When you decided to grow a beard, you knew it was a commitment. You would have to wash, groom, and shape your beard. You may face issues like patchiness and split ends. You thought you were ready to conquer anything to grow an outstanding beard- but, wait! What are these white flakes? Men get dandruff on their faces?!
Yes, they can. Just like the hair on our heads, each beard follicle has sebaceous glands. The glands release sebum oil that naturally hydrates your skin and beard. As your beard begins to get longer, less moisture gets to your skin under it, and the sebaceous gland can shift into overdrive and produce too much sebum trying to compensate. Without properly balancing out this excessive sebum, it can lead to the dreaded white flakes you see in your beard. That's what we call beardruff. Severe climate changes can make it even worse, by creating a vicious 'drying out-excessive sebum' cycle.
But you're here to find out what to do!
Steps to Eliminate Beardruff
You may be tempted to use a dandruff shampoo on your face to eliminate the beardruff. Resist that temptation. The chemicals in dandruff shampoo are way too harsh for your face. Don't try to rub a bunch of lotion on your beard either. Simply follow these steps to a beardruff-free beard.
Wash Your Beard
Beard washes are specially formulated and designed for beards. Look for a beard wash that is sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free. High quality beard washes keep your beard and face clean without stripping them of their natural oils. They also soften the hair shafts, reducing itch. Remember that a quality beard conditioner can help your beard hair feel and look more soft and full, but don't rub it into the skin under your beard.
Nourish Your Beard
If dry skin is a recurring issue for you, opt for a conditioning beard butter. Look for ingredients like shea butter and babassu oil, which will add moisture to your skin. Beard butters also contain carrier oil, which is responsible for the majority of the nourishment and conditioning.
If you aren't typically affected by dry skin, beard oils offer a lighter moisturizing. Rich with nourishing oils that are designed to penetrate bear hair, beard oil soothes dry skin within feeling heavy or greasy.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Many times, dry itchy skin that results in beardruff can be improved from the inside out. Here is what an anti-beardruff diet looks like:
- Increase your zinc intake. Zinc reduces sebum production. For zinc to digest properly, eat foods high in vitamin B6 like nuts and grains, or add a quality supplement to your diet.
- Restrict sugar consumption. Sugar depletes the body of vitamin B and encourages yeast growth. Both of these factors can contribute to beardruff.
- Adding more garlic and onion to your diet can act as a natural anti-fungal, which fights beardruff.
- Eat fermented foods. Kanji, miso, and homemade pickles contain high levels of probiotics, which help to prevent beardruff.
- Focus on foods with Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, avocados, and nuts help your skin to stay naturally hydrated. They also encourage your skin's natural healing processes.
- Consider adding a quality Collagen Peptide supplement to your diet, to help with your hair density and strength.
Create a Beard Routine
With bearded freedom comes responsibility. If you follow these steps, you should notice improvement within a week or so. Once you slack off, the beardruff may return. Develop a routine that will guarantee a consistently healthy and impressive beard.