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Dry Skin Under Beard? Here’s How To Fix It

By September 17, 2018September 1st, 2020No Comments

Most men who have grown a beard out understand exactly what it feels like to have dry, flaky skin under their beard.  This occurs frequently in men who are growing in a new beard, but it can also occur with an established beard.  In addition, this can also happen under mustaches.  Another common issue with this is beard dandruff.

If you are having this problem, first, you need to understand what is causing it, and then you need to learn how to control it.  We will take a look at what causes dry skin underneath beards, and most importantly, we will look at the best treatments.

Causes Of Beard Dandruff

There are 2 main causes of dry skin under your beard and beard dandruff.  Dry skin can occur when you strip the natural oils away from your facial hair by using harsh cleaners and shampoos.  Another cause is when you improperly dry your beard with a blow dryer.

Your skin is moisturized naturally by oils that your body makes, and there are several things that you can do to remove these beneficial oils.  You don’t want to get rid of the natural oils that help to moisture your whiskers and skin.

If you take a hot shower, especially if it is long, the hot water can remove the beneficial oils from your face.  This can dry out the skin under your stubble which will make it dry, red, and flaky.

Improperly drying your beard may also cause the issue.

Another way to remove beneficial oils is by using the wrong products on your face.  Many commercial soaps and cleansers use chemical surfactants and harsh ingredients that are designed to strip away oils and dirt.  Removing the dirt is good, but removing your good oils is bad.  This can make your beard dandruff worse.

Growing a new beard out can also make your skin feel dry.  Your facial hair will have sharp ends due to being shaved, and when that grows out, it can turn into your skin.  This will cause your skin to get irritated.

Environmental factors can also attribute to dry skin under your beard.

The winter months may be brutal for some beards.  Harsh cold winds and a drop in the humidity can both play a role in this issue.

Hydration is also a major factor when it comes to your skin.  If you drink a lot of caffeine and very little water, this can lead to skin that does not have enough moisture.  Look at it this way, your skin is your largest organ, and it needs water.

While we really won’t get into this because it is out of the realm of our knowledge, stress can cause issues with your skin, including your face.

First, you need to think about what issues may be leading to skin issues under your beard, and you may need to work on those.  While one person may be able to adjust his shower routine, most will probably need products that help to bring moisture back into your skin.

How To Treat Dry Skin Under Your Beard

Shower To Care For Your Beard

man washing his beard

Adjust your shower routine.  This can include not using hot water on your face, using the best products to wash your face, and using the best products to wash and condition your beard.  The skin underneath your facial hair is still sensitive to the elements.

Wash your beard and the skin on your face with appropriate products.  If you are using regular bar soap to wash your face or beard, stop using that.  Most commercial bar soaps use harsh detergents in them and they also remove the beneficial glycerin from them to add to other products which sell for more profit.  There are just better products on the market that are designed for your face and beard.  A beard shampoo and a beard conditioner should be something that you use if you have this condition.

Even if you are just washing your face, the suds are going to get on your beard, and it is going to strip away beneficial oils.  Your skin produces sebum oil, and any use of water or cleaner will remove those.  They are beneficial to keep your skin from drying out.

If you are going to wash your face, we recommend products that are designed for your face.  Jack Black makes a product that is designed for your face.  You can find more information about it here, but it is designed as a cleanser and toner which is not harsh on your face.  It contains a small amount of witch hazel which is an amazing ingredient for your skin.  You want to get rid of dead skin cells on your face.

Cremo makes a product that is a beard and face wash combo.  It uses natural ingredients, and it is scented with essential oils which we love.  This can help to remedy beard dandruff and dead skin cells.

In addition to changing the products that you use to wash your face, one of the best things that you can do is to add a beard conditioner to your grooming routine.  A beard conditioner is exactly what you think it is.  It is a product that is designed like hair conditioner except it is specifically made for your beard hair.  Your beard hair is very different from the hair on your head, so grabbing a conditioner off the grocery store shelf is not the best option.

Even when you wash your beard with a mild cleanser, you will still lose natural oils in your follicles.  A beard conditioner will help to restore moisture to your beard hair, follicles, and your skin under your beard.

An example of this would be Bossman Beard Conditioner.  It comes in several different scents, so you should be able to find something you like.  If you regularly wash your beard, and you suffer from dry skin, this is a great product to add as it will return some of the moisture that was stripped away from the wash.

Use Beard Oils As A Remedy

A repeated theme in this article is bringing moisture to the skin underneath your beard.  Using any lotion off the shelf for your beard is not the best solution as it can possibly clog your pores and cause break outs.  A proper beard oil will help control beard dandruff, and it will keep the skin beneath healthy.

The best way to beat flaky skin under your facial hair is to use a beard oil.  There are a lot of options out there, so you need to make sure you choose the right one.  In our opinion, the best beard oils are all natural, contain no synthetic ingredients, and only use essential oils for scent.

There are tons of beard oils that are “natural” but use synthetic fragrance components for scents.  We are not big fans of coating our beard and face with synthetic chemicals.  While that may be OK for a cologne with a few sprays on your neck, it is not the best stuff to put on dry skin beneath your hair.

We recommend Badass Beard Oil because we love their ingredient profile and their use of essential oils for scent.  If you want to skip out on the scent, you can always get something like this beard oil from amazon.

The best way to use these for dry skin is to simply put a small amount in the palm of your hands, rub your hands together, and then rub your hand and fingers through your beard.  Make sure to coat all your facial hair and skin.  You will learn how much to use after a few tries.  If your hands are overly greasy after you apply it to your beard, try using a drop or two less.  If you do not feel like your beard is coated fully, then use a drop or two more next time.

It helps to use a good beard brush as well.  This helps to spread the oil around, and it will exfoliate your skin a little.  By using a brush to exfoliate your skin, it will help to control beard dandruff, and it will remove dead skin.

A beard oil will definitely moisture the skin under your beard, and it should relieve the dryness and flakes.

Control The Air In Your Home

As a last resort, you can improve the moisture in the air in your home by using a humidifier.  This model is very popular on amazon and has lots of great reviews.  This may be necessary in the winter months if you are having issues.  One of the main causes of beard dandruff is dry skin.  A humidifier will help to control the moisture in the air.  This in turn will help with your skin under your facial hair.


There are a lot of things that you can do to help relieve dry skin under your beard and mustache.  If you were to start with only one suggestion from this article, go with a beard oil.  But, if you are a grooming product junky, then grab the wash, conditioner, and beard oil.  The skin underneath your beard still needs to have moisture, and you still have to do things to remove dead skin cells.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Reduce hot shower water on your face
  • Do not use bar soaps on your beard
  • Use proper face and beard washes
  • Follow up beard washes with beard conditioners
  • Use a high quality natural beard oil
  • If possible, reduce stress
James Woods

James Woods

Hi, I am James Woods, the founder of Beardedblade. I have extensive experience working in the men's grooming industry. I have worked in the beard care and shaving industries, so I have first hand experience working with products in those areas. I also enjoy all things outdoors and topics related to men's lifestyle. I am an avid camper, hiker, biker, and all around outdoor enthusiast.

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