Does Minoxidil really work for patchy beards?

      Very tough question and it involves a lot to answer. First we have to understand how testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone or DHT. In various cells, we have an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase which converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is a “stronger” version of testosterone. This manages hair growth on the chin, chest and underarms. DHT binds to the receptors on the hair follicles. People who are genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness have similar receptors on the crown of the head, However instead of promoting hair growth when DHT attaches to the receptor it actually thins the hair and cause hair loss.

      Minoxidil works by enlarging the diameter of the hair follicle, causing a thicker hair, and by prolonging the anagen stage of hair growth which results in longer and a higher number of hair strands. essentially it slows the replication process. According to "Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine," studies have shown that "up to 60 percent of men show improvement in vertex balding...with a mean increase in hair density of 10 percent to 12 percent."

I am going to speculate here.

      If the hair follicles on your face have the same receptors that Minoxidil targets then yes, it would help you grow that hair. I could see higher results in the chin area than anywhere else on you face. Everyone will be different based on their genetics.

Hope this helps.

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