BeardRuff – The Ultimate Guide to Cure Beard Dandruff

What is Beard Dandruff?

It is one of the most common problems guys face when growing a beard. Everybody hates it but much of them don’t take proper care to cure this problem.

In layman terms Beard dandruff is basically dandruff on your beard – Yes it’s that simple. And scientifically it’s called seborrheic dermatitis. There is a good chance that you might have it even in the mildest form. If you cure it at the beginning stage, it won’t grow and damage your beard.

It has been found that half of the male population have some kind of mild dandruff on their beard. As we see this is a very common problem – It’s nothing major. But if you don’t cure it in the initial stage it could damage your beard as it grows.

What causes Beard Dandruff?

In order to cure the problem we need to understand the cause first properly. In this way we can tackle the problem more efficiently.

  • Stress – Many people have found that stress causes dandruff, though it’s not scientifically proven. But it can potentially cause you dandruff and it’s not even good for your overall health.
  • Malassezia Fungi – Malassezia is a fungi which is found on skin surface naturally. Studies have shown that this fungi can cause dandruff on your beard as well as your head.
    Malassezia requires fat to grow. And that’s why it’s mostly seen around the areas with a lot of sebaceous glands. When the fungi grows too fast, the natural cell reproduction system is disturbed – which causes dandruff and itching.
  • Cold weather – Cold weather can cause beard dandruff. As the cold weather dries your skin, it becomes flaky and itchy. This causes dandruff on your beard.
  • Less sebum oil – This is one of the main reasons many people get beardruff. We have sebaceous glands on our face that generates our beard follicles (hair) and sebum oil. Sebum oil helps in keeping your beard hydrated and moisturized.
    But the problem is that sebaceous glands and finite unlike our beard. So, as we grow our beard it requires more and more sebum oil but sebaceous glands are not able to provide it. That’s the reason our beard becomes dry and the dryness eventually causes beardruff.

The list of the causes above is illustrative and not exhaustive. There are hundreds of potential causes for beardruff and differs from person to person according to their current situation, their allergies, their beard grooming process etc.

Apart from the above mentioned causes, beardruff can also be caused by shampoo or conditioner residue, oil or balm allergy, hard water, etc.

The doctors still till date are not sure about the causes of this problem, but we do have cure for this problem.

How to Cure Beardruff?

Most of the people will try to solve this by using your drug store shampoo. And let me tell you this in crystal clear words – HELL NO!! – Drug store shampoos will destroy your beard”. They are not designed for your beard, they are meant for your head.

They consists all kinds of chemicals and damages your beard permanently. The solution is quite simple – “Use a shampoo meant for beard”. Nowadays it’s not hard to find beard shampoo, there are hundreds of retailers online as well as offline.

Cure #1 – Shave It Off


This is one of the best ideas, if you have a short beard. It won’t take long to grow it again, but if you grow it with beardruff – it will be problematic for you in the long run.

My advice will be, if you have been growing for less than three months then shave it off. And after shaving take good care of your face. Make sure you clean it daily twice and start drinking more water. These basic things will make a really good impact on your second time beard.

Takeaway – If you have been growing beard for three months or less, then shave it off. Take good skin care the second time.

Cure #2 – Dry beard? Get Beard Oil



As I said earlier, dry beard is one of the most common causes of beardruff. And the number one solution to this problem is beard oil.

Beard oil is basically made up of two ingredients – Carrier oils and Essential oils. Carrier oils such as jojoba oil, argan oil, etc. are used and the usage of these oils varies around different brands. Essential oils such as rosewood oil, peppermint oil, Cedarwood oil, etc. are used and here also the usage varies from brand to brand.

Carrier oils is the main hero when it comes to curing beardruff. The most common used carrier oils in the beard industry are argan oil, jojoba oil, and grape seed oil. All of these essential oils are derived naturally. They have a terrific at moisturizing and hydrating your beard. Applying beard oil on a regular basis daily you will definitely awesome results.

Takeaway – Start using beard oil twice a day on a regular basis and its recommended more for people with dry beard.

Cure #3 – Don’t like Beard Oil? Try Beard Balm Instead

For any reason, if you don’t like beard oil or you want to get that hold and style your beard. Then beard balm is the way to go. It is a completely natural product, which will not only style your beard but also cure beardruff and dry beard to a great extent.

