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How to Stop Beard Itch in 5 Easy Steps

How to Stop Beard Itch in 5 Easy Steps

Beard itch is one of the least comfortable aspects of growing a beard. Tired of the itch? Check out our 5-step routine that teaches you how to stop beard itch fast.
How to stop beard itch

All bearded men pass through one common trial: the dark, dreadful beard itch phase. 

Nothing to sniff at, the itching phase affects all men the same, and even worse, it comes on when you least expect it. You go to bed one day with beautiful visions of the luxuriant beard you’re gunning for and the next, itchy madness. 

If you have ever suffered through a beard itch, you’ll know it’s almost enough to make a man mental. Heck, if it has visited you harshly enough, you’ll agree that it’s almost enough to make a grown man cry. 

Beard itch is one of the more popular reasons why guys simply give up on their beard goals. After a week or two of scratching and unsuccessful (even frantic) “how to stop beard itch” Google queries, many just give up. 

If the itch proved stronger than you, don’t feel bad. You can always start over. And with the tips you’ll learn here, we can guarantee you will knock the socks off any itch that threatens you. 

If you’re still locked in the battle, then you’ve come to the right place. This guide will explain how to stop beard itch using our tested and trusted 6-step routine. Before we get in, let’s understand what caused the itch in the first place?

Why does your beard itch? 

As they say, the first step to solving a problem is understanding it. With beard itch, there’s even more reason to do so, since often, the solution may well depend on the problem. 

Beard itch can be caused by a range of factors, whether you’re just growing out your beards or are well into it. So you don’t end up applying a catch-all solution to a very specific problem, you’ll need to isolate the problem first. Then, you can pay special attention to that area in getting rid of your itch. Here are the common causes of beard itch. 

Shaving 

When you shave close to your skin, the razor cuts your facial hairs at an angle, leaving them with sharp edges. As your beard grows, the sharp edges scratch and irritate your skin, leading to itching. Shaving may also cause the whiskers to retreat below the skin and when they begin to grow again, they dig into the skin rather than grow out. This causes quite an itch.

Dryness

If your beard is excessively dry, it can leave irritate skin under your beard. One reason why this dryness occurs is because your skin’s natural oil, Sebum, is missing. Dryness creates rough, coarse hairs that will rub against your skin and cause itching. When it is severe enough, it can even cause a rash or infection. Hot showers and cold weather can contribute to Sebum loss, making your beard dry.

Dirt and Dead skin cells

Dirt, food debris and dead skin cells can collect in your cells. If you used to bathe often, you’d have no problem with this. But now that you’ve started growing your beard, things have changed. Often, the particles are too small to see but when they collect in this manner, they can irritate the underlying skin cells and cause itching.

Poor grooming 

Every bearded man should have a grooming routine. If you’re serious about growing out your beard, you should too. Failing to follow a routine or using products that are bad for you will result in itching. For instance, if you use normal soap or shampoo to wash your beard, it’ll dry out your skin and cause itching. When you shower, you should also cry out your beard thoroughly.

How to stop beard itch: The 5-step routine  

Now that you know why it happens, next up is how to stop beard itch. Here’s a trusty 5-step routine you can follow:

Step 1: Clean your beard

A lot of what troubles your beard may be down to simple dirt and dead skin cells. That’s why it makes sense to start with giving your beard a wash. There are certain rules that need to be followed though, if you want to keep your beard, and the skin under it, healthy. First and most important, you don’t have to wash every day. 2-3 times a week is just right. 

Avoid washing your beard with your regular bath soap. Many of these will strip your sensitive facial skin of its natural oils, resulting in skin and beard damage. Use shampoo specially made for beards instead. Before you wash, brush out your beards with a boar bristle brush. This helps you scrub the dirt and dead cells from the roots, making it easier to get your beard clean. 

