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Four Steps to an Acne-Free Beard

Photo by Emily W

Acne is tough to overcome. Dudes with breakouts not only have to deal with a blow to their confidence, but also with trying to figure out how to manage skin care products that will keep the area clean and pain-free.

Luckily, growing a beard can help hide some of the blemishes around your jaw, mouth, and chin. Improperly maintained facial hair, however, can be a breeding ground for pimple-producing bacteria and dirt. Folliculitis, a blemish similar to acne, can also sprout wherever hair follicles get clogged.

If you're thinking about growing a beard, but you have acne-prone skin, use these styling tips to keep skin fresh and clear.

  1. Wash It: A gentle face wash and mens shampoo is an essential first step for preventing beard-area acne. Find a good face wash for men that isn't too drying or harsh, and lather up twice a day to remove the dirt and grime.
  2. Exfoliate: Shaving does weird stuff to pores. It can push around dead skin cells and dirt, which then clog pores and cause inflammation, ingrown hairs, and acne. The best way to prevent bumps after shaving your face is to exfoliate using specific mens styling products. Look for a mens exfoliating face wash to get two jobs done at once. You can also buy liquid exfoliators to comb through beards to keep nasties from building up on the skin beneath the hair.
  3. Moisturize: Again, the skin is a finicky part of the body. If you use too many mens styling products with harsh chemicals, or if you exfoliate too often, you can dry out your skin. Dry skin is itchy, flaky, and unpleasant to look at. Dry skin then goes into oil-producing overdrive, which turns your face and hair into a greasy, pimple-producing mess. The best way to prevent a cycle of dryness and oiliness is to moisturize regularly. Look for a moisturizing cream for your face and good shave oil for your daily beard care.
  4. Don't be Gross: Finally, you can prevent acne and folliculitis by practicing some adult hygiene habits. Flip your pillow every few days and wash your pillowcase at least once a week. Wipe down your beard after hitting the gym or eating. Don't constantly pick and touch your beard and face, since your hands will transfer germs from your environment to your mouth area (gross). By keeping your environment clean, you'll be better able to keep your skin clear.

The number of men who never shave has increased in all age groups, and now stands at 20%. With all of those beards and mustaches comes lots of maintenance for healthy-looking skin. Though you might not be able to completely eradicate beard-area blemishes, a little effort goes a long way. Use mens styling products and cleansers to wash, exfoliate, moisturize, and sterilize to join the legions of men with fresh-looking beards.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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