5 Reasons Why Your Beards Grows Faster Than Usual.

Why some men experience rapid beard growth and others don’t.

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eards in males is essentially aesthetic, it provides a feeling of comfort and a good self-esteem, as well as a proper ‘self-outlook’. It has also been reported to be a trigger for some ladies and ‘turns them on’ especially when it is well kempt or well groomed.

Growth of facial hairs(beards) as part of the secondary sexual characteristics in males is expected to begin from pubertal ages of 12 to 16 years.

Many men will sport the beginnings of a mustache and a few sprigs of chin hair years before the rest of their beard starts to surface.

Some men see their full beard come in when they’re as young as 18 or 19. Others may continue to have sparse areas of growth until their mid-to-late 20s or even later.

Some men may never achieve the beard of their dreams.

Genetics and hormones play a large role in determining how quickly and fully your beard will ultimately grow. Health and lifestyle habits can also play a part.

For genetics, traits including the volume and distribution of facial hair to which beards and mustache are included are inherited from parents. The mistakes usually encountered here is the thought that ‘your facial hair volume and distribution is solely a replica of your dad’s’…this is not always the case most times as it is also dependent on the maternal grandfather’s pattern. This is why amongst other reasons that volume and distribution of facial hair can be dissimilar among male siblings of a family.

As regards hormonal effect; testosterone a steroid hormone secreted in high amount by the male testes and to a lesser extent in the adrenal cortex plays a major role in stimulating hair growth and other secondary sexual characteristics observed in males at puberty.

A variant/derivative of testosterone known as Dihydrotestosterone(DHT) is more potent than testosterone and has 2 to 3 times greater androgen receptor affinity than testosterone and is mainly responsible for this function as it is secreted in significant amount in the hair follicles.

It is worthy of note that in men, approximately 5% of testosterone undergoes 5alpha-reduction by 5alpha-reductase to DHT.

The activity of this enzyme depends on the genetic make up of the individual(non-modifiable factor) as well as lifestyle(modifiable factor) of the individual.

It has been observed that after the achievement of the desired volume and distribution of beards in males, some men tends to experience a rapid hair growth after routine shaving compared to others. Sometimes it can even become worrisome.

The following are the possible reasons why hair growth is faster in some men than the others;

  1. Genetic makeup
  • As already stated above, genes plays an important role in hair growth and such it is the most important factor to consider. If hair growth is rapid among your first degree relatives, then expect a more frequent routine shaving.
  • Also if your first degree relatives are not the well-bearded types, consider yourself lucky, you get to keep the cost of having to shave/groom your beards every now and then.

2. Engagement in physical activities.

  • Men who are athletic and exercise more or are more sexually active tends to experience a relatively rapid hair growth. This is essentially a hormonal effect as athletic men tends to elaborate more testosterone, more testosterone means more DHT and more DHT means more hair.
  • Studies have also shown that exercise or activities directly or indirectly stimulates the 5alpha-reductase enzyme.
  • Exercise also increases the metabolic rate in human and as such stimulates a more rapid conversion of testosterone to DHT.
  • Men who uses synthetic steroids(testosterone) for body building or as performance enhancer tends to experience more rapid hair growth.
  • This is one of the reasons why athletes, football stars, NBA players etc can change their hairstyles week in week out with such ease.

3) Getting enough sleep

  • Sleep is essential for optimal overall health. It can be beneficial for beard growth, too.
  • Although atleast 6–8hrs/day of good sleep is recommended for optimal functioning in humans, many men due to the nature of their job or their sleeping pattern barely get 3-4hrs of sleep/day. This can have a negative effect on hair growth.
  • The testosterone in your system is primarily released during sleep. Not getting enough rest, sleep apnea, and fragmented sleep can all adversely affect this process and consequently hair growth.
  • small study found that daily sleep restriction lowered testosterone levels in healthy young men.
  • Therefore men who gets enough good sleep tends to experience more rapid hair growth.

4. Eating balanced diet

  • A balanced diet contains all the essential nutrients required for normal body functioning and provides the body with all nutrients required for growth, repair and replacement.
  • This as it benefits the whole body also benefits hair growth.
  • Eating a balanced diet also helps to prevent obesity. Obesity causes reduction in testosterone levels in men by peripheral aromatization of testosterone to estrogen which plays no part or whatsoever in hair growth in males or other male secondary sexual characteristics.
  • This is why obese males tends to experience delay in achieving their desired volume and distribution of facial hair growth. They also experience decreased muscle mass, development of breast(gynecomastia), erectile dysfunction and infertility.

5. Consumption of fruits or supplements containing some vitamins and minerals.

  • Vitamins are micronutrients required for diverse cellular functions in the body.
  • Free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age.

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

  • Low levels of vitamin D are linked to alopecia, a technical term for hair.
  • Research also shows that vitamin D may help create new hair follicles.
  • Vitamin D is thought to play a role in hair production, but most research focuses on vitamin D receptors. The actual role of vitamin D in hair growth is unknown.
  • Vitamin D can be gotten from dietary sources or from exposure to sunlight.
  • That said, most people don’t get enough vitamin D and it may still be a good idea to increase your intake.
  • Your body produces vitamin D through direct contact with the sun’s rays.
  • This is why most individuals frequently exposed to the sun tends to experience more rapid hair growth.
  • Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods.

Vitamin E

  • Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress.

Iron

  • Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to the cells. This makes it an important mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth.
  • Iron deficiency, which causes anemia, is a major cause of hair loss. It’s especially common in women.
  • Foods high in iron include clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.

In summary, rate of hair growth depends on genetic make-up, hormonal milleu as well as lifestyle.

  • For genetics, well there is little or nothing you can do about that.
  • Maintaining a good and healthy lifestyle is important to optimize your hair growth; preventing pathological hairloss or preventing excess growth.
  • Rate of hair growth varies from one race to the other as well as geographical locations.

Writer|Medical Doctor