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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, as simple as using a derma-roller. 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 oil 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. 

3 More Steps To Get Past A Patchy Beard

You turn twenty-one. Still patchy. Twenty-five. Twenty-seven and a half. No progress. Thirty. “Why has my beard forsaken me?” you yell from the cold tile bathroom floor.  

After endless months of research formulating our Norse Beard Growth Serum, we figured out a couple of things about patchy beard growth and how to overcome it.

So don’t give up, my young, beard padawan! First of all, I think it’s very important for you to celebrate and feel grateful for whatever amount of fluff you may be able to sprout. Maybe you can grow big, dirty sideburns, or a super suave mustache. Or maybe you have a little bit of stubble which some girls find irresistible. Be thankful for what you’ve got!

The second thing I want to emphasize before you continue reading is that you should never give up. No matter what age you are today, you need to remember that with a simple lifestyle change, it is quite possible to summon a thicker, more fuller beard. There is evidence of beards blowing up with more hair all across the globe — it has even been proven in scientific studies. 

So before you take a razor to your patchy beard, completely defeated and done with your dream of beardedness, ask yourself these questions: 

Am I getting enough beard boosting nutrients? Is my body producing enough testosterone? Am I oiling my beard to keep it nourished and healthy?

This is the kind of inventory you need to take on your beard routine. You do have a beard routine, right? It’s the surefire way to add more beardedness to your life. 

Look, if a person who was born physically as a woman can get a sex change to become a man — a man who can grow facial hair — then you can grow a full beard too. You just need to believe it’s possible and then follow a beard growth regiment, like the one I have put together below. I present to you three steps to get past a patchy beard.

Step 1: Get the right nutrients

There are some research-backed ingredients which work wonders for beard growth. Possibly the most potent of all the vitamins and minerals is biotin, which is a B-vitamin. You can find it naturally in foods like avocado, salmon, and green peas. 


Step 2: Produce more testosterone

The hormone we know and love called testosterone promotes beard thickness and follicle stimulation. And a secondary hormone called dihydrotestosterone, also referred to as DHT, increases beard growth.

So it’s crucial that you are getting enough of these beard boosting hormones. Luckily, there are many ways to pump more testosterone and DHT to your beard. The best way to do so is by doing manly things, like working out and being physical and wrestling wildlife into submission. The last feat may be difficult, so you can try testosterone supplements if you’d rather do less moving around. 

Some other ways to increase your testosterone levels is to consume zinc, get lots of sunlight, and reduce sugars and stress. 

Step 3: Keep things well oiled

Your beard is kind of like a majestic garden, and your skin is the soil. You need to prevent that soil from becoming dried out, or it will be difficult for anything to sprout from it. Part of the reason you may have a patchy beard is that hairs have become caught under the dead and unhealthy skin cells.

Beard oil helps clean out that dead skin, and also provides nourishment for the hair follicles to grow stronger and healthier. We’ve actually created an all-natural oil specifically for patchy beards. It’s shaped like a pen so you can more effectively target the areas on your face you plan to make bushier.

I’ve included a shortlist below of some of the ingredients our oils contain which will take your beard to the next level. 

Vitamin E not only defends against hair loss, it also promotes hair growth.* 

*Effects of tocotrienol supplementation on hair growth in human volunteers. BeoyWoeiHay.

Hemp Seed Oil is super potent and wields many vitamins, including vitamin D, which will help sprout more hair.*

Role of the vitamin D receptor in hair follicle biology. DemayMacDonaldSkorijaDowd, Cianferotti, Cox.

Jojoba Oil is filled with nutrients, including vitamin B which prevents hair loss*.

*Biotin and biotinidase deficiency. ZempleniHassanWijeratne.

Avocado Oil keeps your beard healthy and aids in hair growth with the power of vitamin E.*

*Effects of tocotrienol supplementation on hair growth in human volunteers. BeoyWoeiHay.

To summarize…

Always remember that your beard is great the way it is — no matter how patchy or thin it is — so be grateful for what you have. In saying that, it is totally okay to take methods to increase the thickness and fullness. 

The three best ways to grow this thicker and fuller beard is to eat lots of vitamins and minerals which have been proven to increase beard growth, produce more testosterone in your body through exercise and diet, and keep your beard nicely oiled so you have healthy skin to go with your beard. 

Now that you know the three steps to get past a patchy beard, I hope you are able to grow something a little more magical. Just be sure to stay humble and remember what it was like when you had a patchy beard when your face is exploding with bushiness. 

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