Your facial hair may look great but if it feels uncomfortable because of dry skin under beard then it doesn’t mean much.
Your face is always itchy, it’s always sensitive and you wonder if you can put up with it for much longer.
I get it.
Before you reach for the razor understand that it doesn’t need to be this way. You don’t have to put up with dry skin beard discomfort.
I’m going to give you some ways to combat this dry skin before it gets worse and becomes beardruff.
Not only that, but your skin is directly tied to your beard so eventually if your skin is suffering your beard will start to show the affects.
With the help of these remedies, you’ll put an end to the dry skin beard problem and start enjoying your beard again.
Why does your beard cause dry skin?
Your skin has a way of regulating itself quite well. It has pores that allow for the waste in your blood to be discharged (sounds gross, I know but it’s normal), it has glands to produce an oil called sebum to keep the outer layer durable, and it stays hydrated thanks to that sebum, too.
When you grow a beard, it disrupts all of that.
Not right away, but over time.
For the first couple of weeks your skin is able to breath and the sebum production is keeping pace with the beard growth. As the beard grows it also needs that sebum to stay hydrated and healthy.
Eventually, the length of the beard will outpace your sebum production. It gets greedy and needs more of this oil than your skin can produce.
This is when your face always feels itchy during the beard growing phase. And it is why your skin starts to feel sensitive. It gets dried out and the rough edges of the beard hair feels uncomfortable on the sensitive skin.
Add to the fact that you are probably not using the right soap and in general are not doing what is needed to keep your skin happy while you grow a beard.
Cold and dry weather also play a part and the effects get exacerbated when the skin can’t heal from environmental factors since it is busy taking care of your beard hair instead.
Did you think you could just grow a beard without having to put any effort into it?
Dry Skin Beard Remedies
In this article I am going to give you a ton of ways to keep your skin happy. In fact, it will probably feel overwhelming.
The good news is that you don’t have to do every single step. Just do what you can and good things should happen.
You only need to devote a few minutes per day to this and your beard will flourish because of it.
Before I get into what you should be doing I’m going to highlight all the things that you shouldn’t.
What to avoid to keep your skin happy
There are a lot of things you are probably doing everyday which contributes to your dry skin beard problems. First off, there are a lot of products for your beard and face that actually do the opposite of what they say.
Here are some things to look out for:
Avoid alcohol based products
Alcohol dries the skin out like no other ingredient can. For some reason it is very prevalent in hair and skin products, unfortunately.
When looking at a skin cream, shampoo, styling product or anything else you plan to put on your skin and hair, that should be the first thing you look for on the label.
Always go for alcohol free products.
Don’t overwash your beard
You really don’t need to be washing your everyday. Shampoo, even a moisturizing one, will strip your hair of its natural oils. If your skin is dry and itchy it means there wasn’t much oil left to spare as it is.
I recommend not washing your beard more than twice per week. If you feel like it is getting dirty or oily fast and are tempted to wash more often, try to resist. It will take some time for your beard to adjust to the less frequent washing routine.
On the in between washing days you can give your beard a really good rinse in the shower with warm water.
Don’t overdo the products
In a little bit, I will go over how you really need to be using beard products to take better care of your skin and beard. But, that doesn’t meant douse yourself in it.
What happens when you use too much beard oil or balm for instance? You’ll tend to create a layer of oil on your skin that will end up trapping the dead skin and creating a sort of dead zone.
You can end up with acne or infected pores and increase the chance of having a bad case of beard dandruff.
And this will be very itchy at the very least.
Use the right kind of products
This may sound like overly general advice, but it is important to understand the product you plan to use.
Take your beard shampoo as an example. There are some shampoos that are clarifying. This may sound great to clear up your skin, but if you have dry skin it makes it even drier and can be very uncomfortable.
And there are clarifying ingredients and essential oils in many of the beard oils and balms you use.
Those are meant for guys with oily skin. Some things to avoid in your beard products:
- Castor oil – This is a great ingredient in beard products as it helps grow your hair better, and is meant for guys with oily skin.
