How To Wash Your Face With A Beard

Caring for your skin when you have a beard is a whole different ball game. That wild and manly forest on your face adds extra steps and a certain finesse to your skincare routine. But fear not, bearded brothers, the process is more fun than it sounds. We're going to embark on a step-by-step journey to ensure you keep your skin (and your beard) clean and healthy.

Wash Your Face with a Beard

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Preparation is Key

Now, your beard may well be your pride and joy, a work of follicular art if you will. But remember, beneath that majestic fuzz, there is skin that needs attention too. So, let's gather our ammunition: a quality beard wash (not the same as your head hair shampoo), a gentle face cleanser suitable for your skin type, a beard conditioner or oil, and a clean, soft towel.

The Pre-wash Rinse

Stand in front of your mirror, take a moment to appreciate your magnificent beard, and then start with a pre-wash rinse. Warm water is your best friend here, it helps to open the pores and soften the beard, prepping your skin and hair for the cleansing process. But beware of the scalding hot water, as it can strip the natural oils from your skin, causing dryness and flaking.

The Actual Wash

Begin with the beard. Take a coin-sized amount of beard shampoo and work it into your facial hair. Start from the roots, massage the shampoo in a gentle, circular motion reaching all the way to the skin beneath. This helps to dislodge any dead skin cells (aka beardruff) and dirt trapped under your beard. It's like giving your face a much-deserved beard massage.

Rinse thoroughly. Remember, residue shampoo can dry out your beard and skin, leading to itchiness. And we don't want that, do we?

Next, take your face cleanser. Apply it to the areas of your face not covered by your beard, again in a circular motion, taking care not to dry out your skin. Rinse thoroughly.

Post-Wash Rinse

Now that you're all lathered and scrubbed, it's time for a final rinse. Use cool water this time. This helps to close your pores, reducing the chance of dirt and bacteria sneaking their way in later.


Remember that soft, clean towel we talked about? It's showtime. Gently pat your face and beard dry. Rubbing it harshly can irritate your skin and cause frizz in your beard. Plus, leaving it a bit damp makes it easier to apply beard oil or conditioner.


Once you've patted everything dry, it's time to moisturize. If you skip this step, your skin might end up feeling drier than a desert under that glorious beard. Apply beard oil to give your beard a nice shine and keep it soft. It helps to prevent the hair from becoming brittle and also hydrates the skin underneath.

Next, take a beard comb or brush to untangle any knots and evenly distribute the product. This also trains your beard to grow in a particular direction, helping you maintain the shape better. And voila! You now have a clean, shiny, happy beard and face.

To keep your beard and skin in top shape, repeat this process 2-3 times a week. Over-washing can strip your skin and hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. And remember, no two beards are the same. What works for one may not work for another. Depending on the thickness, length, and texture of your beard, you may need to adjust the quantities of products used, or even the products themselves. For instance, some bearded gentlemen might prefer a beard balm to an oil for a bit of hold and style.

Maintenance is King

Even on your non-washing days, it's essential to maintain the beard. Brush it daily to keep it tangle-free and to distribute the natural oils. If you live in a drier climate, consider using beard oil daily. Keep the skin under the beard moisturized with a good quality, non-comedogenic moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

Pro Tip: Diet and Exercise

This might not seem directly related to washing your face, but hear me out. A healthy diet and regular exercise not only benefit your overall well-being but also contribute to the health of your skin and hair. Staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet with plenty of proteins, vitamins, and good fats, and breaking a sweat regularly can enhance your skin's health and help you grow a fuller, healthier beard.


When in Doubt, Consult a Professional

If you're new to the beard game or if you're facing specific issues like severe beardruff, persistent itching, patchy beard growth, or acne under the beard, consider seeking professional help. A dermatologist can help you understand your skin better and guide you on the best skincare routine and products.

So there you have it, the fun, fulfilling, and refreshing process of washing your face with a beard. It might seem like a lot of steps, but as you practice, it becomes a quick, enjoyable routine that leaves your skin feeling clean and your beard looking its best. Plus, the satisfaction of keeping that facial mane glorious is well worth the effort. 

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So embrace your beard and the skincare journey that comes with it! Bearded brethren, march on!