Time and genetics are the two factors that contribute most to the growth of a complete, thick beard. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to change these two things.
That said, when it comes to your genetics, your body’s testosterone production, there are ways you can help prepare for success.
But how does genetics affect your beard? It all results in your hormones, especially testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The amount of DHT in the reproductive system plays a vital role in the growth pattern of beards and hair.
In this article, I have discussed the hormone treatment for beard growth. But first, let me tell you briefly about DHT.
What is DHT?
In short, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgenic hormone that contributes to hair growth, muscle gain, and childbirth. DHT is a natural by-product of testosterone, and everyone has it to some extent.
However, not everyone responds to DHT in the same way, and genetics works here. The way your body responds to hormones directly affects the growth of hair, including the beard.
How DHT works?
Testosterone is converted to DHT by the gonadal enzyme 5-α-reductase (5-AR). Almost 10% of testosterone is converted to DHT daily. That percentage is thought to be much lower before puberty, explaining why beard doesn’t grow early.
As DHT circulates throughout the body, it attaches to receptors throughout the body. Including those found in hair follicles. Increasing testosterone can increase the amount of DHT produced.
DHT and Beard
DHT has different effects on facial hair and head hair. Have you ever wondered why people with absolute beards tend to be bald or bald? DHT is a good reason for that.
Beards need DHT to reach their full potential. In most cases, low or insensitive levels of this hormone result in less beard growth.
Men with high levels of testosterone and DHT tend to have significantly more facial hair than men with low levels. And if your body is susceptible to these hormones, you will probably grow a beard at a younger age than others. However, just because you’re in your twenties (or thirties) and still have a fluffy beard doesn’t mean that your hormone levels are low. The follicles on your face may not be susceptible to the effects of DHT.
DHT blockers can help slow down the hair loss process.
DHT blockers help prevent DHT from binding to receptors in hair follicles and are successful to varying degrees.
Oral DHT blockers are generally the most effective. Components high in lauric acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid inhibit the production of DHT.
Some known DHT blocking components are:
- Argan oil
- Emu oil
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Grape seed oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Tea Tree oil
DHT Blocker and Beard Growth
Beard products act on the pores of the face and the hair follicles beneath it. When a beard product is combined with carrier oils such as grape seed, etc., it prevents some DHT from binding to the beard, the AR-5 receptor for hair follicles.
You can also consult an Endocrinologist in Karachi to know more about beard products.
How to increase Testosterone?
If you’re worried about testosterone and DHT levels, you can supplement and increase hormone levels. Supplementing with natural testosterone improves endurance and your ability to build muscle. The problem is that switching to androgen-type DHT is not always guaranteed.
You can follow the anabolic steroid routes that have been proven many times to help you grow more body and facial hair. But obviously, it has side effects.
The use of anabolic steroid hormones can also cause the body to stop naturally producing healthy testosterone levels.
Some Useful Tips for Improving Testosterone Levels
Get enough sleep
Most testosterone is produced during REM sleep, and studies show that men who sleep less have less testosterone than men who sleep more. Studies are clear about this; more sleep is better for testosterone.
Eat Enough Food
A low-calorie diet has the unpleasant side effect of slowing the reproductive system. This, in turn, reduces testosterone production.
Don’t overdo it with Protein.
It’s easy to guess that more protein means more testosterone. But too much protein begins to affect testosterone production adversely. Instead, try to get 20-25% of your calories from protein.
Eat Proper Fat
Saturated and monounsaturated fats increase testosterone, such as those found in walnuts, avocados, and salmon. Get about 30% of your calorie intake from these fats and aim to limit trans fats.
Carbohydrates or no Carbs
About 40-60% of calorie intake should come from starchy carbohydrates such as fruits, sugar, rice, and potatoes.
As you grow older, the body absorbs fewer nutrients from food. Also, if your diet is rich in processed foods, you may not get all the nutrients you need from your food. Adding multivitamins can help.
Strength training has been shown to stimulate testosterone production. Complex exercises that mobilize different muscle groups are particularly effective.
If your beard is not growing well, you can consult an Endocrinologist in Karachi. You can book your appointment through Marham with the best Endocrinologist in your area.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1- How can I increase DHT quickly?
You can exercise, lose excess fat, and increase it by using a healthier diet of fat and zinc.
2- Does beard oil work?
If you’re hoping that beard oil will magically help you grow a beard, you’ll be incredibly disappointed with the results. But yes, beard oil works. It works as designed.
3- Does beard growth increase by shaving?
Many people mistakenly think that shaving thickens the hair on the face. Shaving does not affect the roots under the skin, nor does it affect the way hair grows.
4- Why can’t my beard grow at the age of 30?
Unfortunately, it all depends on genetics. Some people do not have the gene to grow thick facial hair.