Beard Not Growing Under Lip? Here’s the Secret to Fill the Gaps (2023)

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You might be wondering why your beard grows very well on the other areas of your face, but refuses to grow on that small area under the bottom lip.

Sure, you might have that little soul patch line there in the middle, but on both sides of it there is typically two bald patches that remain hairless in majority of bearded men.

Why is this area so hard to grow facial hair into? And how can you finally fill the beard under lip and have a complete full beard? That’s what we are going to take a look at today.

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Why is there No Beard Under My Lip?

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So you have a beard around your cheeks and in your sideburns area, your mustache is full and thick, and the chin hairs are growing very well too, you even have a nice little soul patch in the middle of your chin.

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Still, the two bald spots are there, right next to the soul patch on each side. Why?

Nobody seems to know. It’s likely due to your genetics (as some men can completely fill their beards underlip naturally and others won’t), hormone levels, and age, but the full reason as to why there’s no beard under the lip on so many guys remains a mystery.

Some people have theorized that the missing beard underlip might be due to an evolutionary reason and just to make it easier for men to consume food, but that doesn’t really make much sense considering how we still have mustaches and chin hairs.

You might be thinking that there’s no facial hair follicles in the area, and that’s why the beard refuses to grow there, but that’s not the case either.

If you would look at your under lip area with a microscope, you would see hundreds of tiny non-pigmented beard vellus hairs popping out from the follicles. It’s just for some reason that these “peach fuzz” hairs are not maturing to darker thicker beard hairs.

Can You Even Fill a Beards Lower Lip?

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Yes, even if your genetics are against it and you feel like there would be no possible way to fill the area around your mouth, it can still be done if you manage to activate the dormant hair follicles and force them to mature into thick beard hairs.

Sounds like crazy talk huh?

Well, there’s a routine out there which combines a popular hair-loss activator, a practice called microneedling, and one essential oil to practically “force” your beards underlip to fill out with thicker beard hairs.

And you don’t have to just take my word for it, this routine has been done by thousands of guys already – who have grown beards when they weren’t normally able to grow any – and all of the parts of the routine have been studied by actual researchers for their hair follicle activating effects.

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Below I will explain step by step how to do this routine to fill out your beards lower lip, and how it can be used to fill out any weak or patchy area in your facial hair.

How to Fill Beard Under Lip – a Routine

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Like I said, you do have facial hair follicles under your lip, even though it seems like no beard is growing there.

All we need to do is to activate the dormant follicles and stimulate the non-pigmented mini beard hairs growing from them so that they can – with long enough time – mature into real beard hairs.

To do this we need three things:

These are the main components used in a “underground” beard growing routine that has been tried and tested by tens of thousands of guys over at the 50,000+ member Minox Beard Spot Facebook group and over at Reddit.

The routine works like this:

Once or twice per week, go through the bald patches on your underlip area with a Derma Roller (also known as beard roller) that has a needle length of 0.5 to 0.75mm.

On the days that you do not use the Beard Roller, massage a small amount of Minoxidil into the bald patches under your lip (1-2ml twice per day is recommended for full beard area, so less than that should suffice easily).

Mix a batch of 3% peppermint oil and use it as a beard oil whenever your beard gets dry and after using the Derma Roller. To get a 3% dilution, you need to fill a 1 oz. beard oil bottle with a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil) and put in approximately 18 drops of pure peppermint essential oil.

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So why exactly is this routine so effective at filling the facial hair area under your bottom lip?

The use of a Derma Roller will puncture tiny micro-tears into the skin surface, reaching the epidermis layer. This prompts the body into a “repair mode” and fresh hormone rich blood is shuttled directly into the area.

As a happy little side effect, collagen production improves, your facial hair follicles get more hormones and nutrients, and stem-cell growth factors are activated.

So far this has only been studied on scalp-hair, with extremely promising results as seen in this image below…

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In the next part we talked about using Minoxidil 5% on the areas where you want the beard to grow.

As you might know, Minoxidil is the most popular over-the-counter hair follicle activator, and so far tens of studies have shown that it stimulates hair follicles on top of your scalp.

Little do most people know, minoxidil has also been studied on its ability to grow facial hair, chest hair, and even eyebrows (with significant positive effects on all three)

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On top of the actual research results, there are thousands of guys who have used it to grow beards when they weren’t previously able to do so (you can find hundreds of real before-after pictures at the Minox Beard Spot FB group and by now all over the internet as well).

