Have you developed a beard bald patch?

I recently received a comment here at The Beard Coach regarding bald patches in the beard.  However this did not pertain to the more common problem of having areas that just never really filled in as well as the rest of your beard.  This gentleman had already enjoyed a good 17 years of a thick, robust beard, only to find that he is slowly developing new bald patches in his beard on either side of his chin.

You can imagine how terrible this would be if it happened to you!

I did a bit of research into the problem and found some valuable information to pass along so that anyone suffering this distressing development can put his mind at ease to some extent.  The condition has a medical name – alopecia areata barbae.  It can happen to anyone at any age and the reasons for the disease’s development have not been pinned down by science just yet.  Here is what wikipedia has to say about the causes.

“Alopecia areata is noncommunicable, or not contagious.[2] It occurs more frequently in people who have affected family members, suggesting that heredity may be a factor.[2] Strong evidence that genes may increase risk for alopecia areata was found by studying families with two or more affected members. This study identified at least four regions in the genome that are likely to contain alopecia areata genes.[7] In addition, it is slightly more likely to occur in people who have relatives with autoimmune diseases.[6]

The condition is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth.[2] There is evidence that T cell lymphocytes cluster around these follicles, causing inflammation and subsequent hair loss. An unknown environmental trigger such as emotional stress or a pathogen is thought to combine with hereditary factors to cause the condition.[4] There are a few recorded cases of babies being born with congenital alopecia areata; however, these are not cases of autoimmune disease because an infant is born without a fully developed immune system.”

Another interesting study suggests that alopecia areata barbae could also be an indicator of an infected tooth.

“We have found that bald patches caused by tooth infection are not always in the same place. They normally appear on a line projected from the dental infection and can thus can be located on the face at the level of the maxillary teeth, above a line through the lip-angle to the scalp, beard, or even to the eyebrow.”

So it appears that this condition is not preventable due to the lack of understanding of its causes.  That begs the question… is it curable?

The good news is that in the majority of cases, the hair fully grows back on its own.  However, the time frame is unpredictable.  It could be weeks, months, or years.  For severe cases, it appears that a doctor can prescribe a steroid regimen to slow the spread of the bald patch.  Minoxidil, commonly known by the brand name Rogaine, can also be used in a treatment plan.  However, any of the drugs prescribed would carry the possibility of side effects, so it may be best simply to wait it out.

To summarize, although your beard bald spots are a reason to feel upset, don’t feel too upset because they may be the result of increased stress level anyway!  Visit a dermatologist (and perhaps a dentist as well) to get a professional opinion.  It’s not normal for a healthy beard to start falling to pieces, so listen to what your body is trying to tell you in its ever-so-dramatic fashion.


  1. Try onion … cut into half and rub it over bald patch … it works … i tried it …

  2. I’ve been suffering form these bald patches on my beard which used to come out as a small spot and vanished automatically after a couple of weeks. But since last 2-3 months the patch is ever growing and is making life difficult. I had tried a lot of medications and natural therapies as well but to no avail. With so many comments and no sure shot solution, it seems the destination is still far away. If anyone has got some luck about the same, pls share it.

  3. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Some are affected on the scalp, some on the beard, others may be affected in other areas. There’s no true rhyme or reason for this disease, it’s thought to be hereditary but that doesnt truly answer the “why?” There are few treatments, one of which is corticosteroid injections into the site of hair loss. This may work for some. I only had temporary relief with injections so my dermatologist attempted a last ditch effort of taking oral systemic corticosteroids for several weeks and voila! – my hair started growing back very well. Unfortunately it only lasted for a few months, but it was incredible. I’ve been affected by alopecia areata (barbae) for about 5 years now and have never had it spontaneously resolve – in fact, it has spread to other areas on my beard. Some people respond to treatment better than others. And with treatment comes very real potential side effects, so think long and hard whether your vanity is worth it. You definitely should see a dermatologist if you think you’re affected by this condition. Don’t believe in the snake oil home remedy garbage, because believe me, as much as I’d like to believe there’s a miracle cure, I know truly that this is a very frustrating and difficult condition to treat.

  4. Hi Gents,

    I was wondering if anyone has had success with the steroid cream they tell you to use when you develop these batches. I was told from my doctor (not dermatologist) that my problem was from a fungal infection and bot batches were on the left and right side of my chin. I have been using the cream with minimal results as of yet and I have been using it for a while now. He has it could take 6 months. What about these steroid injections? anyone get them? I want my beard back! Thanks

    1. Actually i too am suffering from the same problem. My family doctor gave me a cream to be applied on the affected area,but after seeing no results,I gave up on it after 3 months. That was a mistake.. As now when i see some old pictures I noticed it was actually working! But now after giving up on it 6 months back, I am realising my mistake. All I suggest is don’t stop applying the cream as it actually helps in minimizing the patches to some extent.

