Let’s say that you’ve spent a good year growing out a full and luscious beard, following a strict beard care routine along every step of the way. Then, one day, you notice that your beard is sprinkled with little white flakes of dead skin. Is it possible to develop dandruff in your beard?
The answer, to put it simply, is yes. Anywhere there’s hair, dandruff can occur. While dandruff can be annoying and even embarrassing, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence, as you’ll soon find out. There are many reasons why beard dandruff can occur, and just as many solutions, thankfully.
In order to treat beard dandruff, a man has to determine its cause. Many men who struggle with this condition are unaware of the fact that beard dandruff can, in fact, be caused by a number of things. We will be discussing the main causes for beard dandruff so that you can identify the problem and treat it as needed.
This is a common culprit, and also, one of the easiest to treat. We are all born with a natural skin type, whether it be dry, oily or combination. Dry skin tends to feel tight and dry to the touch, and it can become flaky due to the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the complexion. Certain factors can make dry skin worse, including exposure to hot water, dry air and a lack of moisturizing products in one’s daily routine.
Dandruff can also be caused by using products that dry out or irritate the skin. Many of us have naturally sensitive skin. So, using harsh ingredients can cause flaky patches to develop that can lead to dandruff. Products that contain synthetic ingredients and artificial fragrances are especially likely to irritate and dry out the skin.
Some of us have skin allergies and aren’t even aware. A skin allergy is an allergy to one or multiple ingredients that are applied topically to the skin. When these ingredients make contact with the skin, the skin reacts by becoming inflamed and irritated. This can cause dead skin cells to accumulate, eventually leading to flakes and itchiness.
Our pores and hair follicles secrete sebum, which is an oil that coats our complexion and hair strands. Sebum is important as it protects our hair and skin from harsh external factors that can lead to damage. Sebum also keeps our skin and hair moisturized.
Excessive sebum can lead to oily skin and hair. When sebum secretion becomes excessive, we secrete fungal microbes that help break down this overabundance of oil. The problem is that many of us are sensitive to this fungus, and this can cause dandruff due to the way in which our skin becomes irritated by this microbe. Therefore, if you’ve naturally oily skin or hair, it’s more likely that you will develop this type of dandruff.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition. It causes large patches of dry, flaky skin to appear on the face. Eczema seems to get worse when a person is highly stressed or is dealing with an illness.
Once you have figured out the cause for it, you can then go about deciding what needs to be made to your routine in order to address the underlying cause of the condition. So, here are ways in which you can do just that. This way, pesky dandruff gets kicked to the curb.
First and foremost, you need moisture, and lots of it. This is true whether you’re dealing with beard dandruff or not. For some reason, many men seem to skip this crucial step. However, our skin and hair are prone to dryness, plain and simple, and therefore, you must make sure that you maintain a certain level of moisture so that your beard and skin can be as healthy as can be.
Because beard dandruff is commonly caused by dry skin, we suggest that the first thing that you do in order to treat this condition is start using a moisturizing product on your beard area daily. If your skin is especially dry, we recommend moisturizing twice each day.
Next, you have to make sure that you’re on top of the ingredients that you’re applying to your skin and beard. Our skin is actually quite sensitive by nature. Using harsh ingredients then, that are found in a lot of commercial skincare and beard care products is going to put you at risk of developing beard dandruff. At the very least, harsh ingredients can make beard dandruff worse. So, we always suggest sticking to natural, plant-based ingredients that’re gentle yet effective. Besides, a lot of plant-based ingredients have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. All, of which, can alleviate dandruff.
Next, you want to rule out any skin allergies. Many of us have allergies to particular ingredients, and the inflammation that occurs when we have an allergic reaction can cause beard dandruff to develop. So, if it seems like some products aggravate your dandruff more than others, take note of the common ingredients, and avoid them to see if you do, in fact, have an allergy.
Many men find that their beard dandruff gets worse when the weather becomes dry during the fall and winter months, and this is because dry air causes dry skin. So, once the weather becomes dry and cold, try to protect your face as much as possible when you’re outdoors by wearing a scarf.
If you’ve tried all of the steps above and your beard dandruff still persists, simply make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can diagnose any potential skin conditions, and treat them accordingly.
The thing about the men’s skin and beard care industry is that it’s notorious for selling you products that are loaded with harsh ingredients that can make dandruff worse. Many commercial brands load their formulas with cheap filler ingredients. These can lead to dry skin and dandruff due to their irritating nature. Of course, these cheap ingredients are used so that the companies can save money.
At Don Juan Pomade, our goal is simple. We want to provide men with beard care products that will keep their skin and facial hair in excellent shape. Because beard dandruff is a sign that the skin underneath the beard is unhealthy, we’ve created products (beard oils, beard balm, beard soaps, and beard supplements) that are designed to bring that skin back to its proper level of health. We only use natural ingredients that are derived from plants. Why? Because these are far more capable of soothing the skin. Not only that, but provide the moisture needed to keep those flaky patches at bay.
While beard dandruff can absolutely ruin the appearance of your facial hair, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck hiding away in embarrassment forever. Whether it’s caused by using the wrong product or having an actual health condition, dandruff is completely treatable. Follow this guide above to figure out what may be causing your dandruff and how to fix it.