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Title: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 28, 2010, 07:27:27 PM
This is a serious question and I almost didn't post it since it sounds so crazy. I turned 62 this month and to celebrate it at the beginning of the month I stopped doing the last few remaining drugs that were messing up my life. That would include caffeine, nose spray, aspirin and junk food (I know junk food is not a drug but it is as addicting and as bad for me as drugs are). So this past month has been the first time I have been 100% totally drug free. I have been noticing lately that my beard growth has very dramatically slowed down. After 24 hours my beard used to feel like #80 grit sandpaper. Now after 24 hours I barely need to shave. I did a Google search on beard growth slowing down and every hit was about how to speed up beard growth (teenagers love this subject) and nothing about it slowing down. Has anyone else ever experienced their beard growth slowing down? Is it just something that happens with old age or did quitting one of those drugs prompt it?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: tvman44 on June 28, 2010, 07:56:47 PM
I believe it is an age thing, I turned 67 last month and my beard does not grow nearly as fast as it used, not to mention it is no longer black.  I used to shave every morning and by 5:00Pm I needed to shave again, now I shave every other day and it ahs hardly grown and does not hardly show.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Jim Godward on June 28, 2010, 08:13:11 PM
And how has your testosterone level changed.  Bet it is down!!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 28, 2010, 08:14:25 PM
And how has your testosterone level changed.  Bet it is down!!

Actually it is at about the level of a teenager.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Phil on June 28, 2010, 08:44:43 PM
This is a serious question and I almost didn't post it since it sounds so crazy. I turned 62 this month and to celebrate it at the beginning of the month I stopped doing the last few remaining drugs that were messing up my life. That would include caffeine, nose spray, aspirin and junk food (I know junk food is not a drug but it is as addicting and as bad for me as drugs are). So this past month has been the first time I have been 100% totally drug free. I have been noticing lately that my beard growth has very dramatically slowed down. After 24 hours my beard used to feel like #80 grit sandpaper. Now after 24 hours I barely need to shave. I did a Google search on beard growth slowing down and every hit was about how to speed up beard growth (teenagers love this subject) and nothing about it slowing down. Has anyone else ever experienced their beard growth slowing down? Is it just something that happens with old age or did quitting one of those drugs prompt it?

STD?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Wendy on June 28, 2010, 08:57:46 PM
Ok, so it's not a beard, but the hair on my legs grows a lot slower and is sparser than it was in my younger days....not complaining, just saying  ;D
 
Wendy
 
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 28, 2010, 09:06:42 PM
STD?

I haven't done anything that would give me a STD in about 25 years.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 28, 2010, 09:25:40 PM
Ok, so it's not a beard, but the hair on my legs grows a lot slower and is sparser than it was in my younger days....not complaining, just saying  ;D
 
Wendy

I think we are talking about something different here Wendy. On most older people most body hair gets thinner as we get older and it does so gradually. This is not thinning, this is growing much slower and it happened suddenly, in less than a month.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Tony_Alberta on June 29, 2010, 04:54:24 AM
This is not thinning, this is growing much slower and it happened suddenly, in less than a month.
I have a vague memory of reading somewhere, somewhen this could be a sign of a thyriod deficiency.  Runs in my family.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 29, 2010, 07:12:08 AM
Sleeping too close to your cat, its licking your face during the night.>>>Dan ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: borntocruise53 on June 29, 2010, 07:22:39 AM
maybe all the caffeine was supercharging your beard growth  ::) and without it you are just returning to normal beard growth levels.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: borntocruise53 on June 29, 2010, 07:28:32 AM
I have a vague memory of reading somewhere, somewhen this could be a sign of a thyriod deficiency.  Runs in my family.
btw here are standard symptoms for hypothyroidism:
-Decreased cardiac output and respiration
-Constipation
-Myxedema with impaired renal output
-Cold intolerance
-Muscle weakness, lethargy, fatigue
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 08:16:27 AM
btw here are standard symptoms for hypothyroidism:
-Decreased cardiac output and respiration
-Constipation
-Myxedema with impaired renal output
-Cold intolerance
-Muscle weakness, lethargy, fatigue

I sleep in an unheated RV that gets into the 30s at night without a problem. I hike 5 to 10 miles per day. I have no pooping problems. I have no peeing problems. I don't think hypothyrodism is my problem.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Sarguy on June 29, 2010, 01:52:52 PM
btw here are standard symptoms for hypothyroidism:
-Decreased cardiac output and respiration
-Constipation
-Myxedema with impaired renal output
-Cold intolerance
-Muscle weakness, lethargy, fatigue
Gee, that sounds like me on a good day! :-)
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: WeatherWunder on June 29, 2010, 01:54:38 PM
btw here are standard symptoms for hypothyroidism:
-Decreased cardiac output and respiration
-Constipation
-Myxedema with impaired renal output
-Cold intolerance
-Muscle weakness, lethargy, fatigue

Damn, I think I would rather just have the slow beard growth!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: carson on June 29, 2010, 02:10:16 PM
Just for fun...

