Beard itches and Beard Flakes is a condition that many of us are uncomfortable with and seek a solution to. We know that many men experience Beard itches and Beard Flakes after starting to grow a beard. In this article, we will provide you with solutions for Beard itches and Beard Flakes!
Beard growth is associated with unpleasant itchiness that almost every man experiences. What can a man do when his beard itches and Beard Flakes?
To get rid of the beard itches, the dead skin cells must first be removed with a beard brush. The beard is then washed with a beard shampoo and dried with a cloth. Finally, the beard oil is massaged in or, as an alternative, a moisturizer against dandruff is used.
Shaving is out of the question. After all, you want to grow your beard. There are many ways and means of tackling the itchiness. We will get to the bottom of your rash together and bring it under control step by step.
Brush away the dead skin cells
Probably the most common reason why your beard itches are too dry facial skin – as a result, it is not your beard that beard itches, but the dried-out skin under the beard.
At first, it seems impractical to brush off irritated facial skin with an extra brush, but this preparatory work has to be done. This is because you need to remove the dead skin cells before using any nourishing products for relief.
Think of it this way: You won’t just put fresh paint on a rusty car. You clean the parts and create a smooth surface so that the color stays in place.
If, on the other hand, you just put on a beard oil or beard balm – as many “beard experts” advise – then you only alleviate the itchiness and do not remove it.
During the process, be careful not to overdo it with the brushing. It is entirely sufficient if you hold the beard brush against your skin with light pressure and run through the beard.
Here you should use a beard brush with natural bristles – often made from wild boar bristles. These are gentler on the skin and minimize the risk of rashes.
Furthermore, you untangle your whiskers, which press against the skin of your face and can also lead to the dreaded itching.
This is just the first step in eliminating beard itches. It continues with the cleaning work with the beard shampoo and conditioner.
2. Use a mild beard shampoo on the itchy beard
Mild beard shampoo
After you’ve brushed your beard correctly, you should wash it out. With the beard shampoo, you remove last dandruff from the beard.
Here I advise you to use a natural beard shampoo. Not to use silicones and to do without conventional shampoos. This is because gentle beard shampoo preserves the natural fats – these are used to maintain the beard moisture.
Furthermore, it would be best to only wash your beard every 2 to 3 days since using it too often would dry out the skin. This, in turn, would lead to increased itching and dandruff.
Keep these two points in mind when using a beard shampoo, and you will avoid dry skin under the beard and consequently itching in the long term.
From now on:
You only wash your beard with a mild beard shampoo
Wash your beard every 2 to 3 days – as long as it’s not dirty
You can also use a beard conditioner for more moisture
Beard shampoo doesn’t cost much, and you’ll be surprised how long such a small bottle can last. In my beard care overview, you can see which shampoo I am currently using. Just follow the link at the beginning of the article.
3. Dry the beard properly
You now know what is essential when using a beard shampoo and how often you should wash your beard. Washing doesn’t solve the problem if you dry your beard incorrectly.
Many men make the mistake of using a normal hairdryer on the most robust setting to dry the beard – the central location and a minimum distance of 30 cm would be correct.
The heat removes moisture from not only your whiskers but also the skin of your face. And as you now know, dry skin leads to itching and unwanted Beard Flakes.
After you have washed your beard with the beard shampoo, I recommend dabbing it with a cloth – no rubbing or scrubbing. Otherwise, the hair will become matted.
Then use some beard oil (read step 4) and dry your beard briefly with a hairdryer as described above – a small amount of residual moisture should be retained.
If you want to read more about drying your beard correctly, I recommend my article – Blow- dry your beard or not?
4. The beard oil helps against dandruff and itching
Beard oil helps prevent itching
In this step, we ensure that your beard gets some moisture and first apply some beard oil – here, I recommend only natural products for gentle use.
