The teenage years are stressful for most of us, boys and girls alike. While we all have different demons to tackle, growing your first beard or mustache can be one of the more stressful parts of any teenage boy’s life. Having your teen facial hair out on display can be an outright nightmare if it does not look “good”. You cannot just hide it from those around you with clothes or makeup. That is why a lot of teenagers simply start shaving.
What if we told you that there are easy ways to grow a beard at 17? Or that you could even grow one before that? Of course, it will not happen overnight and will always look silly at first. There is no getting around that. But, even if you are not the most testosterone-filled stud in the yard, there are still plenty of things you can do to help your facial hair grow.
And besides, why worry? No matter how your facial hair looks in your teen years, it will always be completely normal. Do not let anyone mock you for something as trivial as sporting a chin beard or a sparse teenage mustache. If they do, remember that that is how even the manliest of beards start.
So here are some actionable tips on how to grow a beard at 17!
Take your vitamins
Do you get annoyed when your parents tell you to eat your fruit and vegetables? Well, fruits and veggies are not just good for your overall long-term health, they are also great for stimulating hair growth. Even if you are radiating testosterone, if your skin does not absorb enough of it from your bloodstream, your beard will not grow well. What allows your skin and hair follicles to benefit from the testosterone in your system is keratin. Keratin production is very closely related to the amount of vitamins and minerals in your body.
Don’t forget the protein
Meat, eggs, nuts, beans, and lentils are a must in any teenage boy’s diet, especially if you want to stimulate hair growth. Proteins encourage the body’s testosterone production, which is vital for facial hair growth. All in all, aim for a good, balanced diet since dieting or overeating can also negatively affect your testosterone levels.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
It may sound silly but being properly hydrated at all times is one of the best things you can do. This applies to most organs in your body, including your skin. Well-hydrated skin is a soft and fertile organ that grows hair very quickly and easily. In addition to making sure that you drink a lot of liquids, it is also a good idea to moisturize your skin externally. (Remember: alcohol does not work hydration purposes as it actually has a dehydrating effect.) A good moisturizer will soften your skin and stimulate your hair follicles in a great way. We recommend moisturizers that contain eucalyptus.
Clean your face every day
Most men and boys skip this first and vital step because they do not care much about their skin. Good skin health is crucial for hair growth. It opens your skin pores and hair follicles, allowing the hair to grow thicker and more quickly. You do not need any special products; just use warm water and a good, mild soap that is safe for facial use. Alternatively, you can use a face cleansing gel in place of the mild soap.
Exfoliation is the name of the game
Washing your face every day is a great first step. But, to make sure that your beard grows as well as possible, it is also a good idea to exfoliate. This will remove any dead skin cells that may be blocking your hair follicles. Using a good exfoliating scrub two or three times per week can be very effective during most teenage beard growth stages. You can even use it daily if you want. Make sure you choose your exfoliating scrub carefully, though. It has to be a product that is formulated specifically for men – and, by extension, boys. More specifically, it has to be suitable for your skin type. There are different types of exfoliating scrubs designed different types of skin. So, you will need to determine your type of skin (oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination of the three) and choose your product accordingly.
Reduce the stress as much as possible
Yes, we know, this is easier said than done. Stress is the main problem in most people’s lives, teenagers included. Plus, intense stress has a lot of negative consequences on your health that are much more serious than whether you have facial hair or not. Nevertheless, we are here to talk about beards. So, if you find that your life right now is too stressful and you want to grow nice facial hair, reducing your level of stress should be your main priority.
Massages can help
One free and easy-to-follow tip that does not require any commercial products but that’s still a good way how to grow a beard faster for teenagers is to give yourself a facial massage once or twice per day. This may sound silly at first but doing so will improve the blood circulation in your face. This, in turn, will stimulate hair growth. Simply perform finger massages on most parts of your face using light, circular motions. It is easy to turn this into a habit by doing it at a certain time of the day, such as just before bed or early in the morning.
In conclusion, a lot of the tips for growing a beard as a teenager are not that different from the general beard growing tips you would give an older man. However, this kind of advice is arguably more important in the teenage stages of beard growth as that is when you will most likely want to achieve a good beard as quickly as possible.
However, this will take time. Remember not to stress over it too much. It is all normal. Besides, as we already mentioned, stress will not help; it might even make things harder.