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5 Ways to Treat Breakouts Under Your Beard

5 Ways to Treat Breakouts Under Your Beard

Grace Michaeli

Having a rugged look these days is all the rage! Trimming, brushing, styling and even dying your beard is more than just a fad – it’s a lifestyle. But sad to say, it’s not all glamorous. Beard acne is a real condition that can plague your skin, and is in fact a real pain. Just imagine those itchy, angry red or black heads dotting your perfectly-styled beard. Definitely not a pretty sight. 

Naturally, we have all the remedies that you’ll need to treat breakouts. This list contains simple and effective tips, from prevention and all the way to the best skincare tricks for your beard acne. Plus we’ve decided to throw in a little tip on how to shave your beard without aggravating your skin. So, let’s get cracking! 

 

Having a rugged look these days is all the rage!
Having a rugged look these days is all the rage!

 

Hands Off 

The best way to treat breakouts is by preventing them altogether. An effective skincare routine is always a good thing to have (and we’ll soon tell you how), but there are other little bad habits that you should get rid of. One of them is touching your face and beard throughout the day. 

While face-touching isn’t the culprit per se, it isn’t very helpful either. Your hands must touch about hundreds of different items and surfaces a day – do you really want all the bacteria on your delicate facial skin? Even worse, do you want it tangled into your groomed beard? Our guess is, not so much. Furthermore, the bacteria can trigger those nasty blackheads and zits. Just remember to keep your hands off. 

 

While face-touching isn’t the culprit per se, it isn’t very helpful either.
While face-touching isn’t the culprit per se, it isn’t very helpful either.

 

Avoid Popping 

As much as we all have the urge to pop a zit or squeeze out a blackhead – you really shouldn’t. You won’t only be touching your face (which as you know by now, is a no-no), but you might worsen your beard acne or even create a more complicated skin problem. Popping the zit by yourself could delay your skin’s natural healing process

If you’re still unconvinced, you should also know that popping zits can also create scarring. Do you really want a permanent scar that tells the world you’ve had beard acne? Sure, you can always cover it up with a stylish stubble. But, just imagine wanting to change your goatee into a moustache. People WILL see those scars. In a way, it’s important knowing how to treat breakouts, but you should also know and NOT to treat them. 

 

As much as we all have the urge to pop a zit or squeeze out a blackhead - you really shouldn’t.
As much as we all have the urge to pop a zit or squeeze out a blackhead – you really shouldn’t.

 

Towels Matter 

If you have sensitive skin, it’s not just your hands that can trigger breakouts. Dirty towels, or even shirts with rough fabrics, can irritate your skin. This is yet another way in which bacteria can rub off onto your skin. Especially if you rub your face right after you’ve rinsed it. To make matters worse, bacteria thrives in damp environments (such as your towel). 

The best way to handle this is by making sure to constantly replace your dirty towels. And the same goes for your pillow cases. Your towel should be replaced after 3-5 uses and your pillow cases changed at least once a week. That way, you can prevent triggering breakouts. 

 

Dirty towels, or even shirts with rough fabrics, can irritate your skin.
Dirty towels, or even shirts with rough fabrics, can irritate your skin.

 

Keep it Clean 

Now that you’ve been trying to maintain a bacteria-free face, it’s time to get to the cleansing. But this time it’s not just your face we’re cleaning – it’s your scruffy beard too. Thankfully, our face wash can effectively treat the skin under your beard. All you need to do is really rub it in there. Here’s a quick explanation on how to rinse your face and beard: 

  • Wash your hands before touching your face, and then rinse your face with lukewarm water 
  • Pump a handful of face wash foam into your hands and rub it into your face using circular movements 
  • Make sure that your fingers gently massage the face wash into the skin under your beard
  • After you’ve thoroughly applied the face wash, gently rinse it with lukewarm water, until completely washed off 
  • Dry your face by dabbing a clean towel on your skin – if you scrub too harshly, you might irritate your skin 

 

Thankfully, our face wash can effectively treat the skin under your beard.
Thankfully, our face wash can effectively treat the skin under your beard.

 

Keep it Supple 

The skin under your beard tends to dry out. This could be caused by poor drinking habits (which is a good time to mention upping your water intake), cold weather, or even excessive facial washing. However, the beard itself could be causing the dry skin beneath it. How? The sebaceous glands at the base of your hair follicles excrete oil that actually dries your skin’s natural hydration. Eventually, all these could lead to skin dehydration and even beard dandruffs. 

One of the most effective ways to address this is by restoring the moisture. In other words, rehydrating your skin and retrieving its suppleness. All these can be achieved by using a potent moisturizer for men. The moisturizer should be used right after you’ve rinsed your face with the face wash. It will trap the moisture and ensure that you stay fresh throughout the day. 

 

One of the most effective ways to address this is by restoring the moisture.
One of the most effective ways to address this is by restoring the moisture.

 

Treat Breakouts Like a Pro 

Remember that we promised you a bonus tip? Well here it is. Shaving the wrong way could not only trigger more breakouts, it could infect your skin and worsen your condition. So, what’s the best way to shave when you have beard acne? 

  • Shave your beard or around it right after the shower, when your skin is soft 
  • Don’t shave against the grain – you won’t have a close shave, but your skin will remain intact 
  • Always use a shaving cream (this is especially important if you have zits) 
  • Apply a moisturizer right after you’ve shaved to protect the skin 

And there you’ve had it – the full guide on how to treat breakouts hiding under your glorious beard! 

 

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