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What Are the Best Tips for Growing Teen Beards?

By Dee Jones
Updated May 21, 2024
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Many find that growing teen beards can be a challenge because, along with genetics, age and hormone levels play a large part in whether someone will be able to grow a beard. Some men find that they aren’t able to grow full beards until they are in their late 20s. There are things that can be done, however, to increase a teenager’s chances of being able to successfully grow his first beard. A healthy, well-balanced diet can help to increase the rate of facial hair growth. Taking certain dietary supplements, like biotin, can help to grow teen beards.

There are many myths when it comes to growing teen beards, the biggest being that shaving will make a beard grow faster and thicker. Shaving actually has no long term effect on facial hair growth. Eating a healthy diet is a much more proven and effective way to stimulate hair growth.

Taking dietary supplements that help to grow hair and nails can also be effective. Those who take 2.5 milligrams of biotin a day might see an increase in facial hair growth. Some suggest that applying Rogaine®, which contains minoxidil, to the face can help accelerate beard growth, but it can also irritate the skin and cause acne breakouts. Those who still want to try Rogaine® to grow teen beards should consult a medical professional first.

Facial hair is the fastest growing hair on a male's body, which should be encouraging. It is important to remember that hormones, age, and genetics also influence how fast the facial hair grows, how thick it will be, and where it will grow on the face. Some teens will find that facial hair will seem to grow fine in some areas, while others areas will be bare or sparsely covered, especially in the first week or two of trying to grow a beard. Not shaving and letting the facial hair grow out for four to six weeks will give a teen some idea of how much of his face will be covered by a beard, and which beard styles and shapes will best suit the way his facial hair grows.

Letting a beard grown for four to six weeks can leave a teen feeling self-conscious, especially when the beard is in its awkward phase. Those who want to grow teen beards should consider starting during some kind of vacation or break. A newly growing beard can also be very itchy and uncomfortable for several weeks. Washing the beard with a dandruff shampoo can help to relieve some of the itchiness.

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Discussion Comments

By James0115 — On Sep 14, 2016

I am going through a difficult phase. Can anyone help me? The problem is that my beard is not growing properly. I have the thin beard this is really looking awkward. My friends have dense facial hair and that makes me feel depressed. I am not feeling confident nowadays. I am just trying to avoid the female friends with the fear that they will not find me attractive. I have tried many products, but that did not help me much. I am desperately looking for some help. Have you gone through this phase at some point in your life? If anyone has the same problem then please share with me and help me to come out of the situation. I am looking for your help.

By whiteplane — On May 04, 2012

So what kind of diet should I be eating to encourage my beard to grow? Are we talking fruits and veggies or is there something more specific that I need to be eating?

By tigers88 — On May 03, 2012

I wish that there was a secret to growing a great beard when you are a teenager but there really is not. Science has done a lot for getting rid of hair but it hasn't been so good at growing hair. The simple fact is that if you don't have a beard in high school you are just going to have to wait on it.

Also know that some people are never able to grow beards, or not able to grow the beard that they want. My beard comes in very full on the neck and jawline but is patchy at best on the cheeks. I always wanted a big bushy lumberjack beard but it would be impossible for me to grow.

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