Are you Washing your Beard Too Much?

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So how often should you wash your beard? Well it depends on a few factors...

Work/Life Environment

If you work in a dirty environment you will want to wash your beard daily to prevent any build up in your pores which can cause beard acne, beard ruff and inflammation. Just make sure to use a good conditioning wash or oil or balm afterwards to rehydrate the facial skin and hairs.

If you live in a hot and dry place, then washing your beard too much can cause over drying especially if you are using a harsh none beard specific shampoo. The key is to keep your facial skin and hairs hydrated. Letting a day or two of your natural oils build up may be beneficial. Oiling and blaming your beard daily will also be beneficial.

If you live or work in extreme cold the key will be to keep your facial skin and hairs hydrated to prevent breakage or over drying. Yes, your beard hairs can freeze and break. Not to mention the cold temperatures can cause your skin to crack. You will want to wash your beard based on your skin type below.

If you live or work in extreme hot or cold conditions our Outdoorsman Whisker Whip is an excellent option as it was specifically formulated to keep the facial skin and hairs conditioned and hydrated throughout the day using emollient butters to lock in the moisture and humectants to pull in moisture from the air for all day hydration.

Skin Type

If you have oily skin you will want to wash more frequently to prevent any build up in your pores which can lead to beard acne or beardruff.

If you have dry skin then you will want to wash every 2-3 days to prevent over drying out your skin. The exceptions would be the type of wash you are using as there are some that won’t leave your skin dry like our Whisker Wash and if you balm or oil daily as it will help keep your skin hydrated.

If you have combination skin with the classic T Zone then you are able to wash daily providing you are using a quality beard wash.

All 3 skin types can wash daily with our all natural Whisker Wash as it is the only wash on the market that exfoliates, cleans and conditions the facial skin and hairs. The exfoliant removes the dead skin cells and grim to prevent build up, cleanses the facial hairs and skin, then conditions leaving the facial skin and hairs hydrated and conditioned. WeirdBeard and I use it daily!

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Beard Type

If your beard is thinner and wispy you may find that washing more frequently will allow the hairs too look fuller and less straggly. Also finer hairs tend to get greasy faster.

For thick curly and coarse beards washing every 2-3 days or so may be a better idea because of the restricted air flow and because course hairs tend to be more susceptible to breakage if too full of water.

Quality of Products

The quality of product you use on your beard will also determine how often you wash your beard. If you use something that is harsh and overly drying, then you will not want to wash as often. Comparably something that is conditioning and emollient you can wash with it daily.

It is important to point out that what you wash your head and body with should not be the same thing you wash your facial skin and hairs with.

Find you a good quality beard specific wash or soap. The difference in your beard will be night and day compared to just washing it with regular shampoo or a bar of soap.

Also, read the ingredients. Whether all natural is important to you or not you should always be aware of what you are putting into or on your body.

Quality of Water

The quality of your water will affect how often you wash your beard. Hard well water or city water with a lot of chemicals can dry your beard out whereas soft well water may make it feeling more greasy.

Final Thoughts

Your work/life environment; beard and skin type; quality of products used and quality of water will all affect how often you wash your beard. However, what it boils down to is wash your beard based on how greasy or dry it feels. Just keep in mind that the key to a nice beard is healthy, hydrated and clean skin.


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