July 12, 2022

Aloe vera – the wonder plant renowned for soothing sunburn, smoothing wrinkles and healing wounds. It’s been used for centuries to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and even help internal health. The ancient Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality” and referred to its gel-like sap as the “elixir of eternal life”.

But what can aloe vera do for beard growth? Can its astonishing properties produce a thicker, more luxurious beard? Can it really make a beard grow faster?

To answer the faster beard growth question… no. As for a healthier beard, aloe vera can help there – but usually when it’s combined with other ingredients, rather than being applied straight up.

Let’s explore what happens when you put aloe vera on your beard.

What even is Aloe Vera?

It’s a succulent tropical plant. It can be invasive, but is usually grown for decoration, as well as for its medicinal magic.

Aloe vera is used in all kinds of skin lotions, moisturizers, aftershaves, shampoos, antiseptic gels, burn kits, and much more. It’s even sometimes added to smoothies or simply diluted in water for a refreshing drink. (Beware that it can have a strong laxative effect.) And, of course, it can be a key ingredient in beard moisturizing products.

Why is it so widely used? Because it has potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is nothing short of amazing on skin, assisting it to be better moisturized, more supple and more youthful-looking.

Aloe vs. Beard and skin health

Aloe vera can help moisturize your beard hairs and facial skin, providing them with conditioning nutrients. Better moisturized skin means less skin flaking that causes itchy and unsightly beard dandruff (beardruff). Better nourished skin and hair follicles are stronger yet more flexible, so whiskers will grow healthier. And healthier whiskers look shinier and fuller.

Plus… if you suffer from an itchy beard, we recommend using a beard moisturizer containing aloe vera to help soothe that annoyance.

Will aloe vera help your beard grow faster?

No. There’s no evidence aloe vera will make a beard grow faster. However, aloe vera is a great ingredient to include in beard care products. Why? Because it promotes a healthier environment for your facial hairs to sprout.

Can aloe vera help a patchy beard?

Sadly, also no. But don’t despair! If you suffer from a patchy beard, aloe vera can make hairs healthier, so they look and feel more luxurious and appear to fill out the gaps better.

How can it make whiskers healthier? Through aloe’s array of enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins.

Just remember to keep up the regular washing (with a dedicated beard wash), oiling and brushing. The complete beard care routine makes hairs look better and beefier.

A thicker beard via healthier cells

This relates somewhat to the patchy beard question.

If you have a patchy garden, fertilizing and irrigating the soil makes produce grow more fully. Likewise, if you have a thin beard, nourishing and moisturizing your skin's cells with aloe vera can make for healthier hair follicles that grow stronger, thicker strands.

What other benefits does aloe have for beards?

What else can aloe vera do for your mane? Check this out…

  • In the first month of growth, it can cut down beard itch and sooth the maddening irritation of those scratchy new hairs.
  • It reduces bacterial, microbial and fungal activity in your beard hairs.
  • It helps facial skin stay younger and fresher.
  • It can reduce beard acne.
  • It helps restore damaged skin cells and clear away dead ones.
  • It’s very soothing on razor burn, especially on the throat areas where the skin is super sensitive.
  • If you dye your beard, it can get dried out very easily. Aloe vera helps re-moisturize in a big way.

What to know before using straight aloe vera on your beard

If you use pure aloe vera on your beard, after a few weeks it’s very likely to bleach your hair to some degree. Fortunately, this is only temporary. But it’s not something most beardmeisters want. 

Better to use aloe vera for a beard by having it incorporated into a premium beard moisturizer product to enliven skin and hairs alike. When it’s included in such a product, you won’t experience any lightning.

And that’s the skinny on aloe vera for beard growth and health. It’s an amazing natural elixir for promoting and assisting overall health and conditioning of your beard and facial skin. 

You don’t need to go out and buy aloe vera gel, extract or leaves to apply them to your beard. You need only a little of nature’s wonder-plant in a beard moisturizer to be used in combination with the nourishing power of quality beard products.

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