Females have XX chromosomes
Males have XY chromosomes

Tom, is it possible you have lost the Y in your travels over the years?

Trust me, no offense intended.

carson FL

Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 02:25:16 PM
Just for fun...

Females have XX chromosomes
Males have XY chromosomes

Tom, is it possible you have lost the Y in your travels over the years?

Trust me, no offense intended.

carson FL

Maybe I took a wrong turn at the Y in the road ;D

You can't offend me Carson, I am offended just being here ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Just Lou on June 29, 2010, 02:59:45 PM
Tom, it's just a sign of maturing. 

Your beard growth has most likely not slowed.  It just appears that way because the hair in your nose and ears now grows so much faster. ;) :D

Ask any of the senior citizens around here. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: WeatherWunder on June 29, 2010, 03:03:25 PM
Tom, it's just a sign of maturing. 

Your beard growth has most likely not slowed.  It just appears that way because the hair in your nose and ears now grows so much faster. ;) :D

Ask any of the senior citizens around here. ;D ;D

That is an image I may not be able to get out of my head for a long..long...time!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 03:15:39 PM
Tom, it's just a sign of maturing. 

Your beard growth has most likely not slowed.  It just appears that way because the hair in your nose and ears now grows so much faster. ;) :D

Ask any of the senior citizens around here. ;D ;D

It can't be a sign of maturing, I refuse to mature. It most definitely slowed way down. The hair in my nose and ears slowed down and so did the hair on my head. It is just more noticeable on my face since I shave every day. My razor blades use to last about 3 shaves now they last about two weeks.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Tom on June 29, 2010, 03:17:50 PM
Every time I visit the hairdresser (aka barber) I ask why the hair they're cutting off is a little different color each time. Yesterday I was aghast when someone's (?) gray hair fell onto the cape they put on you. Couldn't be mine, because it's salt & pepper. Chris set me straight when I got home  :(
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 03:20:07 PM
Every time I visit the hairdresser (aka barber) I ask why the hair they're cutting off is a little different color each time. Yesterday I was aghast when someone's (?) gray hair fell onto the cape they put on you. Couldn't be mine, because it's salt & pepper. Chris set me straight when I got home  :(

I have three words for you: Just For Men.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Tom on June 29, 2010, 03:26:14 PM
Quote from: seilerbird
Just For Men.

You've never seen a gray haired female?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 03:35:49 PM
You've never seen a gray haired female?

I thought you were talking about yourself. There are no gray haired women. Only women with mature hair.
edit: fixed link.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Len and Jo on June 29, 2010, 04:31:44 PM
Very good thread.

Ah, I forgot what it is about.

It is good though.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ernie Ekberg on June 29, 2010, 04:43:37 PM
my ears are starting to grow hair :-[
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Luca1369 on June 29, 2010, 05:35:33 PM
I'm just glad I don't shave...
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 05:45:16 PM
I'm just glad I don't shave...

My problem is I hate shaving. The only thing I hate worse than shaving is having a beard.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: John From Detroit on June 29, 2010, 05:54:20 PM
My problem is I hate shaving. The only thing I hate worse than shaving is having a beard.

SECOND

I suspect hair, beards included, grow slower in June, in this part of the world, than in January.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 06:03:04 PM
SECOND

I suspect hair, beards included, grow slower in June, in this part of the world, than in January.

If I lived in Australia would my hair curl in the other direction?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 29, 2010, 06:41:32 PM
 You just wont buy the CAT theory will you Tom??? ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 06:44:32 PM
You just wont buy the CAT theory will you Tom??? ;D

No, I don't buy the CAT theory. My cat never licks me. We are both males, he is not gay.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Luca1369 on June 29, 2010, 06:53:41 PM
If I lived in Australia would my hair curl in the other direction?

Yes, as soon as you cross the equator your hair uncurls and then immediately curls the other way.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 29, 2010, 06:55:47 PM
Yes, as soon as you cross the equator your hair uncurls and then immediately curls the other way.