Beard balms are made just like the beard oil with two extra ingredients. Beard balm also contains carrier oils and essential oils like the beard oil. The extra ingredients are beeswax and shea butter. The use of shea butter is done as a spreading agent in the recipe of the balm.

Here also those same carrier oils like argan oil, jojoba oil, etc. are used. They hydrate and moisturize your beard. The essential oils provides a unique aroma to the beard.

The wax in the balm is one of the best things. It will make styling your beard a breeze. And it also adds a layer on top of your beard which acts as a natural protectant.

The spreading agents like shea butter, cocoa butter, etc. are really good for treating beardruff. They contain a ton of moisture and does a really good job at moisturizing your beard. We are already getting our beard moisturized carrier oils, but at this point we need as much moisture as we need to treat beardruff.

These were the benefits of beard balm. Using beard balm once or twice a day will definitely treat your beardruff up to a great extent.

Takeaway – Beard balm is excellent at moisturizing your beard, much necessary as we have a pretty dry beard. So, apply beard balm once or twice a day to treat your beardruff.

Cure #4 – Can Beard Shampoo Help?


Yes! It definitely does. As I said earlier never use a drug store shampoo for your beard, but beard shampoo is a definite yes.

The basic goal of shampoo is to remove the unwanted build up like dried and dead skin flakes, yeast, fungi, etc. from your beard without stripping off sebum oil. And beard shampoos does exactly that.

As they don’t contain chemicals, they do not strip off your sebum oil (which moisturizes your beard and prevents beardruff) while removing unwanted residue (which causes beardruff). So, I recommend you to put beard shampoo in your routine to cure beardruff from its roots.

Takeaway – Beard shampoo helps in removing yeast, fungi, etc. without stripping off sebum oil. So, start using beard shampoo every alternate day. And at the same time use beard oil or balm twice on a daily basis.

Cure #5 – Having a Lot of Dirt in Your Beard?


Recently a big magazine posted an article title – “Some beards are as dirty as toilets” and then the social media went crazy. But obviously this wasn’t a fact and scientifically proven.

But still we do have some dirt on your beard, right? This dirt promotes bacteria and yeast on our beard which causes beard ruff. To ensure that your beard is clean most of the time, I carry a pocket brush with me everywhere.

Beard brushes which are specifically made of boars bristle are exceptionally well at cleaning your beard on the go.

Takeaway – Get a pocket beard brush and start a habit of cleaning your beard every two hours.

Cure #6 – Home Remedies to Cure Beardruff

Homemade remedies are there for every potential problem. Thousands of years ago they didn’t had beard oils or balms to help them, so they took the time to find out best ways to cure problems naturally. Let’s take a look at the four best remedies.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used in the cosmetic world since ages. It possess anti-bacterial properties which helps in getting rid of yeast, fungi, dead skin cells, etc.

Take two table spoon of ACV with the same amount of water. Apply the mixed solution to your beard and wash it off with water after a couple of minutes. Do this two to three times a week on a regular basis.

Lemon Juice


Lemon Juice contains acids which fights against fungi, yeast, etc. from your beard. Take a quarter cup plain yogurt and add juice of half a lemon in it. Apply the mixed yogurt to your beard and leave for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse it off using a beard shampoo. Do this two to three times a week.

Aloe Vera


People have been using Aloe Vera since ages for curing hair related problems. It helps in treating beard itch and moisturizes your beard too.

Take two full spoons of Aloe Vera gel and mix it in one cup of milk properly. Now apply the mixture on your beard and leave it for around 20 minutes. Then wash it off with beard shampoo. Do this two to three times a week.

Drink water

Water is really necessary for our beard. Beard requires water to stay hydrated and lack of it causes dry beard. So, drink 8 – 10 glass of water daily.

Follow this routine to prevent beardruff further

  • Use beard shampoo to clean your beard with warm water
  • Dry your beard gently using a towel
  • Apply beard oil twice on a daily basis (once in the morning after shower and once in the evening or at night)
  • Use beard brush to properly distribute your beard oil


Hence, this was the complete guide on beardruff. We learned that the root causes of beardruff are stress, fungi, cold weather, lack of sebum oil, shampoo or conditioner residue, hard water, oil or balm allergy, etc.

We also learned that we can cure beardruff with natural and organic beard oil, balm, shampoo, and brush.

On the other hand we can also use ingredients at our like Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera, and Lemon juice. But what I personally do is that I follow the routine mentioned above and at the same time use the ACV recipe, and it has worked really well for me.



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