You take great pride in your beard. We know because you’re reading blog posts about taking care of your beard. Cheers to you friend. You've probably spent a lot of time growing it out, and you want to make sure that it looks its best. But sometimes, the beard growth path can be a hard-fought journey.
Beard itch, bumps, redness, soreness, irritation, skin inflammation are all common problems that men face when they grow a beard. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of these issues and how to soothe your skin while maximizing your beard’s fullest potential.
What causes an itchy beard?
There are a few different things that can cause an itchy beard. One of the most common causes is actually your shampoo! If you're using a shampoo that isn't designed for beards, it can strip away the natural oils that protect your skin. This will leave your skin dry and irritated, which can lead to itchiness.
Another common cause of beard itch is dandruff. Just like on your scalp, dandruff can form in your beard when dead skin cells accumulate. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including dry weather, poor hygiene, or even stress.
Finally, another possible cause of beard itch is simply because your hair is growing! As your hair grows out, it can irritate the skin underneath, leading to itchiness. If this is the case, make sure you’re washing daily with a product designed specifically for beards.
How can I deal with an itchy beard?
If you're dealing with beard itch, there are a few things you can do to help ease the irritation. First, make sure you're using a quality beard shampoo that won't strip away your natural oils.
You might also want to try using an anti-itch/anti-dandruff wash on your beard, as this can help get rid of any dead skin cells that might be causing the itchiness.
What causes beard bumps?
One of the reasons we get beard bumps is from ingrown hairs. When your hair grows back after being trimmed, it can sometimes curl back in on itself and grow into the skin instead of out. This can cause irritation and even infection.
To avoid beard bumps, make sure you're washing your beard, face, and neck daily and using a sharp trimmer or razor to avoid tugging at the hair, which can lead to ingrown hairs. You should also exfoliate your skin regularly to help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells that can trap hairs.
If you already have beard bumps, you can try using a warm compress to help soothe the irritation and gently exfoliate the area with a washcloth.
Another reason might simply be skin irritation from the hair itself. Beards can be scratchy, especially if they're not well-groomed. Try using a soft beard brush or comb to help tame flyaway hairs and keep your beard looking neat. You might also want to consider using beard oil or balm to help condition the hair and make it softer.
If you're still experiencing itchiness, it could be due to dandruff. Just like on your scalp, dandruff is caused by dry skin and can be worsened by harsh weather conditions, stress, and not shampooing enough.
Try using a dandruff shampoo designed for beards which can help to get rid of any flakes. You should also make sure you're drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet, as these can also help to reduce beard dandruff.
If you've tried all of the above and you're still struggling with an itchy beard, it's worth checking in with your doctor as there could be an underlying skin condition causing the itchiness.
Once you've ruled out any medical conditions, it might just be that your beard is sensitive to certain products or that you need to wash it more often.
Experiment with different products and washing schedules until you find what works best for you and your beard.
How to properly look after your beard
One of the best ways to avoid issues with your beard is proper care and a grooming routine. This means thoroughly washing and conditioning your beard regularly, using the right beard care products, and brushing it daily.
If you're having trouble with itchiness, here are a few things that may help:
Exfoliate your skin weekly (this will remove dead skin cells that can contribute to dandruff)
Invest in a boar bristle brush (this will help distribute your natural oils evenly throughout your beard)
Avoid using harsh chemicals or detergents on your face (these can strip away your skin's natural oils, leading to irritation)
What products can I use to look after my beard?
There is a range of different products you can use to take care of your beard, including:
Beard oils: Beard oil is a great way to hydrate your facial hair and keep it looking healthy. Typically made of a blend of carrier oils and essential oils, it can help to condition your beard, reduce itchiness, and promote growth.
Beard balms/butters: Beard butters and balms are nourishing leave-in conditioners for the beard that provide a light to medium hold for styling.
Beard combs and brushes: A good quality beard comb or brush can help to distribute oils evenly through your facial hair, reduce tangles, and give your beard a neater appearance. A brush is a great way to exfoliate the skin under your beard hair.
Wash/Shampoo and conditioner: Regular shampooing and conditioning are important to keep your beard clean and free of dirt and debris. Look for products that are specifically designed for beards, as they will be more gentle and more effective than regular hair products.
Styling products: If you want to style your beard into a certain shape or create a particular look, you may need to use some styling products. These can include mustache wax, beard gel, or pomade. Apply a small amount of product to your beard and use a comb or brush to distribute it evenly.
If you're new to using products on your beard, start with a small amount and gradually increase it until you find the right balance for your hair.
How BEERDS can help get rid of the itch
BEERDS products are made with natural ingredients to provide your beard and skin with key growth nutrients, vitamins, lipids, fatty acids, and antioxidants. All are carefully designed to eliminate beard itch, soothe irritation, soften your beard and provide healthy growth.