Do you have a beard? Are you struggling with "the itch?" You're not alone! Every man who has ever had even a five O'clock shadow can tell tales of the dreaded and bothersome itchy beard.
With such a common issue, it's time to get serious about understanding what's causing our beards to irritate us so much and how we can put an end to this flurry of sensations once and for all.
In this blog post, you’ll learn more about why the dreaded beard itch develops in the first place as well as practical solutions for avoiding uncomfortable itching in your facial hair altogether.
So if persistent discomfort from your face fuzz is making life difficult, join us now on a serious journey into solving beard itch!
What is Beard Itch and why does it happen
Growing a beard can come with its own set of challenges and unfamiliar sensations, such as an itchy beard, dry, brittle beard hair, ingrown hair, and dandruff caused by dead skin cells from the new growth of beard hair.
Characterized by irritation, redness, and flaky skin, this common issue arises when the hair follicles become blocked or clogged with oils, dirt, and sebum from daily activities.
This common irritation can occur when the hair follicles on your face become dry and irritated, leading to uncomfortable itching and even flaking of the skin.
While beard itch can be a nuisance, in most cases it's not something to be alarmed about. In fact, it's a natural part of the beard-growing process and can be attributed to a variety of factors, including climate, genetics, and even diet.
To combat beard itch, it's important to maintain good grooming habits, such as regularly washing and conditioning your beard, and using products designed specifically for the face and beard area, such as beard oil, beard balm, and/or beard butter.
So don't let an itchy beard get you down - with a little bit of care and attention, you can enjoy a healthy, itch-free beard!
Common Causes of Beard Itch
An itchy beard has to be one of the most annoying things that come with having facial hair. But what causes it? There are actually several common causes, some of which are simply related to hygiene.
Beard Hair is also called androgenic hair. Androgenic hair is very different than the hair on your head, so it’s important to use products specifically designed for facial hair.
Androgenic hair grows from the hair follicle differently than that of your scalp. Head Hair grows much thinner and straighter, but with facial skin, the follicle is flatter, which makes the hairs grow thicker and wirier.
For starters, not washing your beard properly can lead to an itchy situation. Additionally, using harsh shampoos or soaps can strip the natural oils in your beard, leaving it dry and prone to beard dandruff.
Another culprit could be ingrown hairs, which occur when hair curls back and grows into the skin. Ingrown beard hairs are an unfortunately common problem that can occur when facial hair curls back and grows into the skin. This can cause discomfort, redness, itching, and even flaking of the skin around the affected area.
In some cases, it may also lead to infection if left untreated for too long. To prevent ingrown beard hairs from occurring in the first place or worsening over time, it’s important to maintain good grooming habits such as regularly washing and conditioning your beard with gentle products designed specifically for facial hair like oil, balm, or butter.
Seborrheic dermatitis is another common cause of an itchy beard. This condition affects the skin on your face and can lead to redness, flaking, dandruff, and itching.
Seborrheic dermatitis is thought to be caused by an overgrowth of a type of yeast found naturally on the skin and can worsen in cold or dry climates.
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to manage seborrheic dermatitis flare-ups such as using an anti-fungal shampoo regularly and moisturizing with a product specifically designed for beards such as an oil or beard balm designed for sensitive skin.
Allergies or Sensitivities
Finally, allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients found in some beard care products could be causing your itchiness.
The best way to avoid this type of irritation is to use gentle, natural products specifically designed for facial hairs such as oil, balm, or butter which are free from harsh chemicals and allergens.
Itchy Beard Remedies
Beard itch is a common problem amongst men who grow a full beard. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as dry skin, bacteria, and ingrown hairs.
The good news is, there are some simple steps you can take to stop an itchy beard in its' tracks!
If you want to stop beard itch, regularly wash your beard! Washing your face fuzz with a high-quality beard shampoo and conditioner can almost by itself, remove dead skin cells, treat dry skin, eliminate beard rash, and moisturize the skin underneath.
