DEC 03, 2018 07:31 PM PST

Why Do Some Men Have Trouble Growing Beards?

There are two types of men in this world: those that can grow robust beards, and those that can’t. But why is it that some men get stuck with patchy, thin beards while others don’t? For starters, genetics and hormones play a significant role in a man’s ability to grow a beard.

Men who grow heartier beards generally have more hair follicles on their face, which can be attributed to genetics.

Regarding hormones, testosterone gets converted to a more potent form known as dihydrotestosterone, which the receptors on some men's hair follicles are more sensitive to. Dihydrotestosterone is more likely to stimulate hair grown in men with sensitive hair follicles.

Given the circumstances, does the inability to grow a beard make a man any less of a masculine specimen? According to dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, the answer is no; two men can have similar testosterone levels while sporting different beard qualities because it all comes down to the unique characteristics of the hair follicles in the skin.

So the next time you’re unable to grow a hearty beard like some of your friends, don’t consider yourself less manly as a result.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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