Beard Dandruff: Causes and How to Get Rid of It

When you hear the word ‘dandruff‘, your beard isn’t the first image that pops into your head, but beard dandruff is something that can definitely happen. While it is not quite clear exactly how or why, it’s said that the skin beneath the beard begins to shed excessively when you’re stressed out, not using the right products, and not moisturizing the beard after washing.

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Beard dandruff is a common problem for many bearded men which can cause trouble to them. In this article, we’ll find out the causes of beard dandruff and how to treat it properly.


Causes of Beard Dandruff


Dandruff may not be related to the poor hygiene but it can be a result of seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by skin lesions with red plaques that itch and may cause inflammation. The lesions usually happen in oily skin. When this occurs, dandruff can appear to your beard.

But if you have dermatitis once, it becomes chronic and the lesions become worse, followed by great improvement and disappearance of the symptoms. The emotional situation can also cause dermatitis; too much stress tend to worsen the lesions and cause more dandruff to appear in your beard.


Skin Dryness

Cold weather causes dry skin flakes more easily than the other time, so be careful in the cold seasons. Skin dryness can be worsened in the beardy area because of the frictions created by the hair. The dryness tends to be worse in the area where it has hair, due to the friction caused by the thicker hair. It can cause dandruff if you don’t take good care of the surface.

It’s important to maintain a moisturizing balance between the skin and the beard. In case your skin is dry, it’s necessary that you use skin care products that moisturize both skin and facial hair.


Too Much Oil

Dermatologist Dr. Anelise Ghideti says that excess oiliness can also cause beard dandruff. Bearded men usually touch and run their fingers over/through the beard which can transfer the natural oil produced by hands.


Other Factors

If you are a bearded man and don’t take care of the beard regularly, you have a good chance of having dandruff in your beard. Lack of hygiene can be the main reason of beard dandruff. Also using non-specific beard products, too much emotional stress or skin allergy to cosmetics can also help produce dandruff.


How to Get Rid of Beard Dandruff?

Anti-dandruff shampoos can be used for the treatment in mild cases. The shampoo should be left on the beard for a few minutes before rinsing. Rinse it thoroughly to wash off the waste of the shampoo itself.

After using the shampoos, if there is no improvement or if the lesions are very intense, consult with a dermatologist. He will show other treatments with corticosteroids or antifungal.

Generally, there is no cure for dermatitis. However, there are treatments which can be taken depending on the degree of the disease. Whether you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing some flaking or you’re trying to prevent it from happening, here are a few treatments to add to your beard care regimen in order to combat beard dandruff.

1. Shave

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Sounds pretty simple, right? That’s because it is. If you don’t mind losing the beard for a while until you get the skin properly moisturized and healed, then shave it off and start over. By shaving, not only will the razor take most of the dead skin off of your face, but it will allow you to exfoliate and moisturize the area so that new, healthy skin can grow in its place. This will help you eliminate beard dandruff.


2. Beard Shampoo

Cleansing your beard with medicated, anti-dandruff shampoo (Head and Shoulders, etc.) will improve your condition and decrease flakiness. Be sure to wash your face with a gentle cleanser before applying the shampoo in order to remove excess oils that may get in the way of the medicinal properties of the shampoo.


3. Moisturize

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Moisturizing the beard will prevent dryness in both the hair and the skin. Find a beard oil that will maintain the health of the skin and ward off flakiness, while providing moisture and nutrients to the beard. A good oil to use is Tea Tree oil since it has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that can both heal the skin and prevent future flakiness and infection.


4. Vitamin E

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Lack of vitamin E in your diet can actually cause dandruff.  You can prevent this by adding vitamin E supplements to your diet, and by applying the oil directly to the beard. Always be sure to check with your dermatologist before adding additional supplements and vitamins to your diet.


5. Deep Condition

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There’s a new deep conditioning product by Mister Beardwash that has been formulated to treat and prevent skin irritation and dandruff beneath the beard. While some may see this as unnecessary, using a deep conditioning product could be a great way to prevent beard dandruff even if you don’t have it. Not to mention the fact that it will leave your beard feeling soft and moisturized.


6. Use Specialized Beard Products

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These shampoos, conditioners, and beard oils are formulated to provide the specific properties needed to maintain a healthy beard, which includes treating and preventing beard dandruff. Although some beard products are a bit pricey, it’s good to know that all these beard products have been made to keep your beard and the skin beneath at its healthiest.


Some Tips

Some important tips for beard care to prevent beard dandruff are as followings:

  • Keep the beard always clean and sanitized. It is important to use a suitable beard shampoo that cleans without drying the skin and hair.
  • After washing, thoroughly rinse the beard to remove any residue from the product used for hygiene. It is also important to dry the beard well, leave it wet or wet produces fungi and bacteria which can cause dermatitis.
  • Exfoliate your skin and beard twice a week which helps to remove dead cells and oiliness.
  • Do not use a dryer at a very hot temperature;
  • Frequent use of wooden comb for a beard as it helps to remove dirt, impurities and possible dandruff,
  • Always keep your hands clean to avoid going to beard or oiliness and to avoid fungal infections,
  • While trimming, do not shave dry your beard! This leaves the skin dry, being able to flake and leave the hairs ingrown,
  • Clean the razor blades thoroughly so they do not cause fungi and change them at least once a month,
  • Wash your beard with the beard shampoo before shaving, which leaves the beard area clean and free from bacteria causing fungal infection.

To have a clean beard, it is necessary to keep it moisturized. It is recommended to use Beard Balm after shaving, which takes care of both the skin and the hair, gives refreshment and hydration in the right measure. The use of Beard Oil is also important because it restores even the driest hair, without leaving a beard with a greasy appearance or oily skin. Shaving products are formulated to specifically care for the hair and the skin of the face, which is different from the scalp.



While these are only a few ways to get rid of beard dandruff, it would be best to go to your dermatologist in order to make sure there aren’t any underlying health problems. If your skin is cracked and bleeding or irritated, it may need to be treated with medication, so be sure to mention these symptoms to your doctor for a professional opinion before attempting any of the tips above.