It is advisable to clean your beard at least once, preferably twice a week with a beard shampoo (or beard soap as some find finer, this is entirely personal) based on natural ingredients to stimulate beard growth. Shampoo and conditioner with artificial ingredients can cause irritation and therefore itching (red spots), so it is best to avoid these.
If you experience itching it can help to hydrate your skin with a natural beard oil. This is only temporary, because your skin adapts to your new beard growth and eventually the itching stops automatically. If you really still suffer from it then you could try extra fat baby oil (note: your hair also get a shine boost). The itch phase lasts for a maximum of 3-4 weeks.
Decided to shave your beard anyway? First use the beard trimmer to 1-2 centimeters, and then shave with a razor blade.
Stimulate beard growth and grow the beard faster
In this part we share our findings in the area of ??beard growth and whether it is possible at all to make your beard grow faster by means of extra remedies and / or nutritional supplements. We notice that there are a lot of contradictory articles on the internet, so to make things a bit easier we have already filtered the marketing bullshit for you. So you read our conclusion after we have placed and compared a mountain of material.
Is this then the definitive knowledge concerning stimulating beard growth? Maybe, maybe not. It is in any case what seemed most logical to us. Hopefully you’ll get something done!
Body hair is regulated by hormones
Some men have a lot of chest hair where others have hairy legs again. This difference is due to the amount of androgens that are produced during puberty. Each body has so-called “hair hair” (invisible hairs). Vellus hair that is nourished by androgens changes in some places in ‘terminal hair’ (the hair you now have everywhere on your body). The production of androgens is then again influenced by two male hormones, namely testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.
Testosterone ensures the thickness of the hair and stimulates the hair follicles
Dihydrotestosterone provides the number of hair follicles and the density of the hair follicles
This is also the reason why women do not have facial hair. Women have too few of these hormones in the body to stimulate facial hair, despite women also have hair follicles in the face.
Beard growth is genetically determined
Whether it is reserved for you to grow a beard is up to your genes. Whether you can grow a full beard (so without white patches or bald spots) is genetically determined and you can do little else. But you also only get to know this when you decide to leave your facial hairs. If you have already experimented with growing a beard and you notice that you are blessed with the good genes then you must have tried at least once in your life. Maybe it’s not for you, maybe you choose to never shave your beard again.
The speed with which your hair grows depends on both your genes and testosterone in your body.
A healthy lifestyle is directly burned with the quality of your facial hair. Think of things like a diet with enough vitamins and proteins, stress and sleep. Vitamins and minerals ensure healthy hair follicles . If these are lacking in your diet, your beard will become dry and look unhealthy. Just like the rest of your body, your hair follicles need enough nutrients to function properly. In addition to your diet, you can choose to swallow certain vitamins that stimulate beard growth (= accelerate beard growth). You can read more about this in the section on supplements. And last but not least: a good night’s sleep. The consensus (at least at this moment ..) is that 6 hours per night is the minimum you need.
Blood flow and cardio
Regularly doing cardio or strength training promotes blood circulation in your body. This also means that the hair follicles in your body benefit from this.
Resistance training is one of the better ways to stimulate beard growth. Through the effort you give your body a valuable testosterone boost.
Night rest is important for growing a beard. Good sleep ensures less stress. And less stress creates a nice beard. Science dictates a minimum of 6 hours of sleep for adults.
Stress is literally a killer. Stress prevents the growth of hair and in many men it even causes hair loss, so also on your face! The reason for this is because stress creates the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol has been proven to counteract the production of dihydrotestosterone.
A few beers or hunter bombs are fine, but research has shown that too much alcohol suppresses the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. This therefore directly affects your beard growth.
Avoid unnatural shampoos and creams.
Many ‘skin care’ products such as face cream, shower gel and shampoos contain BPA (the packaging) and parabens. These substances are so-called anti-drugs and have a negative influence on the production of testosterone.
Accelerate beard growth through balanced diet.
Below you can quickly find the most obvious sources for minerals and vitamins. If you want to deepen this, we recommend the MyFitnessPal app, in which you can register and measure your macros and nutrients.