Beard dandruff is a really annoying problem for us men that, in addition to itching, causes another series of problems, such as aesthetic and social discomfort. After all, the very thought that dandruff is visible to the person who is talking to us can be very annoying indeed.
However, there is no need to despair: dandruff in the beard is in fact a solvable problem, often in a much easier way than expected.
In this article we will see what are the possible causes behind the appearance of dandruff in the beard and how to get rid of it once and for all, definitively. Let’s start!
What causes beard dandruff?
Dandruff, as such, is simply a symptom and for this it is necessary to understand what is the primary cause behind the formation of these flakes of white dry skin.
In fact, although the solution is often the same – with some adjustments based on the type of dandruff – the causes of dandruff in the beard and eyebrows can be many.
Let’s see some of them together:
- Beard dandruff caused by a fungus: As is often the case when it comes to skin conditions, it is good to take into account the possible presence of a fungus. In this case we are talking about Malassezia Globosa, a fungus that feeds on sebum, or the oil produced by the skin. This process in turn causes the production of oleic acid which causes irritation, resulting in itching and eventually flaking.
- Irritation and erythema: As mentioned above, itching is what creates dandruff in the beard caused by Malassezia, but this itch can also have other root causes. One of these is seborrheic dermatitis — or even psoriasis — which causes the formation of white plaques that give rise to dandruff.
- Yet another cause may be the beard growth process, in which, especially during the first stages, the itching becomes more intense .
Understanding the origin of your beard dandruff is very important for the care of your face and for the remedies that we will see shortly.
In this article I will give you some guidelines to stem this problem, but a fungus or a dermatitis requires different treatments.
How to get rid of beard dandruff?
So let’s get to the main topic of the study and the reason why you are reading this article: once you have ascertained the presence of dandruff in your beard, how can you solve this problem?
Here are the necessary steps.
Identify the problem
The remedies below work no matter what the reason behind your dandruff is, and indeed they should be part of any good beard grooming routine!
However, as I said earlier, understanding exactly what causes dandruff to form is essential to addressing the root problem. There is no point in removing it and getting a well-groomed beard — as I’ll show you shortly — if it grows back in a few hours.
If the cause is itching related to the first stage of growth, clearly the solution is simple: avoid scratching yourself. The act of scratching only exfoliates the skin in a traumatic and uncontrolled way, generating dandruff.
However, if you have reason to believe that the problem is caused by elements such as the presence of a fungus or seborrheic dermatitis, then it is necessary to see a specialist to obtain a diagnosis. A dermatologist will be able to give you the right treatment and I want to emphasize how important this step is. Seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis are chronic conditions, so they don’t pass over time.
They typically have acute phases in the spring and fall, and your dermatologist can provide you with the tools you need to keep them under control — such as using a cortisone shampoo and any lotions.
Once we have identified the problem and have taken the necessary actions to solve it, we just have to take care of the beard and remove the dandruff already present.
Exfoliate the beard dandruff
Many believe that the first step in beard care is to wash it, so that you can use all the necessary products after the shampoo. This is true, but in case of dandruff I recommend that you exfoliate your beard.
At this stage, all you need to do is take care of the skin under the beard, in order to avoid ingrown hairs, skin blemishes and, well… dandruff.
For a correct exfoliation, my advice is to use a beard scrub and a brush suitable for the purpose . The scrub is usually a product that is applied all over the beard and massaged to make it reach the skin.
In this regard, although washing is at a later stage, it is still advisable to apply warm water to the face before the treatment to open the pores. You can do some fumigations, apply a warm towel or do a summary wash to achieve this effect.
Each beard scrub has its benefits and is suitable for different skin types and users, so I have addressed the topic elsewhere, showing which beard scrub to choose.
Wash your beard
Let’s get to the actual shampoo: when you find yourself with a beard full of dandruff, the desire to give it a good wash is understandable, but even in this case it is good to take some small precautions.
Generally three types of shampoos are used in the presence of dandruff in the beard:
- Beard Shampoo: Developed specifically for this part of the body, it is generally preferable to hair shampoo as both the scalp and facial skin are different, and the hair is not the same as beard hair.
- Anti-dandruff shampoo: some people, especially in the acute phases, refer to using an anti-dandruff shampoo to target the problem in a more targeted way . For this to be effective, I do not recommend you do it habitually as these are rather aggressive products to be applied on the face.
- Medical shampoos: As we mentioned earlier, the presence of conditions such as fungus, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis may require the use of cortisone shampoos. Generally, a strong treatment is done during acute periods and then sebum-regulating shampoos are used in the phases of decline, always according to the indications of the dermatologist.
In this regard, I remind you that a good dandruff shampoo must contain specific products, such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, Tea Tree oil and vegetable carbon.
Look after and moisturize your beard dandruff
Once this has been exfoliated and washed, it is good to learn how to take care of your beard dandruff on a daily basis. This means testing different products to find the one that best meets your needs and creating a routine in which to insert them.
The washing and scrub in particular should not be done every day but about 2/3 times a week.
However, on a daily basis, it would be appropriate to moisturize the beard, and for this purpose, there are several options to choose from.
- Beard oil; my favorite product, suitable for practically everyone. There are really some for all needs, skin types, and different fragrances;
- Beard Balm; also often called beard wax;
- Moisturizing conditioner; in this case the one produced by BullDog is definitely my favorite;
- Coconut oil; yes, this is also a viable option.
Then everyone finds their own routine by adding and removing products — I recommend my article on — but it’s generally best to avoid using too many products until dandruff is a distant problem.
If nothing seems to work
If the problem of beard dandruff has been affecting your beard, or even your hair, for some time and you can’t get rid of it, you should see a dermatologist.
While it is not a serious problem as we have already mentioned, dandruff can be caused by a fungus, and using specific fungicidal creams could really curb the problem once and for all.
However, these must be prescribed by a dermatologist, who will be able to diagnose the cause and direct you to the product that best suits your needs.
Although beard dandruff is not a cause for shame, like other symptoms it could be the key to identifying a bigger problem, so I strongly advise you to visit a dermatologist if this problem continues for a long time, and to associate the visit with proper hygiene. personal.
The beard requires a daily commitment, but most “bearded” people come to love this self-care routine and approach it almost religiously.