An itchy beard is one of the main reasons why men shave frequently.
I literally talked to 3 different guys at my last family get together who remarked that they wish they could grow a beard but that they hate the early stages when it’s itchy.
I told them about our products, of course, so they should be bearded next time I see them.
Instead of persevering for another week or so, they cave in and ruin what could have been an amazing beard.
Obviously this hurts my bearded heart, so we’ve spent some time figuring out why your face itches when growing a beard, and what you can do about it.
Beardruff (beard dandruff), and beard itch, usually go hand in hand.
Not only are you going to be scratching your face every day if you start your growth period off wrong, but every time you scratch, a nice shower of skin flakes will fall onto your shirt.
That’s horrible. Of course you would shave at this point.
So is there any way around it? Can you actually stop this from happening or make the growing process easier?
The answer is yes, and here’s how I know.
I spent over a year growing a beard.
I didn’t even trim it for like 10 months, so it got big and unruly.
It didn’t look great, honestly. But the reason I did it was so that I would have a wide understanding of what our customers go through on their bearded journeys.
You see, with our premium beard balm and beard brush, it’s great that they contain some of the best ingredients available, and come with our 100% money back Gentleman’s Guarantee…but if they don’t actually work, I won’t sell them, plain and simple.
We’ve actually given up on products that don’t work even if they’d make us money.
Anyway, I grew out this large beard to figure out how my customers were using our products, what pain points were felt as the beard grew in length, etc.
I finally got to the point where I had trimmed it up nice, I liked what I was seeing, I had a pretty crazy mustache.
Then after a couple more months, it was just time for a change.
So I went nuts and shaved the beard off.
Let me tell you, I’m still smarting. I can’t wait for the beard to grow back in. BUT…I did it as an experiment to see how our shorter bearded customers were dealing with growth and using our products.
It gave me the opportunity to potentially experience beard itch first hand.
I didn’t do a lot, but the moral of the story is this: I had very minimal itch and no long-term beardruff. In fact, the only experience with beardruff was an ill-advised attempt to use shampoo regularly.
Again, it all comes down to testing here.
Anyway, enough about me, let’s jump in and see how you can reduce your discomfort.
You’re not doing anything wrong.
This happens to a TON of guys, so there must be some reason behind this crappy phenomenon.
The very early stages can actually be caused by shaving. Shaving with a bad blade, bad technique, bad cream, etc., can wreak havoc on your face.
As you shave the hairs on your face, they are cut at rough, sharp angles, or even pulled while being cut. If pulled, it’ll irritate the skin from which they were pulled. If cut poorly, when they grow in, the sharp, jagged edges will irritate the skin.
You might be familiar with razor burn. This is like the super early stages of itch, and many men just take this as a given.
We won’t get into shaving specifics here, as there are much better resources out there to help you in that regard…plus you won’t be shaving anymore once you get past the itchy phase and grow an amazing beard, right?
Anyway, as your beard grows and you get the first few days of stubble, your face may experience some dryness thanks to the appearance of the new hairs.
Combine that with the fact that the beard hairs will actually be trapping some of the oils and dead skin cells that would otherwise be shed from your face naturally, and you get a pretty miserable environment for your face.
In some cases, it is literally a matter of waiting it out, but even so, you can usually minimize the effects by following our advice below.
TIP: In regards to getting past the itch, we recommend that you pre-commit to a certain time period. Just completely commit to 1 month without shaving and no matter what happens, know that that’s your decision. After 1 month, feel free to re-evaluate, but at least you’ll be evaluating style and length, rather than itch.
Alright so here was my process in a nutshell.
Put another way:
Don’t dry it out even more.
Let’s break that down a bit now.
In the shower, just give your beard a good rinse.
Nothing more, nothing less.
You’ll remove any product you’ve put in from the day before, you’ll help rinse the dead skin away, and you’ll remove any oil build up that occurred the day prior.
Use your hands to rub your beard, but that’s literally all there is to step one.
This is one of the biggest mistakes I think men make with their beards.
No matter the length, they’re shampooing it to death.
As a matter of fact, this is the biggest problem with men’s hair, I’d wager.
There’s this idea that shampoo must be used to clean the hair, and so since we don’t want to be “dirty”, we have to use shampoo daily.
This is actually not good for your hair. In fact, most women you talk to will tell you that OBVIOUSLY they do not shampoo daily. That would just be stupid.
What happens is that the shampoo cleans the hair so much that it strips the natural oils from the hair. So when you’re talking about a new beard, with a dry face underneath, the LAST thing you want to be doing is drying the hairs out even more.
So if you’re going to shampoo, you can pick up a good natural beard shampoo, or else just use a decent quality shampoo (I like those with Argan Oil), once or twice a week.
This is absolutely essential and probably the main thing that helped me.
Even if your beard is a millimeter of stubble, use a balm.
A balm, when rubbed between your hands, will melt into an oil, so use our Virtu balm for that.
The balm contains natural moisturizers, but also contains things like beeswax and shea butter to lock in the nutrients and essential oils so that you’re getting the full moisturizing power through the day, without clogging up your pores.
OK so using a beard moisturizer may be the biggest reason for my success, but brushing daily may be the biggest secret here.
It helps to distribute the oils naturally, but it also helps clean, which at this stage is super important.
The bristles are firm enough for a longer beard, but actually feel pretty good scratching against your face with some early growth.
In terms of cleaning, the bristles will grab the dead skin and whisk it away from your face, and help remove any oil build up that would otherwise rest against the face, which would have the potential to clog pores and itch.
So even though you may get a bit of itching throughout the process, likely due to the last shave you got, there are ways to get around the vast majority of the itch.
The use of beard balm or oil and regular light brushing will do wonders to your early stage beard growth, and will get you past the point where you’d otherwise want to shave it off.
Combine that with some pre-commitment, and you’ll be at month one in no time.
From that point, you have more decisions to make, like whether to keep growing it for length, trim it to style as you await further growth, and what your grooming routine should look like…but at least you won’t have to worry about getting past that horrible first stage!