How To Get Rid of Beard Dandruff?

man in suit with beard dandruff

If you have a beard and like wearing dark shirts like I do then you may have asked yourself "How to get rid of beard dandruff". If you have, we have answers for you here.

What is Beard Dandruff

Dandruff, which is common on the scalp, is a skin condition. Itchy, reddened skin that causes flakes is a common side effect. Sometimes, seborrheic dermatitis is called dandruff.

The same thing could happen to facial hair. This can cause white flakes or itching in the beard. Continue reading to learn about the causes of beard dandruff as well as how to eliminate it.

What Causes Beard Dandruff?

Skin Problems and fungal infections are two major causes of beard-dandruff. Dry skin occurs when the skin beneath the beard is washed with harsh cleaners or soaps. 

These products will clean your hair and the skin beneath it, but they can also strip your skin of the oils that nourish and keep your skin supple

The environment can also play a role in beardruff. Extreme heat and extreme cold are both drying climates. It is almost impossible to avoid dry flaky skin in them.

Fungal Infections

While less common, are still quite serious. Fungal infections are caused by yeast living on the skin being deprived of sunlight. The sun normally kills or slows fungal development. However, because of the beard blocking sunlight, the yeast grows, drying the skin and causing it to flake.

Malasseziaglobosa, a microbe found in the skin of most people, is common. This type of fungus tends to thrive in oily places with many sebaceous glands.

The fungus aids in the breakdown of sebum (oil produced by your skin's sebaceous cells). Oleic acid, which can cause skin irritations in some people, is also left behind. If you have naturally oily skin you will likely have more M. globosa microbes that produce more oleic acids.

Skin Problems

Some skin has a greater rate of cell turnover than others. This is the frequency at which your skin cells are renewed. The average cell turnover cycle takes 30 days. Dead skin cells can accumulate if the process accelerates.

If your beard is brittle, and you don't have any reddening or irritation underneath, it could just be dry hair. You can also build up oils and skin cells by not washing your beard enough.

It doesn't matter what causes your beard to itch, but you might notice it worsening in colder, dry conditions than it does in hot, humid environments.

Seborrheic dermatologtitis causes the majority of beard dandruff. This can make you feel unclean. It is caused by yeast growth on the skin, Malassezia.

Red skin becomes flaky and scaly as a result of the body's allergic reaction to yeast. The condition cannot be completely cured, but you can manage the symptoms.

How To Get Rid of Beard Dandruff?

Beard dandruff can be eliminated by creating a plan. This will allow you to eliminate dead skin cells, while also controlling oil production to prevent new flakes. Most people use a combination of exfoliation, washing and beard grooming. They also moisturize. No matter which routine or product you choose, it could take up to a week before you begin seeing results.


Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells. A beard brush is a great tool to help you take this step. Make sure it has soft bristles. Beard brushes are great for removing dead skin and oils. This can soften and make it easier to manage your beard.

Gently massage the skin underneath your beard using the brush before you clean it. Don't scrub your beard too hard. This can lead to dandruff getting worse.

black man exfoliating beard


This seems like an obvious thing, but it is important to regularly wash your hair. It is also important to check that the product you use doesn’t strip away natural oils from your skin or face. When it comes to your beard, regular shampoo and soap are not enough. Beard facial hair tends to be thicker and curlier than the hair on your head. This is why you need a Beard and Facial Soap.

If you haven't, you should. The shampoo that you use for your hair can also be used for your beard. A medicated shampoo for treating dandruff might be a better choice. These ingredients are known to fight dandruff.

  • Ricebran Oil
  • Sodium Laurate
  • Theobroma Cacao

Apply the shampoo to your beard. You want it to reach the skin below. It is best to allow it a minute or two to work before you start to rinse it out. 

Avoid using hot water. This can dry your skin further and cause it to become more sensitive.

You should be aware that shampoos meant for your scalp might be too harsh for your beard, especially if it is dry or sensitive. A beard-specific cleanser, such as this one, can help if your shampoo feels too drying.


As with any other part on your body, your beard deserves some love and care. A product such as our Kingly Beard butter will give your beard the moisture it needs. This helps to keep facial hair healthy and moisturized. It is recommended that your beard is conditioned at least 2-3 times a week.

