Beard balm vs. beard oil for dry skin

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Congratulations! If you have gotten this far in your beard journey, chances are that you have gotten past the beard itch and the first weeks of self-doubt. That’s quite an achievement since a lot of people can’t man it out.

You’ve started to realize that there are tons of products on the market. Beard balm, beard oil, beard shampoo, beard pomade, beard wax. The list goes on and on with no apparent end.

But today we raise the question, should you buy beard balm or beard oil if you have dry skin?

I will not keep you hanging on this one. To put it quite short, beard oil is for moisturizing your skin (for example a remedy for dry skin) and beard balm are more of a styling product with oily properties for medium to longer beards.

I would suggest that you go out and buy both a good brand of beard oil and a good brand of beard balm. I will link a few amazon-links below from brands I trust.

Viking Revolution – Beard oil
Viking Revolution – Beard balm

Beard oil

If you’re a frequent reader on this blog, you probably already know how much I talk about beard oil and its properties.

Beard oil is one of those things that should be the first thing you buy if you’re starting to grow your beard out. Well, maybe after a trimmer/razor…

It really helps out in the early phases of your beard growth. It helps with beard itching, it helps with grooming, it helps with beard dandruff. It’s one of those things that you just cannot recommend enough.

  • And if you want to read more about beard oil and how to even make your own click here to read my post about it!

I would recommend using a beard brush to help distribute the beard oil evenly throughout the whole beard. It will help keep your beard fresh, soft, and tangle-free. Also, pick an oil with a nice scent, and it will definitely keep your partner happy!

Beard balm

I’ve read articles of brands trying to sell you beard balms as it is as crucial as beard oil. Let me tell you, it is not.

Beard balms are a really good product however when you’re starting to get a good size beard, not really before that.

They are really made to be thicker than beard oil, which translates to taking a long time for your skin to absorb it. Beard balms have a similar feel as a hair wax package.

If you heat up beard balms they turn liquid, but kept in a normal environment it will keep being a balm. This is because beard balms often have both coconut oil and beeswax in their ingredients.

What happens when you apply beard balm is that it takes longer to absorb by your skin than compared to beard oils.

As I mentioned earlier, the consistency of the balm is quite different compared to beard oil. If you apply it before you comb through it in the morning, it will help with both glow and shine, but also with keeping your beard in the particular shape you want it to stay in. A bonus is that it makes dealing with those hairs that shoot off in the wrong direction a lot easier.

So, what should you really use? Beard oil or beard balm?

That’s the million-dollar question. I would recommend actually buying both of them, but using them for different occasions. 

I would use beard oil for my daily driver, as my skin is quite prone to be irritated. But beard balm keeps my beard from spreading all over the place, so I would use that as well. This means that you can use both beard oil and beard balm. However, you need to be very careful not to use either of them too much. If you use them too much, you will look very greasy, and you’ve achieved actually the exact opposite of what you’ve wanted to accomplish.


Beard oil and beard balm are very different things, but share much of the same properties. Beard oil helps with irritated skin and is used best when you have a stubble / short beard. And beard balm is best used when you’ve started to grow some lengths, and you need to tame that wild mane of yours.

Both of the products can be used with each other, but you have to be very careful not to overdo it since it will make your beard look very oily, and we do not want that 🙂 .

Take care my bearded friends, and see you in the next post.

Have you tried making your own oil? How did it work out?

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Rick - Founder of Turbobeard

I've got my first hair on my face at about 15 years old. That's pretty early! It took me to about my 30's to consider growing it all out. After this decision, I've done tons of trial and error, and with that knowledge created this blog to help others in the same situation.

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