I came across some post claiming that toothpaste can actually boost the growth of the manly mane. Out of curiosity, i decided to do some research on the matter. Here are the results of my research.
Can toothpaste grow beards? Toothpaste cannot help you grow facial hair. Some toothpaste companies add essential oils such as mint in their toothpaste to add scent or flavor, while peppermint has been proven to grow hair. The mint in toothpaste is too little to stimulate beard growth.
If you are looking to grow a beard or boost beard growth, stop applying toothpaste and get yourself Rogaine/minoxidil, A hair growth serum that has been proven to help grow a beard even in men who have been struggling to grow a beard.
Toothpaste and beard growth
The growth of facial hair is attributed to two factors genes and beard hormones (testosterone and dihydrotestosterone).
The sensitivity of your genes to these two beard hormones determines the extent of your beard growth.
To stimulate the growth of facial hair you should either increase your levels of testosterone in case you have lower levels of testosterone or increase the sensitivity of your genes to these hormones.
Ingredients in toothpaste that can stimulate beard growth?
Some toothpaste such as Colgate is made of peppermint or simply mint to add freshness to your breath once you have used it to brush your teeth.
Studies conducted to test whether peppermint can stimulate hair growth involved, jojoba oil, peppermint, and Rogaine the only product that has been approved by the FDA to help regrow hair.
At the end of the research which was conducted on rats, the group that used peppermint had more hair regrowth as compared to Rogaine and jojoba oil.
Oral consumption of peppermint or any mint family for that matter has been proven to lower the levels of testosterone in the body.
But topical application stimulates hair growth, which is why you will find anecdotal evidence online of people claiming that they use toothpaste to grow out their beard.
Is applying toothpaste on your beard a good idea?
Applying toothpaste on your facial hair is a very bad idea. Toothpaste contains the following ingredients which could potentially harm your beard.
- artificial sweeteners
- artificial colors
- sodium lauryl sulfate
- Propylene glycol
- mint family ingredients
The amount of mint used in toothpaste is too little to cause any facial hair to grow.
What should you use to grow a beard instead of toothpaste
Instead of smearing your face with toothpaste just to get a small percentage of mint on your face which will never help you grow a beard. Invest either on peppermint essential oil or even better go for Rogaine and beard roller.
How do Rogaine and beard rollers stimulate beard growth?
Rogaine has been proven to grow both facial hair and hair on the head.
Some men who have not been able to grow a beard because genes were against them have been able to grow a beard by using Rogaine.
A derma roller or specifically beard roller, create small punctures on your skin that trick the body into producing more collagen to ‘heal the punctured skin’ at the same time blood flow in the face improves.
It is advisable to apply Rogaine 3-4 hours after using the derma roller. Continued use of Rogaine for about six months should be able to grow you a beard where you have been struggling to grow one.
Some men from ethnicities that have not been able to grow a beard such as Chinese men have reported success after using Rogaine.
However, the official website for Rogaine states that after one stops using Rogaine they may lose the hair they had grown using Rogaine.
However, anecdotal evidence has people saying that they have been able to keep their beards even after they stopped using Rogaine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does toothpaste help facial hair grow? Toothpaste does not help facial hair growth. despite the fact that toothpaste contains little amounts of peppermint or mint which have been proven to help increase hair growth. The amount in toothpaste is very little to help your beard grow. But products like rogaine have been proven beyond doubt to help grow a beard even among men who have struggled to grow a beard.
We do not recommend using toothpaste to try to stimulate the growth of facial hair. But invest in products that have been proven to help grow a beard such as Rogaine. It will save you both time and money.
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