How to Grow Facial Hair: When does a man start growing a beard?

Many people dream of growing a thick, luxurious beard or a stylish mustache. Unfortunately, some men can’t seem to grow more than a few thin patches. While you can’t change genetic causes of poor or uneven growth, there are several ways you can help encourage your natural facial hair to grow in thicker and fuller. To grow facial hair, commit to the growing process, consider using beard oils and supplements, practice proper skin care, and nourish your body from the inside. If natural practices don’t work, you can even attempt several medical techniques. Remember that facial hair won’t grow overnight — exercise patience no matter what else you decide to try.

Commit to the growth. You might be frustrated that you are not able to grow a beard that is as full as you would like it to be. But the real problem might not be lack of growth, but lack of time. Beards can take up to four full weeks (and in some cases, even longer) to fully grow in. Many people give up before that time, and assume that they can’t grow a full beard, when in reality, they gave up too soon.[1]

  • Growing a beard is a project you need to commit to. Don’t give up after several days! If after four or five weeks you still don’t have results you’re looking for, then it is time to try some alternative methods.
  • Do not shave your facial hair at the first sign of itching. It is normal for new hairs to cause your skin to feel itchy, but as they get longer, they will soften, and the itching will stop.[2]
  • Use an over-the-counter steroid cream like hydro-cortisone. This may help relieve some of the itching.[3]
  • Waiting for hair to grow can be a frustrating experience, especially when your beard and mustache goes through a scraggly period, that may have people commenting. As your hair begins to grow in, it may seem patchy and incomplete. However, as the hairs become longer, the slower-growing follicles will have time to sprout their own hairs. Gradually, the patchy gaps will eventually be hidden, both by longer hairs and the slower, shorter hairs growing in as well.


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