scratching beard - beard rash

Beard rash is a painful and annoying problem that occurs as a result of friction between facial hair stubble and the bare skin. This problem can get significantly worse over time if not treated properly in a timely manner.

Beard rash is also know as barber’s itch, and worsens as the beard area becomes more infected with bacteria.

Taking preventative measures like practicing good hygiene and avoiding old razors can help stop the irritation, but to alleviate and cure beard rash you need to take further steps.

Giving Your Beard a Break

Once you suspect that you have beard rash, stop shaving or switch to an electric stubble trimmer. The electric trimmer is gentle on the surface of the skin, causing less trauma and irritation.

If you have stopped shaving until the irritation clears up, consider applying tree oil or aftershave products made with tree oil to treat the surface of your skin.

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After giving the skin a chance to heal, consider shaving again only after you shower so the skin is moist and less susceptible to irritation.

Keeping Your Skin Moist

If your skin is not moist enough while shaving, small white pustules can begin to form where the beard rash is present.

To help relieve this condition, soak a clean cloth in warm saltwater and apply to your face for fifteen minutes.



Be certain in the future to try and keep your skin as moist as possible to deter the beard rash from returning.

Dry skin is more likely to encounter beard rash, moist skin will help encourage cell turnover and promote a healthy looking skin surface.

To help reduce the bread rash and itching that follows, try using a skin lotion that contains colloidal oatmeal.

Maintaining a Cleaner Face

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To help reduce or eliminate the beard rash from occurring in the first place, be sure to wash your face thoroughly each day.

Using a mild antibacterial soap will heal the skin if you are suffering from beard rash, and help to promote a more healthy skin condition that will keep the condition from recurring.

Depending on the severity of your beard rash, never rub the skin surface when you are washing your face or you can irritate the rash and complicate the situation.

Always pat dry the surface of your skin with a clean towel and make certain that you always use a new towel each time to both wash and then dry the face.

This will help maintain a cleaner face and reduce the rash from spreading.

Curing Your Painful Beard Rash

To reduce the inflammation that accompanies beard rash, apply hydro-cortisone ointment to the skin surface up to four times each day.

Any skin lotion that contains aloe will not only help to ease the pain, it will promote faster healing.

Tea tree oils (Best Seller) are also very effective at reducing any discomfort, treating infections, and helping to heal the area faster.

If you are experiencing high levels of discomfort during the day, apply a warm compress to the area as needed to help keep the skin moist and eliminate that pain.

The warm compress will help to drain and open those clogged follicles which are causing the red and swollen bumps.

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The best thing you can do when you experience beard rash is to step back and stop whatever you may have been doing up to this point.

Keeping the skin moist and allowing it to heal thoroughly will go a long way in reliving your discomfort and allowing the rash to subside.

Photos from: Dean Drobot ©, Iakov Filimonov © and Andrey Kiselev ©

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