    2. Change your diet and potentially career. How it started happening to this jolly 27 yo lad was a new position where stress was abundant.. and i have a few spots in just a couple months.. Natural remedy: try castor oil good for any underlaying skin conditiin…I hope it grows back dude, it’s been a year since your post, have you discovered anything?

  5. Salaam.

    I Am Suffering From Same Problem A 2 inch Bald Patch On My Beard Right Side Under The Lips.
    I Tried Garlic , But No Result.
    Now A Famous Institute About Home Remedies Give Me Advice To Use 1 Year Old Oil Of Mango Pickle And Apply On Bald Batches Thrice A Day For 2 or 3 Weeks. Now I Am Going To Try After 3 Week I Will Share With You Result.
    All The Old People Of My Area In Pakistan Told Me Kill A Crow Then Apply His Blood At The Spot.
    Many People Show Me Result.
    After Pickle Oil i Will Try Crow Blood.
    In The End Carbolic Acid is Also in Option List , Keep Trying Dnt Lose Hope Friends 😉

  6. Hi I first noticed a patch on the left side of my cheek randomly just grew in size but now there is on on my the right side of my chin also growing. I have used a cream and gel with no success also used the garlic treatment. Can some one please recommend something it’s very depressing.. The cheek patch is roughly an inch but seem to grow and the right chin patch is small but also growing.
    They randomly formed earlier this year

    Please can you help

    1. Im having the same problem.Could do with a few solutions it’s very depressing they just randomly appeared at the under my chin and side of face in December. .Please some help!!

  7. I am having the same problem at the moment with a small patch just right of my chin. I haven’t done anything about it yet, it’s quite new. However, about 6 years ago, at 26 years old I developed a rather large sized bald patch at the very top of my head. This was terrifying, I had such thick dark hair. For a while I was actually coloring in the spot and moving my hair around it to hide the spot. After consulting my doctor, she did a scrape of the area and found a fungal infection… No idea where it had come from or how I came in contact with it, but she prescribed an antibiotic / steroidal medication and a regimen of medicated shampoo. Within a few weeks the hair was growing back and I’ve never had a problem since!! My advice, have a dermatologist check for some type of skin infection, I hope this helps.

  8. I am 25… I have the same problem. I have consulted Dermotologist. She gave me

    1. Tacrolimus Solution 0.1%w/v
    2.Biotin,Niacinamide,Minerals & Amino Acids Tablets (All in one tablet)

    For Two weeks.
    If this dosen’t help she is going to give some injection on effected area.

    I will post the results after 2 weeks

  9. I have a 3 inch section there my beard stopped growing and a one inch section to the left of my chin that stopped growing. It’s been about 5 months now with no hair growing bach it seems. I do think the hairs are still there but very fine… I dunno… Any help would be great!

  10. Hi i’m also 25 and I have a baldspot between my chin and jaw and its been like this for over a year… a doctor recomended ROGAINE but the only one I found is extreamly expensive and theres no guatante thats its gonna work please help me someone

  11. I am a 31 year old duck and my beard is sooo patchy day by day, all my friends comment on it, they even stopped noticing that i dont wear pants!

  12. Seems like I am quite late here to comment, but I have a sure shot remedy for this. I have been more than 6 times in this problem (Beard and Scalp) but came out of it successfully within 10-15 days. Remedy is quite simple and just cut a garlic, squeeze it and rub on the affected area for couple of minutes. One should do it at least twice a day, best time is to do it before one goes to sleep. Please ping me if it works at lkaliape@gmail.com. Good Luck

    1. What? Really?
      That’s awesome. I will have to try it. I had some spots show up a few years ago but they disappeared after about 6 months. I have just had to shave my beard off leaving a moustache.

      Not happy about it so going to try your remedy.

      Hope its not a joke.

      Soon to be garlic face.

    2. yes, the garlic works. many years ago, my dad had the same problem on his beard and my mom found this remedy and it worked. totally fixed within a couple of weeks.

      1. Garlic is a natural anti-fungal, so this makes perfect sense as a remedy assuming the cause of the affliction is fungal and not alopecia.

  13. Hey. I just ran into this problem the other morning. Over the summer and until saturday night i have been growing a rather big beard but with “Movember” rolling around and a job that i need to be trimmed up for over the holidays i figured i would shave the beard and rock the moustache and than grow it out before i went back to work. So it looked fine on saturday, than sunday when my shadow started coming back i noticed some spots where it was not growing, i waited until today to get worried and now i have researched and this alopecia areata is the issue. There is no hair on 4 nickel size areas on my chin.

