How to Grow Facial Hair while Young

by Kristine Tucker ; Updated September 28, 2017

Growing facial hair is not always a simple task. Most facial hair growth is genetic, so if your father and grandfathers don't have much facial hair, there is a good chance that you might not have much either. However, there are a few simple steps and guidelines that will increase the potential amount of facial hair growth that you can achieve. In order to grow facial hair while you are young, the best method is to wait until you have ended puberty before attempting hair growth practices.

Consider testosterone therapy. Consult a doctor to see if testosterone therapy is safe and effective for your age, genetic makeup and family medical history. Realize that even when undergoing testosterone treatments, it may take several years to grow facial hair. Many doctors won't recommend testosterone therapy for young adults who have not ended puberty.

Keep your face clean. Moisturize your face on a daily basis with lotion that is recommended for the face. Exfoliate the beard and mustache portions of the face with a soft loofah sponge or brush. This will keep the facial hair follicles clean and clear of dirt. Use a hot cotton cloth to allow steam to open your facial pores.

Choose facial hair dye to give the appearance of thicker whiskers. According to, facial hair dye will thicken the appearance of facial hair if you already have some substantial growth. However, if your facial hair is still very thin and wispy, coloring probably won't be very effective. If you are young but have already started to grow numerous thick whiskers but some of them are coming in blond, then using a facial hair dye might help help make your hair appear more dense. Choose a facial hair dye that has been specifically designed for the face and closely matches the color of hair on your head. Follow all the directions on the hair dye product. Do not use regular hair dye for the head or you could have a severe allergic reaction.

Stay healthy and take vitamins. Choose minerals and vitamins that have been proven to help hair growth. Take only the appropriate amount of these nutrients in your diet. According to, these nutrients include, but are not limited to, vitamin A; vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B12; vitamin C; vitamin E; and biotin on a daily basis.

Do not trim the whiskers for two weeks. Avoid the temptation to shave and trim whiskers at their onset. Shaving has not been proven to increase hair growth. Wait until the facial hair has grown for two weeks before shaping, trimming and shaving.


  • If facial hair dye looks unnatural or discolored after application, simply shave off the facial hair.

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About the Author

As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.