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If you’re experiencing beard dandruff, rest assured that you’re not alone. Beard dandruff, also known as “Beardruff”, occurs for a variety of reasons and can be a serious pain for both newly bearded and seasoned veterans. In this article, we’ll be going through causes of the dreaded “Beardruff” and what you can do to help combat it.

What Causes Beard Dandruff:

Beard dandruff is a condition that a plethora of bearded dudes deal with. Similar to dandruff, beard dandruff causes those pesky white flakes and red, irritated skin to appear in your facial hair.

The culprit of beard dandruff, Malassezia globosa, is a fungus present on everyone’s scalp and face. The fungus helps break down oil produced by glands on your face, leaving behind oleic acid. The leftover oleic acid irritates the skin. The more naturally oily your skin is, the more globosa your skin will have, leading to more oleic acid. Even though we’ve all got it, only about 50% have a negative reaction.

The change of the seasons, which can affect your skin’s ability or inability to produce oil, can also have an impact on beard dandruff. Get to know your face and how it might react based on humidity levels or in cold/hot weather.

How Do I Know if I Have Beard Dandruff or Something Else:

The symptoms for beard dandruff are pretty simple to diagnose and extremely similar to that of the more common scalp dandruff. You might experience an itchy beard or see white flakes on or in the area of your beard. If that is paired with redness and irritation, 9 out of 10 times, you have dandruff of the beard. If you’re not sure, see a doctor.

Our non-medical beard dandruff prescription can be seen below.

Three Steps to Combatting of Beard Dandruff:

  1. Exfoliating is key. The correct beard brush will help remove dead skin and distribute the oils under your beard. You will want to look for one with soft, but firm bristles. You need a brush that will be able to gently massage the skin under the beard while being able to get through the coarse beard hair. That is why we prefer boar’s hair brushes. They can stand up against the beard, while still being gentle on the face.
  2. Washing your face regularly. Look for those that are all-natural products without man-made scents that could dry out your face. Yes, you could use the same shampoo on your face as you do for your hair, but if you find that too be too harsh, give a cleaning product specifically designed for beards a shot instead.
  3. Keep your beard hydrated. This seems obvious, but you never know. We prefer a thicker oil that allows the moisturizer to sink beneath the hair, onto the skin such as Bossman’s Jelly Beard Oil, which is 2x thicker than normal beard oil without being oily. (See more of our favorite products below.)

Our Bossman Brotherhood is a great place to seek advice, ask questions, and connect with fellow bearded humans!

Bossman Staff Beardruff Go-Tos:

As outlined above, there are several go-to products we make to help with beard dandruff. Below are just a few of our staff’s favorites:

Bossman Beard Soap: Our all-natural beard soap contains no artificial dyes or scents that will dry out your face. It is packed with moisturizing ingredients like sunflower and coconut oil, plus exfoliating oats.

“The smell is AMAZING but besides that, I like being able to use it on my beard, body, and hair. One bar is all you need to exfoliate and small great.” - Stan, Marketing

Jelly Beard Oil: Formulated with tough beards in mind. It’s still fluid enough to penetrate to your pores, but increased viscosity increases the oil’s ability to trap moisture. Jelly Beard Oil is an all-day skin and beard moisturizer. It is 2x thicker than other beard oils for all-day shine without the extra grease.

“Our Jelly Beard oil is a thicker viscosity that outperforms your typical thin beard oil, helping to keep your beard moisturized all day long.” - Stephen, Founder and CEO

Bossman Beard Brushes: why use our brush… better price but nothing that makes it that much better. Get al in one place?

“It’s just a good brush. Period.” - Corey, Head of Shipping