Why Grow a Beard?
What makes you attractive? Does having a gorgeous beard make you one? Will other men look up to you or women swoon over your looks?
Growing a beard is both fashionable and functional, right? A well-maintained, healthy beard is a welcome addition to enhance your facial features. With a handsome beard, you can exude confidence that some women find attractive. Or some men could envy.
Beards are also useful to keep you warm, especially during the cold season. And now amid a pandemic, growing a beard seemed to be a good idea for a lot of men.
But sometimes, having a beard can be a bane. Especially if you do not know how to take good care of it. It can cause discomfort not only to you but also to your partner.
When there is friction between bare skin and your facial hair stubble, beard rash occurs. This may sound very simplistic. But, if you do not pay attention to this problem, it gets worse over time. Timely care can spell the difference.
Beard rash is a common occurrence. Even if you practice good hygiene, your beard area can still harbour bacteria. This can exacerbate a rash under the beard.
On your own, a beard rash can be due to a combination of poor shaving techniques and dry skin. Here are some tips to help you prevent beard rash.
If you notice some red and patchy skin underneath your beard, chances are, you have beard rash. It can cause you discomfort and can be irritating. Oftentimes irritating enough to make you shave your beard off. Don’t!
Don't Shave Your Beard
Shaving off your beard can make your beard rash even worse. It will hurt even more. Dull razors or blades that do not contour to your face can add to the skin irritation under the beard. The best way to deal with it is to let it be. Leave your beard rash alone and let it heal by itself. If you shave your beard off, the razors will irritate it further.
Keep Your Beard Clean
Make sure you wash your beard 2-3 times per week. If your job gets you dirtier than usual, you may wash your beard at least every other day. By doing this, you prevent any oil or dirt from accumulating in your beard. No junk equals a clean beard.
When you wash your beard you have to use a beard shampoo. Do not, as in never, use ordinary shampoo for your beard. Regular shampoo strips off the natural oils from your hair. This is so your hair will not look oily or greasy. And this is the same reason why you should not use them on your beard. They make the skin underneath your beard dry. Neither should you use ordinary soap on your beard. They contain harsh chemicals that dry out your beard. And of course, your skin underneath. A gentle pat of a towel to dry your skin is good. Harsh rubbing can give you a rash or worsen what is already there.
So, keeping your beard clean is vital in preventing and treating beard rash.
Moisturise Your Beard
Another important factor is the use of beard oil. Beard oil can keep your beard moisturised. Beard rash is often worsened by dry skin. So, you may observe that you are prone to getting the rash during the cold months.
A gentle massage of the oil into the skin underneath your beard should work well. The best beard oil is one that is all-natural and at the same time gives you a brilliant-looking beard. Make sure to scrutinise the component. Then, make an intelligent and informed decision. Synthetic oils can be harmful in the long run. So better opt for natural vegan or plant-based beard oil. You will actually feel its soothing effect on your skin. The International Journal of Molecular Sciences published a study on plant oils. It showed how topical application of plant oils is very effective in skin barrier repair.
Giving Partner Rash from Your Beard
Beards can also cause rashes not only to you but to your partner. For a lot of women, beard burn is real. Facial skin is sensitive. Short and spiky beard hairs cause irritation and stubble rash in most women. And if your beard is coarse and lacks moisture, your partner may be suffering in silence if only not to offend you. So, even if your partner adores your beard, be sensitive enough to make sure that you are not hurting her.
When to See a Dermatologist
Sometimes, our remedies do not work. When this happens, it is the right time to see your dermatologist. The skin is a complex structure by itself. What you have may need a deeper look from a medical expert. The dermatologist may take some swab samples from your skin to see if there are infections. The science-based analysis is always the best way to go when home remedies fail.
Beard rashes are usually harmless. Keeping the beard area moisturised will usually do the trick. Or avoiding shaving for a time. Usually, rashes will heal by themselves. Yet, other cases may be a tell-tale sign of an infection. It could be fungal or bacterial. If this is the case, home remedies may not be enough to treat them. It is best to seek medical intervention to prevent the recurrence of beard rash.
Watch this video by ThatsNathan to see a review of different Beard Oils.