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The last thing I mentioned is peppermint essential oil, which is commonly used in conjunction with microneedling and minoxidil in a 3% dilution to further enhance the beard growing effects and to stimulate the circulation.

Peppermint oil has also been studied on its effect in activating dormant hair follicles – not in humans but in mice – and through increasing the levels of growth hormones directly within the follicles it was able to increase hair count, hair thickness, and hair growth speed.

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With these three ingredients and following this routine, you should be able to fill your beards underlip within 6-12 months (be patient, the results are not instant, but they will come – this has been tried and tested by thousands of guys).

I know by this point you will have a boat-load of questions about how exactly should you follow the routine, how to use the beard roller, how long to leave the minoxidil on, etc. etc. and this post is not long enough to answer all of that in detail…

Which is why you should familiarize yourself with these more detailed posts:

  • Derma Roller for Beard Growth: Do Beard Rollers Really Work or Not?
  • Minoxidil for Beard: Does Rogaine Really Work on Facial Hair?
  • Peppermint Essential Oil for Beard Growth: Does it Really Work?


The reason you are not growing beard under your lip has to do with genetics, age, and multiple other unknown factors.

While it may seem impossible to fill out the lower lip area, it’s not. There are beard follicles in there and it only takes a bit of work to activate the dormant ones to fully mature the non-visible baby hairs spewing from them.

The above mentioned routine of microneedling, minoxidil, and 3% PEO is studied and well-tested by actual people to fill out any bald beard areas – including the hard to grow beard under lip.

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What do you think? Have anything to add or questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Why is my beard not filling in under my mouth? ›

A: The 4 most common causes of patchy beards are age, genetics, alopecia areata (balding), and hormonal imbalances. Age and genetics are two of the most common that most people have little control over, however there are solutions you can try to promote patchy beard growth and grow a fuller beard.

Why is my beard not growing under my lower lip? ›

It's likely due to your genetics (as some men can completely fill their beards underlip naturally and others won't), hormone levels, and age, but the full reason as to why there's no beard under the lip on so many guys remains a mystery.

What is the gap in my beard under my lip? ›

A soul patch, also known as a mouche, is a single small patch of facial hair just below the lower lip and above the chin.

Why doesn't my beard connect near my mouth? ›

There are many reasons as to why your beard refuses to connect, including underlying scar tissue, slow growing beard hairs, light non-visible vellus beard hairs, or just you having a naturally patchy beard growth with a weak mustache growth.

Will my beard eventually fill in? ›

Most men do not reach their full beard potential until the age of 35. That's right, 35. If you are younger than 35 then your beard has yet to reach its full potential. Plenty of guys have gone through their 20s thinking they can't grow a full beard.

What is a small beard under the lower lip called? ›

What is a soul patch? A soul patch is a small, sharply-trimmed beard that sits just below the lips, above the chin.

Why don't I grow hair in the middle of my mustache? ›

The mustache gap happens in an area called the "philtrum" (or cupid's bow). If you have a large philtrum, it may cause a mustache gap to be more apparent. Hair is less likely to grow in these anatomical folds, so those with a smaller philtrum are going to have a less noticeable mustache gap.

What happens if you use minoxidil on your face? ›

As with Rogaine's use on your scalp, side effects of Rogaine on your beard aren't common or typically serious. Some possible side effects include: redness or irritation of your facial skin scalp irritation. hair growing in areas that you didn't expect, such as further down your neck or back.

How can I regrow my beard cheek line? ›

Repairing a neck or cheek line: all-in method

Let all of the beard grow outside the neck or cheek line that you wish to modify. Give the new growth enough time to grow out so that you can start to see the proper location for the new neck or cheek lines. Allow at least a week or two, possibly more.

What causes stunted beard growth? ›

Low testosterone levels. In some cases, low testosterone may be the cause of poor beard growth. People with extremely low levels of testosterone have next to no facial hair. Unless your testosterone levels are clinically low, they probably aren't impacting your facial hair growth.

What stimulates beard growth? ›

Regularly comb your beard to stimulate the hair follicles and draw the natural oils produced by your skin down the length of the hair. Massaging and moisturising can also encourage facial hair growth.

