Can Your Testosterone Levels Effect Beard Growth?
Experts in the filed of evolutionary biology believe that men started to grow facial and body hair to help protect them from the elements.
It is also believed that it helped to add a form of camouflage when they were out hunting to hopefully help them to blend in to the background while stalking prey.
Fast forward to modern day, growing a thick beard is thought to be one of the most masculine things you can do – love the or hate them it certainly makes you look manly.
But why can some men grow a thick beard virtually over night while others struggle to get even a few wispy hair strands appear on their chin.?
“The answer could be down to their testosterone production..”
But is beard growth really a sign of good testosterone production?
lets take a good look into this question and try and come up with some answers.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Can Your Testosterone Levels Effect Beard Growth?
- 1.1 Testosterone Production And Your Masculinity
- 1.2 How Testosterone Effects Your Body
- 1.3 The Significance Of A Beard
- 1.4 The Connection Between Beards And Testosterone
- 1.5 What is Dihydrotestosterone?
- 1.6 The Role Of Testosterone And DHT In Beard Growth
- 1.7 What Happens If My Testosterone Levels Are Lower Than They Should Be?
- 1.8 Boosting Testosterone Naturally
Testosterone Production And Your Masculinity
Testosterone is the key male hormone, it is an androgenic, steroid hormone produced by the leading cells in the testes, a result of a complex series of hormonal events that start in the brain.
How Testosterone Effects Your Body
When a man has peak testosterone levels he is usually strong and confident, his muscles are well formed, he generally has low body fat and has a high libido.
Testosterone has two types of effect on the body:
Androgenic – It increases protein metabolism, and safeguards against protein breakdown, in other words it promotes lean muscle growth and reduced body fat
Anabolic – It develops and maintains the key male characteristics, increases strength, muscle growth, deep voices, body and facial hair and of course sex drive.
During puberty, our testosterone levels increase dramatically, we start to see increased growth of our penis and testes, our voice deepens, we develop an ‘adams apple’, we see the appearance of body and facial hair, we grow in height and our muscles and bones strengthen. THis process continues through our teenage years and our twenties.
From the age of 30-35 our natural hormone production starts to reduce, experts tell us that its usually by around 1-2% per year.
At first we do not really notice the effects, but gradually things start to change.
What does this mean to us as we get older? These most masculine characteristics start to decline, our muscle mass reduces along with our energy and strength, we start to gain extra fat around the belly and our hair can start to become thinner and weaker.
The Significance Of A Beard
Have a think about the most ‘manly’ guy you know, its odds on that he is probably strong, quite dominant and probably has a decent beard.
This is because masculinity and facial hair are proven to go hand in hand.
Studies have shown that the growth of facial hair has both social and evolutionary perception value.
I will explain:
- Strong facial hair growth is a sign of good health and fitness.
- It shows others (particularly potential mates) that you are at your sexual peak.
- It demonstrates manliness and maturity to competitors/enemies.
The Connection Between Beards And Testosterone
Some men can grow a full beard in matter or days while other struggle to produce even a wispy, patchy poor excuse of a beard.
Now this is often simply brushed off as genetics or it ‘runs in the family’ but in fact its down to two key hormones – Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
What is Dihydrotestosterone?
DHT is a metabolite of testosterone, it is actually more powerful than testosterone, but it cannot produced unless good levels of testosterone are present.
Testosterone acts a prohormone, along with an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR) it promotes the production of DHT.
If you have high levels of testosterone, you will also have good DHT production too
These two hormones are key to many male characteristics, one of which is beard growth.
A study published in the American Psychological Association journal demonstrated that when women judged the attractiveness of men, they took into account wether the men had facial hair or were clean shaven.
The study concluded that most women found men with full beards were the most attractive. They claimed that a good beard demonstrated masculinity, confidence, dominance and courage.
The Role Of Testosterone And DHT In Beard Growth
There are a number of areas on your body that are particularly susceptible to the effects of androgen hormones, these include the genitals, under arms, legs, chest and your face.
Research has shown that both hormones play a complimentary role in the development and growth of body and facial hair:
- Testosterone is responsible for the preparation of hair follicles for hair growth
- DHT promotes linear hair growth
This is why the hair on our faces for instance is different to scalp or body hair, this is generally thicker, being produced by flatter follicles, this also means that its coarser and usually more curly than scalp hair.
What Happens If My Testosterone Levels Are Lower Than They Should Be?
There is a defined link between men with low testosterone and hair loss.
We have learnt that:
Androgen hormones control hair growth – any reduction in them generally results in some hair loss.
Boosting Testosterone Naturally
If you experience any of the symptoms of reduced testosterone, you can slow down and in most cases reverse the decline by using a good natural testosterone booster.
A good supplement can provide essential nutrients that promote the natural production of testosterone without any of the side effects linked to drug based treatments.
- Boost muscle and strength
- Increase Energy and Performance
- Reduce Body Fat
- Boost Libido
- Promote all your masculine traits (including in many cases beard growth)
MEET THE AUTHOR: My name is Paul Gardner – I am the editor, main researcher and writer for testojunction.com.
I am 58 years old and currently live in the outskirts of London.
Sport and fitness has been a massive part of my life, as a younger man I used to swim competitively. Representing the county at events both home and abroad.
I have also been an avid squash and tennis player too, and have been a keen gym goer all through my life.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition, and have studied and have been writing about nutrition, hormones, natural ingredients and sports supplements for over 12 years and have had articles published in many popular publications.
One area that I have a particular interest in is how hormones play a massive part in our development, fitness, muscularity, strength and of course our sexual development.