Does Beard Oil Work on Patchy Beards?

A patchy beard can put a huge damper on your looks, making you look scruffy and unkempt.

Most beard oils contain ingredients that help prevent breakage, encourage hair growth, treat itchiness, and moisturize your skin and hair. Beard oils won’t give you significant new hair growth, though.

Does Beard Oil Help Patchy Beards?

Beard oil helps patchy beards by moisturizing the hair and skin. Scratching your beard frequently can make your beard patchy. Beard oil makes your beard feel softer and flexible, making you less likely to scratch your beard. 

Beard oil can also help a patchy beard because it conditions it. Conditioning the beard hair will help it be stronger, making it less likely to break.

Ideally, you should put beard oil on daily before you sleep. Make sure you massage it into your beard until it is fully absorbed, focusing on the more patchy areas. Some people say they see results in as quickly as four weeks. 

Some people apply beard oil to their beards and skin up to two times a day. Most people will be fine if they use their beard oil once a day before bed. It is mostly a matter of preference, but most people will agree that 1-2 times a day is more than enough. 

Some people say that beard oil makes their beard look greasy. However, that usually happens when you put on too much. You do not want to over-saturate your beard. Your skin and beard can only absorb so much oil at one time. If you apply too much oil at one time, your hair and skin can get clogged by all the oil. You can start by putting a few drops at a time and massaging it into your skin and hair, adding more as you go. 

Remember to make sure you massage it well before you add more oil. Oil does not absorb into the skin and hair that quickly, so it would be best to massage it for at least 1-2 minutes before adding a few more drops. Plus, massage is good for hair growth.

Ingredients to Look for in Beard Oil

Not all beard oils are made the same. Some beneficial ingredients you should look for in your beard oil to fix a patchy beard include:

Argan Oil

Argan oil is a popular beard oil ingredient that helps your beard look healthier and fuller. Argan oil is full of vitamin E, which helps your hair grow. Vitamin E also has natural antioxidant effects that can help your skin and hair cells function better.

Argan oil helps lock in moisture. The extra moisture helps soften unruly beard hair and protects it from split ends and breakage. Plus, the added moisture makes your beard look shiny and healthy.

Additionally, argan oil helps to increase testosterone levels (Derouiche et al., 2013). While the study focused on men consuming argan oil orally, not putting it on topically, it shows how beneficial it is for men. Beard hairs grow more when exposed to androgens such as testosterone.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is another popular ingredient that you can find in many beards oils. While rosehip oil does not stimulate hair growth, it is still an excellent ingredient.

Rosehip oil is a fantastic ingredient if your beard is dull and dry. Dry and dull beard hairs are more prone to breakage, so rosehip oil can help maintain your beard hair length. 

Plus, rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants. It can help prevent premature gray hair. 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a well-loved oil known for treating skin issues and wounds. While you cannot ingest this oil orally, jojoba oil is an excellent ingredient to look out for in beard oil.

Jojoba oil is excellent if your patchy beard comes from overly dry skin. Dehydrated skin often leads to weak and brittle hairs that break easily. Jojoba oil traps moisture in the skin and hair because it does not evaporate when applied to the skin.

Jojoba oil also contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Fungus and bacteria can cause skin irritations, pimples, ingrown hairs, etc. Jojoba oil can help treat those problems and encourages your skin and hair to be healthier.

Moreover, it is an excellent ingredient to encourage hair growth and treat hair loss. Jojoba oil helps dissolve sebum blocking your hair follicles, reducing your hair loss. 

Additionally, jojoba oil is full of protein that encourages your beard to grow. It also encourages your hair cells to develop and stimulates blood circulation to your follicles.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil can help prevent hair loss and breakage. It is chock full of vitamins A, C, and E, and it is rich in omega fatty acids. These ingredients are known to encourage hair growth and make your hair soft.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps nourish your beard, hair, and skin. By nourishing the skin under your hair and your follicles, it stimulates hair growth. It also prevents skin irritation as your hair follicles grow and prevents wild hair growth.

Plus, coconut oil is excellent for any stage of your beard. Whether you use it alone or as an ingredient in your beard oil, you can use it for every stage of your beard growth. For instance, virgin coconut oil can heal and moisturize your skin after you shave it. It also helps nourish your skin and hair as it grows. 

Other Tips to Help Fix a Patchy Beard


Minoxidil is one of the most powerful hair growth agonists on the market. Beard oil will not grow new hairs for you, but minoxidil can. It’s available over the counter and can help regrow hair. If you have dormant hair follicles in the patches in your beard, minoxidil can bring them to life. And the best part is, you can stop using minoxidil after these hairs mature. The gains are permanent.

Check out our article on minoxidil beards.

minoxidil beard before/after
Minoxidil Beard Before/After

Let Your Hair Grow

Patchy Beard Before/After Normal Hair Growth

Trying to grow your facial hair out might be better than dealing with a short, patchy beard. The longer hair can help cover up any patchiness you have.

However, it will be a bit of a struggle until you can grow a fuller beard. Try to avoid picking up a trimmer or shaver for at least a month, and let your beard grow out. Once you reach a Viking style beard, you can easily hide the patchy spots.

It is also an excellent way to know where your beard is patchy if you want to keep it short in the future. 

Use Makeup

Women often use makeup like eyebrow powder and pencils to fill in gaps in their eyebrows. You can use makeup to your advantage as well.

You can use eyebrow pencils and powders to add a bit of shade and color to small gaps in your beard. Try to add a little at a time to avoid overdoing it.

Keep in mind that this trick may only work for small patches. If you try to use makeup to cover bigger patches, it may be extremely obvious to other people you have makeup on. It could also make it more evident that you are trying to hide a patchy beard.

Take Vitamins

As you nourish your hair from the outside using products like beard oils, you can also nourish it from the inside. You can take vitamins B, D, E, copper, zinc, magnesium, and iron supplements.

However, it would be best to consult a doctor about taking supplements before grabbing any counter supplements. Most people think that taking more vitamins and minerals cannot hurt, but it is very easy to take too many vitamins and minerals. 

You may find some supplements that are specially made for beard growth. However, the supplements are not always regulated, which means you cannot rely on them for guaranteed beard growth. Do not take too much biotin.

The easiest way to get your vitamins is just to eat a proper diet.

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