Beard rash occurs as a result of friction between bare skin and skin with facial hair stubble. Improper shaving can also cause beard rash. Regardless of what causes beard rash, it can be painful and cause a considerable amount of irritation. You can treat beard rash at home with common household items.
Keeping your skin moist can both help heal and prevent beard rash. This is because dry skin is more susceptible to irritation, and keeping the skin hydrated helps encourage cell turnover, which promotes healing. Using a lotion with colloidal oatmeal may help reduce itching from beard rash too.
Certain ointments can be applied to beard rash to promote healing and reduce inflammation. An over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment can be applied between one and four times each day. A lotion containing aloe can be applied to the skin to ease pain, reduce inflammation and promote healing. Tea tree oil also can be applied to reduce inflammation, promote healing and treat or prevent infection because it has natural antiseptic properties.
Wash your face twice daily to keep it clean while it is healing. Use a mild antibacterial soap. Do not rub the skin when you are washing it or you may cause further irritation. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Always use a new wash cloth and towel each time to wash and dry your face.
Apply a warm compress as needed to relieve pain and keep the skin moist. This can also help open up and drain blocked follicles on the face, which is what causes the red, swollen bumps. Use a clean wash cloth every time you apply a new compress.
Take a Break
Avoid the cause of your beard rash until it clears up. If kissing caused your rash, wait until your partner shaves, or his beard grows in more. If shaving caused your beard rash, wait until your skin irritation has cleared up. If you have to shave, use an electric shaver, or shave with the grain and apply after shave. Shave after your shower when your skin is moist.
References and ResourcesTres Sugar: The How-To Lounge: Avoiding Whisker Burn
"Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days"; Jessica Wu; 2011
Mayo Clinic: Folliculitis
University of Maryland Medical Center: Aloe