Do Beards Cause Acne? How To Prevent It?


It’s officially the worldwide trend now.

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

While the above statement is true, there is a downside.

Many of those people are struggling with acne under their beards. 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 about this topic.

Let’s look at the definition.

Acne under the beard

Acne: The Definition

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

The main reason for 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 for acne?

Does beard cause acne?

Answer: Yes. It has a probability.

Have you seen/experienced 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 a high level of iodine such as beef liver, broccoli, etc.
  • Not sleeping properly
  • Too much stress
  • Doing drugs
  • 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 have 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 Tip: Before shaving, apply some medium hot water throughout your face and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then clean it up.

Preventing 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 to fight beard acne.


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

Use a facial cleanser.

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

Use a beard oil.

If you really into beard grooming, we recommend using oil specifically designed 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 a beard brush. After putting some beard oil inside the beard, 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 face 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 is on the way. We will let you know here.

Rinse & Repeat!

And enjoy your full beard.

A significant note to remember:

We all know that everybody’s skin is different. It can behave differently from person to person. There is no point in 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, we highly recommend you consult with a dermatologist if it is still not working. It is the last step. They may have the solutions for you.

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