I get a lot of messages and also a lot of guys on ‘Guardians of the Beard‘ Facebook group asking about patchy beards.

Many guys have a patchy beard or a beard where it grows like wildfire under the chin but doesn’t seem to want to grow upwards. We all want a big full beard that is thick and looks good and so it can be frustrating when it doesn’t grow the way you want.

So what can you do?

Well the first thing you can do like Keanu Reeves, is just own it. Accept that this is what you can grow and be happy with it.

The main reason for patchy beards is our genetics, yep I am sorry but sometimes there is nothing we can do because our genes are in charge here. Patchy beards, early baldness, narrow chin, the list goes on and unfortunately most of us are unhappy in some way about what our genes have given us.


There are things you can do to help get the best beard that your genes will allow and that is

carrier oils for beard oil

Beard Oil

Yep that’s right, beard oil doesn’t just keep your beard looking good, it can help grow a better, stronger and healthier beard. Now I don’t make or sell beard oil so this isn’t just a pitch to get you to part with your money.

The carrier oils in beard oil, natural carrier oils I must add, they are actually probably more important for the skin than they are for the actual beard hair itself. In march last year I wrote a piece called ‘What is in my beard oil and why?‘ In the post I wrote about a few of the carrier oils that are used in beard oils and their benefits.

A beard oil helps to keep your skin and your hair follicles in good condition, this along with the massaging in of the oil helps to create strong and healthy hair growth and can even increase hair growth in areas that have previously been a problem.


Brushing can also help, it’s not only keeping the beard hair looking tidy. A boars hair brush will help to stimulate the skin, this increases blood flow to the area and this can, I repeat can, help.

Beard Growth Supplements

Don’t waste your money!

Patchy beard




Some people say that a patchy beard looks better when its kept short, others will say that a longer beard helps to cover up the patchy areas. I would say this depends on your beard and how patchy it is, try out different lengths and see what works.

But, my advice is the one first mentioned, accept what you have, don’t compare yourself to others and just be happy with what you can grow!


By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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