I recently replied to an email from a newly-bearded gentleman who posed a question that I knew would be relevant to a lot of you guys. Here’s the text of the email:
Hey boss, I'm about three weeks into my beard growing excursion, and I've noticed though I have extremely dry flaky skin under the beard, which was never an issue beardless, so it's not a skin condition or anything. I was just wondering if you knew anything good to help without rubbing big globs of moisturizer into it, as attractive as that is. Thanks Alot, Mike
Now, I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had to deal with this myself, but I know Mike isn’t the only guy dealing with this issue. I’m afraid that if I can’t help you find a way to avoid the dryness and the flakes, you’ll give up on those bearded dreams. That would be a disaster! What kind of coach would I be if I let that happen? So I did a bit of research on the topic… and I’ve come up with three potential solutions to share with you.
Solution 1: Take a cooler shower
Man, nothing feels better than a long hot shower on a wintry day. Too bad that steamy heat robs your skin of its natural oils. It seems a bit counter-intuitive that water can dry out your skin, but that’s truly what happens. So if your under-beard skin is feeling dried out, try turning the hot water knob a bit back to the right net time you shower. Your solution could be as simple as that.
Solution 2: Stop soaping your beard
If you’ve just grown a beard, you are probably used to just washing your face with the same bar of soap you use for the rest of yourself. If you’re a man of routine, you’re probably trying to keep up that habit even though your face has undeniably changed. Using a cheap body soap on your beard can dry out the skin under it causing that unsightly flaking. Do you use a bar of soap on your head? Isn’t your beard made of hair too? Make a new habit of putting a little extra shampoo in your hands and washing your beard along with your head hair. It’s all connected, so it really makes a lot of sense. If your regular shampoo doesn’t do the trick, you can step it up and try a different shampoo for your beard. Find one that includes vitamin B or E. A lot of times these are marketed as dandruff shampoos. So even if you don’t have dandruff in the beard, don’t be afraid to use the old Head and Shoulders.
Solution 3: Completely dry your beard
For new beard wearers, it can be surprising how well those hairs retain moisture from your washing routine. You can give your beard a little towel dry, and it will surprise you with a random drip a few minutes later. If you have hard water this is problematic for your skin. The minerals in hard water, if they linger, can be quite detrimental to your skin’s health. So don’t just give your beard a quick little brush with the towel. Really dig in there and fluff the hell out of it. Even better, if you have the time, treat your beard to a little blow dry. Pamper yourself.
There you go! Three easy solutions to try if your under-beard skin gets a little dry and flaky. If they work for you, leave a comment and let the rest of the bearded world know about your success!