I’ve been there. You’ve been there. The dreaded dry, itchy, and flaky beard. The times you look down and see your chest or shoulders with nice little snow piles that have gracefully fallen from your beard. At times it feels like you should just shave it all off and be done with it! But don’t do that just yet! We have a few solutions for you on how to fix that dry, itchy, and flaky beard once and for all!
So let’s start!
1. Beard Oil
For most this is a no brainer. But not all beard oils are created equal. Some oils work better for others, whilst some lead to breakouts and irritation.
Beard oil (such as our salted caramel beard oil) works by providing moisture to your skin under your beard! Most people think it provides some form of benefit to the hair itself, which it does, however, the primary focus of beard oil is to moisturise that dry, itchy skin. Just be mindful that beard oil is VERY different from a standard face moisturiser. Most moisturisers contain anywhere from 75-90% water, which is actually drying to your skin. I know…water=wet and dries my skin? Makes no sense right? But it does.
That moves us on to our next point.
2. Washing Your Beard
Like the hair on your head, the hair on your face should be washed and cleaned around 2-3 times a week. Everyones washing routine will be different and those that work in jobs that expose you to a lot of dirt/chemicals / heat should probably focus on the upper end of the washing routine, so 3 times a week.
If you don’t wash your beard this could lead to irritation from bacteria or dirt below your beards surface sitting on your skin.
It’s important to wash your beard with something as natural as possible like our soap bars (shameless plug) and also something that has a very mild surfactant. Steer clear of sulfates, parabens, and PEGS if possible.
Now your beard and skin are squeaky clean let’s move on.
3. Dry Your Beard Properly
Drying your beard after a shower is absolutely crucial in preventing dry, itchy, and flaky skin under your mane! One of the best ways to do this properly is to start with a towel and dry as much of it as possible. Then blow-dry. Yep, we’ll say it again blow dry your beard. Doing so actually evaporates the water that you can’t get to with the towel and helps stop water sitting on your skin which evaporates and draws moisture from the skin which believe it or not creates very dry skin.
4. Essential Oils
Essential oils…..don’t be fooled by BS marketing. There is currently no substantial clinical evidence to suggest that essential oils in beard care products provide any benefit to your beard or skin. Absolutely NONE. Those beard care companies suggesting otherwise (and there are lots) are basically full of it or guided by bullshit misinformation put out there by those who grew up in a time with very little scientific study done into things like essential oils and still harness those beliefs to this day. Probably the same types of people that think the Earth is flat and that Xenon the alien master from the Europa universe is coming to save us all from an inevitable doomed planet.
We use essential oils in our products to provide a fragrance. That is all. The carrier oils are the ones that do all the hard work for your beard and skin!
5. Comb That Beard
Yep, grab a comb and give that beast a brush. You’ll be surprised how soft it feels after and you’ll also loosen up and remove any stray skin flakes that you haven’t been able to remove by other means.
Any comb will do the job. You don’t need some magical boar bristle brush to do this. Just a standard hair comb will do. Kind of like what the Fonz used…
Believe it or not, what we put into ourselves plays a big part in how our beard grows and how our skin behaves. Some simple things such as:
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Including lots of leafy greens and high antioxidant foods such as blueberries.
- Try not to emit any major macronutrients from your diet.
Give your beard time. With all the advice above on fixing your beard itch, just remember, it’s not going to happen overnight. It happens by creating good routines in your skincare and allowing time for your skin to adjust to a cleaner, healthier and happier skin.
How long until my beard stops itching?
So to finish this off we’re going to answer a question we are asked almost every other day. How long until my beard stops itching?
Unfortunately, we can’t give you a definitive answer. However, any new skincare routine can take 4-6 weeks to start seeing results. And technically beard care is primarily a skincare routine, not a hair care routine like so many think it is (even some that sell beard products).
You can check out all our beard\skincare products here.
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