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Having a full beard is a sign of maturity and fertility. It is associated with wisdom and leadership. If you have a baby face, it can make you look older. And if you're an older man, it can make you look younger. There are lots of benefits to having a beard, but it can be frustrating when you attempt to grow yours and all you get is a patchy beard.

The first thing you need to know is that just because you're growing a patchy beard, that does not mean that you cannot grow a full beard. It might just take more time to grow it. Often, it can take up to 3 months for a full beard to grow in and most men give up long before that. There are some conditions that cause a patchy beard but more than likely, that is not the cause of your patchy beard.

Lastly, there are some styling techniques you can use to help improve the look of your patchy beard. We've outlined the causes of the patchy beard and how to go about fixing them. Take a look so that you can set yourself up for success towards growing a full beard.

What Causes Patchy Beards?

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There are several causes of a patchy beard. Some of them are in your control and others are not. Let's start with the one that is out of our control: genetics. Genetics are responsible for a large part of how our body grows and develops, and facial hair is not exempt from this. Your genetics will play a huge role in the color and thickness of your facial hair. It can be hard to accept but sometimes we just don't have the genetics for a full beard. However, that doesn't mean you can't have some stylish facial hair looks.

Alopecia Areata

Hormone Imbalances

Diet

Lack of Exercise

Poor Sleep

Is It Possible To Grow A Thicker Beard?

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The thickness of your hair is largely determined by your genetics but there are things you can do to help make your patchy beard look like it is thicker. Women brush their hair to increase the volume of their hair and make it look thicker. You can do the same for your beard. Grab yourself a beard brush (a special brush for making your facial hair look fuller) and start brushing in the volume. This will help it look fuller and thicker than it actually is.

Another important part of facial hair care is using beard oil or balm. Both of these contain essential oils that help keep your skin and hair follicles healthy so they look fuller and thicker. These oils even have an anti-microbial effect and help improve the overall health of your beard and face. So as soon as you start growing out your beard, start applying the oil to make sure it comes in nice and healthily.

How To Fix A Patchy Beard

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Alright, so you've started growing your beard and it's coming in patchy, so how do we fix that? There are several strategies you can use to help improve your beard growth. Like any part of your body, proper hygiene is a necessary component. That means giving some tender loving care to your beard and washing it regularly - but be careful not to wash it too often or you risk drying it out and causing damage. Once a day or once every other day should be good for most.

Moisturize

Even It Out

Medication

Conclusion

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Most beards don't actually start growing in until after the first month's worth of growth. Most men usually give up before the first month - don't let that be you. It takes time for a beard to grow and that means being patient. It also means you'll have to deal with the itchiness of it and deal with the patchy beard look but it will pay off in the end. Be sure to wash it regularly, use beard oil, and trim as necessary to maintain a healthy beard. Start these habits early and when your facial hair does finally come in and you've rid yourself of the patchy beard, you'll have a nice thick, full beard to show off and be proud of.

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