Here is How to Get Rid of Beard Dandruff Once and for All

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Beard Dandruff: What It Is & Its Causes

Do you have dandruff on your beard? Do the flakes look similar to dandruff on your head? Do they leave your beard shiny and whitish just like dandruff? Do you use dandruff shampoo? Do you comb your beard as often as your head? If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you might not have a beard dandruff problem but a dandruff beard problem. You see dandruff can come from a lot of places on the face and body that you might not suspect. It can start earlier than your first beard and it can continue for years.

Here are things I did to get rid of beard dandruff once and for all!

Did you know there are over 200 different types of dandruff?

How You Can Get Rid of Beard Dandruff (A simple, illustrated guide)

Everyone wants to have an attractive beard, but it is not easy to attain.

This is one of the most useful and important grooming habits you need to develop.

Prevention is much easier than cure, which is a strategy you must adhere to if you want your beard dandruff to go away once and for all.

Here are some effective habits you can develop:

Always make sure the hair from your beard and head always interacts properly. They need to be well integrated. That is why you need to brush your hair and beard every day. Don’t use cheap brushes made of plastic that will eventually ruin your skin and beard. Use high-end boar or horse-hair brushes to keep your hair healthy and have it stay integrated. Try to use your fingers to brush through the hair instead of using a small comb. As you brush your beard, check for any potential signs of beard dandruff. Folliculitis usually indicates your hair is clean, but that your hair is out of your control (see section below, How to get rid of beard folliculitis).

Shampoo Your Beard

You will need very little shampoo for the whole beard, and it won’t take long to get the coverage that you need for the whole beard.

Use your beard shampoo and lather that up before pouring warm water over. Rinse off under the faucet.

Not all beard shampoos are created equal. When you start your search, it is very important that you know that some beard shampoos are made with harsh ingredients that could potentially be a problem for your skin.

Choose a beard shampoo for sensitive skin, and if you can, find one that is sulfate free. Make sure that the ingredients indicate that it is formulated for sensitive skin.

Stay away from beard shampoos that have menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree in them. These are all known skin irritants, and any face wash that has them should be avoided. Even if you haven’t had a problem with them in the past, if you have sensitive skin now, you might develop a problem.

The most important thing that you need to do for your beard dandruff is to wash it every single day with a beard shampoo made for sensitive skin.

Condition it With Beard Oil

Beard oil will improve the quality of your hair and prevent a dandruff problem. It’s very easy to make. It consists of a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil and some essential oils of your choice.

There are thousands of recipes for beard oil. If you want to end the itchiness, the oil usually contains a mixture of thyme, rosemary, sage, and tea tree oils. Simply massage the oil into all areas of the beard include the skin underneath. Do this twice a day.

While you are conditioning your beard and preventing dandruff, the beard oil will also help to treat any dandruff you already have.

Coconut and tea tree oils are the most commonly recommended. You can also use essential oils of cedarwood, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender to treat dandruff.

Use a beard brush

If you have dandruff in your beard, you would think it would be pretty easy to get rid of. However, many times, men find that it is a lot more difficult than it sounds. The first thing that you need to do is to start using a beard brush. You need to brush your beard right after you wash it. Making sure that you have gotten all of the soap out. In addition to having the dandruff, you are also going to have a softer beard.

Use a Beard Balm

Beard balms are a great way to condition and care for the skin underneath your beard and the beard hairs themselves. They are made from natural oils like jojoba and argan that are known for being moisturizing and deeply conditioning. The oils are also known to combat flakes, leaving your beard with a soft texture and clean looking.

Using a beard balm on a consistent basis will not only deeply condition and moisturize the skin and beard, it will also condition and exfoliate the hair. You'll experience softer, less frizzy, less itchy beard hairs. A beard balm will also make it easier to manage your beard. You will be able to style it any way you want without it getting all frizzy and getting out of control. Just apply the balm and brush it out to your desired style. Always wash your hands after styling your beard.

Beard balm is also used for a variety of other benefits. It's used to tame and style your beard, of course, but it's also used as an aftershave for the face, as an overall skin moisturizer, and as an all-natural deodorant. Because of its natural ingredients, beard balm will not burn or irritate the face in any way.

Eliminate Stress

Stress is often a major contributing factor for dandruff formation, particularly when it comes to facial hair. Individuals are known to produce high levels of scalp sebum in response to stress. This could be because stress stimulates the production of harmful hormones and enzymes or something else. What you must do is to identify the activities and people that cause stress in your life. Depending on the severity of the problem, you can either choose to avoid them or get help from a specialist.

This article will present you with tips on how to eliminate stress from your life and how to treat and prevent beard dandruff the natural way.

Dandruff is a flaking of the scalp i.e. the skin on top of it. More than that, it can also be referred as one of its symptoms and not a disease; it is sometimes accompanied with either dryness or greasiness of the skin, plethora of itchiness or even some rashes. This can affect any part of the body as in the case of dandruff in facial hair and chest hair. In this article, we are going to focus on the latter case.