  14. Hot dang! I had a bald spot developing on my chin and I thought it was odd, the other thing- I have a tooth infection. I thought the tooth infection was going to take care of its self. I’m working on fixing it, but I’m mostly posting this comment to show the far reaching affects of not taking care of one thing or another. thanks for the info!

  15. The dental aspect really interests me and i’ll try to explain quickly why.
    Before recently trying to grow a beard which is going pretty well after about 2 months now, the last 10 years I’d been using clippers to leave the appearance of a few days growth and growing for a few days and then clippering back again every 3 or 4 days depending on how I felt… Well I noticed that I grew a big bald spot that lastest for a few weeks, thought very little of it until now. But around that time I was diagnosed with Gum Disease, I spent around 6 months in professional treatment and huge flossing and Tepee regime eventually clearing the problem (which was stress related and long hours working) I now have very healthy gums and lovely white teeth again.. but the penny has dropped reading this article, it must have been something to do with mouth infection that I acquired the bald spot. So anyone with bald spots, got check out you gums and teeth and keep flossing, losing hair or teeth is scary shit that shouldn’t happen until we are very old folk.

    1. I think you’re on to something Lee.. that’s for the advice.. I also have minor gingivitis. . So I’ll keep brushing flossing and rubbing garlic on the spot. I’ll keep you posted if you wish. I hope your beard is growing well although assumingly it’s difficult in your culture.

  16. “Begs the question” does not mean “raises the question”. It’s a distinct type of logical fallacy.

  17. just look this up as i am very very hairly on the body but bald on top of my head i have just got two bald spots on under my chin but i am 64 years old with no stess at all?

  18. Thank you so much for posting this!! I was so worried that I was just going to have this for life now. I had been maintaining a healthy beard for a few years until a few months ago when a bald spot started growing on my chin. I was devastated. (still kinda am)

  19. Hi all, recently I also had the same problem. I also read all these comments and left it. I went to a skin doctor for another issue and that time I have shown that patches to the doctor. He told me that such patches come when the anti agents in our body act on our skin instead of bacteria and germs. He gave me some injections (with the needle which is used for injecting insulin) To my surprise I found hair growth after 3 weeks. Better visit a doctor then reading the comments and waiting for the time it gets cured..

  20. I have bald patches in the left and right side of my jaw. The right side grows a little more hair than the left. Is this normal? Will I be able to grow a full beard? I’m only 18.

  21. I am 28, and I have always grown a goatee style beard. I was actually challenged to a ‘beard battle’ on the first of April for 4 weeks (the winner with the fullest beard gets very drunk off the losers). I would recommend this to anyone who is attempting to grow a beard, as in my life time I have never had any hair growth on my cheeks (hence keeping the goatee). Between the five ‘warriors’ to take part no one of us had ever grown a full beard and none of us we thought were capable of doing so either. Today is the final day and in the past four weeks alone I have developed a VERY healthy amount of hair on my cheeks which I have quite literally watched turn from thin blonde baby hair to much thicker darker growth. My father and my brothers have are also unable to grow a full beard, so I had pretty much resigned my self to buying a lot of alcohol for the winner. I am amazed at the results of just letting my hair grow for an extended period of time, I think that everyone involved is very surprised at the amount of coverage that we have all received due to our little game, whether it is a mix of testosterone from the competition or the new found confidence in our almost full beards, we have all decided that this was the best thing any of us had done as a group, because as individuals we had long thought about ‘trying’ to grow full beards but have always been put off by the idea of not being able to, but when we added the competitive element between a small number of guys at the office there was a definite motivation to keep going and growing.
    All in all I would recommend this to any one who wants to grow, as it has helped all 5 of us develop much better coverage. It has also enabled us to see how much beards suit us all and I am proud to announce the bearding community has just gained 5 new members.
    So remember if in doubt challenge some colleagues or friends to a beard battle, at least four weeks as we all know that is the minimum time investment needed for any beard, you won’t have more fun.

  22. Question; I am 25 years old and have had the hardest time growing a beared. I have two significant spots on my face where hair has never grown. Is there any method to correct this? or am I stuck with a patchy 5 o’clock shadow babyface?

    1. At 25, I’m doubtful that those bald patches will fill in. However, if they are relatively small, you can grow your beard out longer, and it should cover them up. I actually have a spot on my right cheek that is a bit thinner than the rest of my face, but I usually wear my beard thick enough to hide it. So my advice is to grow you beard out to a significant length and see how it looks!

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