Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

Why do I keep getting Beard Acne?

And the 4-step solution.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jun 15, 2022

A well-maintained beard can be a fashionable way to show off your personal style. If you want to add more definition to your face, beards can help with that, too. But, if you have a beard, you may have noticed the unsettling side effect of acne beneath the surface. Not only is it irritating and hard to get to, but if the acne isn’t taken care of, it’ll just lead to more.


But don’t worry, there’s a way to work beard maintenance into your grooming routine, and it’s not as daunting as it sounds. In fact, quite the opposite. Let’s talk about it, and learn how beard acne forms.


What is beard acne?

Beard acne is a condition that happens when you develop pimples under your facial hair. Generally, these bumps also come with irritation and redness, partially caused by ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs pop up when your hair curls and goes back into your skin. With so much hair in a tiny contained area, beards are a very common area to experience all of this: Ingrown hairs, irritation, redness—and thus—acne. But, like stated above, hope isn’t lost.


First thing’s first: Re-examine your skincare routine. If you don’t have one, now is the time to get one. And we can help you there. We have plenty of guides to help you find your skin type and build a simple routine, but here’s a quick set of guidelines you can look to that’ll get the ball rolling.


Follow this beard routine

1. Wash your beard twice a day

Most acne types occur because of bacteria, so it’s imperative to wash your beard twice a day. There’s no better time to do this than when you’re washing your face every day, right? Make sure you’re taking some time to groom your beard, as well.


2. Properly cleanse and moisturize

Make sure the skin under your beard is washed, too—that’ll make sure bacteria, dirt, and oil (and anything from outside) gets cleaned up. They also tend to cause acne.


Use a gentle cleanser so you don’t irritate your skin any further. Use a hyaluronic acid-based serum to lock in moisture before you top it off with a moisturizer that has 30+ SPF. And boom—basic skincare routine.


3. Use a beard comb and brush

Wonders can be done with a beard comb and brush. The comb will make sure your beard grooming products are being evenly spread through it. Additionally, it’ll detangle your beard and keep your hairs from taking on a mind of its own. Similarly, a beard brush is great for styling, and will make sure you’re getting unwanted things that got trapped in your beard outta there.


4. Check how you’re shaving

You might be shaving the wrong way if you’re experiencing acne. If you shave post-shower, it’ll be easier to see the lines you should follow. Plus, your beard will be clean, and the blades won’t be scratching and irritating unclean spaces. The importance of keeping clean skin is always high.


If you want to add more beard tools to your grooming kit, check out beard rollers. Additionally, here’s how to make your beard look fuller.


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