6 Steps To Reach The Beard Itch Finish Line
There you are, well on your way toward attaining that dream beard of yours. Best of all, that special lady in your life is loving it as much as you. So what is putting a damper on your parade? Oh yes, an irritating itch is consuming your life. You feel like you have lice hiding in between your whiskers, and so does everyone who sees you scratching away like a wild animal.
You are at a crossroads. On the one hand, you want to keep growing that impressive beard you are sporting, gloating as you catch your manly reflection in the mirror as well as women admiring your handsome mug. On the other hand, you are on the verge of giving up on your facial mane because the itch is driving you insane.
Well, find solace in the fact that you are not alone with your dilemma. That very itch that you are experiencing has caused many beards’ demise because their owners chose the comfort of a clean-shaven face. If only all those men had known that a bearded face can be as comfortable as, if not more cozy than, a peachy baby face. All you have to do is find that beard itch finish line before your face gets completely scratched up.
Now is the time to listen to the advice of your wise veteran beardsmen who know the exact 6 steps to take to reach that finish line and put the grueling itch behind you.
So you demand to know what in the world is going on in that beard of yours, causing all that relentless itching. Well, it is neither a hoard of fleas nor a lack of hygiene. It is simply the result of shaved-off stubble growing through your skin causing you irritation and discomfort. In addition, the skin surrounding those hair follicles is suffering from dehydration, exasperating the problem. You may have even noticed dry flakes of skin falling from your beard. We refer to this dandruff as “beard-ruff.”
Enough of the doom and gloom. Let’s look right on to the end of the tunnel where hope is awaiting; let’s learn the 6 steps that will leave the itch in the dust.
Let’s get right down to the solution. Follow the following steps precisely and continuously so that you will get rid of the itch without having to part with a single facial hair.
1. KEEP IT CLEAN
You want to start off with a clean slate, so to speak. Your beard will catch many particles of food, beverages, pollution, dust, grime, and pollen throughout the day. The modern, civilized man does not just rub his forearm across his beard to get rid of all that gunk. That will just add fuel to your itch, not to mention the problems you will have with your lady when she sees those nasty shirt sleeves.
Let us make it as easy as possible for you. We will basically spell out exactly how to cleanse that awe-inspiring facial fur of yours.
Instead of rubbing the filth with your sleeve after each meal, you should rinse it off with water whenever you get a chance. Most importantly, though, you must dedicate a couple of minutes of every day’s shower time to your pride and joy, your manly beard.
Every day, you should at the very least let the warm stream of your shower water run over your whiskers for a minute or so to wash away the dirt. Additionally, every other day or so, you should use a cleanser specifically made for facial hair. Do not use it more than every other day because every cleanser strips your skin and hair of important oils as well as moisture.
Take your choice of beard wash or beard shampoo and lather it onto your facial hair. Work up a good lather, making sure you cover the entire area as well as reach all the way to the roots. Then rinse it all out completely, preferably with warm water to open up all your pores. Once everything down to your pores has been rinsed clean, switch over to cold water and let it run over your entire face so that all your pores will close back up. Finally, dry your facial hair and admire your squeaky-clean bristles.
2. CONDITION IT
Conditioner is not just for the fairer sex. Even the most macho beard benefits from a conditioner. Remember, there is nothing attractive about a grown, virile man scratching away at his facial hair. If hard bristles irritate your skin, then soft whiskers will mean the end of your itch. So open your mind and treat your whiskers to a bit of TLC in the form of beard conditioner (regular conditioner can be substituted, too).
In the shower, you can use conditioner after you cleanse your beard. A lot of beard shampoos already include conditioner. Whichever conditioner you choose, make sure you let warm water run over your face to open up the hair cuticle. Next, apply the conditioner. Allow it to soak in for a few minutes. Finally, rinse it out with cold water, which will seal the hair cuticle and lock the conditioner in. As a result, your hard bristles will change into soft, supple whiskers that won’t prick your skin, keeping the itch at bay.
