We could give make some analogy between your quest to overcome beardruff and Steve Zissou, the oceanographer in Wes Anderson's Life Aquatic, in his quest to destroy the spotted jaguar shark, but that might be a little heavy-handed. We really just think Bill Murray looks great with a beard, and nobody wants to look at pictures of dandruff or irritated skin.
But let's dive in.
While the skin on your face is different in a lot of ways from the skin on your scalp, they do have certain similarities, both being skin and all. One of the most unfortunate is dandruff, or as we call it when it hits your beard, "beardruff." You know, those flakes that can really stand out on a dark shirt or jacket, or worse, spoil the mood.
The causes of dandruff and beardruff are the same, and they come do the following:
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Skin conditions
- Sensitivity to products
The Mayo Clinic fleshes it out a bit more, but those four categories cover the bases. Dry skin is the obvious one, and we've all been there to varying degrees. Think about your hands cracking in winter and the heater drying out your airways in the night, when you have to break out the humidifier. And then think about what's happening under your hair. And the longer it goes, the more gets trapped between those hairs. This is definitely a time when you'll wish you'd been moisturizing and conditioning well in advance, and you'd do a lot worse than a regular beard care regimen with a little extra-conditioning wash.
Oily skin can cause its own problems, and these are some of the most common. Your skin becomes irritated from excessive oil, reddens, and sheds bigger scales of flaky skin. They call this seborrheic dermatitis, and it's not the only one. Other conditions can have similar effects, and there's even a fungus that lives on all of us (sorry to be the bearers of bad news!) that can irritate your skin and increase skin cell production.
This is one more reason why it's so important to brush your beard regularly, to loosen and remove skin cell buildup and distribute oils away from your skin and throughout your hair where it belongs. And that fungus feeds on lipids, i.e., fats, so it's possible your favorite beard oil could make it feel right at home. You may be better off with a beard oil alternative, Beard Saver, our leave-in daily conditioner.
And finally there's sensitivity to products. Be it dyes or fragrances or something else, the things you put on your face can exacerbate a problem. If that's you, you want to find products specially formulated for sensitive skin.
Once you've addressed that underlying problem, the question that remains is maintaining a solid grooming regimen. Pick the products that work for you, and stick to them. Wash and condition regularly, and remember that you don't have to overdo it. All things in moderation, as they say, as long as that moderation is consistent. We'll help you find your best beard in three steps with any Beard Kit Trio:
- Wash with any variety of Bluebeards Original Beard Wash
- Condition in the shower with Wonder Beard Intensive Repair or Fresh Mint Beard Conditioner
- Moisturize daily with our leave-in Beard Saver, in any of three varieties
Do it right, and leave beardruff behind for good.