How Long Does Beard Oil Take to Work?

So there you are, sitting in your bathroom, about to slather on some glorious beard oil. But you can’t help but wonder: how long does this stuff take to work?

It’s a fair question. After all, you’re not just putting any old oil in your beard. This is premium beard oil, and you want to know it’s doing its job.

Here’s the thing: 

Beard oil is not a one-time application. To get the full benefits of this manly elixir, you need to apply it regularly. So to answer your question, you will immediately notice a difference right away. However, you won’t reach peak beard performance for at least a few weeks of consistent use.

There are a few factors that are important to consider that will affect how long it takes for the oil to work its magic.

Here’s what they are:

1. The Condition of Your Beard

If you’re starting with a beard already in pretty good shape, you’ll see results much quicker than someone who has neglected their prized chin curtain for months. However, if your beard is dry, brittle, and full of split ends, it’s going to take a little longer than normal (up to around eight weeks) for the oil to work its way through your entire beard and get it back to a healthy state.

2. The Type of Beard Oil You’re Using

man stroking beard

There are many different types of beard oil on the market, and each one will have different ingredients that work at different speeds. So if you’re using an oil heavy on the jojoba, for example, it will take longer to sink in and start working its magic than an oil with a lighter carrier oil like grapeseed.

Dive Deeper: How to Make Beard Oil at Home

3. Amount You Are Applying

This one is pretty simple: the more beard oil you use, the faster it will work. But don’t get too carried away. Over-application can lead to an oily beard that looks greasy and feels heavy. Start with a few drops and work your way up from there.

We like to refer to the following application table for guidance:

Beard LengthAmount of Beard Oil Needed
Stubble2 to 4 drops
Medium Length (.5″ to 2″)5 to 7 drops
Long Length (2″+)8+ drops

Learn More: How to Apply Beard Oil

4. How Often You’re Applying It

Just like with the amount you’re applying, the frequency of your applications will also affect how long it takes for the oil to work. For example, if you’re only using it once a week, it will take longer to see results than if you’re using it every day. 

Also, consider the time of day too. While most men apply their beard oil after showering in the morning, applying a few drops in the evening before bed can also be beneficial. This allows the oil to work through your beard overnight while you sleep.

5. Skin Type

We all have varying types of skin. Some guys have dry skin, while others have more oily skin. How much sebum your skin produces affects both the health and texture of your beard. 

6. Your Diet

man with beard eating pasta

This one may or may not surprise you, but what you eat and drink can actually affect how well your beard looks and feels. As with all things in life, a healthy diet and plenty of water will help your beard look and feel its best. 

7. How Old is the Beard Oil?

Beard oil is a natural product that relies on various active ingredients, including jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and more. As such, it must be used within six months to a year. Otherwise, the beard oil will expire.


Now that you know how long it takes for beard oil to work, get out there and start using it! Remember to be patient, consistent, and to find an oil that works best for your individual needs. Trust us, your beard will thank you for it.

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more. When Adam isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his two little kids who keep him both on his toes and young at heart.

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