The first step to preventing beard hair loss is to stop any current beard loss that is happening right now. If there is anything that you can think of that’s causing your beard to fall out, stop it. By this, I mean things you know are a problem. Like pulling on your beard.
Pulling on their beard is a common thing for guys to do when they have nervous hands. If this sounds like you, stop it. Invest in a fidget toy. Take up doodling. Just stop it. The reason pulling on your beard is the worst thing ever is because it can lead to permanent beard loss. It’s called traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is hair loss that’s caused by traction. Generally, it’s most common in girls that wear weaves and guys who wear man buns. However, anyone who has regular traction placed on their hair follicles can get it. And, again, it often leads to permanent hair loss. The reason for this is scarring in and around your hair follicles. Hair doesn’t grow where there are scars, a phenomenon similar to what women with discoid lupus experience.
There is no way to know if you’re prone to traction alopecia or if you are someone who would get the severe form where scarring and permanent hair loss occur. But if you notice beard loss, and you’re a beard tugger, just stop it.
Another key thing you need to do to prevent further beard loss is properly maintaining your beard. Mild to moderate beard loss may simply be caused by not brushing it enough or snagging tangles, which can even cause hair to come out in clumps in extreme instances. Follow the beard maintenance best practices outlined in the rest of this article to give your beard hair a fighting chance to hold on.
Cutting out the stress in your life is a huge step you can take to preventing further beard loss. Take a look at the section below for further insight about reducing stress for better beard growth. Simply getting more sleep is a huge part of it, so if you’re an adult getting less than 7 hours a night, it’s time to get your Zzz’s on.
Diet and nutritional supplements play a role in halting beard loss. Always opt for a healthy diet with an emphasis on protein and good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats), all of which play huge nutritional roles in quality hair growth. Don’t forget to eat saturated fats in moderation, though, and opt to get them from healthy sources like coconut and dark chocolate; despite its bad rep, saturated fat is crucial for overall health.
Some health conditions may cause hair loss. It could be as simple as a vitamin deficiency. While anemia (iron deficiency) is rarer in males than females (because they have periods—and sometimes severely heavy ones), men can still experience it, and it does lead to hair loss. Zinc deficiency and Vitamin B (niacin, biotin, B3) deficiency are known to cause hair loss in both men and women, and can contribute to beard loss in men as well. Take a men’s multivitamin or a reputable beard growth vitamin, like Beard Grow XL to remedy vitamin deficiency-induced hair loss. But remember: If your anemia is so bad that over-the-counter vitamins aren’t improving it, you definitely need to talk to your doctor, because it could signal a more serious health issue. Additionally, don’t take more than the recommended amount of iron, as it is toxic in high doses. (Remember: The male safe upper limit for iron is lower than the female upper limit because men don’t have periods or give birth.) Sometimes health problems go beyond what a vitamin can fix. In that case, always see your doctor.
Some health problems, like discoid lupus (which can occur in males, though rare) and sarcoidosis, which both cause severe inflammation and scarring on the skin, can actually cause permanent beard and hair loss, so it’s crucial to see a doctor if you suspect you have something like that. Additionally, hair loss could be a sign of STDs/STIs, like advanced syphilis or HIV.
Not all hair loss due to illness is permanent, however. It truly varies. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) lupus is the most common and most severe form of lupus, yet hair loss from this version of lupus actually tends to be temporary and generally goes away when your lupus is in check. Bottom line: Get to a doctor if you’re sick, because most beard loss caused by illness is treatable and the sooner you get help, the sooner that beard is going to come back nice and thick.
Sometimes you may not know what’s causing beard loss. In that case, it’s good to talk with your doctor as well. It could just be that you have a super-intense telogen phase of the hair growth cycle. Everyone is different after all, but your doc will be able to tell you if what’s happening to your beard is within normal parameters.