Beard oil enriched with jojoba oil, in particular, provides a lot of moisture and is quickly absorbed – the oil should also be suitable for allergy sufferers. The beard oil also ensures that the hair is not damaged by heat when it is dried.
You should apply the beard oil to your towel-dried beard immediately after washing – I’ll explain how to do it here.
Use of beard oil:
- Put 2 to 3 drops of your beard oil in the palm of your hand – a little more if you have a long, full beard.
Rub the oil briefly between your hands.
- Now massage the beard oil into your beard (including the roots) with the palm of your hand.
- Make sure that you have massaged all areas well and repeat the process if necessary.
- I use self-made natural beard oil for my beard care. Before that, I bought my beard oil online and had good experiences with Benjamin Bernard’s beard oil and Mr. Burston’s Beard Oil.
- Beard oil is supposed to substitute for the natural fats on the face and on the beard hair itself, as these are lost when showering.
- Furthermore, beard oil is particularly recommended for people with full beards, as natural sebum production cannot keep up with this.
5. Use a beard balm for beard itching
Use a beard balm
Numerous companies have recognized the market potential for itchy beards and want to sell you beard moisturizers. Unfortunately, these creams often contain silicone and alcohol.
These creams will only provide relief from itching in the beard for a short time and, in the worst case, will further dry out your skin due to the alcohol they contain.
Beard balm is a much better alternative that has been tried and tested for some time. This consists of natural substances such as beeswax, shea butter, lanolin, and nourishing oils – the ingredients depend on the manufacturer.
You should apply the beard balm immediately after using beard oil. This care product protects your beard from external weather conditions and ensures that your beard and face do not dry out.
When it comes to beard balm, I prefer to make it myself and play with the ingredients. In my article, I’ll show you how you can do it – make beard balm yourself.
6. Pay attention to your diet as a bearded man
Your diet can have an impact on keeping your beard softer and preventing your skin from drying out. Ideally, you try to eat as healthily as possible. After all, it is said: “You are what you eat!”.
Try to drink a glass of water every hour to keep your body from becoming dehydrated.
Eat a balanced diet with proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Ideally, you provide your body with sufficient vitamins through many green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit – if necessary, with vitamin supplements.
Other foods you should eat as a beard:
- Olive oil
- Brazil nuts
Frequently asked questions when the beard is itchy and Beard Flakes:
At first, everything goes smoothly, and you get closer and closer to your goal of wearing a long and soft full beard. But one day, it starts to itch, and you wonder whether this will go on forever, why the beard itches, and what you can do about it.
In this section of the article, I answer the most frequently asked questions about beard itchiness. If your question is not listed, feel free to post it in the comments below.
Why does the beard itch?
Colloquially, there is talk of an itchy beard – but the beard itself is not really to blame. The leading cause is much drier and sensitive skin on the face.
If the facial skin is not supplied with sufficient moisture and remains dry for a long time, beard flakes develop and itching.
Another reason why your beard itches are that the whiskers grow inward and press the tip against the skin. You may not mind that at first, but you will get a rash on your face in the long run – some beard oil and a beard brush are the best solutions.
Make sure your skin is adequately hydrated and protected. The itching should then subside after a short time – all other processes can be found in my instructions.
What causes dry skin under the beard?
Dry skin and dandruff
Too little moisture is only one of the reasons why your skin on your face dries out, and your beard becomes itchy as a result. To better protect and care for your skin for the future, you should also know the other causes.
Weather: Wind, UV rays, and low humidity all lead to the skin drying out. The skin is dehydrated, and small cracks and redness form – the result is a scratchy beard.
Solution: Use beard oil and beard balm to protect your beard and the skin underneath.
Wash: A beard can get dirty quickly, and you must wash it with a decent beard shampoo. But if you do this too often, the skin on your face will dry out because the shampoos have a degreasing effect. Conventional shampoos, in particular, are far too aggressive and should not be used on the board.
Solution: Use a good beard shampoo and only wash your beard every 2 to 3 days.
