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Top Tips for Treating Beard Dandruff

Identifying, treating and preventing beard dandruff

What is beard dandruff?

Dandruff is a very common skin problem that tends to affect mainly the scalp and hair. It’s known for causing red, flaky skin that’s often very itchy as well. If you have scalp dandruff, you’ll probably be able to see flakes of skin in your hair. The same thing can happen to facial hair, causing white flakes and itching in your beard. Although it's a common problem it can be problematic and there is seldom a quick fix. 

Keep reading to learn more about what causes beard dandruff and how you can treat it and more importantly stop it coming back.

What causes it?

Just about everyone’s skin contains a microbe called Malassezia globosa. This isa type of fungus that tends to grow in oily areas with lots of sebaceous glands, including your scalp and face. The fungus helps break down sebum, which is oil produced by your sebaceous glands. This process leaves behind oleic acid, which irritates some people’s skin. In addition, if you have naturally oily skin, you likely also have more M. globosa microbes, leading to more oleic acid.

Some people’s skin also has a faster rate of cell turnover. This refers to how often your skin cells regenerate. Generally, a cell turnover cycle takes about 30 days. When the process speeds up, it can lead to an accumulation of dead skin cells.

If you have flakes in your beard without any red or irritated skin underneath, you may just have dry skin. In other cases, not washing your beard enough can cause a buildup of oils and skin cells. Regardless of what’s causing your beard dandruff, you might notice that it’s worse during cold, dry weather and in hot, humid climates.

How do I get rid of beard dandruff?

Getting rid of beard dandruff involves coming up with a plan to remove dead skin cells while controlling extra oil to prevent new flakes from forming.

For most people, this involves a combination of regular exfoliation, washing, and moisturising. Regardless of the routine or products you choose, remember that it might be a week or two until you start seeing results. 

Exfoliating your skin under your beard

Exfoliation is a process that helps remove dead skin cells, including those that cause dandruff. You can make this the first step of your routine by using a beard brush. Look for one that has soft bristles. In addition to getting rid of dead skin, a beard brush will also help distribute oils from your skin. This can make the hair of your beard softer and easier to manage.

Before cleaning your beard, gently massage the skin under your beard with the brush. Make sure you’re not scrubbing your beard too hard. That can make dandruff worse.

Washing your beard

If you don’t already, wash your beard the way you wash your hair. You can use the same shampoo you use on your scalp. However, you might want to opt for a medicated shampoo designed to treat dandruff.

Look for these dandruff-fighting ingredients in a shampoo:pyrithione zinccoal tar-selenium sulfidetea tree oil. Gently massage the shampoo into your beard. Make sure it reaches the skin underneath. Wait a minute or two before rinsing it out.

Avoid using extra hot water, which can dry out and further irritate your skin.Keep in mind that traditional shampoos designed for your scalp may be too harsh for your face, especially if you have sensitive or dry skin. If shampoo feels too drying, you can try a cleanser designed specifically for beards, like this one.

Moisturising your skin and beard

Moisturising your beard is crucial for getting rid of dandruff. Moisturising helps rehydrate and protect your skin after shampooing.When you think about moisturising, lotion probably comes to mind. However, it can be hard to apply to your beard without leaving a bunch of residue. Instead, opt for a beard oil.

Apply your moisturiser immediately after cleansing your beard. Rub a few drops of oil between your hands and massage it into the skin under your beard, working it through to the ends of your beard. To avoid more buildup, start with one or two drops. You can always add more if it feels like you didn’t reach your whole beard.


How can I prevent it from coming back?

Once you’ve gotten rid of beard dandruff, it’s important to keep up with your routine, especially when it comes to washing and moisturising. Try to regularly monitor how your skin feels. Does it feel tight or itchy? Add a few more drops of beard oil. Keep in mind that you may need to use a richer moisturiser during cold, dry weather.If you’re using a medicated shampoo, you can drop down to using it once or twice a week after your dandruff is under control.

Key takeaways ...

Once you’ve gotten rid of beard dandruff, it’s important to keep up with your routine, especially when it comes to washing and moisturising. Try to regularly monitor how your skin feels. Does it feel tight or itchy? Add a few more drops of beard oil. Keep in mind that you may need to use a richer moisturiser during cold, dry weather.If you’re using a medicated shampoo, you can drop down to using it once or twice a week after your dandruff is under control.

Suggested treatments for beard dandruff ...

Recipe for Men Anti Dandruff Beard Tonic (100ml) - Face Locker
Recipe for Men Anti Dandruff Beard Tonic (100ml) - Face Locker

Recipe for Men Anti Dandruff Beard Tonic (100ml)

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Recipe for Men Soothing & Conditioning Beard Elixir (25ml) - Face Locker
Recipe for Men Soothing & Conditioning Beard Elixir (25ml) - Face Locker

Recipe for Men Soothing & Conditioning Beard Elixir (25ml)

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Recipe for Men Soothing Anti Dandruff Shampoo (250ml) - Face Locker
Recipe for Men Soothing Anti Dandruff Shampoo (250ml) - Face Locker

Recipe for Men Soothing Anti Dandruff Shampoo (250ml)

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