Beard dandruff can be very frustrating, right Kingsmen? I mean, you find yourself avoiding black tops or scarves, so you don’t end up looking like you’ve been out in the snow. You’re self-conscious about letting anyone touch your beard, which can get in the way of intimate moments. You might even experience continual itching and irritation that keeps you up at night. Beard dandruff is not just an aesthetic concern. It can be truly disruptive.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with it. Beardruff is entirely preventable, and for most beardsmen, it’s easy to get rid of. There are uncommon cases of beard dandruff that are caused by skin conditions, and you will need a doctor’s advice to treat them, but for most men suffering from beardruff, it’s just a matter of changing a few habits.
In this post, we’re going to fill you in on what those habits are so you know how to get rid of beard dandruff for good.
What is beard dandruff?
Beard dandruff is, most commonly, caused by dry skin. When your skin repeatedly dries out, it can become scaly, flaky, red, and irritated. In some cases, you might even find that the skin beneath your beard becomes itchy. This is an awful combination because the more you scratch, the more flakes are produced, and the worse the irritation becomes.
The first thing you might notice when you have beard dandruff is flakes on your shirt and in your beard. You may also detect brittle, fragile facial hair, lots of breakage, and split ends.
What causes beard dandruff?
For many beardsman, beard dandruff is caused by dry skin and dry facial hair. Any number of habits can create and exacerbate this condition. For instance, washing your facial hair too often, or washing it with water that is too hot can be the underlying cause of your beard dandruff. Using the wrong products to wash your beard may also be causing or contributing to your beard dandruff. Extreme weather conditions are also a known factor in the cause of beard dandruff, especially if you live in very cold or very dry environments.
There are also skin conditions and fungal infections that can cause your beard dandruff, however, so it’s important to pay attention to your results after trying the steps below. If you’re not seeing an improvement after a week or so, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.
How to get rid of beard dandruff
Alright, let’s jump into the remedies for beard dandruff. The habits below should be used together. Even after you see improvement in your beard and skin, you should keep up these habits as they are also preventative and have numerous other benefits. Your beard will appear full, healthier, and softer to the touch. Your beard can begin to grow more evenly, which is great news for those Kingsmen with patchy beards. You’ll notice less brittleness and breakage, allowing your beard to grow longer and faster, and you may also find that your beard is easier to manage and style. All of the tips below are great for your beard and should become regular parts of your beard care routine.
Get the right beard care tools
The tools you use on your whiskers matter. Some beard combs can catch and tear your facial hairs, exacerbating any irritation you might already have. A good beard comb or brush will, alternatively, be gentle on your mane while helping to redistribute your natural oils and adding to hydration. We recommend Kent combs and brushes as they have over 200 years of experience and wisdom crafted into each of their beard tools. You won’t find better tools than these to help keep your beard healthy and hydrated.
Don’t wash your beard every day
We know there are a lot of you out there who are shower-a-day types. Showering every day is a must for most of us, let’s face it. However, you don’t always have to wash your beard when you’re in there. In fact, it’s considered best practice to wash your beard only 2-3 times per week. This frequency will help your beard hang onto its natural oils and protect your skin from drying out.
If you have to wash your beard every day, perhaps because you work in a particularly dirty or dusty environment, be sure to follow the rest of our advice for maintaining a healthy, hydrated beard and pay attention to any dryness you may experience so you know when to deep condition.
Don’t use hot water to wash your beard
Hot water loosens up oil, which is great when you’re washing the dishes, but not so great when you’re washing your beard. You want your beard to be able to hang onto some of its natural oils during the washing process. Your beard needs those oils to protect itself and the skin underneath your mane.
Instead, use lukewarm water to wash those whiskers, and you’ll find it’s easier to maintain a good level of hydration, preventing the dreaded flakes of beard dandruff.
Use beard wash
It’s no secret that many a beardsman uses the same soap to wash his hair, his skin, and his beard. We’re here to tell you that this habit is probably the biggest factor causing your beard dandruff.
Regular shampoo, body wash, or bar soap contains harsh detergents that are stronger for other areas of the body. Your scalp consists of much thicker skin that produces more oil and sebum, and it has many more follicles. It needs something a little bit stronger to come fully clean. Your face, however, is covered in delicate skin and fewer hair follicles. As such, it needs something more delicate. Beard wash is designed specifically for the hair and skin on your face, allowing for a gentle cleanse that won’t completely strip your natural oils and dry everything out.
It is crucial to use a gentle soap for your face for so many other reasons, as well. Using a harsh cleanser will speed up the aging process, it can cause redness and irritation, and it can actually result in a greasier face and beard because your skin overcompensates. So, switch to a beard wash. You’ll be glad you did.
Use beard conditioner
While a good beard wash is gentler than most cleansers, it will still remove some of the natural oils we want to keep our mane happy. That’s why it’s so important to replace that moisture using a beard conditioner. Use this product after your beard wash every time, and you’ll find your beard is softer, easier to style, and looks fuller. You’ll also see fewer flakes, and your dry, itchy skin will be a thing of the past.
Use beard oil every day without fail
Beard oil is probably the most important step in any beard care routine. This is a step you should never skip. If you have to, carry a bottle of your favorite beard oil around with you. Kingsmen Premium offers beard oil sample packs, which are the perfect size to slip in your pocket, ensuring you never forget to feed your beard the nutrients it needs.
Beard oil is absorbed by the beard and it is packed full of components that help your beard maintain its strength, hydration and even growth. Always apply your beard oil to a damp beard. Allow 10 minutes or so for the oil to absorb before using any other products on your whiskers. If you find that your beard is too greasy after about a half an hour, you have used too much. On the flip side, if you find your beard is dry and brittle later in the day, you have used too little. It should take a couple of days to find the perfect amount but once you do, your beard will slowly go from dry, brittle and flaky to full, luscious and inviting.
Deep condition with your favorite beard butter
No matter how well we stick to all the habits above, we may still find ourselves with a dry beard and skin every once in a while. Whether it’s because we live in a harsh environment or we have to wash our beard every day because our profession is particularly dirty, your beard can still get dry. It’s important to pay attention to your beard’s hydration levels, and when you detect any dryness at all, it’s time to do a deep-conditioning treatment. It’s as easy as applying your favorite beard butter before bed and letting it work its magic overnight. A few nights of this and your beard will be back to its full, luscious self.