It likely took you months of hard work and care to grow the beard that you’re proud of. It’s looking pretty darn well and you plan to not part with it for a very, very long time.
Just as you’re enjoying all the compliments from others and looking at yourself in the mirror, something comes to disrupt your fun. That something is none other than dandruff. It results in irritation, itchiness and a host of other issues that make it difficult for you to live with your beard.
Of course, your beard is also no longer looking as clean, fresh, and alive as it did before.
Beard dandruff, or beardruff as it’s often called in the “beard care” world, is very common among men. While it may seem like a major obstacle getting in the way of your beauty, there are a few simple but highly effective ways that can help you defeat the beardruff beast fairly easily, without having to resort to shaving off your beard and trying to grow it again.
So with that said, let’s get down to business, mainly 5 ways to help you out today.
#1: Shampooing Your Beard
When it comes to getting rid of dandruff, things are not much different between the hair on your head and your beard. Just like how a good shampoo product can help you deal with the dandruff on your scalp, a good beard shampoo can help in ridding your beard of dandruff.
That said, you wouldn’t want to use the same shampoo for your beard that you use for your scalp. There is quite a difference between regular and beard shampoos, and the former can do more harm than good in the long term when used regularly to treat beard dandruff.
Here’s some quick insight into what are these differences and why you would only want to go with a good, natural beard shampoo for your beard.
- Shampoos that you use for your scalp tend to come with lots of harsh chemicals. And although they may still help prevent your beardruff to a certain extent, they would also deprive your beard of the natural oils that keep it nourished, moisturized and healthy.
- A regular shampoo product is also likely to leave your beard dry and greasy, while a beard shampoo containing natural ingredients may help it look clean and healthy.
- A good beard shampoo would also help prevent many typical issues associated with growing a beard such as irritation, itchiness, and of course, beardruff. It also wouldn’t cause any harm to the natural oils in your hair, which is something crucial in order to not end up with problems like split ends and a dry beard that’s hard to style and take care of.
- When treating beardruff, a key ingredient to look for in your beard shampoo is Ketoconazole, as it has been proven to be extremely effective at treating seborrheic dermatitis (aka dandruff).
However, finally, it’s also important for the rest of the ingredients of the beard shampoo to be natural ingredients and not some harmful chemicals, as your beard (and the skin underneath it) is very sensitive and may react in an adverse way to them.
#2: Using a Beard Oil
There are a plethora of benefits of using a beard oil for anyone with a beard, even if it hasn’t grown out fully. Using a beard oil is one of the most effective ways of keeping your beard moisturized and hydrated.
Needless to say, it’s also highly effective at treating dandruff and keeping the dead skin cells away. While there are actually many ways of treating beardruff, there aren’t many that are better, more natural and cost-effective than using a beard oil.
Another important piece of information you should be aware of is that having a beard tends to make the skin underneath it dry, as it extracts moisture from the skin. A good beard oil product would help you get the best of both worlds – conditioning your beard and keeping the skin underneath moisturized.
Then of course there are also many other benefits of using a beard oil such as softening your skin, preventing itchiness, and, depending on the ingredients your beard oil contains, soothing and healing your skin and hair.
With that said, see our guide on beard oils and which ones you can trust to apply on your face daily.
#3: Regular Combing with a Beard Brush
Another fairly simple way of dealing with beardruff is combing your beard regularly using a beard brush. It helps push the dandruff flakes to the surface which makes it significantly easier to wash them off when shampooing your beard.
It not only helps keep your beard looking revitalized, but also exfoliates the skin underneath it. And don’t forget that the health of the skin underneath your beard has a direct impact on the health of your beard.
However, if you’re not using any regular brush, but a brush that’s designed for combing a beard in particular, then there also going to be many more benefits you receive such as:
- Preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth thanks to the increased blood flow.
- Evenly distributing the natural oils in your beard for a much more healthier beard.
- Helping deal with some annoying beard issues such as tangling of beard hair.
#4: Avoid Touching Your Beard Frequently
Some men have a habit of touching their beard every now and then. Now, if you’re not someone that washes their hands every time you’re about to touch your beard (who does?), your hands are likely to have bacteria on them.
This means that even simply touching or scratching your beard often would cause the bacteria to find their way to your beard and perhaps even the skin underneath it. They can then speed up the process of producing dead skin cells, which is basically what you would term as dandruff.
Not to mention, they can also trigger other beard issues such as irritation and itchiness. This also doubles down when you are trimming your beard. Try to avoid pressing too hard with your trimmer and keep an even, steady routine that your beard will get used to.
Lastly, it goes without saying that a poor quality beard trimmer will do more damage than good for your facial hair, so choose one of the ones we outline here.
#5: Embracing the Beard Balm
Beard balm seems to be a highly underrated beard care product. However, when you’re dealing with beardruff, there are not many products that deserve a place in your beard grooming kit more than a good beard balm does.
This is simply because it comes with natural ingredients that are highly beneficial for your skin. They help hydrate your skin and prevent skin dryness. And as you probably already know, skin dryness is often the most common cause of dandruff.
So, when you’re up against stubborn dandruff, you can simply use a well made leave-in beard conditioner, and you would probably be surprised at how effective that turns out to be at tackling beardruff.
Ultimately, you will appreciate just how full and healthy your facial hair looks after utilizing these five tips.