On your journey to bearded masterpiece, there are many obstacles along the way. An almost certainty is at one point in time, you will suffer from beard itch, possibly beard dandruff, and maybe, just maybe, you might find yourself with patches in your beard. Believe it or not, this is more common than you think, especially with many early beard growers.

In this article, we’ll look at how to fix a patchy beard, how to fill a patchy beard, and also the causes of a patchy beard. At Cremo, we strive to always be astonishingly superior and we’re committed to helping you achieve your bearded dreams.

First, let’s take a look at why patchy beards exist.

Why is my Beard Patchy?

To better understand some patchy beard solutions, we’ve first got to look at the root cause of the issues. Patchy beards exist for a reason, so which one of the below do you feel your patchiness is gravitating towards?

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Unfortunately, this is something none of us have much control over. Look around at your family – do the men all have wonderful beards or stubble that is patch free?? If they do, then you probably have a good chance at growing a patch-free beard yourself, though, there are no gurantees when it comes to growing a beard.


Facial hair generally starts growing around puberty. Sometime around 16 you or your friends will start sporting some fuzz on the upper lip. Some friends might have more, some less (see point above). However, one thing highly likely is that a group of 16 year old males won’t be able to grow a full beard – not yet anyways.

Most individuals able to grow beards are slightly older. Again, although not an exact science, 25 is a pretty good age to test whether you can grow a beard and having the staying power to keep it growing and possibly fill out the patches. Any time before 25 and you may not be able to develop your facial hair fully yet, which yes, may result in patches.

Hormone Imbalance

Another cause of patchy beards can be from a hormone imbalance. A lack of testosterone, for example, can affect patchy beard progress.

Alopecia Areata

Although not common, spot baldness can form a dime-sized bald spot anywhere on the body, which includes your facial area.

Do patches need to be fixed?

If you take a long look at all the different beards in the world, you might be surprised to see more patchy beards than you thought. Some beards actually look better with the patches and for some looks, a patchy beard serves the style of that individual better.

Although style and fashion are subjective, our general rule of thumb with patchiness and whether it looks acceptable is symmetry. What we mean by this is if we have similar bald patches under or to the sides of your mouth, this can end up looking good.

However, if you have one side of your face that grows hair and the other side doesn’t -- this could look disjointed.

Tips for fixing and filling in a patchy beard

So now we know the reasons one might have a patchy beard, let’s look at some ways to fix it and create a patchy beard success story of your own.

Hopefully with these patch beard fixes, a full, luxurious beard will be well within reach.

  1. Just grow it
  2. Emphasize it
  3. Care for it
  4. Diet
  5. Exercise
  6. Rest
  7. Stress free

Just grow it

A beard takes time to fully develop and a lot of men just give up too early in the process. Sometimes this is due to itchiness and other beard obstacles, but you really do have to just give it time. If you find there are a few patches, that’s ok, just persevere and see if your patchy beard progress improves. Men can often be their own worst critics, focusing on the bad areas and comparing their beards with other beards, which have had time to fully grow.

Set yourself a goal if you wish. Tell yourself you will at least grow without touching for three months. If it still doesn’t look right to you after the three months, then you have our blessing to shave it off. But please, just give it a chance. Give beard a chance.

Emphasize it

Likewise, if you do get to the three-month stage and there are still patches, why not keep it? Plenty of men have patchy beards and they can completely own that look. You could even decide that you want to shorten the beard slightly so there is light stubble as this can mask beard patchiness and still look cool. Work with what you have.

Care for it

By this we don’t mean by trimming it – not yet, anyways. Your beard is hair on your face and just like the hair and skin across the rest of your body, it is a good idea to look after it and keep it healthy. Grooming the beard can also help with beard patchiness.

Take a further look down this article on how you can groom your beard to help deal with patchy beards.

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When learning how to fill in a patchy beard, one item that often gets overlooked is diet.

Not only does junk food affect your health (and waistline), a bad diet can actually affect your beard growth. If you eat a healthy diet with a healthy balance of vitamins and nutrients, your beard will benefit. We’re not saying if you instantly change your diet to something healthier your beard will grow over night, but it’ll definitely help the hair and skin all over the body.


Exercise can help boost testosterone levels, increase blood flow, boost metabolism and aids in body recovery. Not only that, but you could find yourself looking and feeling fitter, which isn’t a bad thing either. Take a look at some bearded icons out there, a lot of them regularly post pictures of their beard on social media while working out.


Any excuse to get some rest is a good enough excuse in our books. However, numerous studies have shown that not getting enough sleep effects the body in many ways. Not only do you feel tired all day with a lack of sleep, you’re also creating less testosterone. Struggling with a patchy beard? Could just be you’re staying up too late.

Stress Free

Staying away from this one isn’t always easy. Our lives are full of stress from work, home life and everything else in between. However, stress also impacts a beards growth: through not getting enough rest, to not eating properly, stress affects us in more ways than one. You probably know of someone whose hair has fallen out or changed color due to stress and this can just as easily happen to your beard.

Best Beard Products for Fixing Patchy Beard

Cremo knows the pain of growing a beard and has gone through the tough times. From beard itch, beard dandruff and also patchiness, we’re right here for you. It’s because of these ailments, when we went to the guys with white coats and laid out our ‘beard product plan’, we told them under all circumstances, we must develop products to combat these issues.

  1. Beard Wash
  2. Beard & Scruff Cream
  3. Thickening Beard Cream
  4. Beard Oil
  5. Beard Brush

Beard Wash

The Cremo Beard and Face Wash - The first step in your beard grooming ritual. Your facial hair is different than the hair on your head. It’s more wiry and coarse, while the skin underneath is more sensitive. Regular shampoos are not designed to clean facial hair and the sensitive skin underneath. Cremo Beard & Face Wash is specially formulated for facial hair.

It's important to keep facial hair clean when allowing the beard to initially grow in and for the patches to fill. Giving up too early is the biggest reason (that we see) for men to give up on their beard, and they usually give up because it’s either itching their face too much, or because they don’t give it time. We can’t stress this enough.

cremo reserve blend and scruff cream

Beard & Scruff Cream

Similar to the Beard and Face Wash, Cremo Beard and Scruff Cream is there to ease you through the early stages of beard growth. Unlike the Beard Wash, this product is a leave-in conditioner. This means that once your beard has dried from the shower (we take it you shower, right?) you can add this product to ease the itch. No itch = no shave, and no shave = beard growth, which then = patches filled.

Thickening Beard Cream

If you're waiting for your beard patches to fill in, or looking for an extra helping hand, Thickening Beard Cream could be the answer you are looking for. This lightweight, non-greasy formula helps make your beard looking bigger and bolder while reducing the look of patchiness.

Beard Oil

Beard Oil can also help with beard itchiness, thanks to the natural oils that it can give back to the beard hair. Because it adds moisturization and nourishment, it allows the hair to grow faster.

Beard Brush

One of the most under-valued products for any beard is a Beard Brush. It removes impurities, directs the beard hair and increases blood flow. So not only can it hide patches by brushing the hair in the right direction, it can clean up the facial hair and give it a proper habitat in which to fulfill its full potential.

Shop Cremo Today!

So whether you’re looking to fix those beard patches, or you want to shave, smell better or work on that killer hairstyle, Cremo has you covered. For a deeper delve, take a look at all our products www.cremocompany.com/shop-all