Patchy beard

This guide examines an annoying side effect of beard growth: bald spots. Here, we share our best tips for how to stimulate beard growth naturally and with the help of special products and treatments.

We recommend you read this guide in peace so that you can learn about different solutions and use these solutions that best suits your needs on the way to a full(er) beard!


Beard bald patches: How do they happen?

Finding patches and bald spots on your beard can be one of the most demoralizing and disappointing feelings a man can have. All beard styles can be affected and ruined by a single area of thin or nonexistent hair.

Bald spots in beards are common, especially around the cheeks, which might make it seem impossible to grow a beard. Because of this, instead of keeping their beard, men tend to shave it all off.

But it’s important to realize that these bald patches happen to many men, so you’re definitely not alone.

And as with many things in life, there are always solutions available! But first, let’s take a look at the various possible causes of patching.

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Genetics determines beard growth

Beard and hair growth are determined genetically to a large extent. The downside to genetics is that you really can’t do much about it.

If you have a beard that is light-colored or fine-haired, bald patches will be more noticeable and in some cases, if the genes are strong, those patches may never be filled with hair.

Even though you can’t change your genetics, there are of course plenty of options to get a fuller beard!

Age and beard thickness

Age plays an important role in determining the thickness of a beard. Most men start to develop facial hair when they reach puberty.

If you have just started growing a beard, whether you are in your 20s or younger, chances are the hair will not be full and thick.

Giving it time to grow is the only thing that can help it grow properly and fill in the spots.

Alopecia Areata

In very rare cases, a blotchy beard can be the result of underlying medical conditions such as Alopecia Areata.

This is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own cells, in this case, the hair follicles.

When that happens, the hair falls out, creating round patches that can be noticeable or not.

Poor circulation in your cheeks

Blood circulation affects how much hair grows on your face. For example, the area around the cheeks has weaker circulation than the area around the chin and mouth.

That is why it is much easier to grow a goatee or mustache than a beard. If you suffer from blood circulation issues, the beard growth will be patchy.

Lifestyle (stress, diet, lack of exercise or sleep)

Mineral and vitamin deficiencies, too little sleep, poor sleep quality, stress, and low-calorie diets can seriously disrupt your hormone production, in which case the endocrine system begins to decline.

When that happens, DHT and testosterone also decrease. Since these are the hormones that regulate both beard growth and density, it can definitely have an effect on whether or not you have bald patches.

Dealing with bald spots - Natural

As mentioned, there are many solutions available to attack bald spots in your beard with natural solutions.

Many of these solutions are rooted in good personal care or good beard care. Here is a list of the best natural solutions for bald spots:

These points are all pretty self-explanatory. A healthy(er) lifestyle promotes good blood circulation and the production of testosterone in every way, both of which are important for growing that perfect beard.

→ Read more: Our in-depth guide to beard oil for optimal growth

It is also very important that you really give your beard time to reach its full potential.

When you get your beard a bit longer, you can then comb your beard strategically, combing your longer hair over the bald spots.

Finally, vitamin supplements can help you to achieve a balanced lifestyle and beard dye can lighten or darken your beard. You can also trim your beard to add the last dots on your beard care “i.”

Dealing with bald spots - Alternative solutions

We have listed more alternative or synthetic solutions for a beard with bald spots below.

Neofollics Beard Growth Serum

Meet one of this year’s most advanced beard growth serums.

The Neofollics Hair Technology beard serum helps every man to boost beard growth in a safe way.

The hair growth stimulating beard serum from Neofollics is made from natural, scientifically proven ingredients that help the beard hair grow faster.

Non-activated hair follicles in the skin are stimulated and you’ll see visible results after 3-4 weeks.

Buy beard growth serum to speed up your growth.

Minoxidil / Biotin

Minoxidil was originally a medicine against high blood pressure, but was later adjusted in its purpose because patients got a generous hair growth from it. The same is true of Biotin.

They are one of the few alternative solutions that have actually yielded positive results.

Microneedling + derma rollers

Microneedling is a technique often used to stimulate the growth of facial hair. Microneedling works by poking small holes in the skin.

This makes the body think there is an injury in that area and sends hormones to repair the injury.

Hormone Therapy

Studies have shown that bald spots in your beard can be the result of hormone deficiency, in which case hormone therapy is recommended.

Hormone therapy is generally done through hormonal creams, pills, and injections.

If your hair roots are determined to be hormone- resistant, your doctor can prescribe hormone treatments to enhance the effects of the hormones on both the hair follicle and the roots.


When you feel that absolutely nothing has worked at all, you can always consider having hair implantation (or beard implantation) done.

It has proved very successful in the recent past, for men who had found no other way to grow their beards in specific areas.

The biggest downside: the procedure is quite pricey and can cost you between $2,000 and $5,000.

Summary: Do’s and Don’ts for Bald Spots

As you can see, bald spots in a beard do not mean that your dream of a perfect full beard is out the window, quite the contrary.

Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions available, whether you want to go for a natural or an alternative approach.

Here is a list of the most important points:

That concludes our extensive article about bald spots in your beard.

As you now know, there is always room for improvement and there are countless options you can use to achieve the beard of your dreams!