For many guys, autumn is the perfect time to grow a beard. Your new facial hair gives you a more rugged look, keeps your face warm on chilly days, and gives you an excuse to ditch your lengthy morning routine. But there’s one surprising side effect: acne.
There’s a common misconception that growing a beard is easy and maintenance-free. But on the contrary, growing a beard is just as involved as maintaining a clean shave. Throughout the day, your whiskers hold onto bacteria, dust, and dirt, making your face a prime breeding ground for pimples. In some cases, this can lead to ingrown hairs and the more painful pseudofolliculitis barbae (a.k.a. razor bumps).
Your best defense against beard-related acne is a solid care routine. You should wash your face and beard twice daily with a gentle cleanser. At this stage, your beard growth isn’t significant. Thus, a cleanser should be enough to remove dirt and filth. However, after a couple months of growth, you’ll need to switch to specialty products like beard shampoo.
Also, keep your facial hair hydrated with a beard oil conditioner. Dry pores clog more easily, leading to pimples. So, a little moisture goes a long way in preventing acne. A dime-sized amount is all you need to keep your hair and the skin underneath moisturized all day.
Lastly, men with curly hair are more prone to ingrown hairs and the resulting bumps. This is caused by their hair curling back into the skin, and it happens more in the earlier stages of growth. To prevent them, examine your beard closely and use tweezers to pick out the problematic hairs.
With a consistent cleansing, moisturizing, and preventative care routine, you can avoid the embarrassment and discomfort of beard-related acne.