Men’s Facial Hair: How to Properly Care for a Beard

When it comes to facial care, men sometimes struggle with beards. Wondering how to grow a healthy beard faster and how to properly care for bread? This article is for you! Keep reading to know some proven tricks and tips on beard growth.

Solving Beard Growth Issues:

Do Beard Growth Products & Beard Care Routines Really Work?

Not all men have equal beard-growing abilities, right? Some have been blessed with perfect beards that require minimal maintenance. Others need to put a little bit more effort and time to grow a healthy beard that they are satisfied with. However, for some men, growing a beard needs much more than regular maintenance… more of a beard care intervention, if you will.

So, although there’s a certain genetic factor to keep in mind, there are products on the market that claim to aid beard growth and help in beard care routines. Take for one, Joe’s Finest.

Beard growth stimulating products typically work on closing beard gaps, increasing the growth rate, and providing hair strengthening action. Preferably alongside grease and oil reduction to give the hair a better appearance. Mostly, beard growth products will contain a mixture of nutrients that your hair needs to grow a better beard in terms of length, thickness, and healthy glow.

Other products may be more aggressive in their action (like minoxidil) and would typically require physicians to follow through. Drugs like minoxidil would also require lifetime usage since it doesn’t really cure hair loss. Stopping minoxidil treatment can result in a reversal of the progress, essentially going back to square one.

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There’s More to A Good Beard Than Just Genes!

Like most aspects of our appearance, hair growth is related to genetics. Some men may be lucky enough to inherit the “fabulous beard” genes. Others may not be so fortunate. But if you are one of those men who struggle with growing the perfect beard, there’s absolutely no shame in that! A lot of men share this struggle and have found certain solutions that work for them, why shouldn’t you?

Science has proven that there’s more to a good beard than just genes. Both external and internal factors can change the growth rate of our facial hair. From deep within our cells to the way we shave… a lot of variables can change your beard growth rate and form, even against the odds of genetics. By knowing these factors, we can get a better understanding of what treatments may help us get a better beard.

Before getting to the treatment strategies, let us take a look at the different factors that can affect beard growth rate.

1. Skin Health

Believe it or not, skincare isn’t exclusively for women. It has been proven that men that the health of our skin can significantly influence our ability to grow a healthy beard. And trust experts, our skin takes a lot of damage in a ton of different ways: sunlight UV exposure, bad shaving practices, dry atmosphere, and unproper cleaning routines. It would also be immensely helpful to know your skin type.

2. Hormonal Balance

Like other secondary sexual characters, facial hair growth is heavily reliant on male hormonal functions. So, if -for any number of reasons- the hormonal balance is disturbed and the production of testosterone drops, growing facial hair will be that much more difficult. For instance, you may end up with a patchy beard or thinner hair even if you have a genetic advantage if your hormonal balance is disturbed due to stress.

3. Vitamins & Minerals

It’s mostly obvious, but it still needed to make the list; your hair is made of living cells that require a certain degree of nutrition. If you fail to provide this nutrition, facial hair growth (among a lot of vital biological functions) will be impacted.

4. Facial Hair Care

Do you remember the first time you were taught how to shave? Your father probably had to tell you a list of do’s and don’ts. Well, these devices were not in vain. The way we shave and remove facial hair can affect how the newer hair is going to grow. For instance, shaving against the grain is a definite faux pas (ingrown hair, anyone? Ouch.) So is shaving with a dull razor, dry shaving, or even too frequent shaving spans.

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How to Properly Care for a Beard

Okay. So now that you have a better grasp at the possible causes and risk factors for patchy and weak beard hair, it’s going to be massively easier to find a beard care routine that suits your needs. Tackling each of the issues mentioned earlier, you can customize your own answer to the question: how to properly care for a beard?

Since the skin was the first issue mentioned, you might want to consider what you’re doing wrong to your skin.

  • Start protecting it from ultraviolet rays by using a sunscreen product with adequate SPF values for the amount of sun you get in your region.
  • Moisturize daily, even if you have oily skin! It may seem counterproductive, but it can significantly improve the health of your epidermal layer.
  • Wash your face with a wash that suits your skin type. Washing can keep your pores clean and fresh. Additionally, washing in a circular motion can stimulate circulation, which in turn can facilitate beard growth.
  • Try exfoliating, next. A decent exfoliator can help remove the outer debris of dead cells that can make it harder for ingrown hair to resolve. Just remember to keep it gentle! You do not want an abrasive scrub on your face.
  • Only use clean towels for your face, it keeps bacterial infections away.

The second piece of advice would be to relax. No really, relaxing will help. Stress is commonly known to cause hormonal disturbances. And when it comes to wanting a better beard, you really do not want to disturb your testosterone levels!

For nutrition, it would be a lot easier to get a laboratory analysis to see what vitamins or minerals you’re lacking.  However, certain nutrients are quite known for their ability to aid hair growth. Take, for instance, Zinc’s action on hair strengthening. Or vitamin B complex (B1, B5, B6, and B12) and the role it plays in hair and skin rejuvenation. Antioxidants, in general, can help reduce hair loss, so it might be worth a shot to take adequate amounts of vitamin E and vitamin C.

When it comes to handling your facial hair maintenance, you might want to cut back on shaving for a while. While some people will tell you to shave often to make the growth process faster, this has been debunked… Let your beard grow out and avoid frequent shaving. Instead, trim with care, when needed.

It could be worthwhile to invest in a decent beard care tools set. Using proper brushes and combs can make grooming your facial hair an easier task and give you more satisfactory results.

Finally, you want to consider hair growth capsules. As mentioned, certain products are meant to help men get a better beard in terms of thickness, length, and health. Joe’s Finest for example contains a mixture of nutrients including:

  • Biotin (Vitamin B5)
  • L – Cysteine (a Sulphur component that builds up hair and skin)
  • MSM
  • Grapeseed extract (helps stimulate circulation and increase oxygen supply)

Remember, nurturing and learning how to properly care for a beard is going to take time, it is never going to happen overnight. So, be patient and be perseverant. Keep up with your beard care routine and let your body do its magic.

 

Matt Flack
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Matt Flack is the Senior Editor of Hairtrimmerli.com. He is also a designer, front-end developer and entrepreneur. He loves to read and write articles on men and women grooming.

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