Facial hair and male adolescence

Facial hair

While some men have a luscious beard and moustache in their seventeenth, others stay hairless even being mature. An average boy can notice hair on his face around the age of sixteen. Although for many teens these changes occur not so fast. What is the reason of hair growth? And what to do to get a little bit more, than few wisps on your face?

Why do men have a beard, mustache and whiskers?

mustache_and_whiskersFacial hair is a typical sex characteristic for boys. In late puberty men testicles start to produce significantly more testosterone, than before. Thus visible changes occur. Size of a penis increases (as well as virility). Erection during waking up (so called “morning wood”) happens much more frequently than before. Getting a hair around jowls and the chin is also one of the changes produced by testosterone.

Due to the late surveys the production of this hormone depends on genetics. Although, some researchers consider that masculinity and femininity are determined by prenatal factor. However, there are few ways to enhance testosterone elaboration. Some of them, such as sports activity and healthy life-style are well-known. It proved that regular strength exercise increases the production of testosterone. Others, like a hormone therapy and other medication are rarely used. Because of potential side-effects, they should be thoroughly discussed with a doctor.

Is there a special need for medication?

special need for medication

Some men use hydro-cortisone or other steroid cream to trigger facial hair growth. Although this medication may cause many unwanted effects, it is usually available over the counter in any drug store, often without a prescription. Adverse effects include itching, skin redness and thinning, acne and other unwanted problems. Moreover, hormone therapy may lead to serious internal disorders (from liver impairment to vascular occlusion).

On the other hand sometimes specific testosterone therapy is recommended and prescribed by a physician. Normally it is conducted and regulated in clinic. The therapy can be realized with a course of injections, applications or (more rarely) orally. Those who think that therapy gives faster results than lifestyle changes, often delude themselves. It may take 10-12 months or even more to see first results. During this entire period boys should be tested for the monitoring of internal organs function.

Why is it important?

In all traditions facial hair growth is associated with virility and adulthood. Men with lots of facial hair are perceived as socially mature and ready to take responsibility for the genus. As one of the most obvious secondary sex characteristics, it is strongly desired and highly appreciated by each male adolescent. In addition, in modern culture unique moustaches, beards and sideburns are integral attributes of individual style and fashion. So, no wonder that it is so important for a teen to see that his facial hair come “in time”.

When is “a time”?

According to accepted standards, facial hair should appear two years after pubic (exact time in each case individual). First wisps usually grow around the upper lip corners between 11 or 15 years old. Then, at the age of 15-17 it may spread over the all upper lip. Cheeks and the lower lip area are covered by hair a year later. The full beard could be noticed at age 17 already, but normally it is formed to 20-21 years old. Of course, the speed and consequence vary very widely among male adolescents. A determining role in the process is played by genetic factors and lifestyle (as well as in all other human health problems).