Growing a beard may seem easier than constantly shaving your face, but you may encounter some obstacles. When you decide to grow a beard, you must adjust your facial care routine. Improper or insufficient care of your beard and skin can result in dry, flaky skin below the beard hairs. The environment, the medications you take or any illnesses you may have could all influence the condition of your skin. To moisturize your skin, use the correct products on your skin and facial hair.
Things You'll Need
Realize that you cannot cleanse your beard with facial cleansing products, which may contain alcohol and other ingredients that dry your skin. Avoid using regular bar soap on your beard because this can also dry your skin. Treat your beard the way you do the hair on your scalp. Wash your beard with a mild moisturizing shampoo, using dandruff shampoo if you notice flakes. As an alternative, use bar soaps or shampoos made especially for beard hair.
Dry your beard hairs thoroughly. Leaving your beard damp can result in dry skin due to the drying effect of hard water on your skin. Squeeze or dab the hairs of your beard to remove excess water. Blow dry your beard with a hairdryer set on a cool, low setting. Avoid using warm air, because the heat may irritate your skin.
Apply a conditioning product to your beard after washing it. Use the hair conditioner you apply to the hair on your head, or use a commercial conditioner made for beard hair. Commercial beard conditioners often contain oils, such as jojoba, hazelnut or sesame oil, which keep the beard hairs soft and combat dry and flaky skin.
Avoid taking hot showers. The heat from the water diminishes the skin oils that your skin naturally makes to stay healthy. Take cool showers and always use cool water when washing your face.
Turn on a humidifier to avoid dry air in your home. Humidifiers moisten dry air and may help relieve your dry skin. During winter, avoid overheating your home, because this triggers dry air; maintain a cool temperature in your home.
If the skin under your beard is still dry or flaky after the above tactics are employed, consult your doctor. Dry skin may be caused by certain medications, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, diuretics and retinoids, or by diseases such as hypothyroidism and kidney disease.
Purchase skin and beard conditioning products from online retailers specializing in beard care.
References and ResourcesThe Beard Coach: How To Avoid Dry Skin Under Your Beard; Coach Adam; Feb. 2010
Physicians' Desk Reference Health: Dry Skin Treatment
Physicians' Desk Reference Health: Dry Skin