Common Beard Issues and Solutions for Them

Common Beard Issues and Solutions for Them

If you're just starting your journey with your beard, at some point you will experience these 5 common issues that all bearded men have dealt with. However, it's not all doom and gloom, because luckily for everyone, the solutions are quite simple. From simply using Beard Oil, to making minor changes to your daily routine. By the time you finish this article, you'll have the knowledge to put an end to these problems before they begin or get worse.

#1: Itchy Beard

Certainly the most common issue on this list. This is something we will all deal with forever. However, just as it easily comes, it can easily go. Yet why do our beards get itchy?

  • When you shave, razors tend to cut at an angle, and because of that, it leaves the hair follicles sharp. This results in irritation when your hair starts growing again.
  • Having dry skin will also cause your beard to get itchy and so will a dirty beard, because the environment within your beard is not only unpleasant to your beard, but your skin as well. 

Solution

If your beard is itchy because it's visibly dirty, then washing it will solve your issue. However, if it's not due to lack of hygiene, some other solutions include:

  • Using a beard oil if you are dealing with dry skin. Specifically, using a beard oil that contains Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Crambe Seed Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil(to name a few), will help in moisturizing not only your beard but your skin as well. This will help tremendously when dealing with an itchy beard.
  • Whenever applying beard oil, going the extra mile and brushing will not hurt, as the brush will help in evenly spreading the oil around your beard.
  • While we don't advocate shaving your beard, we do believe that trimming is very important in keeping your beard in good condition. Trimming can help in fighting against an itchy beard, and the reason for this is because you are in control. You can control the shape and length, and pick out ingrown hairs with tweezers. 

#2: Dandruff(Beardruff)

While its appearance may be similar to having dry skin, dandruff within your beard may have a different cause: fungal infection. This can come about because of yeast living on your skin, and while sunlight will typically kill it, your beard covers it, along with giving it more space with the more facial hair you have. While dandruff typically won't be uncomfortable, it may cause embarrassment to those dealing with it. However, just as it is easy to deal with an itchy beard, the solution to this issue is not a difficult one. 

Solution

Even if you are not dealing with dandruff, washing and exfoliating your face is something every man should integrate into their routine. Unfortunately, for many years, men have been accustomed to not putting much care into their face, as it was seen as not being masculine. However, it's 2021 gentlemen, and taking care of your skin is just as important is taking care of your body or hair. However, if you are dealing with dandruff:

  • Washing your face with a natural soap(no fragrance, as it can dry your skin more) using warm water will help. Not cold, as it does not do a good job at effectively removing any dirt and grime, while hot water can irritate and dry out your skin. As such, warm water is the way to go as it helps loosen any dirt while not washing away your skin's natural oils.
  • Once you've washed your face, you can exfoliate your beard with a brush or an exfoliating glove to remove any dead skin cells. After doing that, making sure your beard and skin are properly moisturized is key to fighting against dandruff, and using a proper beard oil and/or beard balm will be perfect for the job. However, if your issue persists and/or worsens, visit your nearest dermatologist. 

#3: Tangles/Knots

If your beard is long enough, you may be prone to tangling and knots. They can come about if you move a lot during your sleep and more commonly, when your beard becomes dry and brittle. 

Solution

When it comes to dealing with tangles/knots on your beard some things you can do include:

  • Trimming, as it can help keep knots and tangles under control.
  • If your beard has tangles/knots due to it being dry, then applying beard oil and/or beard balm will help, as this moisturizes and improves manageability. After doing this, it's always a good idea to comb, in order to thoroughly spread the product around your beard. 

#4: Acne

Incredibly common amongst men who are just beginning their journey with their beard. The reason for this is usually because of the change in environment on your face from clean shaven to forest ridden face. As such, this is more of hygiene issue. Many men just starting out tend to negate any grooming, and beards like vacuums are great at collecting debris and bacteria throughout the day. The bacteria that begins to inhabit your beard can then cause acne.

Solution

To get rid of the acne or prevent it, simply:

  • Wash your face daily along with occasional trimming in order to keep your beard nice and tidy, and to pick out an ingrown hairs which can cause more irritation.
  • Always remember to moisturize, because dry skin clogs more within the pores which results in acne. 

#5: Weather

The weather affects everyone differently, but there are some common effects we experience, especially bearded men. Whether it's hot, cold, humid, etc., these seasonal changes will bring different obstacles to your beard. 

  • Hot: If it's not humid, then hot weather is typically dry, and when there is dry weather, there is a dry and brittle beard. This happens because the heat will usually strip your beard of moisture, and as we now know, a dry beard can bring a host of problems.
  • Cold: What do cold weather and cold water have in common? When in contact with your facial hair, they will close up the cuticles of your hair. The cuticles are what allows for moisture to be absorbed by your hair. Cold weather will close them in order to preserve as much heat as possible. However, because of this, according to a study, this can actually temporarily slow down the rate at which your beard grows, which in turn can cause your beard to look more dull and dry.
  • Humid: Whereas cold weather will cause your cuticles to close up, during times of humidity, your cuticles will absorb more moisture than usual. As a result, your beard will look like it has more volume, and while that may not seem like a bad thing, too much moisture can lead to your cuticles getting bloated. This in turn may cause your beard to have frizz. 

Solution

  • Hot: Making sure your beard is hydrated is essential when fighting against the drying effects of heat. Using a beard oil will come in handy during this period to make sure your beard stays hydrated and moisturized. 
  • Cold: Just like the heat, making sure your beard is hydrated and moisturized will help in fighting the effects of the cold weather. However, in regards to the decrease in growth during the winter months, there is not much that can be done in this regard.
  • Humid: Humidity will bring an over abundance of moisture, and in order to deal with this, men need to make sure to wash their beard regularly. Trimming during this time can also help to make sure your beard is kept tidy and fresh.

Conclusion

Growing and maintaining a beard comes with a host of obstacles, but like anything worth doing, in the end, when you've reached your beard goal, it will all be worth it. However, one can not just do nothing and expect their beard to become their crown jewel. Sure, you will get growth, but if not properly taken care of, your beard will end up looking dull, dry, and brittle. Nevertheless, with all this knowledge, you are now ready to fix any issues you may have been having, or you now know what to do when you encounter these issues. 

References

- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780815515722500063 

- https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321014#7-itchy-beard-remedies

- https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/beard-mustache-skin-problems


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