Need to stop your beard dandruff? We’ve got you covered.

by Nicholas Karnaze March 31, 2017 2 Comments

Blog | How to stop beard dandruff | stubble and stache

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.

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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 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. 

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How can I get rid of it?
Fortunately beardruff is easily treated. (If you are experiencing significant symptoms, consult a medical professional.)

1. Use a beard wash
Keeping your beard and skin clean is the first step in preventing beardruff. Use a mild cleanser and gently scrub the skin underneath your beard. Exfoliation is an important step in removing the excess skin cells that can cause beardruff. You can read more about how to properly wash your beard here.
Another factor to consider is water temperature. While we all enjoy a piping hot shower, hot water can cause dry skin. Turn the temperature down a few degrees to turn up your beard game.

2. Hydrate or die, er, itch
Since dry skin is the primary cause of most beard dandruff, it’s important to keep the skin beneath your beard well moisturized. This will help prevent your skin from drying out and shedding flakes. While most recommend a beard oil, we prefer a specialized facial moisturizer designed for men with facial hair. Beard oils are wonderful, but when it comes to caring for the hair and skin underneath, specialized moisturizers can't be beat.

3. Groom (everyone is doing it)
Once you are cleaned and hydrated, brush or comb your beard. This will help distribute your beard’s natural oils and remove excess skin cells.


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.

  1. Wash your face and rinse your beard daily. Wash your beard with a beard wash twice a week, or as needed.
  2. Use an exfoliant once a week to help remove dirt and debris. This will also wash away dead skin cells, microorganisms and promote new cell growth.
  3. Hydrate your skin and beard with a quality dual beard and facial moisturizer or beard oil.
  4. Brush your beard.
  5. Go forth and dominate your day.

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 ;)

Have a question? Drop a comment below.


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Nicholas Karnaze
Nicholas Karnaze


Warfighter turned entrepreneur. Founder, stubble & 'stache. Grooming expert. Skincare nerd. Marine Corps combat veteran.

2 Responses

Brandon - stubble & 'stache
Brandon - stubble & 'stache

April 05, 2017

Hi Katie,

We are actually working on a special scrub to solve that very problem! For an actual exfoliant, I prefer naturals like crushed apricot seeds…have also used fresh coffee grounds. If you want to buy a scrub, personally I have used St. Ives Apricot Scrub and it seems to get the job done. Ensure it is used sparingly and tell your husband not to scrub too hard as that can cause tears in the skin.


April 01, 2017

Do you have a recommendation for an exfoliant!? I’ve been trying to find something for my husband to use for a while now! Thanks!

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