Badass beard care demands more than just buying the latest in beard care brands and beard care products. Here’s our simple guide to remedies you can use for everything from relieving itching to keeping your facial hair healthy and supple. Read on to learn more.
Your Badass Beard Care Guide to Beard Growing Issues
1. Beard Itch
Beard itch as a common complaint when growing a beard. This is especially true when you’ve been baby-faced for years and are now just getting into the basics of badass beard care and beard growing. As new hairs grow, their edges scrape against the skin, and this causes the skin to itch. When the beard is already fully grown, poor hygienic conditions underneath the hair can irritate and make the skin itchy.
Beard care and maintenance also involve knowing what natural ingredients best address issues that crop up from time to time. With beard itch, you can use Argan or Moroccan oil, camellia oil, avocado oil, or jojoba oil to tame inflammation. These oils moisturize your skin and get rid of skin dryness, which is a contributor to itchiness. After returning suppleness to your mug, these oils nourish your epidermis with Vitamin E and antioxidants. Look for beard oils or elixirs with minty scents like menthol or tea tree to help soothe the itch.
We recommend: Wild Willie’s Beard Elixir in Cool Mint
2. Beard Dandruff
Much like your scalp, the skin under your beard can be prone to flaking. If you already find normal dandruff disgusting, wait until you see it in your scruff. Stress, dry weather, dead skin trapped by the beard, and yeast all figure as culprits in this particular problem.
Try to resist washing your beard with hot water as it can cause dry skin and, in turn, flaking. To relieve beard dandruff, dab on grapeseed oil, which loosens the dead skin off your face and moisturizes the skin underneath your beard. To relieve the skin irritation, you can use apricot oil which people use to treat acne as well. Finally, you can apply eucalyptus oil, which kills the yeast or fungus causing dandruff.
Wash with beard shampoo to cleanse the beard, then moisturize with our beard balm to nourish the dry skin and treat dandruff.
We recommend: Wild Willies Wash and Rinse
3. Beard Acne
Men with beards are vulnerable to acne, as bacteria can enter and infect the hair follicles of the facial hair. Inflammation is one of the players behind acne, something which ingrown hairs can cause. Lastly, shaving can also inflame the skin and cause beard acne.
Coconut oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil can all heal beard acne thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. Also look for essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Tea tree oil effectively heals skin lesions caused by acne. The oils aid in moisturizing the scalp and killing any bacteria infecting follicles. The essential oils share antifungal, antibacterial qualities, as well as help reduce dryness and inflammation related to beard acne.
We recommend: Wild Willies Beard Butter Balm
4. Dry/Flaky Skin
Dry and flaky skin happens when the skin’s layer of natural oil dries up, or dry, cold weather drains moisture from the epidermis. Soaps and harsh chemicals also remove the oil which packs moisture in, thereby causing dryness.
In order to combat dry and flaky skin, you need to up your moisturizing game with castor oil, peppermint oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. Castor oil conditions your beard hair and works on the dryness. Likewise, peppermint oil helps deal with dry skin while also relieving itchiness. Shea butter moisturizes and smoothens the skin as it aids in the skin’s collagen creation process. Finally, coconut oil, like jojoba oil, is similar in composition to human sebum so it can easily penetrate your skin and keep moisture in.
You should also try to avoid taking extremely hot showers as it can stop your skin from producing enough oil to lubricate your skin. The same goes for high-heat dryers, blowers, and hair irons.
5. Beard Volume/Growth
A beard to a man is like a lion’s mane. The thicker it is, the more it radiates power and authority. Sometimes, try as you might, the best you can come up with is a few wispy hairs. Having thin beard hair may result in limitations with styling. Worse, you can have a patchy beard. Who wants to have a few hair strands on their chin now?
For a scruff you can be proud of, use yellow beeswax, coconut oil, emu oil, and sweet almond oil to set the right conditions for beard growth. Aside from its use as the main ingredient for beard balms, yellow beeswax can help tighten and strengthen your beard hairs. Add in coconut oil since it nourishes the hairs as well. Since your beard is prone to the elements, dabbing some emu oil repairs and protects it from environmental damage. Get some sweet almond oil to control and stop hair loss so your beard retains its volume. Taking a supplement packed with Vitamins, and BioSitol Complex 1™ can also help give your beard the boost it needs to grow long and strong.
6. Brittle Hair
Much like head hair, your beard hair can become brittle and weak. The hair usually breaks off when you brush or comb it. This gives you uneven length and growth. Also, when your beard hair becomes dry, it looks wiry and old. Instead of wearing something glorious on your face, you’ll be saddled with an unhealthy-looking scruff.
You can apply rosemary oil on your beard hair to strengthen the hair and prevent it from graying. In order to keep your beard hair healthy, you can use Vitamin E oil to nourish it.
We recommend: Wild Willies Beard Butter Balm
Additional Problems Bearded Men With Sensitive Skin Face
Aside from these six common issues men who want to grow a beard encounter, those with sensitive skin also face additional irritations. Luckily, there are ways to avoid these issues. Take a look at this list of problems men with extra sensitive skin face and how to solve them.
- Ingrown Hairs – Also known as pseudo folliculitis barbae, ingrown hair usually affects guys with curly facial manes. They usually come out when the hairs start growing in. The stubble starts growing, but they end up curling back into the follicles, resulting in red bumps. To remedy this, allow your facial hair to grow instead of shaving it too close to the skin. Apply a pre-shaving oil before actually shaving and make sure to shave after showering.
- Skin Bumps – While ingrown hair and acne create bumps on the skin, sometimes, these can be moles or even something that needs to be biopsied. Examine the surface of your skin regularly, and should you find any bumps, consult your dermatologist immediately (most especially if you find bumps that are painful, changing in size or shape, or bleeding). On the other hand, it may also just be a pimple. If you want to be 100% sure, it doesn’t hurt to talk to your doctor about it.
- Irritation from Oil Buildup – While using beard oil and balm may help soften and moisturize facial hair, improper use of these products can also cause irritation. Too much oil can make your beard coarse and even painful. This can also result in flaking. What you can do is wash your facial hair with a clarifying beard shampoo. Look for a shampoo with tea tree oil to help clean your beard without drying it out. Then use a bit of balm or conditioner to make it shiny again. Don’t forget to comb your beard regularly as well, to get rid of unwanted debris trapped inside it.
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There you have it, a rundown of various issues you may tangle with when maintaining a beard. Some may be resolved by simply using a comb to get rid of debris in your scruff. On the other hand, issues like acne or flakes would need specialized shampoo, conditioner, and oil or balm. The remedies we’ve described here nourish each strand and moisturize your skin while garnishing your knowledge of badass beard care. Use them to grow and keep a beard you can be proud to show off. When you take care of your skin, you also take care of your beard.
What do you think of our simple guide to badass beard care? If you have a cool tip about handling any of these issues, please tell us by writing in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted on September 18, 2018, and has been updated for relevancy and quality.