10 Reasons Why the Skin Under Your Beard Hurts: Stop Beard Itch & Pain

10 Reasons Why the Skin Under Your Beard Hurts: Stop Beard Itch & Pain

The Best Products for Beard Itch and Pain

In order to fight beard itch and pain, we first need to understand what makes a beard itchy in the first place.

We will also explore beard itch remedies like the best beard oils, beard balms, and other products that treat and soothe the irritated skin under your beard.

When the skin under your beard hurts, it is usually because your facial hair and skin have become too dry. We will go over many other reasons why later in the post as well.

Beard itch causes can be hard to figure out when you aren't sure what causes your facial hair to become too dry it in the first place.

Most regular shampoos are too harsh to use on facial hair because they contain strong surfactants which strips the hairs of its natural oils.

This is what happens to facial hair that feels "squeaky clean"; it has lost its natural protecting oils and has become dry to the point of breaking.

painful skin under beard

The problem is that these cleansing chemicals are too strong and cause irritation and strip away your natural follicle oil drying out your hair and skin.

Another major risk of using beard oil lies with synthetic fragrances often used by manufacturers. These fragrances are chemically derived and have no business being near hair or skin. They are best used in candles.

These fragrances smell nice but can irritate most people's skin making them think they have an allergy. In reality it's just common over-scented chemicals in their skin care.

Anti-itch beard oil

anti itch beard oil

Beard and Company doesn't use any of these synthetic ingredients in our beard oils. Our scents are only from high quality all natural essential oils that have actual benefits for hair and skin. We utilize these to create formulated products for specific beard issues.

Our scents are all natural and our beard shampoo doesn't contain harmful ingredients that will dry you out.

You can't go wrong with any of our beard grooming kits if you are experiencing beard itch or beard pain.

Our best selling kit is our beard growth kit with Extra Strength Growth Formula, our beard grooming kit with repair formula, and our beard shampoo and conditioner set.

Our popular Beard Grooming Repair Kit contains shampoo and conditioner plus our beard oil and balm with repairing formula.

These formulated beard grooming products contain exactly what you need to stop that beard itch and pain from returning. It will also keep it at bay and provide nearly instant relief to the area.

We use an all natural formula with tea tree that is known to wipe out dandruff, redness, irritation and flaking.

Our shampoo bundle utilizes the power of tea tree along with a blend of high quality peppermint oils that soothe and help fix your beard and dry skin.

Dry skin is not the only issue that causes beard itch and pain but it is the main one.

Continue reading to learn how to stop beard itching once and for all.

Beard Itch Causes

1. Oil and Debris Build-Up in Your Beard

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A common reason why your beard may be painful is because you have a build-up of oil and debris, giving you sore beard hair.

This build-up will remain on your skin and facial hair if not properly cleaned, causing itchiness and even the feeling of having a “hard beard”.

So how can you effectively remove a build-up of oil and debris from your beard?

Use a clarifying beard shampoo on your beard instead of using regular hair shampoos, body washes, or soaps.

Why? Because the hair on your face is much more delicate than the hair on your head so using harsh body washes, regular hair shampoos, or soaps will strip your beard of its natural protective oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to breakage and beard split ends.

Our clarifying beard shampoo is formulated to remove build-up and encourage exfoliation thanks to tea tree oil. Follow up with hydrating beard conditioner.

Beard Shampoo

beard shampoo

Organic beard shampoo with cleansing tea tree oil

One thing you need to know. You can be using the best oils, balms or lotions but if you are using the wrong shampoo then those products won’t be helping you as much as they could be.

You need to start your beard routine correctly with the right cleanser.

A common cause of beard pain and itchiness is a build-up of oil and debris. This build-up occurs for a few different reasons.

If you’re using a regular hair shampoo in your beard, over time you will have a build-up of not only oil and debris but silicones that are commonly used in regular shampoos.

In order to properly cleanse your face of this build-up without stripping it of its natural protective oils, you need a good beard shampoo.

Our organic cooling beard shampoo scrubs away beard build-up, dirt, oil and other impurities, leaving your beard feeling clean and fresh.

The key with our shampoo is that is not made with harsh chemical cleansers that will strip away your natural oils. You want these oils and we want you to keep your natural oils too.

Not only that but we formulated our beard shampoo to stop dry skin and beard itch from coming back. We don’t mess around.

Beard Conditioner

beard conditioner

Organic beard conditioner

After using beard shampoo, it’s important to follow up with a beard conditioner to keep your beard soft and moisturized.

