Growing a beard may seem easier than constantly shaving, but there are some drawbacks to the scruff. Improper or insufficient care of your beard and skin can result in dry, flaky skin below the beard hairs, just as it happens on your scalp. Your environment and your lifestyle choices all influence the condition of your skin, and if you've ended up on the unfortunate end of that, just a few routines and tips can help rehydrate those cheeks.
Cleaning your beard with facial cleanser and bar soap is a big no-no. These products typically contain alcohol and other ingredients that dry your skin. Treat your beard the way you do the hair on your scalp. Wash it 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 because of the drying effect of hard water on your skin. Squeeze or dab the hairs to remove excess water and then blow dry with a hairdryer set on a cool, low setting. Avoid using warm air because the heat may irritate your skin.
Apply a conditioning product after washing your beard. Use the hair conditioner you apply to your hair or use a commercial conditioner made for beard hair. Commercial beard conditioners often contain oils such as jojoba, hazelnut or sesame, which keep the beard hairs soft and combat dry and flaky skin.
Avoid hot showers. The heat diminishes the oils 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. Always maintain a cool temperature in your home.
If the skin under your beard is still dry or flaky, 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.