A common question we get at Beard Beasts is "How To Treat Beard Acne". Perhaps you are growing your facial hair to hide your acne, but your acne is actually getting worse or perhaps you have rocked a man mane for while but your acne hasn't cleared up.
Acne is actually fairly common when growing a beard. I remember 15 years ago when I attempted to grow a beard for the first time I suffered from beard acne. I made the same mistake that many do when suffering from beard acne, I shaved my beard off.
I would recommend that you hold off on the razor for now. There is a chance of clearing that beard acne up. I am not going to lie, it will take some time and effort on your part, but if you are consistent, then your end result should be beard acne free.
How is your diet? Does your diet revolve around processed foods and refined sugars? Did you know that both of them cause inflammation of the follicle?
Refined sugars and processed foods actually cause your blood sugar levels to spike, which causes your insulin levels to spike. If there is too much Insulin in your blood, it can cause your skins oil to produce quicker.
By cutting out refined sugars plus processed foods and replacing them with veggies and whole grains, it can actually help in fewer outbreaks.
Don't forget your healthy fats like your omega's that are found in fish. We have mentioned previously on a separate article how important them fats are in your beard journey.
You should also look add some more foods high in zinc into your diet (beans and nuts).
Wash Your Face More
When men decide to grow a beard, they can sometimes think that having a skin care routine for your face isn't necessary anymore, but truth be told, when bearding it, you should actually have an even better routine for your face.
The truth is, beards collect bacteria, dirt, grime, fill up with dead skin cells and more, all of which can cause acne by clogging the pores in your skin.
Now curly haired beards end up suffering worse, as the facial hairs end up growing curly and grow back into your skin, which causes major irritation to your skin and usually causes ingrown hairs.
We would recommend that you wash your face twice daily, day and night using a facial cleanser.
One cleanser we recommend is Men’s No-Nonsense Charcoal Cleanse, this particular cleanser contains Charcoal and Rosemary Leaf Extract.
Charcoal works to suction out dirt and impurities from pores to prevent breakouts.
Rosemary Leaf effectively removes impurities from the skin due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Why do we recommend you start exfoliating? Well to prevent ingrown hairs, we need to get rid of the dead skin cells and excess sebum (skins natural oil).
We like the M3 Naturals Activated Charcoal Scrub. Not only does this awesome exfoliator remove dead skin cells and impurities from your skin, it also contains oils that will penetrate the skin and provide great nourishment to help heal your skin.
Don't Forget To Moisturize
Once you have washed your face and exfoliated, we can now turn our attention to restoring the moisture to your skin.
We don't recommend that you skip this step as it will result in your skin drying out, which won't help your beard acne nor your beard hairs.
Hydration is essential for the beard hairs and the skin beneath your beard.
We recommend a light mens moisturizer, nothing thick or heavy as you will want to use it in the morning and prior to bed at night.
We really like Brickell Men's Daily Essential Face Moisturizer. It is made from 100% organic ingredients such as Aloe Leaf Juice and Green Tea Extract both of which have great healing properties and oils such as Jojoba Seed Oil, Peppermint Leaf Oil and Lemongrass Oil, which contain great moisturising properties and it comes added with Vitamin B-3, Vitamin E, great vitamins for the skin.
I hope this article on How To Treat Beard Acne was helpful and you use these tips to help with your beard acne.