It's not a secret that there are unfortunate men among us that can’t grow a beard. So, think yourself lucky that you’re one of the few that can produce an impressive mane.
To first understand why you can’t grow a beard we have to straight back to day one. By the time you’re born you have all the hair follicles capable of having a full blown beard. But obviously we all lack the hormones for us to have a full set by out third birthday. At 9 weeks old, all your eyebrow, moustache and chin follicles have all fully developed. And by 5 months, you’ve got all of them all over your body.
Unfortunately, if you are one of the unfortunate men that has been unable to grow a beard, I’m afraid there isn’t a lot you can do about it, naturally anyway. What decides whether or not you grow a beard is your genetics not what you do.
Most of you think that its your testosterone level that predicts whether or not your beard grows, in fact that’s not strictly true. The chemical that really forces the hairs out is dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is a powerful form of testosterone that is responsible for beard growth, and hair loss. The way that your body decides which of the two to do is based upon your gene expression. Depending on the amount of androgen receptors you have and your gene make up will ultimately decide if you’re going to bald or you’re going to bloom. There is medication you can take that will reduce the amount of DHT in your body, which is how some men fight baldness. But unfortunately without the androgen receptor (AR) there’s nothing you can do to increase your beard growth.
Alternatively, there are surgical ways you can make this happen if you so wish, you can have surgery to replace follicles, stimulate follicles or even have hair put onto your face, all of which can be fairly costly. And don’t warrant the same good feeling you get from growing it yourself. In conclusion, I fully sympathise with those of you who cannot grow a beard. Just understand that it isn’t your fault, it’s your genetic make up and unfortunately there isn’t anything you can do about that. But those of you (like me) who are lucky enough to be able to grow a beard, be aware that there are men out there that want a beard but can’t..
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Until next time brothers,
Written by: James Oxenham