What is beard acne?
When the beard or rim becomes inflamed, pimples or hard pimples form. The cause is usually ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are the result of not cleaning the cut hair. These tiny hairs can settle in the hair follicles and become compacted. This leads to inflammation that can become infected and cause beard-like acne.
In addition, occasional acne can be made worse by failure to remove dead skin cells and debris build-up. These debris are breeding grounds for bacteria and other microscopic harmful bacteria. When the residue builds up, it can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
Pros and cons of beard for acne
Though it can be a bad thing if you just poked a pimple with your hand to spot an ingrown hair. Try pulling it so hard that you feel like it can pull your whole face with it. Second thought, don’t. That’s not fun. Having said that, that’s not all bad news for beard lovers.
- First of all, shaving even the best conditions causes irritation. It can lead to collisions of its own. Irritation from razors just comes with its own problems. Cut too lightly and you will increase stiff hairs that can curl on their own and grow back. Too much force and you’re abrasive to the skin causing an infection equal to or more severe than normal acne.
- Second, you must clean your face before and after using chemicals (shave cream and aftershave ingredients) of some kind. Some of them can add to acne on their own. The same may be true of beards, but beards can affect the canopy, limiting skin exposure to harsh chemicals.
- Third, if you have acne, it’s wise to scrape around the pimples as you run the risk of making the situation worse or accidentally chopping off a new pimple that hasn’t healed yet. This increases the chances of scarring, causing a much smaller problem.
Fourth, beard is like a male version of makeup. It can cover imperfections, imperfections, scars and what’s not. Although you may have multiple breakouts, beards, depending on length, can mask the appearance.
- Beards are a problem because even the most well-groomed people tend to have debris and microorganisms.
- A certain level of maintenance is required to keep it in style instead of clingy. If you are suffering from acne, it will be more difficult for you to treat because of the effect of the beard, which covers the acne without treatment.
- If you try to use creams or lotions to treat acne, it can stain your beard, forming odd patches of color. This is perfect if you choose abstract patterns that make your beard feel modern, wild art alive in appeal.
- Loved ones may not like the creepy feeling. The mustache is real, sir.
Tip 1: Rinse with Baking Soda / ACV
We all remember in elementary school when science class taught us that bases and acids don’t mix. This is one of those times where the resulting neutralization effect is desirable.
Wet the beard a little. Think water jets and gentle trouble. I’m not saying dump your face in a bucket, animal style. Baking soda is great at getting into the nooks and crannies of the beard. Do it. Massage all about it. You do not need a license for this massage. It is great for dislodging and adhering to debris.
Once it’s established a bit (non-standard time units equal to whichever time you feel like it), take an adequate amount of Apple Cider Vinegar and relive the school grade chemistry on your face. There will be some bubbling and tingling. Good. You want a cleansed feeling, not a scorched face. Learn to discern or embrace masochism.
This is not an everyday deal. Try it a few times a week to see how your beard and skin react. You firmly want debris removed from your face, but you don’t want to peel so much that your skin’s microbiome is gone.
Tip 2 Moisturizer / Beard Oil / Nourishing Oil
Tends to be thicker and is used for styling in addition to softening the beard and moisturizing the skin.
A medium consistency between oil and moisturizer. Different carrier oils and essential oils produce different results. Only a few drops, depending on the length of the beard, are needed to keep the beard soft, bouncy and dignified. It is recommended to use in the morning, after bathing and at night before going to bed. Acts as food for the beard and keeps the skin hydrated.
Technically, all of these are moisturizers to some extent as they provide nourishment and moisture to the skin. The idea is simply to give the skin underneath the beard enough nourishment so as not to simulate oil production from the sebaceous glands, which causes breakouts.
Moisturizers primarily target the skin under the beard but have different effects on type and management. Here are some organic plant-based moisturizers:
- Nourishing skin and hair
- Not too expensive (even organic)
- For external use only (internal use may be harmful)
- Some people may have a rash or an allergic reaction
- Nourishing skin and hair
- Allergy to some (test skin patch before use)
- Internal use is generally well tolerated
- Not the best moisturizer to stay on
- If you are allergic to nuts, beware
- Allergies to nuts to avoid
- Expensive if high quality
- Short shelf life (avoid sunlight)
Tip 3 Wash your beard
While you may want to use your usual shampoo and moisturizer for your beard, don’t. Scalp and facial skin have different factors to consider. The beard wash you use must be specially formulated to address irritation, sebaceous gland production and the effects these have on your acne. Common hair care products (be sure to check labels) can make your acne worse.
You can replace this with a baking soda/ACV mix, or enhance it by varying it out of habit. Either way, there will be some overlap with other cleansers and moisturizers because of common ingredients and uses.
Oily skin may need daily washing, while dry, flaky skin may only need a few times a week. Know your skin, its condition, necessary washing.
Tip 4 Moderation
The key to keep in mind with all of these products is not to bring the pig. A little goes a long way. In addition, the ingredients and their different effects are also important. You don’t want a PHD to read product labels. Use products with all-natural ingredients.
Different skin types can tolerate different carrier oils, but here are just a few that are worth considering: Jojoba, Castor, Almond, and Argan oils. Each has distinct benefits when it comes to nourishing the skin under the beard, along with the beard itself.
Again, essential oils have properties far beyond simple fragrance. Cedar, Sandlewood, Manuka and Helichrysum all benefit different skin types. For maximum benefit, they should be combined with a carrier oil. Some types can block bacteria and pathogens, helping you to treat acne.
- Great for dry skin and hair
- Small quantities (reduce or more) go a long way
- Not for internal consumption
- Too much at once can have negative effects
Light, relaxing scent
Good quality is expensive
Small amounts may cause skin irritation
- Some side effects (skin irritation)
- Not done internally
- Good for skin and hair in general
- Quality changes in the market
- Better quality equals more expensive
- Best quality not available
It’s important to keep an eye on the scent as you’ll come across more than just a light breeze. Different essential oils and their respective odors can affect a person’s mood and state of mind. I’m not saying your feeling is like a bird humming and ignoring the need to sleep but be aware of which smells make you go and which make you sleepy, apply accordingly.
Tip 5 Keep it trimmed and neat
I’m not saying you need to visit the nice man with the straight razor at the barbershop multiple times a week or that the trimmer should be used after touching every day. A healthy clearing is needed to prevent people from dropping change in your morning coffee, and to have feral cats and dogs following you from place to place.
While preferences change and beards can change with the seasons, it’s important to keep your grooming style in mind. Not every guy has the face to pull out all or part of his beard. You must know your limits. It’s also not a matter of age. I’ve known high schoolers who can grow fuller beards than middle-aged mountain men. Even more firewood can be cut!
In addition, an agency, school, or other establishment may have a negative or positive view of facial hair. It depends. Only you know what is right for you.
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