It’s that time of year again...every November you may notice men growing out their mustache and facial hair for what has become known to many as “Movember” or “No Shave November.” A lot of men take part in the fun in an effort to raise money and awareness for leading mens’ health causes. If you or a loved one are participating in the month-long tradition, there are some things you can do to keep your beard and mustache looking their best. Read on to learn more.
That’s right, dandruff can crop up on your beard. While it most commonly occurs on the scalp, flaking can appear on facial hair and even eyebrows, too. So what is dandruff exactly? It’s simply the flaking of dead skin cells that results from skin irritation.
Natural oils and sebum produced by our sebaceous glands, which appear anywhere there are hair follicles (including your beard hair), triggers the growth of the fungus Malassezia. The Malassezia produced by our bodies helps break down the oil. Sometimes the process can get out of control, leading to skin conditions that cause irritation and flaky skin.
In addition, beard dandruff can actually worsen in the colder months as drier air we often experience in Winter can lead to dry skin and flaking underneath facial hair. Luckily, there are easy ways to get rid of beard dandruff. We’ll learn more about them below.
Cleansing is an important part of maintaining your beard and mustache. Exfoliation and washing are the best one-two punch for keeping your facial hair, and the skin below it, clean, healthy, and dandruff-free.
You can regularly exfoliate by using a beard brush. A brush with soft, flexible bristles will help to remove any buildup from the skin below your beard and mustache while combing through facial hair as well.
After exfoliating, it’s important to use a cleanser, beard wash, or beard shampoo during your grooming routine. Especially when your facial hair is longer, you should wash it just like you would the hair on your head. If you experience a flaky beard or moustache, you should opt for dandruff shampoo with the proven active ingredient Zinc Pyrithione to safely and effectively manage your flakes.
...beard dandruff can actually worsen in the colder months as drier air we often experience in Winter can lead to dry skin and flaking underneath facial hair.
If you want to trim and shape your beard like a pro, it might take a little practice and some beard care products. We’ve boiled it down to an easy four-step process:
Start by determining your beard’s shape. Your personal beard shape depends on the size and shape of your face. A more full beard can help even out proportions of a rounder face, while a refined beard may be better suited to slimmer faces.
Brush your beard and mustache hair down in the same direction. This makes your facial hair look neater and cared for while allowing you to notice if any hairs need trimming.
Shaping your sideburns is the next task on the list. Shave any unwanted hairs that appear on your cheeks. Determine where your beard line is and shave any hairs that appear above it. Make sure to use a close cutting razor so you can get the cleanest shave possible.
Lastly, touch up your mustache and any hair around your lips.
We know that with the cold weather months comes dry air as well. With that in mind, properly moisturizing your beard, mustache, and the skin underneath becomes even more important. The best way to combat dryness is by using beard oils with ingredients like tea tree oil and jojoba oil, a beard balm, facial moisturizers, and conditioner.
That’s right, the same conditioner you use on your hair can be a game changer for your beard and mustache. After cleansing with shampoo, always follow with a moisturizing and calming conditioner with dermatologist-tested ingredients like coconut oil and argan oil for a soft beard and soothed skin. Using these grooming products will give you the best beard around while fighting the causes of beard dandruff and getting rid of those pesky white flakes.
As you start to grow out your facial hair this Movember, don’t let flaking get in your way. Dandruff on your beard or mustache can easily be treated. Try our scientifically formulated Balancing Shampoo to treat flaking and itching and our Nourishing Conditioner to moisturize your facial hair and keep the skin underneath soothed, hydrated, and flake-free.
If you have light-to-moderate flaking, dry scalp, redness or irritation, this is the go-to duo for you. Formulated as a pair, our medicated shampoo tends to your dandruff, while the conditioner adds needed moisture to your scalp and hair. The net result = a clean, hydrated scalp and healthy, shiny hair. Check out The "Triple Threat" Set if you flake on the regular and could use a bit more control.