I don’t know about you, but I’ve most definitely had that scratch that was never satisfied when growing out my beard. You can sit there for 10 minutes straight scratching and pulling on the same spot until it feels raw underneath, but it still keeps itching. If you’re anything like me, this drives you absolutely nuts, but you deal with it because beards are great. At the end of the day, with all of the itching that I go through, I end up looking like a caveman that’s never seen a comb in his life, instead of the neat-freak that I am. After finding some tips on Grooming Adept’s website, I was able to reduce the amount my beard itches by an incredible amount, and couldn’t help but to share the info.
So why is my beard so itchy?
This may be the first question that your mind shoots to, and I’ll be able to answer it for you. While there are a ton of reasons your beard may seem itchy, one of the top reasons is that it itches during the initial stages of hair growth. If you’re going crazy over the itch of your stubble, it’s not because of anything you’re doing wrong, it’s just how the beard hair grows in. Beard hair is typically more coarse than the hair on your head, which is why you may feel a great deal of itch when it comes through.
The process – when the hair grows out of your skin on your face, it pushes out of the follicle, which means that it’s pushing through your skin. Since skin typically doesn’t like to be poked and prodded, your brain tells you to scratch this slight tingling irritation. If you have a really close shave, and you don’t continue to maintain that, you may see more irritation than anyone that comes across the article – including my caveman-itchiness. You should wait a few days or maybe even a week before deciding to shave your hard-earned stubble, as it’s generally only temporary; however, some aren’t so lucky.
Other causes for an itchy beard:
If you don’t moisturize often, or ever, and you seem to be quite itchy underneath, your itchiness may be to due to dry skin. If you feel the skin above your beard on your face, and it doesn’t seem that moisturized, you may be in the market to buy a product that will assist you in such. Don’t think that buying these types of products takes away your “man card”, and if you do, then you can just deal with the itching and be stubborn!
Maybe you’ve been using a normal shampoo on your beard lately. While some may be okay, generally, they aren’t great for the coarse hair on your face. Shampoos that aren’t made for the beard area may contain chemicals that itch the skin and face, since it’s not made for such a sensitive area. These chemicals may also dry out the area beneath your beard, and cause itching. From what I’ve read, I don’t suggest trying to patch this extra problem with moisturizing, just because you don’t want to switch shampoos. We as men are great problem solvers (sometimes sarcasm…), but if you know the culprit early on, there’s no reason to stick with it and add more.
When you don’t brush ingrown hairs properly, you may feel an itch in your beard because of the direction of the hair. Play around with brush, and see if this eliminates your problem.
Other solutions I’ve found when trying to maintain my beard include:
I’d like to mention this weird tip that I’ve found in my research, and one being that you should probably dry your beard when you get out of the shower (or bath, for those that like a bit more “me” time). Since hard water runs rampant through our plumbing systems, the “contaminants” inside this hard water can dry out our skin and cause us to itch. When you get out of the bathroom post-shower or bath, you should dry your skin off yourself to remove the stuff from the hard water.
What hard water is: if you have no idea, hard water is when there’s magnesium carbonates and calcium within the water. Water without these are generally filtered and called, “soft water”. If you’re rich enough to shower in soft water, well then, I’m coming over!
It’s worth noting that your bed sheets and pillowcases may be the culprit for your itchy beard, as dirty linens are one of the many ways dead skin cells and bacteria can be transmitted. If you’re thinking “TL;DR”, here’s the short:
- Wash your linens
- Use beard oils and combs
- Dry your beard out of the shower
- Moisturize your face
Who knows, you may be coming back and thanking me!