Bald Spots In Your Beard? Here’s What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

Growing a beard
Sander van de BaardmanBy Sander - The Beardmen
Updated on 22 May 2023

Do you have bald patches in your beard but would like to achieve a full beard? Bald spots in your beard or irregular beard growth are annoying. It happens to many men with beards, but fortunately, there are a number of solutions to promote beard growth or hide bald spots in clever ways.

In this article, we will first discuss the causes of bald spots in your beard and then provide tips to promote beard growth and hide bald spots.

What Causes Bald Patches Or Uneven Beard Growth?

Bald spots or uneven beard growth are common among many men, but what exactly causes them? Here’s the thing: these conditions are often temporary. After all, not everyone has the genes to have a full beard in no time. But what about bald spots? These can have several causes:

  • Alopecia areata: this is a condition that can impede healthy beard growth or facial hair. We explain how this works below.
  • Scars: did you ever fall on your face as a small child? In some cases, the hair follicles or hair roots are damaged, preventing beard growth.
  • Hair loss: this occurs in older men or when you are under a lot of stress.
  • No beard growth: you may have no hair follicles in this area. These are then permanent bald patches. And yes, this is very annoying!

There are other conditions as well, but The Beard Man does not specialize in this subject. If you think one of the above causes does not apply to you, we recommend consulting an expert.

Alopecia Areata Beard

Do you suddenly find yourself having bald spots? The autoimmune disease alopecia areata could be the problem. According to the Home Doctor, 2 in 100 people suffer from alopecia areata. These bald patches are often round and oval and hair loss can occur on the sides. This condition can be bothersome. In half of men the hair grows back within a year, but in the worst cases it never comes back. The sad news is that there are no viable treatments for alopecia (including anti-inflammatories).

I would love to give you more information about this distracting condition, but The Beard Man is not the place for that. For medical advice, I actually always refer to the I recommend you do the same. Do you think alopecia areata is the cause of your bald spots? If so, visit a doctor.

Can Bald Spots Grow Back?

This varies from beard to beard. If you suffer from the condition alopecia areata then your beard hair can grow back. Bald spots may be temporary, but sometimes they may be not. Primarily, find out about the cause/disorder by consulting an expert. I recommend visiting a hair specialist early on. They can best assess your situation and better answer this question.


Consult a hair specialist or doctor who has no commercial goals. Chances are that a “hair specialist” who sells hair implants will want to sell you one, too :).

Do’s: Tips To Fix Bald Spots

Time to do something about those bald spots or uneven beard growth. With bald spots, it’s often difficult to fix/get your beard growth back. Still, there are some things you can do to hide the bald spots. Let’s start with the easiest one: trimming.

  • Trimming lines: do you suffer from bald spots on the cheeks or near the neck? You could trim the beard line a little lower (cheeks) or higher (neck) with a good beard trimmer. However, it is important to keep these lines trimmed daily or once every two days since beard hair grows back quickly.
  • Longer beard hair: are the bald spots on your chin or neck? Trim in a way that the long beard hair falls over the bald spot.

The Significance Of A Healthy Lifestyle

No, a healthy lifestyle won’t make you suddenly show up with an epic beard. But your diet, how much you sleep and the amount of stress you experience can affect beard growth. Proper beard care is also part of this. It is important for the hair follicles to get the right nutrients to achieve hair growth. You do this by eating a healthy diet, providing the underlying skin with natural beard care and ensuring good blood flow. A good facial massage therefore can’t hurt.

“Three-Day Beard”

In the men’s world, a stubble or short beard is called a “three-day beard. You trim it once every 3 – 5 days. It’s actually more like stubble, but with short beard hairs, the bald spots are less noticeable. Would you like a fuller beard? Then consider beard transplantation.

Beard Transplant

Hair transplantation or beard transplantation is not just any old thing. It is a big investment, which is why many men choose to have it done abroad. In a hair transplant, head or neck hairs are used to fill the bald spots. Can I trim and touch up the new hair? Sure, as it is the hair follicles that are being moved.

Don’ts: What We Don’t Recommend

The Beard Man totally understands: you don’t want to give up your masculinity. You’ve worked hard for your beard or just want to grow a nice one. Bald spots in your beard are very irksome, and in desperation many men reach for pills or anti-inflammatories from manufacturers that promise betterment.

Don’t do this! The truth is hard: there are no miracle cures to permanent bald spots. If a fuller beard is really important to you then hair implantation is pretty much the only solution.

What To Do About Uneven Beard Growth

With uneven beard growth, certain beard hair grows faster than the rest of the facial hair. This is vexing, but not nearly as so as bald spots. The best thing you can do for uneven beard growth is to stimulate beard growth. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions about beard care and health. Is your question not listed? Read our blog or contact The Beard Man.

Why do I have bald spots in my beard?

This can have various causes, such as scars, hair loss in old age or stress, simply because there are no hair follicles or due to the condition alopecia areata.

How do I fill in bald spots in the beard?

You can cover the bald spots with longer beard hair. It is important to trim the hair appropriately. Stimulating beard growth can help with this should you not yet have long hair.

What helps against alopecia areata?

Unfortunately, few treatments or remedies have been proven to work. Some men are lucky: the beard hair comes back on their own. In half of men, the hair does not grow back.