You've decided to grow a beard this fall, and that's fantastic! But wait on a second, whether you're growing a beard for better Tinder photos or to keep your face warm this winter, you'll undoubtedly hit some roadblocks as your new beard comes in. So don't be surprised if your face reacts negatively to the change and you get some nasty beard acne as a result. This follicular side effect is unsightly, unpleasant, and regrettably all too prevalent. However, the good news is that there is a simple remedy to your pimple problem.
When men grow beards or go from a clean shave to an unshaven look, we often find an increase in acne and ingrown hairs (which can look like acne blemishes). The reasons for this are numerous, but the majority are related to hygiene. Men are prone to ignoring beard hygiene, and beard hair can collect a lot of debris and bacteria, which can lead to acne.
Your facial hair gathers dust, debris, and bacteria that can cause pimples throughout the day. That pimple-causing bacterium grows if you don't wash your beard.
To help prevent and treat facial hair-related acne, men should wash their beards twice a day with a face cleanser, change pillows every few days, and pay more attention to grooming. Short beard hair, especially in persons with curly hair, can grow back into the skin and trigger a foreign-body reaction, resulting in red, uncomfortable lumps that resemble acne. The body recognizes its own hair as foreign and generates an immunological response against it.
We find less foreign-body reactions as the beard becomes longer, although acne can still be an issue if cleanliness is inadequate. If none of these measures work, a dermatologist can prescribe antibiotic medications to help prevent acne. If these issues persist despite medical treatment, laser therapy is an effective technique to remove troublesome hair follicles that create pimples."
- To keep your skin and beard clean, invest in a gentle facial cleanser.
- To avoid ingrown hairs, exfoliate as your beard grows.
- Remember to moisturize (dry skin clogs pores, causing more pimples).
Rinse and repeat as needed, and enjoy your new beard!