Does Beard Cause Acne? & How To Prevent It?

beard and acne

Beard…. It’s officially the worldwide trend now.

Look at the road. 5 out of 10 people are having a beard.

While the above statement is true

There is a downside.

Many of those people are struggling with acne under their beard. This leads to thinking that they cannot afford to have a beard.

What is the reason for it? Why this uncomfortable situation occurs?

Well, today, we are going to discuss a lot of about this topic.

Let’s look at the definition:

What is Acne? The definition

Acne is a common, obstinate and recurrent problem that usually begins at puberty. It may stem from a normal increase in levels of the hormone that prompts the sebaceous glands to produce oils.

The main reason of acne is clogged pores which will lead to bacteria and yeast overgrowth on the skin.

So, the question:

Is growing the beard is a reason to acne?

Does beard cause acne?

Answer: Yes. It has the probability.

Have you seen/experience razor bumps or burns? There is a medical term for it.

“ Pseudofolliculitis Barbae”

We have created a great article on how to get rid of razor bumps fast. You can access it from here

But, there are no medical terms for acne under the beard. Also, there are no specific conditions for occurring it.

If you look at the reason for acne, you will see the following patterns:

  • Poor food and diet. Mainly containing high level of iodine such as beef liver, broccoli etc
  • Not sleeping properly
  • Too much stress
  • Having drugs etc
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Dehydration

So due to the connections between acne and blood sugar regulation, hormone imbalance, stress, and systemic inflammation, this skin condition can be an early warning sign for metabolic syndrome.

What if you still having a problem? Should you shave?

If you really find it difficult to deal with beard acne, we suggest to shave it off once and see if you see it again or not.

Pro Tips:

Before shaving, apply some medium hot water throughout your face and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then clean it up.

Plan of attack: How to fight with beard acne?

The rules are simple. You want to grow a beard. So you better decide to give some of your attention to it. Here is how you should deal with it in order to fight with beard acne

Washing: During the day time, our hair including beard collect lots of dust & bacteria from outside. So it is mandatory to wash it at least twice a day. use warm water once and cold water second time.

Use a facial cleaner: There are hundreds of them. You do not need a fortune budget to buy. Just use simple one to keep your beard and face more fresh and clear.

Use a beard oil: If you really into beard grooming, we recommend to use an oil which is specifically design for facial hair. We put together a great list. Get access to it here

Exfoliation is the secret: your beard is covering the skin. So how to exfoliate it? By using beard brush. After putting some beard oil inside the beard, just use a brush nicely so the oil can reach deep into the skin.

Shampoo your beard:

It’s still a debating question whether you should shampoo it or not. But, if you are facing beard acne, it’s better to do this minimal task at the time of showering.

What products do you recommend?

A massive guide to it on the way. we will let you know here

Rinse & Repeat!

And Enjoy your full beard.


A really important note to remember:

We all know that everybody’s skin is different. it can behave differently from person to person. There is no point of explaining all of this. But what we want to say is, the only way to know about your beard acne is trial and error. Once you do testing with your own beard, you will see the major differences.

After applying all the given steps above, if it is still not working, we highly recommend you to consult with a dermatologist. It is the last step. They may have the solutions for you.


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