First, we need to understand what causes beard bumps and skin irritation.
Skin Irritation and Dryness
Skin irritation can be caused by a reaction to a detergent, dye, fragrance, and dryness. During the early stages of beard grown, many will experience irritation due to new hair growth. In this stage of beard growth, it is important to keep your skin moisturized and condition. Protecting the skin is key. Moisturizing and conditioning the skin will prevent dryness and redness and will also treat the skin as new growth develops. Dry skin clogs pores, clogged pores will lead to pimples and break outs.
Beard bumps can also be caused from ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are cause from clogged pores that block the hair from growing straight. A dull razor and or shaving against the grain will also cause ingrown hairs. Products the cause the skin to be dry (like alcohol and some artificial ingredients) will also cause ingrown hairs. Dry skin clogs pores and prevent natural hair growth.
Now that we know the cause, what do we do about it? Here are a few solutions to prevent beard bumps:
- Exfoliating the skin will scrub away the dirt and dead skin which my cause the pores to clog. You should exfoliate your beard at least once a week. Continue this practice as your beard grows.
- Use natural ingredients. Natural ingredients will work with the skin instead of against it. Artificial ingredients, detergents, and dyes can lead to dryness and dandruff, and skin irritation. Always test products for allergens fist.
- Moisturize and Condition your skin. Dry skin clogs up pores. Keeping your skin moisturized will improve circulation and prevent redness. Use a quality beard oil, balm and or butter.
- Wash your beard once every week. Use a natural mild soap to prevent skin irritation and dryness.
- Use Witch Hazel rather than rubbing alcohol. Witch Hazel is an excellent astringent but does not cause dryness and is not harsh on skin as rubbing alcohol.