Why some men cannot grow beards

Are you growing a thick, full beard? Then be happy, because there aren't many men who can say that about themselves. But why doesn't the facial hair sprout on every man?

Lumberjack style
In a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology in 2016, 8,500 women were asked whether they rated men with beards as attractive. The result is not particularly surprising - in fact, women perceive men who wear facial hair as good-looking. Of course, it also depends on whether the beard is well-groomed or not - because a long shaggy mane looks just as bad on the head as it does on the face. But why are hairy men's faces so attractive to women? Because they subconsciously assume that beards are more potent.

Problems with the fluff
Sounds good, doesn't it men? It's just stupid if you belong to the kind who just don't want to grow a single whisker - even though some people have long since passed puberty. So why is it that some man cannot save himself from hair on his face and another has to walk around with minimal fluff? Not all men produce the same amount of dihydrotestosterone. DHT, as the metabolite - an intermediate product of the hormone testosterone - is briefly called, is one of the sex hormones and is responsible for a man's body hair. If a body has a low level of dihydrotestosterone, this does not mean a low testosterone level. On the contrary: the body just has to be able to convert the testosterone into DHT. And not everyone can do that.

In the end, the DNA decides
In summary, this means: If the male organism produces little DHT, less hair will grow. In the end, as always, it depends on the genetic make-up, the DNA and the disposition of an individual. Even with loads of DHT in the body, the thick stubble may just refuse to sprout. Attempts to create the long-awaited hairiness with chemical wonder drugs should, however, be abandoned. Dermatologists warn of unsightly side effects such as acne, a bald head or even liver problems.