By Cynthia Bailey MD.
Beard Oil is what your beard and mustache need to look great
Fight dry beard hair and flakey beard skin with the best products for your facial hair
For serious beard care, you need a really good beard oil. These are made with ingredients that condition both your skin and beard hair.
Beard oil should be made with oils that mimic your skin’s natural oils, because that’s what your beard hair thrives on. A really good beard oil should also contain ingredients that reduce itch and beardruff. Beard-druff is a combination of the words beard + dandruff. The medical name for the condition is seborrheic dermatitis, also known as facial dandruff. Yes, dandruff happens on both the scalp and the face. It has a propensity for the hairy parts of the face, and it’s common.
Prevention and control of bearddruff is the best approach. And you can only find this when you use a really good beard oil that consists of a blend of carrier oils that mimic natural sebaceous gland oils. Look for ingredients that fight inflammation too.
Carrier oils and essential oils that fight inflammation will help your beard skin to build-up a healthy reserve of free-radical fighting antioxidants. They will also help to balance skin microbes that fuel beardruff.
Essential oils are popular ingredients in beard oils. But, know that essential oils can be potent allergens.
An allergic reaction to a beard oil will look like bearddruff in that it will be itchy, flakey and red. It is best to avoid an allergic reaction and steer clear of the most common essential oil allergens. These include: the very popular sandalwood, clove, tea tree, ylang-ylang, and citrus/citronella. Eucalyptus is also a little risky as are ingredients in the flower family that include yarrow, marigold and chamomile.
Botanical ingredients are wonderful, but they are tricky. Know that that the higher percentage of an essential oil present in a product, the more likely it is to create an allergic reaction.
Allergic skin reactions to essential oils will create lifelong inconveniences requiring avoidance of the oil forever to prevent rash.
With this in mind, it’s best to use beard oils made with just enough essential oil to provide benefit but not so much to stimulate allergy. And in that is where a dermatologist comes in handy. My beard oils are made with this in mind.
Know too that artificial fragrances are no substitute for a good beard oil; they are potent allergens with a host of other problems. Many fragrance products can also be drying. Look for a good beard oil made with oils that mimic the skin's natural oil and that also contain just the right amount of real organic botanical essential oil to condition your beard and help to fight beard problems.
What is the best way to apply beard oil?
- Wash your skin as normal and towel dry.
- Apply beard oil to your beard and mustache right away (within minutes).
- Put a few drops of oil in one palm, dip the fingers of your other hand into the palm and rub the fingers of both hands together. Do this by working up from the base of your beard, massaging the oil into the skin under and between the hairs.
- Finish with downward strokes from the top to the bottom of your beard to coat the outer hair surface and lay your beard hairs into a well-groomed distribution.