You’ve spent a long time growing and grooming your majestic beard, so you aren’t about to let beard dandruff, or beardruff as we call it in the biz, kill your vibe.If you suffer from this condition, rest assured you are not alone. Dandruff and beard dandruff are common, impacting more than 50 percent of the population at one time or another. Hell, we’ve had it a time or two. Well, and that one time in Mexico, but we don't need to talk about that.
What is it?
So what is beardruff? Simply put, it’s the result of a buildup of dead skin cells. Beardruff appears when the skin sheds faster than normal, resulting in a noticeable collection of snowflake-like skin cell clusters.
What causes it?
Before we can fix it, let’s address the potential causes of beardruff. While there is no single cause, the majority of beardruff is caused by one or more of the following: dry skin, microorganisms and sensitivity to skin/beard care products.
Dry skin: We’ve all had dry skin. That itch, irritation and associated skin flakes. While beard dandruff caused by dry skin is more prominent during colder months, it can strike at any time if you don’t properly care for your beard and the skin underneath.
Microorganisms: The most common of these little bastards is a fungus/yeast called Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (oil produced by your skin) and expels oleic acid, which can set off an inflammatory response in your body, causing more skin cells to grow, which ultimately flake off and...you get the gist.
Sensitivity to beard care and skincare products: Otherwise known as Contact Dermatitis, this occurs when your body is sensitive to specific ingredients in grooming products. This results in red, itchy, scaly and flaky skin.
How can I get rid of it?
Fortunately beardruff is easily treated. (If you are experiencing significant symptoms, consult a medical professional.)
Time to get in a routine
As men, we should take pride in our health and appearance. Here’s a simple routine to keep your skin and beard on point - and beardruff under control.
In closing, every man is unique. What works for one may not work for you. And as always, never hesitate to seek medical attention if you think you need it...and no, the internet doesn't count ;)
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