How to Soothe an Itchy Beard
Whether you like to sport a beard year-round or only during the month of November, you’re likely aware of the maddening itch that can result. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that beard itch is among the top reasons why many men choose not to grow out their scruff. As your beard grows, the itching may become more severe and irritating before it (eventually) subsides. Good news: There are ways to help calm the area. Ahead, we share helpful tips for men on how to combat an itchy beard and find relief.
WHAT CAUSES BEARD ITCH?
Suffering from a scruffy, itchy beard? It’s a pretty common struggle for men who are trying to grow out longer, fuller facial hair. According to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, this side effect can be caused by a variety of factors, three of which we have listed below:
According to Dr. Bhanusali, one of the most common causes of beard itch is ingrown hairs. Stubborn hairs that have been previously shaved or cut can grow back into the hair follicle, instead of growing straight out. This can lead to painful, itchy red bumps. This is most common in people with curly hair types, but can happen to almost anyone.
If your skin tends to be on the drier side, especially during the colder weather in “No Shave November,” then that could be the root of your itchiness. To learn more about the causes of dry skin and how to help relieve them, head over here.
HOW TO SOOTHE AN ITCHY BEARD
STEP 1: WASH YOUR BEARD
It’s a simple fact that your beard is going to be a collector of all sorts, just not in the way you’d hope. Entwined between your mane can be anything from food particles, dust, and dead skin on a daily basis, so you’re going to have to clean it. To keep your beard clean, apply a generous amount of hydrating beard wash and rinse with lukewarm water. Regular shampoo might be too harsh for your beard strands and can strip them of vital moisture.
STEP 2: EXFOLIATE
To help combat any ingrown hairs and clogged pores, try exfoliating at least once a week. Make sure you grab an exfoliator that’s powerful enough to get through thick beard hair and slough off dead skin cells, but is gentle enough not to irritate your skin.
STEP 3: CONDITION YOUR BEARD
Proper beard care calls for hydration, as well as softened strands to reduce irritation. A specialized beard conditioner can help provide both moisture and nutrients to keep dryness at bay.
STEP 4: HYDRATE WITH BEARD OIL OR CREAM
After conditioning your beard, smooth on a moisturizing cream or beard oil to up the hydration ante. Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil—formulated with an aromatic blend of sandalwood, cedarwood, and eucalyptus essential oils—can help soften facial hair. The result? A comfortable, touchable beard. To style your beard, apply a handful of Baxter of California Grooming Cream onto your beard in your desired shape. The lightweight, versatile formula provides soft shine and weightless hold.
STEP 5: TRIM EXCESS HAIR
It can take quite some time to grow your beard out to your desired length. Once you do, it’s important to trim it on a consistent basis. This can help your beard look more controlled and neat with reduced discomfort. Use an electric razor or small safety scissors for an even cut. Visit a stylist or barber for help if needed.
STEP 6: BRUSH YOUR FACIAL HAIR REGULARLY
Regular brushing can give your beard a clean shape and smooth texture. But don’t just use your girlfriend’s brush or comb. Invest in a specially-designed beard comb or brush for best results, like Baxter of California’s Beard Comb. From cutting to polishing, each comb goes through a detailed 12-step process of manufacturing (all done by hand), resulting in smoothly tapered teeth and rounded tips for comfort and care of the beard and facial skin. If your beard is thick, consider a boar hair bristle brush.
STEP 7: USE HYDROCORTISONE
If you’re dealing with an itch or think you may be seborrheic dermatitis, Dr. Bhanusali recommends using an over-the-counter cream formulated with hydrocortisone to help relieve itching associated with irritation. “Apply this cream per use instruction on pack,” he said. “If you don’t see an improvement, visit your dermatologist.”
STEP 9: PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
If you’re skipping your daily skin care routine or using an old razor, then it’s time to make some adjustments. Swap out your dull razor for one that’s sharp and clean, and do so every other week. Also, make sure to cleanse your skin morning and night. If you need help with your skin care routine, then check out these simple care tips for men.
STEP 10: VISIT A DERMATOLOGIST
If all else fails, you can always head over to a trusted l dermatologist for some more guidance. Make an appointment to find a proper treatment plan for your skin care concerns.