Our hydrating beard conditioner acts as a beard softener and beard moisturizer. It tames your frizzy beard while preventing beard split ends.

After showering, apply an all-natural beard oil to your beard. It’s important to choose a high quality beard oil that doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances or fillers.

Moisturizing your beard daily with beard oil will not only keep it healthy and encourage it to grow, but it will also keep it soft and free of itch.

2. Neglecting to Trim Your Beard

How to stop beard itch.

Trimming your beard is a must if you want to keep it looking nice and clean, but did you know it’s also important to trim your beard when you are trying to grow it?

Trimming shapes your beard as it grows, which helps you avoid common issues like beard patchiness in your cheeks.

3. Using Hot Water While Washing Your Beard

While having a hot shower may be tempting, it’s never good for your skin or hair. Hot water dries your skin out and causes irritation and flakiness which leads to beard dandruff.

It’s okay to use warm water but if it’s turning your skin red or you can’t hold your face under it, then it’s too hot.

Beard Lotion

beard lotion

Anti-itch beard lotion

This is one of our favorites.

Stopping beard itch can be really frustrating. Sometimes you want immediately relief from the itching and redness.

Well, here you go. Our lotion base is really high quality. It soaks in fast and doesn't say greasy.

We formulated it for dry skin so it is cooling to the touch which is perfect for instant relief. Tea tree, peppermint and vitamin E compliment the already-hydrating lotion and puts an end to dandruff, redness and itching.

Great stuff! It's the only product that is sitting on my desk as we speak. I use it often.

4. Using a High-Heat Hair Dryer To Dry Your Beard

High-heat hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons shouldn’t be used on your beard because the heat could easily cause your facial hair to break.

When it comes to your skin and hair, always play it safe and use lukewarm or cool water to protect from irritation.

5. Not Using Beard Oil in Your Beard

Using beard oil is vital for your beard because it both softens the hair and adds vitamins and nutrients to your beard.

If you are drying your beard and skin out in the shower (most likely due to over-cleansing or using a harsh shampoo) and not using any sort of conditioning oil afterwards, then you are letting your dryness build up more and more causing irritation, flakes and dandruff.

extra strength beard growth oil and balm kit

Extra Strength Beard Growth Oil and Balm Kit

Beard itching at night can be solved by applying an anti-itch beard oil before going to bed.

Beard Oil that Repairs Itchy Dry Skin

beard oil repair

Anti-itch beard oil with repairing formula

The best solution for dry beard itch and pain is Beard and Company repairing beard oil. Our beard and hair oils use a blend of high quality carrier oils like almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and others to reach the best consistency.

Light yet efficient. Conditioning but not greasy-feeling. This oil is amazing.

Our repair oil is formulated to stop the beard itch at the source. It soothes redness and irritation while hydrating your skin with the proper oil blend.

When Should I Use Beard Oil?

Right after a shower while the hair is still slightly wet is the best time to apply beard oil for the best results.

If you wait until your beard has dried to apply beard oil, your skin and hair will start to dry out, leading to flaky skin and hair breakage.

So when you hop out of the shower, dispense a dime sized amount of beard oil into your hands (or more if your beard is longer or needs more moisture), rub them together, and gently run your fingers through your beard.


Having issues growing your beard is natural and very common but luckily it’s not something you need to live with for long, if at all. Beard oil is a great all-around beard conditioner.

It moisturizes your skin and beard hair while not clogging your pores. While this can eliminate problems before they show up, classic beard oil may not be enough.

Luckily we offer beard oils that are specially designed for highly common beard issues. Our current line-up includes oils for growth, strength, repair and protection.

Each oil contains specific blends of essential oils to help keep that mane mean.

Beard growth oil stimulates hair follicles and promotes blood circulation. Using this after a shower will give your beard the most nutrition hydrating power that you can get.

After a warm shower, your pores are still open. Since our oils are oils do not clog pores, it’s the perfect product to massage into your beard and skin while they are still open so our growth oil can absorb even faster without feeling greasy.

Dry, flaky skin or brittle split ends? You need our Beard Repair Oil . That beard itch needs to go and this is how you can do that.

Our essential our blend for repair reduces inflammation and redness that is typically associated with dandruff and flaky skin. With its antibacterial properties, this is what you need if you are having beard pain like ingrown hairs.

Need a great preventative oil? Not sure if you are having any issues in particular? Snag a bottle of our beard oil with strength formula.

