How To Do Skincare When You Have A Beard

We recently wrote about why skincare is important, and what you need in a basic routine. Our sources stressed that everyone, even men, should use sunscreen daily, and usually moisturizer, too. But one commenter piped up to ask: uh, what if I have a beard?

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That commenter is Platypus Man, and here is his exact question:

Any advice for beards? I know that just because a lot of my face skin is out of sight doesn't mean it should be out of mind, but I'm afraid that a lot of skincare measures are either made difficult by beards, made unnecessary by beards (sunscreen?), or is actively bad for them.

"A great question and a legitimate concern," says dermatologist Dr. Fayne Frey. It may be difficult to apply products like moisturiser, but you should still be thinking about sunscreen.

And sun is still a concern whether you realise it or not. "Although I have never diagnosed a sunburn (due to UVB rays) under a long haired dense beard," she says, "UVA rays, the long wavelength rays that cause ageing & skin cancer may penetrate the beard and cause long term skin issues under the beard."

If you have a short beard, it's best to apply sunscreen anyway — just pretend that the beard isn't there, and work in the sunscreen as best you can. A light sunscreen made for the face will probably be easiest to apply.

For longer beards, you may not be able to get total protection from sunscreen. A few things you can try:

  • Try to massage some in anyway
  • Stay out of the midday sun
  • Shade your face if you can, for example by wearing wide brimmed hats.

I also checked with Dr. Alan Parks, a dermatologist who wears a beard himself. He too recommends using sunscreen with a short beard. He also adds: "speaking from personal experience I think it's a good idea to use conditioner on the beard as it helps cut down on itching and irritation."


Comments

    as beard wearer (lol) you need to buy a beard brush. it gets rid of the skin cells. otherwise you look like you have dandruff all the time. so invest in a bead brush or something you have at home.
    also trim the beard every 2 weeks just a tad. and it will grow beautiful

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