Use a Lactic-Acid Cleanser

Lactic acid is a fatty acid that occurs naturally in some fruits and vegetables. It is also one of the main components of milk and a component of skin's natural acid mantle. When applied to skin, lactic acid tightens it and helps keep the skin firm.

Lactic acid is also an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and you may have heard of AHAs by now. AHA’s are a type of chemical exfoliator that works by weakening the ‘glue’ (protein) holding cells together. This removes the dead cells at the skin’s surface and reveals the brighter, smoother skin underneath.

What's not to like? Let me tell you. You must go easy with AHA’s as they are very sensitive to use when used incorrectly. This is the main reason why some people experience burning or redness from them. If you use a good lactic-acid cleanser, however, you will not face such a problem.

How do AHA's work?

It works by leaving your skin feeling much smoother and softer, but how it does that is really cool! When it exfoliates, it lifts dead skin cells and debris from your skin. Then, it absorbs excess oil that clogs your pores and leaves you with blemish-free skin.

Natural Beard Fighting Remedies

Before applying any of these remedies, let your beard dry naturally after washing. If you have a beard, it is sure to fall prey to beard flaking at some stage. Here are some useful natural remedies for the same:

Olive oil

The massaging of olive oil into the beard helps to nourish the skin and strengthens the beard hair. Olive oil is mild, safe and highly recommended.

Tea Tree Oil

It is a natural and effective home remedy for beard dandruff. Saffron, ylang ylang, rosemary and sandalwood are some other essential oils which help fight beard dandruff.


Sage is full of antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. To get rid of the itchiness and inflammation, boil one teaspoon of sage in 2 cups of water. Cool the solution and use it after rinsing your beard.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy for relieving wax buildup. Mix it with water, washing your beard and then use a beard conditioner.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a really great natural and cheap product for removing dandruff from the beard. Just mix baking soda with water and use it as a shampoo. Leave it for a few minutes and then wash it off. This will remove all that hard-to-get-rid of hair.

Healthy Diet

A healthy hair diet should include foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6. These essential fatty acids seal the outer layer of the hair shaft, reducing hair breakage. They also allow the cuticle to lay flat which makes the hair shinier and more manageable. Include these in your daily diet:

  • Salmon
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Watercress
  • Brocolli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Get Active

One of the first steps in beard dandruff recovery is to make sure you are getting plenty of exercise. When you exercise on a regular basis, your body sends more oxygen to the skin. Your beard follicles also get blood flowing to them, which is what is needed to promote hair growth.

A lack of oxygen is one of the major causes of hair loss and thinning, so it is critical to make sure that this is remedied immediately.

Make sure that you vary your exercises, because different activities will get you breathing more deeply and will work more muscles. A half-hour walk can already help considerably.

You can try swimming, hiking, weight lifting, jogging, yoga, dancing, boxing, or anything else you can think of, and you can even play a sport.

It is particularly advisable to practice some kind of martial art, because it not only improves your circulation and relaxes you, but also has other benefits such as acting as a natural antidepressant.

See a Doctor

If you can't get rid of the symptoms or your dandruff keeps recurring, it might be time to ask a doctor.

Hormonal imbalances or a hormonal imbalance can cause dandruff, and even some medicines. So it may be something that a doctor can easily fix by changing your medication or adjusting to the dosage.

Breaking it Down: A Sample Routine

Here is a sample routine you can use for softening and removing beard dandruff. Use it as a foundation for shaping your regular beard grooming routine, but feel free to tweak the schedule and use it as needed.

Use a beard shampoo.

These products are formulated to clean hair and remove dandruff. A good beard shampoo will contain natural ingredients that clean as effectively as synthetic chemicals.

Try this shampoo and conditioner for soft, clean, manageable beard.

Use an oil.

After you rinse your beard, follow up with natural oils that will condition and promote healthy growth. This means optimal hydration, reduced itchiness, and reduced dandruff.

Use a leave-in conditioner or beard oil like this.

Use an exfoliator.

Don’t underestimate the power of physical exfoliation! Skin cells built up on the surface of the beard are flaking off, dead follicles are rocking in their graves, and in the mix are the bugs, dirt, and junk that build up in the beard.

Use a beard brush.

At least 3 times a day, use a brush to remove dead skin and untangle beard hairs. Your hair will look better and grow better. A good brush will make the difference in the overall appearance of your beard.

Plan for the long-term.


You will shed dandruff forever. There is no cure for it. The good news is that you can prevent it from getting worse by taking care of your scalp.

The most important thing that you can do is wash your hair regularly with good sulfate-free shampoo and use natural shampoos.

An optional way to help is to buy anti dandruff shampoo that can be somewhat clinical. That is because they contain zinc pyrithione which acts as an anti fungal and will kill dandruff causing fungi.

It’s also good to reduce stress levels and wash your hair less often if there is a drop in your cortisol levels.