- Tea tree oil – If you have ever used anything with tea tree essential oil then you know how harsh it can be if you have dry skin under beard. It is a toner that clarifies and can disinfect your skin, but it can be to harsh on dry skin.
- Salicylic acid – If you had an acne outbreak and are trying to keep it from coming back, you are likely using a product with this as an ingredient. And it is probably the primary reason for your dry skin beard problems.
How to moisturize your skin and beard
Now that you have eliminated those harmful products from your routine, it is time to start getting the right stuff on your skin and beard to avoid the dry skin under beard.
It may seem counterintuitive to scrub your skin when it is dry, but you’re still trapping dead skin cells on the surface of your skin since your beard blocks it in essence.
When you exfoliate, your clear the skin of impurities and leave it open to moisturizing.
Don’t go crazy with it, but at least once a week use an exfoliant that is designed for guys with beards.
This exfoliant by Thrive is a good one that is all natural and cleanses gently. It is all natural so it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals that dry out your skin.
Hydrating beard wash
As I mentioned already before, you shouldn’t be doing this everyday as even a moisturizing shampoo will eventually dry out your skin.
Twice a week shampoo your beard to get all of the excess product out that might have built up.
Look for ingredients like argan oil, jojoba, aloe vera and other types of moisturizing oils.
The more natural it is the better. And there are so many organic, vegan and all natural beard shampoos out there that there is no reason to be using any harsh chemicals on your beard and face.
When you lather up, make sure you are washing the skin as well as the beard. Remember, this is about having dry skin under beard so you really need to focus more on the skin than your facial hair.
I highly recommend this beard wash as it focuses on moisturizing the beard and skin with a combination of shea butter and maracuja oil. It does a great job at maintaining the right pH balance for your skin so it can keep itself regulated.
Beard oil and balm
Whether you should use beard oil vs beard balm depends on how long your beard is so to be safe I’m just going to go over what both of them do. Which is essentially the same thing, they are both there to moisturize your beard.
I will give you the same advice that I gave about the beard wash. Look for all natural ingredients.
For an oil all you need to have in it is a carrier oil and an essential oil. Most of the best ones will do a combination of one or two carrier oils and a few essential oils and that is it.
A carrier oil is the main oil that will literally carry the essential oils. Some of them are fairly neutral, but many can do some heavy lifting when it comes to hydrating and nourishing your skin and beard.
Some examples of excellent carrier oils that aren’t just there to dilute the essential oils are argan, jojoba, coconut, she butter, sweet almond and pumpkin seed. These have many properties that your skin needs to stay hydrated and healthy.
Essential oils run the gamut from just providing a pleasant scent to disinfecting your skin and hair and some even will stimulate the scalp to bring more blood to the follicles.
Many essential oils are too potent to use straight on the beard but work great when added to a carrier oil.
Some gentle ones that won’t cause discomfort when your skin is dry and itchy are chamomile, clary sage, lavender and ylang ylang.
Stay away from clarifying ingredients like castor oil and tea tree as I already mentioned earlier.
When using a beard oil, make sure you are not only coating all the hair, but getting it right down to the skin. You need this to bring some moisture and healing to the skin, too.
Beard balm works mostly in the same way as a beard oil, but it is more of a butter or wax that conditions the beard over the course of the day. Since many contain beeswax, it sticks to the beard and releases it’s oils into the hair slowly.
If your beard is longer, then a beard balm is going to work better as a conditioner, but, truth be told, it won’t do as much for your skin as a beard oil does.
It is harder to work the balm down into the skin like you can do with an oil. The problem with long beards and using beard oil is that you need to use a lot and that can end up making the beard look and feel greasy.
Instead of a beard balm look for a beard butter that has a looser consistency so it can be spread all the way to the skin.
There are so many oils and balms that I can recommend that will do a great job. But to make it easier for you here are two that I think are ideal for when you have dry skin.
With a heavy base of nourishing argan oil, this is probably the best oil for hydrated dry skin under beard. In addition to the argan oil it has avocado oil for Vitamin E and jojoba oil to mimic your body’s natural sebum. It doesn’t contain any drying essential oils.