How long does it take for beard gaps to fill? ›

It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months for mildly patchy beards to fill in. Stay patient.

Does patchy beard mean low testosterone? ›

Contrary to popular belief, patchy beards are not usually the result of low testosterone levels. Rather, it mostly comes down to how sensitive your hair follicles are to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male sex hormone produced by testosterone.

How do I shape my beard around my mouth? ›

Point your beard scissors vertically to trim hair from the corners of your lip, leaving a clean, heavy layer on top. Then use a Beard & Moustache Comb with scissors to cut high off the lip – angling the comb in the same direction as your lips. Simply trim away any wild strands from your cheeks and jaw.

Should your beard be on your jawline? ›

“Follow the line around without rounding too much,” says Candia. “It shouldn't be a V—there should definitely be hair under both sides of the jaw.” Use either your normal razor or a small trimmer—the neckline requires neat work. But don't worry.

Where should my beard jaw line be? ›

The line of your jaw will obviously not be the same as everyone else's, but it always pays to use common sense. If you're unsure where your beard should end, tilt your head back, look in a mirror and shave it – again, above your Adam's apple, but in a straight line.

At what age does a man's beard stop growing? ›

Beards never stop growing. However, individual hairs reach a maximum length, fall out, and begin the growth cycle again. In addition, there is a host of factors that can change growth rate, full length, and length in general.

What does it mean if a guy has a soul patch? ›

: a small growth of beard under a man's lower lip.

Who has a soul patch? ›

The soul patch began popping up everywhere in the '90s. Luke Perry wore one in his role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Baseball catcher Mike Piazza and speed skater Apolo Ohno became famous faces with one. Even Garth Brooks got involved, taking the image well away from jazz music.

What is the space under your lip called? ›

The philtrum is the groove that runs from the top of the lip to the nose. The length of the philtrum is passed down from parents to their children through genes. This groove is shortened in people with certain conditions.

How do I get more hair follicles on my mustache? ›

Exercise. Exercise improves blood flow, which helps to stimulate hair follicle growth. Exercises like weightlifting and strength training may also temporarily boost testosterone. Try varying the workouts you do, as well as the time of day you do them.

How can I thicken the middle of my mustache? ›

One of the easiest and quickest ways to fix a thin-looking mo' is by applying a moustache wax. Whacking some wax on your whiskers can provide a much stronger look to your 'stache. It creates a mirage of a thick mo' by adding more weight and volume to the hairs.

When should you not use minoxidil? ›

If scalp irritation is a problem, you may need to avoid using minoxidil on the same days that you have your hair colored or chemically treated (for example, permed). Do not use on other parts of the body unless directed by your doctor. Do not use on skin that is red, painful, irritated, scraped, cut, or infected.

What medication is used to grow a beard? ›

You probably know minoxidil can help grow the hair on your head, so read on to learn how it can help you sport a full, healthy beard.

How many hours should I leave minoxidil on my face? ›

Allow the minoxidil to completely dry for 2 to 4 hours after applying it, including before going to bed.

What is the beard under your mouth called? ›

What is a soul patch? A soul patch is a small, sharply-trimmed beard that sits just below the lips, above the chin.

How long does it take for cheek beard to fill in? ›

Facial hair, like scalp hair, grows in stages — and understanding it may help you maximize your beard-growing potential. A full beard can take 2 to 4 months to grow, as facial hair tends to grow between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters (mm) every 24 hours. This works out to between one third and one half an inch per month.

What age does your beard stop filling in? ›

So if you're struggling to grow a beard, take comfort in knowing that it could be good for your health. So, when does your beard stop filling in? It's different for everyone, but the consensus seems to be that it reaches its full potential sometime around your late twenties or early thirties.

What is a Skegg beard? ›

Old Norse Skeggi (m.)

The name possibly derives from the Old Norse word Skegg, meaning 'beard'.

What is a skeg beard? ›

In ships such as Mary Rose, the skeg is a very small feature; a tapered extension of the keel below the leading edge of the rudder. This somewhat beard-like sternward extension of the keel is the basic skeg.

What is a beard without a mustache called? ›

A beard without a mustache has many styles and variations, but the most popular names are the goatee, chinstrap, mutton chops, and Amish beard. For longer styles, a beard without a mustache is also referred to as a Lion's mane, chin curtain, and the dutch Beard.


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