To ensure that your beard is properly cared for and well-maintained, it is important to use a gentle beard wash and beard conditioner formulated specifically for beard hair. This will help keep your beard hydrated without stripping your body's natural oils, and protect it from dryness and flaking, which in itself can help cause an itchy beard, beard dandruff, beard rash, dry skin, and ingrown hair.
Without proper care, it is also possible to end up with a painful fungal infection resulting in red, dry skin, and even stunted hair growth. Even if you choose to skip the rest of the following steps, never skip Step one!
Use a beard oil or balm to prevent dryness and keep your skin moisturized. The natural oils in beard oil and balm help to soften the hair and prevent a dry, itchy beard.
Using Beard Oil:
To apply oil, Dry your beard with a towel until only slightly damp. Start with a dime-sized amount in your palm. Rub your hands together to warm the oils so it absorbs more rapidly.
Apply from the skin, working your way out to the ends of your hair. Brush to style, and enjoy!
Using Beard Butter:
To apply balm or butter, again start with a dime size amount in the palm of your hand (those with a longer beard may require more). Rub your hands together to melt the product in your hands. Apply using the same technique as the oil. Enjoy!
Consider using a beard comb, natural boars hair beard brush, or other brush designed for use with beard hair to gently exfoliate your skin and prevent ingrown hairs. Beard Brushes and combs are specifically designed to work with your man mane, so they’re gentle on the skin and help to spread the natural oil throughout without snagging or pulling.
The Best Natural Remedies for Treating an Itchy Beard
Beard itch? You're not alone. It's a common problem amongst those who sport some face fur. Instead of constantly scratching and causing irritation to your skin, why not try some natural remedies that are also contained in our beard care products.
Jojoba oil is also a great option, as it's known for being chemically similar to the natural oils produced by our skin. We have a large percentage of this great carrier oil in our beard oils, beard butters, balms and beard lotions!
Aloe vera gel, with its soothing properties, can also help alleviate the itchiness. Our beard lotions are loaded with Aloe! Or If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, you can even try making your own oil using essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus.
With these natural remedies, you'll be able to tame the itch and keep your beard looking great.
Special Tips on Dealing with Severe Cases of Beard Itch
Beard itch can be a real pain to deal with, especially when it becomes severe. When the itching is unbearable, or for those with an underlying skin condition it can be difficult to focus on anything else. That's why it's important to take steps to combat the issue. One tip is to make sure you're keeping your beard clean by washing it regularly with a mild soap or shampoo, with warm water.
It's also important to use a conditioner or oil to keep the hair soft and hydrated. Another suggestion is to avoid scratching the area, as this can lead to irritation and even infection. Instead, try gently massaging the area with a beard oil or balm.
And lastly, if the itching is severe, it may be necessary to see a dermatologist who can provide additional treatment options. You may have a fungal infection that requires topical antifungal therapy. Don't suffer in silence - take action to tame that beard itch!
A Word of Warning on Possible Complications of Not Treating Beard Itch Properly
For the bearded folks out there, having a bit of itchiness under the beard is not uncommon. But what may start as a minor annoyance can eventually turn into a more serious issue if left untreated.
Beard itch has been known to cause hair loss, dry skin, and even infection. You may also experience redness, bumps, or sores if you don't address the problem early on.
Ignoring the warning signs of beard itch can lead to complications that are not only uncomfortable but also potentially dangerous. So, it's important to take care of your beard properly and treat any itchiness as soon as it arises. That way, you'll be able to keep your beard healthy and strong, without any nasty surprises along the way.
In conclusion, beard itch is a common and often ignored condition that can cause severe discomfort and lead to a serious infection in some cases.
It's important to take steps to prevent the itch before it happens, and treating it—properly—once you have it. Fortunately, by following the steps from this blog post, you can effectively manage your beard and get back to enjoying a healthy, nice-looking beard.
Remember that the best way of avoiding complications and getting fast relief is by using natural remedies like aloe vera gel or other natural carrier oils and other tips highlighted above.
All in all, if you're having any problem with the "itch," don't ignore it because doing so may actually do more harm than good!
Hopefully, this blog post has helped you learn more about it and also provided valuable insight into how to properly deal with it!