It is essential to moisturize your beard in order to get rid of dandruff. After shampooing, moisturize your skin to hydrate and protect it.

Moisturizing is what you probably think of when you think about lotion. But, applying lotion to your beard can leave a lot of residue. Use a beard oil or butter instead.

Argan oil is a good option for those with acne-prone skin.

After cleansing your skin, immediately apply your moisturizer. Apply a few drops to your hands, and work it in between your fingers. You can start by using only one to two drops of oil to prevent buildup. If your entire beard feels a little too dry, you can always add some more.

Preventing Beard Dandruff

Now that you know how to get rid of beard dandruff, your next question is probably how do I keep it from coming back? To keep it from coming back in the future, wash you beard when you wash your face.

A good shampoo or beard soap will clean and nourish your beard and your skin underneath preventing build-up and excess oils that cause the mildew and bacteria that causes the dandruff.

Pick a Shampoo. 

There is a wide range of shampoos available that claim to treat dandruff. Look for shampoos that contain Citric Acid, the active ingredient.

Citric Acid can be used to kill fungus, and stop them from growing back. 

It's important that you keep your beard clean and free of any beard dandruff. Regularly monitor how your skin is feeling. Do you feel itchy or tight? Use a few more drops of beard oil. You may need to use an even richer moisturizer for cold and dry weather.

After your dandruff has subsided, you can stop using medicated shampoos.

Keep your hair healthy. You don't have to stop shampooing it. Maintaining a healthy beard and skin can prevent dandruff.

Properly Dry Your Beard

Your beard should not be left wet after a shower, or a walk in heavy rain. Your water's PH level can cause your beard to dry out or encourage fungal infections. Don't be too rough when drying your hair with a towel or a hair dryer. Too much heat can cause damage to the hair follicles, which in turn can lead to dryness. When blow-drying your hair, use the lowest setting. You should not use a towel to dry your hair. It can cause damage to your follicle roots, which can lead to beard breakage. Take care!

Brush Your Beard

Grooming your hair with a Comb or Brush feels great and can help you avoid beardruff. A brush can be used to exfoliate the skin as well as encourage blood flow. 

This allows you to evaluate the state of your beard's dandruff. You can use your beard brush to detect early signs. If there are a lot of flakes, that's a warning sign.


Natural oils, like those produced by your skin, prevent your skin's drying out and act to protect it from microbes. Flaky skin and fungus can be prevented by replacing lost or insufficient oils. Avocado, Jojoba, and argan oils have been shown to help restore moisture as well as prevent the spread of fungus. These oils are found in Kingly Beard Oil, Kingly Beard Balm and Kingly Beard Balm.


Beard health benefits. 

You need the motivation to do this? Beards aren't just for show. Beards have health benefits. Your skin is protected from the sun's UV radiations by having a beard. Beards reduce your chances of sunburn.

Winter months are also when beards keep you warm. Beards provide a protective layer on your neck and face that helps insulate your skin. A beard is good for keeping your skin healthy because cold weather can dry your skin.

The bottom line

You can grow it. Growing a beard takes patience. Do not give up if you are in the beginning stages. You can let your beard grow naturally so put down your razor or clippers.

Moisturize regularly. Ask your doctor about your skin and to recommend a moisturizer to protect your hair from dandruff. If you don't have enough moisture, your skin may become dry and irritated, which can lead to more dandruff.

Get enough sleep. This may sound absurd, but your body will function best if you get plenty of sleep. This also applies to the health of your beard. You will be healthier if you get enough rest.

Eat a healthy diet. For a healthy diet, nutrient-dense food is essential. You can keep your skin and beard healthy by taking the right vitamins and minerals.

It is common to have beard dandruff, but it can be easily treated with simple steps. In this article, we shared with you how to get rid of beard dandruff and prevent it from coming back. You should pay close attention to the hair and skin beneath your beard, no matter what treatment you choose.

Talk to your doctor if there is still no improvement after a few weeks. It may be necessary to use a prescription antifungal shampoo, or a topical steroid solution. Keep your routine intact once your dandruff is gone.

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