Growing beard has become an important style statement for men. But, it comes with its own set of problems and the common one being – “itchiness”. Beards always itch when they grow. The scratchiness starts after 1 week of growth, which lasts for 2 to 3 weeks. Though there are many ways to control the uneasiness during this beard-growth time, we recommend you to do two things to put yourself at ease:
- Maintain a proper hygiene
- Apply some natural remedies
Before we tell you in depth about these two, let us know a few things.
Why Does My Beard Itch?
If you have tried growing a beard, you know how itchy that can be. The level of itchiness varies from one person to the other. While some experience a mild itchiness, for others it can get worse. For most beards men, the irritation will subside within 3 weeks but for few, an extra care might be required. Whatever the reason is, the question is – why do beards itch in the first place? They are just hairs right? Well, we will explain you this.
Every time you shave, your razor cuts the coarse whiskers in a position that it leaves them with sharp edges. When these whiskers grow, the sharp edges irritate and scratch your skin, leading to itchiness. This is one reason though. The second common reason for itchy beard is “dry skin”. Since the skin underneath your beard is not moisturized, it can easily turn dry, further making it itchy.
To ease the discomfort, you can do few things. Read the below section to know.
How To Treat An Itchy Beard?
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A popular reason why men give up on growing beard is due to constant itching. The initial weeks come with so much itchiness that it becomes extremely hard for a guy to handle that he finally swears to never grow his beard again. Also, comprehend that the itching is only temporary. If you have been failing to grow a beard, here are few things you can do stop an itchy beard:
1. Keep It Clean
The initial weeks of beard growth is going to be highly itchy. Every day, dead skin cells shed from your face but what happens is your newly growing beard catches them all, and traps them on its surface. So all the cells and debris are locked, resulting in itchiness. The solution? Clean it deep. Use an herbal beard shampoo for this (if you don’t have one, use a mild herbal shampoo). This will wash off all the dirt and bacteria locked inside your beard hairs.
- Step 1: Pour some generous amount of beard shampoo in your hands.
- Step 2: Apply on your beard.
- Step 3: Rub and clean it thoroughly for 3 minutes.
- Step 4: Wash off with water.
2. Follow With A Conditioner
If your beard is long, we recommend you to use a conditioner, just as you do for scalp hairs. Even beard needs proper conditioning. Find a good beard conditioner. However, if you don’t want one, use a mild product. The reason why we are recommending beard conditioners is because they come with anti-tangling agents, which not only coat every strand but also ensure that your hairs are resistant to knotting. Scalp hair conditioners on the other hand have harsh chemicals, which can irritate your face skin (if you are sensitive).
- Step 1: Take some conditioner on your palm.
- Step 2: Apply on your beard. Make sure you have covered every hair portion.
- Step 3: Leave it for 3 minutes to act.
- Step 4: Wash off with warm water.
3. Dry Your Beard
This step is really important yet overlooked. Even if you have the habit of drying your beard, the question is are you doing it correctly?
- Step 1: Use a clean, soft towel to dry our bead.
- Step 2: Avoid hair dryers or blowers.
- Step 3: Once dry, comb it orderly.
4. Moisturize It
Once the cleansing process is done, you need to moisturize your beard to prevent the skin beneath from being dried. Use beard moisturizers or glycerin. For best results, use after-shave moisturizer. The product is just what the name says, a leave-in kind conditioner, which moisturizes, conditions, and softens your beard. Though there are many brands out there, we suggest you to use something that is enriched with pure Shea Butter, almond oil and beeswax.
The combo of these natural ingredients facilitates good beard grooming. Since skin under a fully-grown beard easily traps dead cells, irritation is usual to occur on the surrounding region. Moisturizers help a lot in soothing irritation and prevent friction on the skin surface.
- Step 1: Make sure to use a moisturizer two times a day – morning & evening (after shower).
- Step 2: Dry your skin with a clean towel.
- Step 3: Take generous amount of beard moisturizer on your palm.
- Step 4: Rub the moisturizer in-between your fingers.
- Step 5: Run your fingers through your beard – all the way from neck to upwards.
- Step 6: Once you reach the top region, begin working down towards your neck.
- Step 7: Spread the moisturizer evenly on all sides and concentrate more on the roots.
This will nourish you beard, helps healthier growth and prevents itching.
5. If Still Itching Persists, Trim It
Doing the above four steps on a daily basis will minimize the itching to a great extent. However, if you are still not able to hold your long beard or finding it hard to maintain, it is better to trim. This might seem contradictory when you are growing your beard but it will bring desired results in a faster way. Long beard won’t bring you any good. It has been clinically proven that beard trimming eliminates split ends, minimizes itching and irritation.
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6. Apply Moroccan Argan Oil
Moroccan Argan oil keeps facial hair soft. Most importantly, it lessens itchiness that comes while growing your beard. Follow the steps given below when you are growing your beard:
- Step 1: Take some amount of Moroccan argan oil on your palms.
- Step 2: Rub the oil in-between your fingers.
- Step 3: Run your fingers through your beard – all the way from neck to upwards.
- Step 4: Once you reach the top region, begin working down towards your neck.
- Step 5: Spread the oil evenly on all sides.
Note: Don’t apply so much oil that it feels sticky. Keep it light yet well nourished. Apply this trick every day before going to bed and leave it overnight. This is will prevent itching the next day. You can even apply it in daytime if you want.
7. Neem Oil
The medicinal properties of neem tree have been recorded since thousands of years. Widely seen in India, every part of a Neem tree has its own uses. Right from its leaves, seeds and oil have been used for treating many diseases. Neemfoundation.org has proven that neem oil is highly beneficial for treating bacterial infections and skin conditions. Considering this, neem oil has been deemed safe and effective for itchy beard. Apply the same steps, as listed for argan oil (#6). Just replace argan oil with neem oil.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Did you know that tea tree oil can destroy bacterial infections? This is the reason why it is one of the best home remedies for itchy beard. It reduces skin inflammation and infections. Though it is 100% safe to use it on the skin, few men might experience allergies (if the skin is sensitive). Hence, we advice you to test the oil on a small skin part before applying on your beard.
9. Goldenseal Root Oil
Goldenseal roots contain a natural substance named berberine, which is claimed to kill microorganisms. Since long beard is often linked with bacterial infections from ingrown hairs, it is good to apply goldenseal root oil to treat your itchy beard condition, says Ain Sahms University.
10. Oregon Grape Oil
According to experts, substances from the bark and roots of Oregon Grape, often known as the Mahonia aquifolium is been traditionally used for treating various skin diseases like skin infections, skin inflammation, acne and so on…