Beard Dandruff, you probably didn’t grow a beard to display your collection of dead skin. If you have beard dandruff – i.e., pieces of dead skin that get stuck in your beard – you can and should do something about it. Because beard flakes not only give you a neglected – or even repulsive – appearance but are also a warning signal from your beard that you should not ignore. Mission: save your beard!
Where does beard dandruff come from?
Beard dandruff can have many causes, such as:
Cold weather: The skin is stressed by cold and dry air, and more skin cells die. Beard dandruff is, therefore, a problem, especially in winter.
Hot water: Washing your beard with water that is too hot will dry out the skin. If you blow-dry your beard after washing so that it dries faster, this is, of course, an absolute no-go if you are already struggling with beard dandruff.
Wrong shampoo: Just like with scalp hair, the right shampoo also matters with a beard. To not damage your skin and hair, you should use shampoo without sulfates, silicones, and parabens. There are special beard shampoos that are ideal for washing your beard.
It is also essential that you always rinse the shampoo thoroughly so that there are no residues that could then spread as dandruff on your face. You may also consider an anti-dandruff shampoo if you are already struggling with beard dandruff. You can find out more about this below.
Stress: As always, there is also a psychological component. When you’re stressed, your beard is also unbalanced. Stress can cause an imbalance in your skin’s pH levels and encourage flaking. So relax – you look damn good after all! 😉
Skin Diseases: If your dandruff problem is more extensive and persistent, you should consider going to a dermatologist. Then nasty beard dwellers like psoriasis or yeast could be behind your beard dandruff. But calm down – this is rarely the case!
With all of these possible causes of beard dandruff, the problem is compounded by the fact that the beard shields the underlying skin from sufficient UV light. The advantage: you probably won’t get sunburn under your beard. The disadvantage: UV light would slow down dandruff and – in moderation – do the skin well.
So beard dandruff is a sign that you should invest more time and energy in caring for your beard – beard dandruff rarely disappears on its own.
What helps against beard dandruff?
Wash not too seldom, not too often.
First of all, it helps to keep the skin of the face moist and the beard clean. Washing your beard too often or too rarely can damage the skin and dry it out, for example. So if you wash your beard every day, doing it every other day could improve your situation. When using shampoo, make sure to rinse your beard well. Otherwise, residues of the shampoo will stick to your skin and can also lead to beard dandruff.
To take a cold shower.
Another simple trick is to avoid using hot water when washing. Especially in winter, this causes the facial skin to dry out further and promotes the formation of dandruff.
Just take lukewarm or cold water – your skin will thank you for it. If you like to take a hot shower, you can, of course, continue to do so. You only need cold water for your head.
It all comes down to the right shampoo.
As with dandruff that forms in the scalp, a common cause of beard dandruff is that the shampoo is not rinsed out properly and contains unhealthy ingredients.
You should make sure that your shampoo is free from silicone and parabens. These dry out your whiskers in the long term and can thus promote dandruff. Also, after washing your beard, you should make sure that no shampoo residue is left on your skin.
There are special beard shampoos that you can use to wash your beard.
But conventional shampoos can also be suitable for you (and they are usually much cheaper), as long as they are free from harmful ingredients.
Anti-dandruff shampoo for beard dandruff?
You are probably thinking: What works on the scalp cannot be wrong in the beard …? In theory, that’s true, but in practice, anti-dandruff shampoo is rarely necessary for your beard.
In almost all cases, beard flakes come from the skin that is too dry.
We have already explained in detail how to supply your skin with sufficient moisture. Usually, that should be enough to get rid of those annoying beard flakes quickly. But if the dandruff is stubborn, you can try an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Comb your beard. It is suitable for him.
You should brush your beard well at least once a day. On the one hand, you move the annoying scales in the right direction – namely out of your beard. On the other hand, combing the natural oil that forms your skin is distributed into the whiskers.
That sounds disgusting, but it’s necessary and healthy – because it protects your beard from drying out, and the hair can form a natural protective layer. Nice side effect: When you brush, the hair follicles are stimulated – thus, you stimulate beard growth and strengthen your beard. Boar bristle brushes are particularly popular with the beard community.
Don’t go overboard with styling.
If you use styling products such as beard wax, pomade, or beard balm daily, this can encourage the formation of dandruff. Why? Very simple: In principle, styling products do nothing more than form a layer around your beard hair, which “crusts” and thus brings your beard hair into the desired shape.
The residue from this crust can settle as flakes between your whiskers, especially if you don’t wash the styling products well enough in the evening. The styling crust also dries out your beard over time – and you probably remember dryness = dandruff = sad beard. So if you’re struggling with beard dandruff, it’s a good idea to avoid over-styling for now.
Sunlight makes your beard happy.
It also helps if you are outside more often. UV light (in moderation) is good for the skin and can improve your dandruff problem. Sunlight is also vital for your beard growth, as the body produces vitamin D in the sun, which promotes your beard growth.
Watch your diet.
Have you heard of dog food advertisements that advertise how shiny it can make dog hair? Your diet is also the basis for healthy hair and skin. Please do not buy dog food now, but grab some fruit now and then.
Beard oil is a miracle cure for dry skin.
To give your skin the moisture it needs, I recommend that you always use beard oil. Beard oil contains essential nutrients that nourish your beard and skin and keep them healthy.
Beard oil should therefore be your constant companion – even if you have overcome your beard dandruff problem.
What if it’s a skin disease?
Your dandruff could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infection. You should be concerned if severe itching, extreme flaking, reddened skin, or open areas are added to your problem.
But don’t panic! If a skin condition indeed causes your dandruff, there is no need to shave your beard. Many people also have a problem with their scalp hair, but I don’t know anyone who is bald. It is best to see a dermatologist who will prescribe you a medicated ointment…