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Facial Hair – The Testosterone Connection

Some guys are just gifted. They’re able to grow a full, thick beard almost overnight. Why is this?

Well, whilst it’s often brushed off as simply ‘genetics’ or ‘it runs in the family’, it’s really down to two hormones – testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.

What is dihydrotestosterone?

dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a metabolite of testosterone. It is a much more potent androgen compared to testosterone but can’t be produced without testosterone being available first.

What happens is that testosterone acts as a prohormone – a kind of helping hand hormone that gently nudges DHT production in the right direction. It does this with the help of a catalyst enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR).

Typically, if your T levels are high, your DHT levels are high too.

Together, these two hormones are responsible for many characteristics. One of them, of course, is beard growth.

So if facial hair is a sign of optimal testosterone, it’s no surprise that women find it attractive. A study published in the American Psychological Association [2] found that when women judged the attractiveness of either fully bearded, moustached, goateed or clean-shaven men, women chose beards.

The women volunteers claimed that beards helped men look more masculine, mature, good-looking, dominant, self-confident, courageous, liberal, nonconforming and industrious.

If there’s ever an excuse to grow out that facial hair, there it is!

And the icing on the cake?  Iron John Beard Co. Beard Oil of course.


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