Use warm or lukewarm water to rinse thoroughly. Hot water will dry your skin and potentially hinder the development of your skin. Cold water will do the same and make your beard dry and flaky too. Make sure you dry your beard fully after washing so the water left behind does not contribute to skin irritation. If you can’t dry fully with a towel, you can use a hair dryer set to low.

Step 2: Apply some beard conditioner

Conditioner helps you defend against itch by giving your beard the necessary hydration it needs and softening your beard, making it more manageable. Beard conditioner does this best as hair conditioners for your scalp contain harsh chemicals that can easily irritate your facial skin. 

The best conditioners contain anti-tangling agents that coat the hairs and ensure they are resistant to knotting. Look for conditioners that have argan and jojoba oil as their primary ingredients. Jojoba oil is renowned for its beard strengthening and thickening powers. It will lock the moisture in, helping to keep your beard hydrated, thus reducing itching. 

It will also reduce split ends, which are known contributors to beard itch. Apply the conditioner immediately after a wash by taking a small amount and rubbing it between your hands. Spread evenly throughout your beard to ensure best results. 

Step 3: Keep your beard moisturized

While conditioning gets your beard into the right tone immediately after a wash, it won’t be enough to keep the skin under your beard hydrated all day. For that, you need a good moisturizer that will keep your skin from drying out and itching. 

Beard oil does the job perfectly, helping to keep your beard soft and itch free. It works just as well if you’ve had your beard for a while but still experience itching. It can help you reduce or even eliminate beard itch. 

You don’t need plenty to set your beard right. Just a few drops every day is enough. Beard clay is a great alternative moisturizer. Also made with natural oils including baobab seed and castor oil, it helps soothe the skin under both new growth and established beards. 

Step 4: Groom your beard

If you’ve tried all the steps outlined above and still itch, you need to spend some quality time grooming your beard. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but we’ll give you two. 

First, when you first start growing out your beard, it will be prone to growing in every direction. Some grow back on themselves, rubbing against your skin and causing irritation. This leads to itching. Second, new beard growth invariably comes with ingrown hairs. These can lead to painful bumps and skin irritation. Brushing helps you straighten those hairs right from the off and saves you on some itching. 

Brush your beard every day to get it growing in the desired direction. And as a bonus, running the brush through your beard will scratch the skin underneath, relieving you of itching immediately, even though temporarily. Apply beard oil first, then start brushing.

Trimming should not come up right away. Ideally, you should wait about 12 weeks, to give your beard time to get thicker and fill in any patchy areas. Consider trimming with a straight razor, as it does not cause much irritation, especially compared with a beard trimmer. It will also help you avoid split beards and gives you a precise, close cut. 

Step 5: Eat Healthy

Proper nutrition will go a long way in keeping your beard healthy and free from itch. There are certain nutrients in your diet that can help nourish and strengthen your beard. Biotin, for instance is a natural hair growth supplement that can be found in chicken, wheat germ, whole grains cereals and a host of other foods

Other vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E also contribute to sebum production and are vital to keeping your skin and beard healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids are also great for normal and healthy hair growth. You won’t get these vitamins if you don’t eat right though. 

Limit or entirely cut out habits such as smoking, to give yourself a chance to achieve the healthiest beard and skin that you can. 

Stay ahead of the itch with our quality beard clay

Pro tip: don’t wait till beard itch jumps you. Head off the itch by establishing a daily care routine that keeps your skin healthy and your growing beard in fine fettle. 

Wondering about what products you’ll need to make the routine stick? Our specially formulated beard clay is enough to put you right. It’s made with a bucket load of wholesome ingredients you won’t ordinarily see on the beard care scene. That’s what makes them special and versatile enough to give you the full works for everyday care. 

Created and developed by a Special Forces (Green Beret), Vainglory beard clay provides shape without the stiffness of wax and soothes skin under both new growth and established beards. It’s the perfect utility weapon you need against beard itch. 

For many years, Vainglory's beard clay was only available if you were part of the in-crowd. Until now. Head on over to our shop to check it out.