Skin diseases: The human skin is the largest organ on the body and is particularly susceptible to eczema, dermatitis, and infections.
Solution: If a skin condition causes your beard itching, the best thing to do is see a dermatologist. This one will give you much better and more meaningful advice than I could.
Lack of beard care: Your beard is a protective shield and catches all foreign objects before you inhale them. As a result, many impurities and bacteria will accumulate here if you don’t care for your beard regularly. Furthermore, your skin only produces a certain amount of oil to moisturize itself. From a certain beard length, you have to help a little from the outside.
Solution: Use good beard oil and beard balm to care for your beard.
Inadequate nutrition: If your diet is too monotonous and lacks essential macronutrients and vitamins, the skin reacts with visual warning signals in the form of dehydration and rashes. Furthermore, too many unsaturated omega-6 fatty acids can lead to a poor complexion.
Solution: Try a few new recipes that not only add variety but also improve your health.
What home remedies help if the beard is itchy?
There aren’t many home remedies that can help relieve an itchy beard. It would be possible to use a regular face cream, but with this, you would smear your beard too much – you don’t want to go out of the house that way.
A better alternative would be to use organic coconut oil. You rub the oil in your hand and then massage it into the beard down to the roots.
Since the beard looks a bit greasy afterward, you should instead apply the treatment in the evening when you no longer have to leave the house.
I would not recommend using regular olive oil or sunflower oil as they are too greasy and would clog your pores – and these oils can cause allergic reactions.
When does the itch phase begin, and how long does it last?
The beard starts to itch a little around the second to fourth week – this depends on the growth of your beard. If your skin is pre-stressed, itching can happen much sooner.
The reason for this is that the whiskers are still relatively brutal and are starting to curl. The skin on your face is not used to it yet, and you feel uncomfortable itching and pulling on your face.
How long this phase lasts and how quickly it passes depends on you and what you do about it. Most men grab a razor straight away, but I already explained what to do in the article.
Ideally, you start grooming your beard early on and don’t let it get that far in the first place. I recommend that you work through all the points from my instructions against an itchy beard right at the beginning at the first signs.
Does shaving cause beard rash?
A wrong shave can lead to a rash on your face. You attack your skin, and it dries out faster after shaving because the natural layer of fat is lost with the shave.
If you draw your contours with a razor, you should then soothe the areas above with a bit of aftershave or face cream – alternatively with a nourishing oil for the face.
Furthermore, after a shave, it is not too rare for the whiskers to grow inward and cysts to form on the face. This leads to a rash and itching during the growth phase.
Does facial peeling help with beard dandruff?
A facial peel can help peel off the dead skin on the face. After the peeling, the skin under the beard is particularly receptive to creams and other care products.
If you want to try a skin peeling, I advise you to use a natural product without silicone and alcohol, as these ingredients clog your skin pores and dry out your face.
The problem with a “normal peeling” is that the Beard Flakes of skin with long full beards still stick to the beard and cannot be removed entirely with water.
Here I recommend that you use a suitable beard brush after peeling and brush out the Beard Flakes.
What you should avoid, however, is a commercially available peeling glove, as this is too rough for the face and would irritate the skin more intensely.
There are special peeling gloves for the face. But these are somewhat impractical for a long full beard – the thick beard hair prevents you from carefully cleaning all parts of your face.
On the other hand, if you have a short 3-day beard, this type of beard scrub would be possible to get rid of beard flakes. Just make sure that you use a moisturizing cream after you exfoliate.
The beard is itchy. Does the trimmer help?
The beard trimmer can only help to a certain extent against an itchy beard. Wearing a simple 3-day beard can help trim your beard.
But always keep in mind that the itching is mainly caused by too dry skin and is not caused directly by the whiskers themselves. So the trimmer is not a solution – especially not with a full beard.
I could help you with this article and that your itchiness is over for good. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below.