Beard Itch - Why Does a Beard Itch and How to Stop it

Beard Itch

Nothing is more irritating than itchy skin deep under your facial hair. If you scratch too much, you can cause blemishes and inflammation. With beard itch, you might also notice flakes falling on your shirt and collar. 

It’s hard to get relief and it can be extremely distracting, disrupting your workday and even your mood. The good news is, though, Kingsmen, there’s a way to prevent beard itch from ever happening in the first place. We also have tried and true methods to treating itchy facial hair if it does.

No need to suffer from itchy beard any longer, fellas. We have the cure!

What causes an itchy beard? 

  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Using the wrong products
  • Using hot water to wash
  • Allergens

Most often, itchy skin under any sort of hair is caused by dryness. This can be caused by a number of things, including a poor beard care routine, a poor diet, not drinking enough water, and living in a dry climate. You’ll find as well that using the wrong products can cause irritation and intense itching that just won’t seem to go away. Hot water is also a known irritant, stripping away the good oils your face and hair naturally produce to stay healthy. 

Of course, there are also allergens to consider that maybe you might be exposed to at work or seasonally. These can be a major source of irritation.

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How can an itchy beard be prevented? 

  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat well
  • Stick to a good beard care routine
  • Choose the right products
  • Make sure to avoid allergens

First and foremost, Kingsmen, you gotta drink your H2O if you want to avoid having an itchy beard. In between your coffees, teas, and beers, get some water in your body to keep all your parts fully hydrated. This does have a significant impact on your beard and skin. Likewise, diet can cause dry skin, blemishes, and irritation that all lead to itchiness. Eating foods that are high in sodium, extra greasy, or high in sugar can all have a dehydrating effect on your skin and hair. 

Dry skin is itchy skin, so make sure you’re sticking to a beard-friendly diet. Your beard care routine should be pretty rock-solid with daily beard oil at the least. You’ll need to use products developed specifically for your beard and not for your hair. That means beard wash instead of shampoo, beard conditioner instead of hair conditioner, and beard balm instead of your favorite hair pomade. 

Products developed for the hair are made for tougher skin and oilier hair and are far more stripping than beard products, so choose wisely. Finally, ensure you’re avoiding anything you might be allergic to that could be causing your irritation. 

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How to treat an itchy beard

  • Beard oil
  • Beard butter
  • Beard balm
  • Beard conditioner

If your beard is already itchy, it’s time to take a scrutinizing look at your beard care routine. Are you using enough beard oil each day? Are washing your beard with the right products? Here’s a regimen we recommend that will get rid of that beard itch once and for all: 

  1. Wash your beard with beard wash, not shampoo. Shampoo can be too drying for the delicate skin on your face. 
  2. Wash your beard, at most, 3-4 times per week. There’s no need to wash every day unless you work a particularly dirty job. 
  3. Always follow up your beard wash with a good beard conditioner to replace any of the natural oils you may have washed away. 
  4. When you have finished washing your beard, apply beard oil. You should be applying this every day whether you’re washing your beard or not. Always apply your beard oil to a damp beard and allow five minutes after application for the product to absorb before making use of any other beard products. 
  5. Deep-condition your beard with beard butter overnight. 
  6. Skip the fast food and eat your greens and lean proteins!
  7. Always make sure you’re drinking enough water. 

If you stick to this easy beard care routine, your skin’s irritation will reduce over time. The key is consistency, Kingsman! The more you follow these guidelines, the happier your beard will be. 

Let us know if you’ve ever suffered from beard itch and how you dealt with it. Tell us in the comments and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more beard care tips!