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Truth behind beard growth

The Truth About Beard Growth

September 12, 2017

No Shave November is coming up, and you’re going to have the most epic beard on the block this year. Or maybe you’ve been growing your beard for a few weeks and can’t wait to reach “sea captain” status.

There are a lot of beard products on the market that promise to make your beard grow faster. Sometimes waiting for a beard to grow is excruciating, but can a product really make your hair come in thicker, fuller, or faster?

The Claims

Beard Oils and other products make a lot of claims about encouraging beard growth. Certain vitamins like E, and proteins, will help hair to grow faster and fuller, or so they claim. A lot of the beard products contain these products to encourage you to buy.

The Truth

Nothing can change the growth rate of your hair, unfortunately.

Does this mean you can’t have a luscious beard? Not exactly. What a lot of these products do is create optimal conditions for beard growth, minimizing breakage and brittle hair. This gives the illusion of a beard that grows faster.

The key to a fuller beard lies in your genetics and your overall health. If the men in your family have fantastic beards, it’s likely you have that potential as well. Eating quality foods improves the condition of all the tissues in your body, including hair. Exercise increases blood flow to the skin and encourages healthy hair follicles.

It’s also important to sleep. A French study conducted recently noticed a correlation between lack of sleep and hair growth. Subjects who didn’t sleep for 48 hours had hair growth reduced by 19 percent.

Ingredients for Beard Health

Beard oils that contained unrefined jojoba oils condition the skin and allow the hair follicle to remain unclogged. When dead skin cells fill the follicle, it causes ingrown hair and irritation which encourages you to shave everything off.

Argan oil is similar to jojoba in that it conditions the skin. It increases the elasticity of the hair follicle and builds a healthy hair root.

Sesame oil is a common ingredient in commercial beard products. It promotes healthy skin and helps to reduce itching and irritation. Without irritation, it’s easier to allow the hair to grow for longer periods of time.

Tea Tree Oil helps to fight skin inflammation and fungal infection from irritated hair follicles. If the skin is inflamed enough, it can cause the follicle to release the hair or to grow brittle, unhealthy hair. It also helps to fight dandruff.

Rosemary has been used for centuries to combat hair loss. Rosemary is an excellent skin conditioner, soothing irritation and helping the follicle remain healthy. It also smells amazing.

Eucalyptus Oil is also anti-inflammatory and excellent for getting rid of the itch as your beard starts to come in. It’s also great for sinus infections, so the beard is a really convenient place for this ingredient. Bonus!

Vitamin E is reputed to help hair growth, but its real purpose is to improve cardiovascular health. Healthy blood flow is essential for all the tissues of your body. It won’t cause your hair to grow faster, but it will correlate to the best possible environment for your beard health.

Lemongrass is reputed to help strengthen the hair follicle and discourage breakage in the hair as it grows out. There’s also evidence that daily applications correlate to lower hair loss.

How to choose and use a beard product

It’s best if your beard product only has a handful of ingredients. You don’t need to have everything on this list to have an effective treatment.

The first ingredients are used in the highest quantity so be sure that argan oil or jojoba oil is one of the first ingredients. If you choose one of those, Vitamin E isn’t necessary because it occurs naturally in both.

Be sure to test your oil on a small patch of skin to make sure you don’t react to any of the ingredients.

Don’t wait until your beard grows in to use a beard oil. It’s best to begin conditioning the skin from the moment you start growing the beard so that you cut down on irritation and ingrown hair. As you condition the hair follicle, your beard will grow in healthier.

Bottom Line

It’s important to condition the skin underneath your beard because the hair is coarse and the skin on the face is delicate. Most oils for beards only need a few drops on freshly washed skin and beard. You can comb the oil through to soften the hair and encourage it to lay in the same direction.

Treating skin conditions such as general irritation, dandruff, and ingrown hairs will help your beard to grow in more healthy. Although nothing can change the rate of growth, you can do a lot to create a healthy beard.

Get some beard products. Help your beard be all that it can be.

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