There’s really no reason to stray from the Honest Amish brand for your beard balm. Like the oil it is all natural and is packed with hydrating oils. Shea butter and aloe vera being the main ones. It is easier than most balms to spread to the skin so it can benefit from all the nutrients that this balm is so rich with.
Brush your beard
A beard brush is essential when it comes to proper beard care. Brushing your beard after applying oil or balm helps distribute it to all the hair to make sure that it gets 100% coverage.
How does a beard brush help dry skin under beard, though?
Another benefit of using the beard brush is that it exfoliates the skin and clears the dead cells away to help prevent dandruff. And it also stimulates the skin which will improve the circulation.
When you have an increase of blood flow to the outer layer of skin, it brings a lot of nutrients with it. And this will keep your skin plump and hydrated.
And it also creates a more durable outer layer of skin that protects itself better against the effects of your beard products build up and environmental damage from the sun, cold and dry air.
I suggest using a boar bristle beard brush as they are the safest to use on your beard. You can read a ton about it by clicking that link to a full article I wrote about it, but the gist of it is that plastic bristles will damage your beard and scratch your skin. They are really uncomfortable when you have dry skin beard problems. Using a boar bristle is gentle on your face and hair.
How to maintain your newly hydrated skin
Now that you have gotten your skin where it is not itchy and is properly hydrated, how do you keep it that way?
I already covered the things you should avoid earlier in the article, so that is covered.
Besides using the products that I highlighted, there are some lifestyle changes you should be making to keep your skin hydrated and your beard soft.
The biggest thing you should be doing for your skin, beard and overall health is to change your diet.
The food you eat has a big impact on your skin and hair. Remember that we are a collection of cells and that includes the hair and skin. So, the food we eat can either damage your cells or help build them.
Avoid junk food as much as possible. That one is pretty obvious.
Add a lot of fatty acids to your diet by eating fatty fish like salmon and sardines. Omega 3’s are your skin’s friends so keep an eye out for that.
Omega 3 plays a crucial role in the structure of your skin. They are instrumental in retaining water in the outer layers of skin. This helps keep your skin from getting dry and protects it from the effects of the sun and dry air.
Vitamin E is found in very high concentration in our sebum which is the natural oil that our body produces to keep the skin and hair hydrated. Eat foods high in this vitamin and you will see the results. Avocado, sunflower seeds and green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli should be high on your shopping list.
Beta Carotene and Vitamin A are also important to your skin as it is an antioxidant. Sweet potato is one of the best things you can eat and it is especially good for you when you are trying to grow a healthy beard.
Zinc also plays a big part in your skin health but by way of your gut. Keeping your gut in check will also keep your skin healthy. If you love oysters then you are in luck as they have a ton of zinc. If you don’t then eat plenty of walnuts.
If changing your diet is going to be too difficult then go for some supplements. Beard Grow XL from Amazon.com is formulated for growing a beard faster, but it is ideal for keeping your skin hydrated and nourished.
If you have dry skin under beard chances are good you aren’t getting enough water. Try drinking more than you normally would by keeping a bottle by your side while you work or are out and about.
It’s kind of an out of sight out of mind deal when it comes to water. If you have a bottle always there then you are more likely to drink more.
Drinking more water will swell your cells and your skin is one of the most apparent ways to see the benefits.
Nothing gets the blood flowing better than working out. And that increase in circulation brings fresh blood pumping to all parts of your body.
When it comes to your skin and hair, nothing beats this fresh blood as it flushes out cellular debris and brings oxygen and nutrients to the outermost layers of skin. Your skin will be springier and more plump. It is also more protected from the harmful effects of the sun.
If you have been reading this blog for a while then you are already familiar with one of my favorite refrains. Treat your beard right and it will treat you right. But, this time with a twist.
Treat your skin right and it will treat your beard right.
Take a holistic approach to any problem and you’ll find the benefits are more than what you expected. Your dry skin under beard will not only be gone and you’ll feel more comfortable, but all the other changes you made will have your beard looking and feeling better and you overall health and skin will also benefit.
It’s such a win win scenario that you should be thinking more along the lines of treating your whole system instead of one problem.
Do you have any questions about taking care of your skin or beard? Drop me a comment in the box below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!