The omega fatty acid content helps strengthen hair and protects them from split ends and replenishes lost moisture.

Geranium oil, our high quality essential oil that we source from around the world, promotes cell growth by removing the dead ones and helping to generate new ones.

No matter what oil you are using after a shower, just make sure to keep on using it! Keeping your beard moisturized before it has the chance to dry out is *the* most important step you can take to make that beard look awesome. This is the closest tip you can get to magic for beard care.

when to use beard oil

6. Not Using a Quality Beard Comb

When it comes to growing your beard, it pays to invest in a high quality beard comb, like Kent brand.

Why? Because your facial hair is much more delicate than the hair on your head and a cheaply made wooden beard comb will splinter and break your facial hair.

The best way to moisturize your beard is to apply an all-natural beard oil and then distribute it throughout your beard by combing it with a Kent beard comb.

Kent Beard Combs

Using a high quality beard comb is the best way to distribute beard oil evenly throughout your beard.

Unlike wooden beard combs, the Kent folding beard comb has handmade saw-cut teeth. The surface of the comb's teeth is flat which causes the comb to glide smoothly through your beard without pulling or tearing your facial hair.

7. Beard Dandruff

beard dandruff

Beard dandruff is a condition that occurs when you have dry, flaky skin and can be caused by seborrheic dermatitis (irritated, oily skin), oil and debris build-up in your beard, and irritation of the skin.

Beard Balm with Protection Formula

beard balm that protects facial hair

Beard balm with protection formula

Our balm has a high shea butter content which is perfect for coating hair follicles and protecting them from environmental irritation.

This could be dust or debris (construction work etc.) but it even protects against dry weather damage as well.

Our protection formula is fantastic to at not only fixing your dry skin and hair issues but also helps at protecting it from happening in the future.

Our blend of black pepper, sage and our protect formula will not only protect your beard but it will fix what is going on at the source.

8. Beard Itch From Growing A New Beard

Many of us enter a beard itching phase during the first stage of growing a beard and it can be one of the itchiest stages for many men.

When first growing stubble, your face will likely be itchy due to the new hair growth.

This is normal and can be relieved by using beard shampoo regularly to keep your beard and face clear of build-up.

After shampooing your beard, apply an all-natural beard oil to keep it soft.

Resist the urge to scratch your beard during this stage because excessive scratching will irritate your skin and possibly lead to ingrown beard hairs and beard dandruff.

9. Seasonal Dryness

If you already have dry skin, seasonal dryness can make your beard feel even drier and coarser than usual.

Exposure to cold, wintry air and overheated rooms is a common cause of itchy skin.

Beard Growth Spray

beard growth spray

Beard growth spray

Our aloe vera base is combined with a high amount of vitamin E to condition as deep as a spray can.

Aloe vera is a great conditioning product that is very light and not greasy whatsoever.

This sprays easily into your palms or right into your beard. Plus our formulated growth spray is packed with proven ingredients to help boost growth naturally such as rosemary, thyme, lavender and more.

Being so high in vitamin E works well at moisturizing your beard and skin without fear of breaking out since our base is only aloe vera based. Not oil based.

10. Ingrown Facial Hairs

A common cause of beard pain, especially when you first start growing a beard, ingrown hairs can be a real nuisance.

Gently remove ingrown hairs with a tweezer and keep the area clean.

Extra Strength Beard Growth Grooming Kit

beard growth kit extra strength

Extra strength beard growth kit

Beard oil in general is fantastic for dry skin. The problem with just any old beard oil is they are mostly used with synthetic fragrance oils that are super concentrated and very irritating to the skin naturally.

Our favorite beard oil (aside from out classic beard oils in 8 scents plus our formulated oils) is our Extra Strength growth oil

The best oils for conditioning hair and skin are in this one bottle. Tamanu oil (used in the South Pacific for years due to its healing and growth properties), jojoba oil, argan oil, castor oil, almond oil and vitamin E.

Bundled together with our extra strength balm, growth spray, mustache growth oil and shampoo/conditioner you will have everything you need for a healthy, strong beard.


This is a lot of information but as long as you take away a few key points of beard itch and pain then you are set.

Use a natural shampoo like ours so you won’t over dry your skin and hair. Use our repair oil and balm for daily use and use a quality comb like our Kent folding comb.

Pick up one of our beard repairing products to stop that beard itch once and for all.

Beard itch is real but it doesn’t have to be your reality.

Apr 2nd 2019 Beard and Company

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