3. LOCK IN THE MOISTURE
Your beard and the skin underneath are bound to get dehydrated, which will bring on dry skin and dandruff (beard-ruff). In order to avoid getting the accompanying itch, the trick is to provide a coat of natural beard oil to help keep moisture within your skin and hair.
Take your choice of beard oil and drip about a dime-sized amount into your palm. Rub your hands together, then apply the oil to your facial hair area. Massage it in from root to tip using either your fingers or a beard comb. For extra luxurious results, wet a wash cloth with hot water and place it lightly on top of your beard. The warmth will open up your pores to let the oil absorb more quickly. Once the towel has cooled off, it is time for the final step. Wet the cloth with cold water and lay it over your facial hair, reducing your pore size to seal in the oil.
4. TIME FOR A TRIM
So far, you probably let your whiskers grow without any intervention because you are aiming for a lot of length. Yet at some point, your bristles are long enough to require a little trim in order to avoid messy, tangled hairs to wreak havoc on your skin. So get your hands on a good quality beard trimmer and create some law and order in that chaotic jungle of whiskers.
While you are at it, look for any ingrown hairs as well. These need to be removed with tweezers so that they don’t get infected inside your skin. To finish off, use an electric razor or safety razor for the finishing touches.
5. PUT A BRUSH TO IT
Think of brushing (and combing) as putting your whiskers on the straight and narrow. You are putting them in line, giving them direction, leading the way. The result will be a sleek, smooth beard. There will be no more stray hairs sticking out in a bunch of random directions. Instead, all your bristles will be heading in the same direction, without any naughty ones bending the wrong way and causing a tickling, itching or pricking sensation.
Since your beard bristles are thick and coarse, you cannot use your girl’s regular hair brush if you want the best results. Just get online and purchase a good beard brush (avoiding the public humiliation). Once you are in possession of this tool, use it sparingly because brushing too much or too often can also damage hair. After your shower, dry your beard completely before running the brush through it. You don’t want to brush any hair when it’s wet because it can break the hair shafts. Other than that, you can do a few touch-ups with the brush whenever your whiskers are looking like they are getting out of line. That is all the brushing you need to do.
6. EAT A BALANCED DIET
Many of us already know that the health of a person’s hair reveals how healthful his diet is. This idea applies to facial hair as well. A lot of different nutrients play vital roles in the health and luster of all your hair. Those same nutrients tend to determine the health and comfort of your skin. If you want well-nourished facial hair and skin that won’t itch, you need to consume a nice array of nutrients.
One particular nutrient you should make sure to consume enough of is biotin, the B7 vitamin. Also known as vitamin H in reference to the German words “Haar” (hair) and “Haut” (skin), biotin is essential for maintaining your skin and hair in optimal health.
Since vitamin B7 is water-soluble, all unused amounts are regularly excreted via urine, so it needs to be consumed on a daily basis in the correct amounts. Two good sources of vitamin H are fish and eggs, which happen to be good sources of protein as well. Incidentally, protein is another important ingredient for healthy hair since the shaft is made from protein filaments. So by eating eggs, fish and anything else that contains protein and biotin, you are killing two birds with one stone.
Just remember, any itch you are experiencing around your facial hair is due to irritation of the skin in that area. It logically follows that you must get rid of all irritants in order to keep the itchiness at bay.
Wash away the accumulation of dirt and grime which can tickle the skin under your beard. 2. Condition your bristles so they will be too soft and supple to cause any pricking. 3. Apply beard oil to help lock in the moisture that will keep your skin hydrated and comfortable. 4. Trim off long, sharp whisker tips that could poke your skin. 5. Brush all hair strands in the right direction so they grow away from your skin. 6. Get the necessary nutrients to keep your skin and hair healthy. As long as you have healthy, hydrated skin and well-groomed facial hair, you are maintaining the right conditions for an itch-free zone.