What is it?
So what is beard ruff? Simply put, it’s the result of a buildup of dead skin cells. Beard ruff appears when the skin sheds faster than normal, resulting in a noticeable collection of snowflake-like skin cell clusters.
What causes it?
Before we can fix it, let’s address the potential causes of beard ruff. While there is no single cause, the majority of beard ruff is caused by one or more of the following: dry skin, microorganisms and sensitivity to skin/beard care products.
Dry skin: We’ve all had dry skin. That itch, irritation and associated skin flakes. While beard dandruff caused by dry skin is more prominent during colder months, it can strike at any time if you don’t properly care for your beard and the skin underneath.
Microorganisms: The most common of these little bastards is a fungus/yeast called Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (oil produced by your skin) and expels oleic acid, which can set off an inflammatory response in your body, causing more skin cells to grow, which ultimately flake off and...you get the gist.
Sensitivity to beard care and skincare products: Otherwise known as Contact Dermatitis, this occurs when your body is sensitive to specific ingredients in grooming products. This results in red, itchy, scaly and flaky skin.
How can I get rid of it?
Fortunately beard ruff is easily treated. (If you are experiencing significant symptoms, consult a medical professional.)
Time to get in a routine
As men, we should take pride in our health and appearance. Here’s a simple routine to keep your skin and beard on point - and beard ruff under control.
- Wash your face and rinse your beard daily. Wash your beard properly.
- Exfoliate once a week to help remove dirt and debris. This will also wash away dead skin cells, microorganisms and promote new cell growth.
- Hydrate your skin and beard with a quality beard oil.
- Brush your beard.
- Go forth and dominate your day.
In closing, every man is unique. What works for one may not work for you. And as always, never hesitate to seek medical attention if you think you need it...and no, the internet doesn't count ;)