How to Stop and Prevent Beard Itch
How to Stop that Beard Itch
Beard itch is REAL. It’s enough to deter men from even considering growing out their facial hair because it is down right uncomfortable. Not to mention, when the itch is happening, it’s typically the most awkward phase. Do you have a 5 o’clock shadow? Will the patches fill in? And it’s spiky and short - ugh.
But, like most of the best things in life, good things come to those who stick with it, and wait out the storm.
So why does beard itch happen?
When your beard hair breaks through the skin, after years and years of keeping it smooth shaven, your hair is rough and course. This is irritant #1. Then to top it off, there is a mix of inflammation and dryness happening. Not to mention if you don’t currently have a grooming routine, are eating a crap diet and/or aren’t being careful of what is going near your face - more dryness is going to occur.
What’s a guy to do?
3 Simple Ways to Stop the Itch
If you put these three things into practice, I can promise you the itch will stop and you’ll be a beard growing badass in no time.
- Condition, condition, condition! And rinse, rinse, rinse.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, using whatever cheap ass shampoo probably isn’t doing your beard any favors. Conditioner will.
Here’s the crazy thing though - the majority of men don’t use it. Why, I have no clue, but it makes your face hair so much softer and it’s a double whammy because your skin gets moisturized too. You can even go so far as to use a specialized beard shampoo and conditioner.
The key with whatever you use, make sure that you rinse it out really, really, really well. Any leftover shampoo or conditioner can add to the itch.
Plus, make sure you are drying your beard by patting it dry, no vigorous rubbing on your face gents!
2.Beard oil is an itchy man’s BFF
Made of a mix of all natural oils, beard oil is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your itchy beard. You only need a dime size amount, and you can work it through your beard with your hands initially, and then really work it into the hair follicles and skin by brushing it through with a boar’s hair brush.
The brush gives you the added benefit of exfoliating your skin which allows more of the good oil to soak in and make everything oh so smooth. No itchy beard to see here folks.
3. Change your sheets!
And your washcloths and make sure that you’re wiping down your phone. Basically anything that touches your beard and can get it dirty. And not the good kind of dirty.
This also goes for touching your face with your hands. Those oils on your fingertips can lead to ingrown hairs, pimples and popping either of those can lead to scarring and dry skin.
For sheets and towels, change them at a minimum weekly. Wipe down your phone a couple times per week - you can use those single use alcohol wipes. And wash your hands regularly because it’s kind and considerate. Basically, you just need to do everything your mama taught you to.
If you’ve had a beard for a while - do you remember the itch when you first started growing it? And for those of you just starting to grow out your beard - on a scale of 1 to 10 how bad is it (1 being “it’s not bad at all, what are you talking about” and 10 being “I’m shaving my face ASAP.”)