Flaky skin under your beard? – How to fix beard dandruff

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So you’ve probably heard of dandruff on your scalp. But did you know that you can get dandruff in your beard? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably searched for potential cures and ended up on our webpage, so hello there! This article will address the issue of flaky skin under the beard, which most likely are beard dandruff.

A lot of the times when I talk to both friends, family, and even strangers that are just small talking for example in the pub or in the queue, I get asked the question; “Doesn’t that beard itch?”. I get this so often. And to be completely honest (and this might be upsetting to a few of your reading this), I NEVER had any issue with an itching beard. Of course, I had the beginning of an itch, but then I researched the subject and came up with knowledge on how to combat it, and learned how to make it go away.

This seems to be the #1 factor on why people are afraid of growing a beard! They save it for a week or two, then they start to get this beard itch and in a desperate attempt to just go back to “normal”, the shave it off…

But do you think the itch goes away after shaving the beard off? No! At least not at first. Your skin is so dried up that it will take a few days of either moisturizing or your natural oils to fix your skin. And this my friends, are the key concept of growing a beard in the long run.

Anyway, Firstly we need to take a moment to talk about what beard dandruff really is. Keep reading and we will get into detail exactly what causes it!

So what is beard dandruff?

Everyone’s skin contains a microbe that’s called Malassezia globosa. Which actually is a kind of fungus that grows in oily areas of your skin, including your face and also your scalp.

We often think of fungus as something bad, but in this case, the fungus helps to break down what is called sebum. Sebum is an oil that is produced by your sebaceous glands. And the bi-product of this is oleic acid, and that can cause people to get irritated skin. If you have oily skin, chances are that you have more of the microbes described above.

If you do not have irritated skin, you might only suffer from dry skin. Which just a buildup of oils and skin cells. This can be easily fixed with just changing your beard and face washing routine.

Is there a fix?

So we’ve established what beard dandruff is, dead skin cells. And a way to get rid of these is to do a combination of a few things. Moisturizing, washing and exfoliating are a few of the things you should try. Let us break it down and explore what you can do to save the day!

You are probably doing this without realizing it. Exfoliating is a process that removing dead skin cells. If you have a beard already chances are that you own a beard brush, if not, go and buy one asap. I’ll link a few below from brands I use. Remember to brush lightly, otherwise, you’ll probably make dandruff worse by scraping the skin underneath your beard.


A brush also helps you spread the natural oils from your skin, and also if you use any kind of beard balm or oil it helps to spread them as well.

Brushes I use

This is the perfect size for everyday carry. I have it in the same pocket as my cardholder. It’s quite thick so it doesn’t feel noticeable in your pocket. However, I couldn’t last a day without it!

I use this when I do my mourning routine. I actually have a few of these in different shapes and sizes. They help me smudge out the oils so I get good coverage. But it also helps with taming the messy hairs that shoot off in the wrong direction.

The use of this one is similar to the one of the left. However, I always have this one in my car since it takes up way less space. It’s good for when you just need to fix your stray hairs on to go.


There are tons of beard shampoos out there, each with nice smells and properties. However I would argue that you don’t need them. They’re nice but regular shampoo works just fine for your general beard care. However if you do suffer from dandruff in your beard you could get a non-prescription medicated shampoo that is designed to treat dandruff specifically.


I’ve mentioned this time and time again on this blog, you need to get moisturizing into your routine. Moisturizing helps rehydrate your skin and protect it after you’ve washed it. I prefer beard oils, but you can also use beard balms.

Take a look at this article where I explain how to make your own beard oil!

Use the beard oil by dripping a few drops into your hands and then massage it into your beard and skin. Start from the sides and then work your way down to the bottom. If you use a beard brush you get a more even distribution of the oil. But please remember this is an oil we’re talking about. It will leave a residue on your hands and fingers, so do not forget to wash your hands with soap afterward. Otherwise, you’re going to end up on oily stains on your clothes or maybe even on your furniture (you don’t want that!).

So there you have it. Now I’ve hoped you’ve learned what beard dandruff is, and what causes it. Also, we’ve talked about three steps on how to help you get rid of beard dandruff.

When it comes to beard oil and moisturizing I have a post detailing just about what the different kinds of oils are made of, and even how you can make your own oil! That’s pretty a pretty amazing gift to your friends or maybe even on fathers day. There are services that can help you print a logo of your choosing to make that beard oil flask just a little bit better. I would argue that maybe the ultimate father’s day gift (me being a father myself) would be a homemade beard oil and some homemade IPA. IPA for the uninitiated is short for India pale ale beer ;).

To read more about these topics, I recommend you check out these posts:
How to use Beard Oil
How to take care of a beard – summer edition

Have you experienced beard dandruff before? How did you manage it?

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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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