This is true, except my hair is straight. Like me.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Dragonrover on June 30, 2010, 07:42:57 AM
I haven't heard of such a thing...
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ernie n Tara on June 30, 2010, 09:50:24 AM
I suspect that its just lighter in color and therefore less obvious - beards solve the problem, but are just as much work to maintain.
Ernie
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 30, 2010, 10:04:14 AM
I suspect that its just lighter in color and therefore less obvious - beards solve the problem, but are just as much work to maintain.
Ernie

No, the color hasn't changed, the growth rate has changed. After 24 hours my beard used to feel like sandpaper, now after 24 hours I can hardly feel it.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: geodrake on June 30, 2010, 10:15:33 AM
Maybe I took a wrong turn at the Y in the road

Sounds to me like a wrong turn somewhere.  How is your estrogen level? Have you purchased a training bra?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on June 30, 2010, 10:44:07 AM
Sounds to me like a wrong turn somewhere.  How is your estrogen level? Have you purchased a training bra?

I don't think my motorhome needs a bra.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 30, 2010, 12:03:29 PM
If you keep going you may not need a motorhome, probably intimidate you and and be too hard to handle.>>>Dan ;)
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: pedataa136 on July 05, 2010, 05:55:47 PM
Hey SBird,only 55 but wish I didn't have to shave much.Pain in the ---
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 05, 2010, 06:05:37 PM
Hey SBird,only 55 but wish I didn't have to shave much.Pain in the ---
I hear ya. I hate shaving and I hate growing a beard. So I end up shaving every day because if I do grow a beard shaving it off is a royal pain.

To make matters worse I hate shaving with a blade and I hate shaving with an electric.

But hey it beats having to put up with childbirth. I don't know how women do it. They are amazing.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: pedataa136 on July 05, 2010, 06:08:55 PM
Wow!Changed gears there.By the way Happy B-Day.Been reading your posts for a while now.Quite a life you live. 8)Keep opn truckin.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 05, 2010, 06:09:50 PM
Wow!Changed gears there.By the way Happy B-Day.Been reading your posts for a while now.Quite a life you live. 8)Keep opn truckin.

Thank you. Personally I love thread drift, it keeps everyone on their toes.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: pedataa136 on July 05, 2010, 06:16:26 PM
You are good for a laugh.I'm in Jersey,just got back from Holiday at c.g.Where the heck might you be at this time?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 05, 2010, 06:34:30 PM
You are good for a laugh.I'm in Jersey,just got back from Holiday at c.g.Where the heck might you be at this time?

Currently I am in my motorhome typing this response.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 05, 2010, 06:38:24 PM
But seriously folks, I just arrived today at Zion National Park. Just in time for the Summer Heat Festival.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: carson on July 05, 2010, 06:41:17 PM
Quote
To make matters worse I hate shaving with a blade and I hate shaving   with an electric.


  Try a propane blowtorch.. gives you a nice warm feeling.

Carson
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: pedataa136 on July 05, 2010, 06:42:22 PM
Enjoy my friend  ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 05, 2010, 06:55:14 PM

  Try a propane blowtorch.. gives you a nice warm feeling.

Carson

Good idea now that I am in Zion during a heat wave ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Luca1369 on July 05, 2010, 07:11:57 PM
I don't shave my beard, like the old joke says, I have more chins than a Chinese phonebook...
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: PancakeBill on July 05, 2010, 07:56:52 PM
"I  hear ya. I hate shaving and I hate growing a beard. So I end up shaving every day because if I do grow a beard shaving it off is a royal pain.

To make matters worse I hate shaving with a blade and I hate shaving with an electric.

But hey it beats having to put up with childbirth. I don't know how women do it. They are amazing"

NAIR
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Wendy on July 05, 2010, 08:21:50 PM
NAIR

Nah, doesn't work, takes off some of the hair and leaves blotches where the hair doesn't come off. Waste of money. Just let the hair grow and enjoy it.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: PancakeBill on July 05, 2010, 08:49:56 PM
But might be fun to get Tom to try.  If that won't work, laser treatment might.  Maybe estrogen therapy?  I like my beard, don't ind shaving what I trim, so it is a foreign argument to me. 

Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: PatrioticStabilist on July 07, 2010, 01:56:46 PM
You know when you see real old people that there noses and ears seem to be so big?  Well they are, I read that the cartilage in those never stop growing so we do get bigger noses and earlobes.

Nothing to do with beards, just some useless info.

