Will Beard Oil Cause Acne

washing the face with acne cleanser and shampoos can cause dry skin and hair. Skin moisturizers are the best option for men who don't have a beard. To replenish the moisture in their skin and hair, men with beards will often use beard oil. 
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Beard oil is very popular right now. It can help condition your beard, as well as replenish the natural oils lost from your skin when you cleanse it. There are many beard oils brands and types available. However, not all products are the same. You may have noticed reddening, irritation, and pimples after using a certain beard oil.

Over-washing the face with acne cleanser and shampoos can cause dry skin and hair. Skin moisturizers are the best option for men who don't have a beard. To replenish the moisture in their skin and hair, men with beards will often use beard oil. Unfortunately, some beard oils can clog pores, which can lead to acne breakouts.

How Your Skin Type Impacts The Effectiveness and Value of Beard Oil

This is the most obvious but crucial thing you should remember. It's important to seek medical advice before applying any cosmetics (including beard oils) to your skin if you are experiencing persistent acne breakouts. 

It could be a problem with your skin's pH, natural oil production, bacterial proliferation, hormone levels, or other factors. Using cosmetic products including beard oil can cause acne or breakout.

Even if you don't have any acne problems, it's possible that you have oily skin. This can lead to pimples under your beard. This is because the natural oil, or sebum, can fuel the growth of pimple-forming bacteria. 

A beard oil, even if it is a good one, will not benefit you if you have naturally oily skin. People with oily skin produce enough oils to moisturize their skin naturally. They would not require a beard oil unless their beard is very long and drying at the tips. Applying beard oil or beard balm to the ends of your hair will keep it healthy and prevent split ends.

The other end of this spectrum is those who have normal to dry skin, and don't experience any ongoing breakouts. A properly formulated beard oil should not cause problems, but instead will only moisturize and soften the skin and hair.

What Beard Oil Ingredients Can Cause Acne?

Beard oils can contain ingredients that are known to be comedogenic. This means they clog pores. 

"Comedo" refers to a blocked hair follicle. The plural of "comedones” is "comedo". 

Blackheads are open comedones that have been "capped" by blackened debris. When most people think about a pimple, they are likely to be the closest thing to a closed comedone, or whiteheads. These are often filled with yellowish or white pus from a bacterial infection.

The most common ingredients in beard oils that are comedogenic include:

  • Almond oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut butter
  • Soybean oil
  • Safflower oil

Because those ingredients are known to clog pores and irritation for beardsmen, we do not use them in our Kingly Beard Oil. Essential oils may also be found in many beard oils.

These oils can be irritating for sensitive skin types. Your skin may become red, itchy, or stinging and burning due to allergic reactions to essential oils in your beard oil. 

Some essential oils only cause an allergic reaction when they are exposed to sunlight in certain situations. If you have a rash or experience acne, this is something to consider.

What are the best beard conditioning ingredients for sensitive skin?

To keep their skin moisturized and to maintain their facial hair's softness and grooming, many men use beard oils. These are the top ingredients to look out for, especially if your skin is sensitive.

  • Argan oil. Oil is a great ingredient for dry skin. Argan oil is high in both omega-6 and omega-3 fat acids. It also contains vitamins A, E, and V. 

  • Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is also known to soothe inflammation and moisturize the skin. Jojoba oil is high in vitamins E, B. Jojoba oil is not an oil. It is a wax ester, which is similar to natural human sebum.

Jojoba oil is the best beard oil to use for people suffering from acne.

Jojoba oil is similar to human sebum in many ways. The skin can become more clogged if it produces too much sebum. Your skin will not produce any more sebum if you apply jojoba oils.

Science has shown that jojoba oil is not only sebum-imitating but also has many beneficial properties such as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and wound-healing.

  • Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an effective ingredient for skin with acne.

Unscented beard oils are best for sensitive skin. Many fragrances, both synthetic and natural, can irritate sensitive skin. Learn more about the benefits of different oils for your skin here.

How to apply Beard Oil

  1. Start with a clean face and beard. Begin by washing your face with the appropriate products.
  2. Your beard should be dry.
  3. Use a few drops oil on your hands to rub them together.
  4. Gently run your fingers along the sides of your beard. Next, move your hands down to the front and under.
  5. Use a comb or a brush to groom your beard and give it the perfect look.
  6. Your skin type and needs will determine the frequency at which you apply beard oil. To test your skin's reaction, apply the oil every other day or every three days.


To get rid of any breakouts, we recommend that you use a mild men’s face wash. This will remove dirt and other debris from your follicles. Regular cleansing is necessary to remove oil and dirt.

Then, follow it up with a beard conditioner. After you have rubbed your beard dry, apply a few drops of our beard oil to the skin. Over the next few weeks, you will notice a reduction in inflammation and clearer skin.

You now know what ingredients in beard oil won't clog pores. Why not browse our selection of beard oils, balms and beard shampoos made in North America?

Bottom line

A good beard oil will help keep your hair and skin hydrated and smooth. To find the right oil for you, make sure to read the ingredients.

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