Despite their rugged appeal and additional wonderful masculine qualities, beards do have the occasional downside. One, in particular, is that sometimes they’re just a bit uncomfortable. It almost seems unavoidable; at some point, it’s going to end up itching if you have a beard. So, what exactly can be done to stop it when you find that the itchiness in your beard just won’t go away? No, the answer is to not just shave it off!
The biggest reason most men get an itchy beard is simply allowing their beard to become dry or brittle. These brittle hairs rub our skin and cause itchiness. So everything I describe below is designed to help you prevent an itchy beard by making your beard softer and more nourished.
A little bit of extra care in personal hygiene is always the first thing you should try. You always feel better when you take care of yourself, and the comfort of your beard is no exception.
Gently Wash The Beard
For starters, always make sure to give your beard a gentle wash when you’re in the shower. Keep in mind you should not shampoo your beard every day. You only need to shampoo your beard 2-3 times per week. This will allow you to clean your beard without stripping it of all the natural oils that keep the beard healthy.
Something delicate like baby shampoo or a beard shampoo can actually work wonders without causing too much distress if it happens to get in your mouth. The beard shampoos are typically better since they re-add lost oils to your beard.A lot of guys tend to ignore this aspect of beard grooming, ultimately leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells that gradually irritate the skin. Dirt and dust can also collect between the hairs, so it’s important to wash or shampoo your beard fairly regularly.
Next, up, you need to make absolute certain that you’re washing your hands as thoroughly as possible, particularly after bathroom trips. It’s a bit gross to think about, but our hair can easily harbor a lot of rogue bacteria. Not keeping your beard thoroughly shampooed is bad enough, but touching it regularly after having improperly washed hands is a whole new ball park of uncleanliness. Good hygiene affects much more than we often realize.
Avoid Extreme Weather
Normal exposure to the elements, sun, and all the aforementioned dirt and grime also gradually make beard hair coarse and dried out. If possible simply limit your extreme weather exposure and if you are going to be in the elements make sure to follow our next tip closely.
Use Beard Oil
Always use beard oil. Beard oil helps coat the beard with amazing natural oils that help hydrate the beard. By hydrating the beard in the morning and night with beard oil, this alone will usually stop itchy beard. The reason beard oil works so well is because if you apply it correctly it hydrates the skin underneath the beard to prevent dandruff while it acts to hydrate and stop the issue of brittle beard. When the beard is dry and brittle it typically becomes itchy.
Comb The Beard
After you’ve applied beard oil it’s important that you gently comb the oils through your beard. The will do several important things.
- Distributes the oil evenly to hydrate all part of the skin and beard
- Helps soften the beard even more
- Straightens the beard to help avoid ingrown hairs
Along with those things it helps with it also makes your beard look better. Ultimately because it helps evenly hydrate your beard and make the hair softer you’ll notice you’ll have an itchy beard far less often. A simple handmade wooden comb works best because plastic can snag and not glide through the beard as easily. Plus, natural sandalwood combs smell great!
If that doesn’t do the trick, you may have some ingrown hairs. Examine your beard carefully with a hand mirror and pull out anything ingrown with a pair of tweezers. Combing your beard regularly can avoid this problem outright, and when combined with regular washing and conditioning, you’ll likely find that your beard is healthier looking than ever. Best of all, it will be decidedly more comfortable! You can also use my guide to learn the best way to trim your beard as well. Keeping your beard groomed as it grows is a great way to avoid ingrown hair in your beard.
Let Your Beard Grow Out
Early on when you’re growing a beard it’s more likely to be itchy. This is because the hairs are short and can easily poke your skin. Again, follow the other things I mentioned above but also just give your beard time to grow. After a few months the beard should itch less naturally and if you’re washing your beard, applying beard oil and combing your beard it will itch even less or virtually not even at all.
In summary here is my routine for how I regularly stop itchy beard:
- Shower daily but shampoo beard only 2-3 times per week
- Towel dry beard after shower (pat gently)
- Apply beard oil morning and night
- Comb the beard oil into your beard gently
- Avoid extreme weather
- Let it grow
- Look amazing!
Using this routine daily your beard will be softer, better hydrated and not itch nearly as often. Question on beard itch? Ask below!