Beard rash is an annoying and painful problem caused by friction between facial hair stubble and bare skin. Beard rash, also referred to as barber’s itch becomes worse as the area becomes more bacteria infected. A rash around your beard hurts and if not treated in time, the problem can grow significantly worse. Sometimes beard rash is also caused by a condition where the skin becomes infected if left untreated.
Before we start here make sure to STOP SCRATCHING! I know it itches, it hurts and it’s uncomfortable but scratching it will make the problem worse! You’ve been warned.
Here is how to stop beard rash and prevent it in the future.
Let’s discuss fixing a current case of beard rash first before going into prevention.
Give Your Beard A Break (don’t shave)
If you suspect that you have beard rash, switch to an electric shaver or stop shaving altogether. The electric shaver is gentler on the skin’s surface and causes less irritation and trauma. If you stop shaving until the irritation has cleared, apply tea tree oil or aftershave that contains tea tree oil. Tea tree oil alone should help clear up the condition rather quickly. At New Complete Man we advocate keeping the beard anyway!
Keep The Skin Under The Beard Hydrated
You’ll want to make sure you’re showering daily and applying beard oil directly to your beard. However, you only need to shampoo your beard 2-3 times per week. Use a shampoo directly created for beards though.
Here are some good beard washes to choose from.
After showering and washing your beard simply apply the beard oil to your beard and you’ll give your beard the moisture it needs to stay healthy! (Make sure to read my guide to understanding the benefits of beard oil here). Beard oil will help condition the skin under the beard, prevent beard dandruff, keep your beard soft and fight off other skin issues. By the way, you can browse our entire beard oil line here.
Ensure that you keep your skin hydrated to prevent the beard rash from reoccurring.
Maintaining A Clean Face
Wash your face thoroughly each day to reduce or eliminate the beard rash from actually forming around the beard. Again, as mentioned above you only need to directly wash the beard 2-3 times per week, but you should wash your face daily. If you suffer from beard rash, use mild antibacterial soap to help promote a more healthy skin that will ensure that the condition never recurs. Pat dry the surface of your skin using a clean towel each time to maintain a cleaner face and prevent the rash from spreading.
Fixing Beard Rash
In extreme cases of beard rash (rare) you’ll want to apply hydrocortisone ointment to the surface of your skin up to 4 times daily is great for reducing the inflammation that accompanies beard rash. Any aloe based skin lotion helps to ease pain and promotes faster healing. Tea tree oil is also quite effective at treating infection, reducing discomfort, and helping the area heal faster. Apply a warm compress to the affected area if you experience high levels of discomfort during the day to keep the pain at bay and keep the skin moist.
It’s rare that you let it get this far but if you do you might need to heal up before you can use the next preventative steps.
So now you know how to heal a current case of beard rash let’s move on.
Now Let’s Discuss Preventing Beard Rash From Occurring Again
Now many of these tips will simply be recaps from some of the information above but let’s discuss daily beard care that is important to help prevent the rash under your beard or around it from occurring again.
Best routine for beard care to prevent rashes:
- Wash beard 2-3 times weekly with beard shampoo
- Towel dry the beard by patting after shower
- Apply beard oil in morning and night
- Comb the beard with a solid handmade wood comb
- Trim the beard when needed
Washing The Beard
I went over this above but to recap here you’ll want to make sure you wash the beard no more than 3 times weekly. Use a formula specifically designed for beards.
Towel Dry Only
When you’re towel drying the beard just be gentle. You simply need to pat the beard down until it’s dry. Us men have a tendency to aggressively wipe the area and that will simply pull out beard hairs or irritate the skin to form a rash.
Apply Beard Oil Twice Daily
So a good beard care routine means you need to apply beard oil in the morning immediately after towel drying. Then you’ll need to reapply beard oil before bed. This will ensure that your beard is sufficiently hydrated throughout the entire day and while you sleep.
Comb The Beard
Using a handmade wood comb simply comb the beard after applying beard oil. By combing the beard this will help you straighten the hairs of the beard. Not only will this keep your beard softer but it will prevent the hairs from curling and possibly creating a painful ingrown hair or rash on the skin. Why handmade wood comb specifically for the beard? It’s simply; it prevents snagging and pulling and it’s better on the skin than a plastic comb. This is a great comb for the beard.
When the beard starts getting a bit too shaggy, especially around the mustache area you may need to clean it up a bit. Simply use my guide for proper beard trimming found here and you’re all set!
That’s all it takes to prevent painful beard irritation on the skin and keep that rash at bay. Make sure to follow this advice and apply the 5 steps to maintenance I mentioned just above to have a healthy manly beard all year around.
Note: This post is not medical advice and is for informational purposes only. If you have a serious problem that is not going away make sure to visit a physician.