A man with patchy beard growth on his cheeks

How To Fix a Patchy Beard and Grow Facial Hair

Facial hair grows on men’s faces because the hair follicles on your jawline are stimulated by testosterone. Women have the same amount of hair follicles on their faces as men, however, females have lower levels of testosterone. Thus, only men are capable of growing dense, bountiful beards.

Beards are stimulated by testosterone, but on the contrary, patchy beard growth doesn’t mean that a man is lacking testosterone. Here we analyse the causes and how to fix sparse beard growth.


  1. Why Is My Beard Growth Patchy?
  2. Will Patchy Beard Growth Get Thicker?
  3. What Treatments Stimulate Beard Growth for a Patchy Beard?
  4. Conclusion

Why Is My Beard Growth Patchy?

In Britain, Viking-like beards have skyrocketed to popularity in recent years. Not only do men desire thick facial hair for themselves, but women have also widely admitted their lust for well-groomed bearded men. Thus, many of us have put down our razors and picked up beard oil and beard brushes instead.

With this change, we have allowed our beards to grow out longer than we have done before. Although most men have successfully produced flawless beards, the rest of us have been left with patchy beard growth. Envious of the others, we’ve been left asking ourselves “why can’t I grow a full beard?”.

What causes a patchy beard?

A man having his beard washed by his girlfriend
  1. DNA
    Unfortuantely, for some of us, patchy beard growth is just in our genetics. Thus, if you haven’t been born with the ability to grow a thick, full beard then it’s simply not naturally possible. You have the choice of trying beard growth treatments or wearing it with confidence (like Keanu Reeves’ beard style).

    Keanu Reeves (of course) is famous for his world-class films, however his patchy beard growth has also put him in the spotlight. A patchy beard is when some areas of a mans face simply cannot grow beard hair, thus causing bald patches within their facial hair. Reeves had made it part of his style – it seems to be working well for him!
  2. Male Hypogonadism (abnormally low testosterone)
    Hypogonadism in men refers to the inability to produce enough of the hormone “testosterone” that plays a vital role in masculine growth, especially during puberty. Such clinically low testosterone levels indicates testicular failure or an issue in the part of the brain that signals testosterone production.

    Both of these types of Hypogonadism are either inherited or caused by an injury or infection. Either way, the incredibly low testosterone levels results in the facial hair follicles not being stimulated. Thus, it’s impossible to naturally grow any kind of beard.
  3. Age
    If you are under 25 then it’s possible that your beard has not reached “full beard growing potential” yet. After puberty your hormones change several times which causes patchy beard growth. Therefore, try waiting a few years before trying again, of leave your beard alone for a long time to see if it gradually fills in.
  4. Alopecia Areata Barbae
    The autoimmune disease, Alopecia Areata, also targets facial hair – it’s then called Alopecia Areata Barbae. This condition causes bald patches within your beard because you body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles.

Will Patchy Beard Growth Get Thicker?

Growing facial hair that is as thick as you desire is a challenge – especially when you have patchy beard growth. Even though the growth rate of beard hair is out of our control, there are techniques to try that can help stimulate growth.

In addition, many of us give up at the first hurdle and don’t allow our hair to grow for long enough. So, one of the first things you need to do is give yourself more time to allow the hairs to properly grow. It may be the case that your hairs just need a little bit more time to start growing without you shaving the hairs.

What Treatments Stimulate Beard Growth for a Patchy Beard?

man using a dermaroller on his beard

1. Beard Oils

Natural oils are effective at conditioning your beard hair which nourishes the strands and makes your beard look thicker. Oils such as castor oil provide deep moisture to the strands. This doesn’t necessarily make your hair grow in the bald patches but it will make the surrounding hair appear more conditioned.

Cold-pressed castor oil is the most effective. This oil has been used for centuries as a hair growth remedy, especially in India. It’s well-known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and blood flow stimulation properties.

2. Minoxidil

Minoxidil (widely known as the main ingredient in Rogaine), is used for the treatment of scalp hair thinning, including male pattern baldness. Thus, men have been using it on their beards to try and improve their patchy beard growth and push their “peach fuzz” hair into thick beard hairs.

3. Beard Hair Transplant

A facial hair transplant is the best treatment to improve beard growth. Hairs from the back of your head are carefully, individually extracted using the FUE technique. Then those hair grafts are inserted into the areas with thinning hair.

Once the hairs are inserted into your beard, they grow and blend into your surrounding beard hair. Thus achieving a permanent full beard.

4. Microneedling

Micro needling is a proven treatment for hair loss which is also effective for beard hair. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that stimulates collagen production and hair growth in the treated area. Microneedling is typically paired with other patchy hair growth treatments as it has been known to promote those other methods.

5. Beard Hairbrush

Using a boar bristle beard hairbrush as part of your beard care routine elongates your hairs – especially when it’s used with a beard balm. This makes your facial hair appear fuller.

Using a beard brush alongside a beard trimmer will also allow you to shape your hair and keep it tidy.


To stop your beard from being so patchy, first, identify what is causing it. Once you know the cause you can choose the best treatment option for you. Whether you want to cover your patchy beard growth with the surrounding hair or fill in the areas with a beard transplant both options are available to you. For any advice, Elithair is only a few clicks away.

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