5 common problems when growing a full beard and how to solve them

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Growing a beard is like tending to a beautiful garden—you can’t just leave it to its own devices. It requires daily care and attention, the right products and sometimes the tact of an expert. And similar to gardening, there are various issues that you may encounter in the many stages of growing and maintaining a full beard. From an itch in your facial fuzz to painful ingrown hairs, common beard problems can ruin both your looks and your day. We sat down with Rohit Taneja, Associate Director, Consumer Insights, Bombay Shaving Company, for some pro tips on how to prevent and address five of the most common beard problems.

1. Itchy beards

If you are just starting to grow a beard, you may feel an itch. According to Taneja, this is natural and nothing to worry about. “Beards can also be itchy due to dryness, ingrown hairs, or a general lack of hygiene,” he says. To avoid unnecessary discomfort and scratching, he recommends using a beard wash over generic face washes or soaps, as these products tend to strip natural oils from the skin.

2. Dry skin

Just because you can’t see the skin under your beard doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you suffer from dry skin in your beard area, Taneja recommends moisturizing your facial hair with beard oil daily. “You should also avoid taking too many hot showers,” he says, as they can rob your skin of its natural moisture.

3. Ingrown hairs

You may have noticed that a few ingrown hairs appear after a shave. This happens when a new hair grows back at an angle and goes back into the skin. “The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate before you shave. It removes dead skin cells that can prevent hair from breaking through the skin,” explains Taneja. In addition, shaving with a foam or gel ensures that your skin is sufficiently lubricated, making hair softer and easier to remove. He also recommends avoiding razors with dull blades so that you don’t pull on your beard hair.

4. Beard acne

A pimple is a nuisance. A beard pimple is a disaster. “Beard acne mainly occurs due to poor beard hygiene. Their beards are a storehouse of dirt, food, and dead skin cells. When dirt and debris combine with the oil in the sebum glands on your face, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and clogs pores,” explains Taneja. To prevent such an incident, you should regularly clean, exfoliate and moisturize your beard so that there is no room for error.

5. Beard Dandruff

Dandruff, whether in the hair or in the beard, is an absolute turnoff. “Beard dandruff is usually caused by a yeast infection, which further dries out the skin under your beard, resulting in flaky skin,” explains Taneja. But with regular TLC and a good grooming routine, you can easily avoid this. “Three basic steps to fighting beard dandruff are gentle cleansing, using a beard softener or oil to restore moisture, and exfoliating with a beard brush,” he advises.

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