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How To Fix Patchy Beard Growth and Grow a Full Beard

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 and full 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 a patchy beard.


  1. What Causes a Patchy Beard?
  2. Will Patchy Beard Growth Get Thicker?
  3. How Can I Fix my Patchy Beard?
  4. Conclusion

What Causes a Patchy Beard?

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Before we look at how to fix a patchy beard, we need to answer the question, “why is my beard patchy?”. Unfortunately, for some of us, patchy beard growth is just in our genetics, similar to hereditary hair loss. Thus, if you haven’t been born with the ability to grow a thick, full beard, then it’s simply not naturally possible.

A patchy beard is when some areas of a man’s face simply cannot grow beard hair, thus causing bald patches within their facial hair. Some people are able to make this patchy beard work for them using strategic styling techniques, as we’ll see below.

Male Hypogonadism

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 indicate 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 or resulting in patchy beard growth.


If you are looking for a patchy beard solution, and 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, and then leave your beard alone for 9 to 12 weeks to see if it gradually fills in.

Alopecia Areata Barbae

The autoimmune disease, Alopecia Areata, can also target facial hair – it’s then called Alopecia Areata Barbae. This condition causes bald patches within your beard because your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles. This can be the most difficult issue to treat patchy beard growth as the hair can unpredictably fall out again.

Will Patchy Beard Growth Get Thicker?

Growing facial hair that is as thick as you desire is a challenge – especially if your beard grows patchy. 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 more time to start growing without you shaving the hairs.

How Can I Fix my Patchy Beard?

1. Beard Oils

Natural oils and essential oils are effective at conditioning your beard hair, which nourish the strands and makes your beard look thicker. Oils such as castor oil and black cumin oil provide deep moisture to the strands. This doesn’t necessarily make your hair grow in the bald spots, but it will make the surrounding hair appear more conditioned in fixing your patchy beard appearance. Additionally, it can help in creating more effective patchy beard styles.

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 antibacterial, 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 to improve their patchy beards and push their struggling facial hair growth towards thick beard hairs.

3. Facial Hair Transplant

A beard 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 in order to tackle patchy beard hair.

Once the hairs are inserted into your beard, they grow and blend into your surrounding beard hair. Thus, you'll be able to grow a full beard like our satisfied clients.

4. Microneedling

Micro needling is a proven treatment for hair loss which can also be effective for beard hair. It's a minimally invasive procedure that stimulates collagen production to help hair grow thicker in the treated area to achieve a fuller beard. Microneedling, also known as mesotherapy, 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. Chin straps, goatees and 5 o'clock shadow are the best styles to wear if you are trying to wear a patchy beard with confidence.


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 for a free and non-binding consultation.