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Aloe vera for beard growth?

Aloe vera gel is among the most popular natural cosmetic treatments. Appreciated by all, this ingredient is particularly favored by men for its positive effects on the beard. It's even said to promote rapid hair regrowth. Myth or reality? Learn more here.

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Published June 10, 2024, updated on June 10, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

Aloe vera gel, a growth booster for the beard: true or false?

The aloe vera is a coveted natural treatment due to its rich composition and its numerous benefits for the skin. The many properties attributed to it result from the combined actions of the 200 active elements that make up its composition, among which are 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and nearly 20 minerals essential for the well-being of the skin and hair. Overall, the aloe vera gel is primarily used for its hydrating and healing action, whether it is present within a cosmetic formulation or used in its pure state.

No clinical trial conducted to date on aloe vera can definitively state that the gel from its leaves affects the growth of beard hair.

However, a study in vitro has shown that malic acid, one of the molecules found in aloe vera gel, could promote cell proliferation at the hair follicle, the biological structure where hair roots, which could potentially encourage its growth. Furthermore, it appears that aloe vera gel may also stimulate blood circulation. In doing so, it would facilitate the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the hair bulb, the exchange area at the base of the follicles, a crucial step to ensure hair growth. This property of aloe vera gel, however, does not have consensus within the scientific community.

Furthermore, another study conducted with rats examined the effect of a 1% aloe vera gel microemulsion on their hair growth. This was applied once a day for three weeks on the backs of half of the rats, which had been previously shaved. The length of the rats' hair was measured after 7, 14, and 21 days. The results are compiled in the table below.

Group of ratsHair length (mm) after 7 daysHair length (mm) after 14 daysHair Length (mm) After 21 Days
Rats without aloe vera1.83 ± 0.103.80 ± 0.74 5.23 ± 0.57
Rats with aloe vera3.15 ± 0.24 6.40 ± 0.19 7.98 ± 0.57
Évolution de la longueurs de poils de rats avec et sans application d'aloe vera.
Source : FIDRIANI I. & al. Microemulsion formulation of aloe vera gel and apium graveolens ethanol extract for optimizing hair growth promotion. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research (2015).

While this study appears to indicate a strong potential for aloe vera to stimulate rat hair growth, it's important to keep in mind that it's not guaranteed to have the same effect on human beard hair. Clinical trials are still necessary to assert that aloe vera promotes beard growth, although the initial results are encouraging.

Tip : While it's not certain that aloe vera gel can promote beard growth, it remains an excellent ingredient for maintaining its health. Hydrating, nourishing, and softening, it can make beard hairs more supple and shiny.

Sources

  • FIDRIANI I. & al. Microemulsion formulation of aloe vera gel and apium graveolens ethanol extract for optimizing hair growth promotion. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research (2015).

  • PUSHPAKUMARI R. & others. Pharmaceutical, nutritional, and cosmetic uses of the Aloe vera plant. International Journal of Herbal Medicine (2021).

  • TASLEEM G. & al. The Impact of Aloe Vera Gel on Skin and its Pharmacological Properties. Scholars International Journal of Anatomy and Physiology (2022).

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