How To Treat & Prevent Dry Skin Under Your Beard

Alex Cutler

Understandably, we beard-growers spend a lot of time obsessing over our facial hair. 

We’re constantly trying to give our beard hair the tender loving care it deserves, so we can rock that glossy, healthy look that says ‘I’m a responsible beard owner.’ 

However, while we’re busy caring for our beards, it’s all too easy to overlook the skin underneath - which is a catastrophic error. Neglected skin often leads to dryness and irritation, and this spells disaster for your face. 

Dry skin under beard hair can lead to a wide range of issues, from rashes to itchy beard and even the dreaded dandruff. If you want a healthier beard, you need to look after the skin underneath as much as the bristles themselves. 

Luckily, we’re here to help. In this guide, we’ll be exploring the various causes of dry skin under your beard - and more importantly, sharing a few top tips for healthier skin, superior beard growth, and better grooming. 

Table of Contents:

  • What are the causes of dry skin under your beard?
  • What are the consequences of neglecting dry skin?
  • Are there treatments available for dry skin under your beard?
  • The role of hydration and diet in maintaining skin health
  • How can you prevent dry skin under your beard?
  • The best products to use for healthy beard growth 

    What are the causes of dry skin under your beard? 

    Ending up with dry skin underneath your beard is easier than you think. While you might feel like your grooming routine is on point, there are a few common causes behind dry skin that you should watch out for. 

    1. Depletion of Sebum Oil

    Your skin secretes an oil called sebum, and its job is to keep your hair healthy and your skin moisturised. 

    Sebum is secreted from the sebaceous glans, but these glans don't have an infinite supply. As your beard grows longer, you'll start to run low on sebum oil, and when they happens - you guessed it - dry beard. 

    Your beard will start to lose moisture, become dry, and it'll get itchy and flaky. Not nice! Beard care products like beard oil play a vital role in combatting this dryness and replacing your skin's supply of sebum with an equally nourishing alternative.

    2. Your Environment 

    Living in a cold place with harsh weather? Your skin could be suffering. 

    Cold weather conditions can quickly dry out the skin beneath your beard hair, reducing moisture levels and sucking away the natural oils that keep your skin happy. 

    (Oh, and if you’re taking long, hot showers after being out in cold weather, this can also lead to dry skin! Who knew avoiding skin irritation could be this tricky, eh?) 

    If you’re frequently exposed to cold and windy conditions, make sure you’re moisturising thoroughly to retain as much moisture as possible and prevent dry skin. 

    3. Hygiene Habits 

    Your hygiene habits and grooming routine will also impact the skin under your beard. 

    For example, a lack of thorough cleaning under your beard can cause a buildup of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. This is a recipe for irritated skin, itchiness, and dryness. 

    On the other end of the spectrum, excessive washing can also cause skin issues. Washing more than twice a day (particularly with harsh soaps/cleansers) can strip your skin of precious natural oils that are key for retaining moisture. 

    When it comes to beard and skin hygiene, you need to take the Goldilocks approach - not too little, not too much, but just enough to maintain healthy skin. 

    4. Grooming/Skin Care Products 

    Although many grooming products claim to be great for your health, they may contain ingredients that irritate the skin under your beard. And that’s a big no-no. 

    For instance, some skincare products (e.g. moisturisers, aftershaves, cleansers) contain alcohol. While this might not be an issue for everyone, if you have sensitive skin or are prone to eczema, alcohol can potentially cause dry skin, rashes, and irritation. 

    Everyone’s body is different, so the best thing to do is see how your skin reacts to a new product. If you’re noticing flaky skin or dryness, it may be time to switch brands. 

    5. Lifestyle & Health Factors 

    Your body needs to be well-hydrated to keep your skin moisturised and healthy. If you’re not drinking enough water, this can lead to dehydration - and, you guessed it, dry skin. 

    However, there are also unavoidable health factors that can lead to increased dryness. 

    Some of us will just be genetically predisposed to skin irritation, while others will suffer from conditions like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and acne prone skin. If you experience any of these conditions, it’s best to consult a doctor to see if medication can help reduce symptoms and treat dry skin when it occurs.

    What are the consequences of neglecting dry skin? 

    So, dry skin can be caused by various factors, from genetic conditions to cold weather and aftershave ingredients. At some point, most of us will probably deal with itchy skin, rashes, and other irritations. 

    But what happens in the long run if you don’t treat dry skin? 

    Well, the most obvious challenge will be daily discomfort and health issues. Dry skin will quickly become itchy and flaky if left untreated, and these problems can be a real pain to deal with. 

    Failing to combat dry skin can also cause serious issues for your beard hair. 

    We’ve already mentioned the connection between healthy skin and healthy beards - and it makes sense, considering they’re literally attached to each other. This means that when your skin health is neglected, your beard health will follow suit. 

    If your skin is dried out, your sebaceous glands won’t be able to produce enough oil to lubricate, moisturise, and hydrate your beautiful beard hair. This can lead to dry and brittle facial hair, and that means trouble for your beard growth goals. 

    But the potential issues don’t stop there. Dry skin can also cause persistent beard dandruff, which equals two words that every hirsute man fears - flaky beard. 

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