beard growth. Without this, you won’t be able to grow one. Now, one more reason that your beard is all patchy is possibly due to low levels of testosterone in your body. In this case, you’d notice that you could only grow goatees and ‘staches, but never a thick, full-bodied beard.


Sure, genetics plays a big part in beard growth, but in no way should it be a dead end for you. There are several ways with which you can go around this without resulting to outlandish methods like slathering fish bladder oil all over your face or having a baby duck peck your cheeks to stimulate hair growth, both of which we think are too extreme just to get a beard. Come on, man. Don’t be that guy. With that, we give you these ways to a full and thick beard:

1. Growth Oil

This is probably the safest and easiest way to pump up your beard, especially if you’re using an all-natural formula. Growth oils include the same benefits as a beard oil, while also awakening dormant hairs and strengthening weak follicles.

2. Minoxidil

Minoxidil is one of the most heavily debated hair growth solutions in bearded circles. On one side are those that do believe (and with proof!) that this medication works, and then there’s the side that thinks Minoxidil is all hogwash. Either way, more studies are being conducted every day as to how effective it really is. In the meantime, there’s no harm in trying it, considering you can get it over the counter from your local pharmacy. Just remember to follow the instructions! And also be sure to go over all the potential side effects and make sure you are cool with all of them. 

3. Microneedle

Short of hair transplants, micro needling – as serious and scary as it sounds – is a very minor dermatological procedure where a roller is used to literally prick the areas of your face where you want the hair to grow. So, how does this help you exactly? Well, those little holes caused by the process then gives your brain and body a signal to send in more keratin and collagen to those areas, which stimulates hair growth.

4. Multivitamins

In some cases, the cause of that thin or patchy beard of yours is simply a lack of nutrients in your body to pump out those hair growth stimulants to your face. As such, ensure you're getting your daily dose of multivitamins.

5. Castor Oil/Chili Oil

If you want another all-natural solution, then you could use either castor or chili oil to stimulate your skin and promote beard growth around those patches. However, be careful when applying either one of these, since they’re concentrated. Be sure to dilute it with about 30-50% water first before lightly rubbing it on those patchy areas.

But What if You Really Can’t Grow a Full Beard?

Just because you can’t grow a full beard doesn’t mean you can’t rock a thin one or work around all those patchy areas to give it some style. So, how do you do it?

1. Goatee

Hey, focus on your strengths, right? If you can’t grow a beard around your face, then just focus on the areas where you can. Goatees are simple and neat. That’s that.

2. Trimming

If your beard is patchy, then just try evening the hairs throughout your face. You know, kind of like going for that Tony Stark chin strap.

3. The Casual Keanu

Sometimes, the simple act of brushing that thin or patchy beard is enough to give it some style. Just look at Keanu Reeves’ beard. He handles it just fine. Then again, you’re not exactly John Wick, so make sure you only try this if you’re absolutely confident you can rock it. 

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