And yes I'm noticed my hair on my head is not growing as fast either.  It used to be so thick you couldn't dry it rolled on rollers overnight, it would still be damp in the morning.  They still thin it but its nowhere like that, getting old is the pits for some areas of the body!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: PancakeBill on July 07, 2010, 04:58:45 PM
Just the other day Tom was saying his woudn't dry on rollers.  Funny!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: carson on July 07, 2010, 05:03:22 PM
Maybe if Tom calls them "whiskers" instead of beard, his problem will be solved.  ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Metallitera on July 20, 2010, 03:31:45 PM
I bet it just has to do with your body adjusting to its new drug free life.

i wish my beard growth would slow down, razors are expensive and shaving is a waste of time but i have to for work  :'(

im throwing my razors away when i retire!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: 34footer on July 20, 2010, 05:18:31 PM
Use WD-40, it will lube your beard and speed the growth back up. ;D
J
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 20, 2010, 05:22:02 PM
Use WD-40, it will lube your beard and speed the growth back up. ;D
J

Good idea, I use WD-40 for everything else. It is the best lubricant in the entire world. Nothing can beat it.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: geodrake on July 20, 2010, 09:33:18 PM
Is WD-40 a lubricant?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 20, 2010, 09:37:56 PM
Is WD-40 a lubricant?

How in the heck would I know???
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Carl L on July 20, 2010, 09:43:12 PM
More importantly, can you use WD40 on a salad?
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 20, 2010, 09:45:16 PM
More importantly, can you use WD40 on a salad?

I use it on my guitar, but I have never tried to eat my guitar, so I don't know how it tastes.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: geodrake on July 20, 2010, 09:46:00 PM
Good come back Tom!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 22, 2010, 02:10:49 PM
To get back on subject, as men grow older we loose testosterone,,, I think Tom has lost ALL his.>>>Dan ;)
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 22, 2010, 02:11:57 PM
To get back on subject, as men grow older we loose testosterone,,, I think Tom has lost ALL his.>>>Dan ;)

I've lost more than you ever had and I still have a whole bunch.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: 34footer on July 22, 2010, 04:21:02 PM
I've lost more than you ever had and I still have a whole bunch.
Is that going to be a new topic? "I Have More Testosterone Than You"
J
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 22, 2010, 04:35:45 PM
Is that going to be a new topic? "I Have More Testosterone Than You"
J

I would win.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ned on July 22, 2010, 04:39:01 PM
The level of discourse on the RV Forum has reached an all time low :(
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Luca1369 on July 22, 2010, 04:47:48 PM
The level of discourse on the RV Forum has reached an all time low :(

Oh no, I bet it could go lower...waaaaayyyyy lower...just give 'em a few...
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ned on July 22, 2010, 05:40:11 PM
Steve, I'm afraid that you're right.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Tom on July 22, 2010, 08:17:52 PM
This is The Shade Tree Ned  ;D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ned on July 22, 2010, 08:55:20 PM
Yes, it is pretty shady.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Bob.n.Sue on July 23, 2010, 08:31:39 AM
Have you recently moved to a lower altitude?  Maybe the icreased air pressure has made it harder for your beard..............Oh, never mind.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Luca1369 on July 23, 2010, 08:39:57 AM
Whenever I complain to my doctor about this or that ailment that has sprung up as I age, my doctor reminds me that this is all called "maturity."
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Bob.n.Sue on July 23, 2010, 09:00:09 AM
The level of discourse on the RV Forum has reached an all time low :(

Yeah, and the talkin's gotten worse too!

Bob
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 23, 2010, 09:00:50 AM
Whenever I complain to my doctor about this or that ailment that has sprung up as I age, my doctor reminds me that this is all called "maturity."

I may get old but I refuse to mature.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: PancakeBill on July 23, 2010, 10:17:19 AM
well,  duh!
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 23, 2010, 05:28:44 PM
I guess his last statement says it all folks!!>>>D ::)
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: seilerbird on July 23, 2010, 05:46:47 PM
I guess his last statement says it all folks!!>>>D ::)
Boy everyone is being nasty to me today.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 23, 2010, 05:55:16 PM
The last one was like a plum Tom, no one could leave that one lay.>>>D
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ned on July 23, 2010, 06:19:31 PM
Methinks some skin thickener is needed here.
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Ray D on July 23, 2010, 06:26:11 PM
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Methinks some skin thickener is needed here.

 
WD 40 does that.  ::)
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Foxysdad on August 24, 2010, 01:53:45 PM
I hate those morning self sacrifices  had a beard for most of my life 
hair growth about that same  now at 66 yrs old .. my memory could be falty  :-)
Title: Re: Why did my beard growth slow down?
Post by: Gottasmilealot on August 25, 2010, 08:30:12 AM
You're getting old.