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by Matthew Rotter February 19, 2021 3 min read

Growing and maintaining a beard is a labor of love; it takes as much care as you give your hair. However, even some of the most majestic-looking and lustrous beards can hide a deep, dark secret—beard dandruff. There are a couple of factors why beard dandruff occurs, and any modern beardsman will do well to understand what it is and how to deal with it.

What is Beard Dandruff?

Beard dandruff, or “beardruff,” is the result of skin cells building up on the surface of your face. Typically, the accelerated shedding of those dead skin cells is what causes those snowflake-like specks that you see falling from your beard.

What Causes Beardruff?

Generally, there are several possible causes of beard dandruff. The most common cause of having beardruff is dry, itchy skin. In fact, the irritation caused by dry skin produces flakes, especially during the cold winter months. Some facial products also strip the oils (sebum) that nourish your skin, resulting in extensive skin dryness.

Likewise, there are microorganisms that can cause the production of dry skin cells.Malassezia, a type of fungus that feeds on sebum, excretes oleic acid that causes skin cells to grow and flake off. 

Getting Rid of Beard Dandruff

Now that you have a better understanding of the possible causes of having beard dandruff, you can start making some adjustments to your beard care regimen. Whatever the cause for your dandruff, it can be easily treated by following these three easy steps:

Exfoliate with a Beard Brush

The most natural step to do first is washing your beard––wrong! When it comes to the skin beneath your beard, exfoliating it first before stepping into the shower is the best option. Depending on the thickness of your beard, you need to use a beard brush. A soft brush is great for a thin beard, while harder brushes go well with thicker beards. Brushing also helps to detangle knots, exfoliate the beard, and pull the flaky skin out of your beard.

Clean Your Beard with a Lactic Acid Cleanser

After you’ve lifted some of the flakes when you used your brush, attacking the dead skin on the surface with a potent cleanser is the next step. This type of cleanser is effective at dissolving dead skin cells on the uppermost layer of your skin. After you’ve cleaned off all the dead skin, it’s time to hit the shower and use a beard wash.

Moisturize Your Beard

Once your beard is all cleaned up, it’s time to moisturize it. It’s best to use your preferred moisturizer for your face, but your beard should be treated with natural beard oil instead. Pump a few drops of oil and gently massage it on your beard and the skin underneath. Beard oils not only moisturize but also fortify your skin, preventing fungi from spreading.


Like any hair in your body, your beard also requires a decent amount of TLC to keep it lush and healthy. Nobody wants an itchy and irritated beard due to dandruff. For this reason, you must exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize your beard every day to make sure it’s always hydrated and flake-free. Furthermore, your cleaning regimen will be more effective when you use the right grooming products for your beard to ensure a rich and vibrant appearance all the time. 

Are you looking for premium qualitybeard and skin care products? Then you have come to the right place. At The Unshaved, we only use all-natural ingredients for our soaps, cleansers, and beard oils for men. Visit our store today to get all your beard grooming needs!

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