Rashes under the beard – shave, cut, or save?

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The skin under the beard does not become extra strong, immune to negative influences of the environment, even despite the presence of “armor” of hair. On the contrary, it is vegetation that often becomes the source of problems: inflammations, rashes, pustules, peeling, etc. Faced with these unpleasant phenomena, the bearded man is faced with a question: what about the beard? Should it be shaved, can it be simply shortened, or should it be left to grow on? We have searched and found answers to these and other questions, and we share them with you.

Why there are problems with the skin under the beard

Anything can be the source of problems with the skin on a chin covered with well-grown hairs:

  • hormonal imbalance or prolonged abstinence;
  • stress;
  • hot, humid weather;
  • changes in diet with a predominance of meat, hot spices
  • wrongly selected detergents for washing and caring for your beard.

Discomfort first appears on 2-3 weeks of growing a beard, when the hairs have reached a length of 10 mm or more and have a certain load on the skin. Careless washing and towel-drying of facial hair can result in hair “bunches” to which the skin reacts with inflammation.

The hair shafts also provide an additional breeding ground for microflora. Sebum, dead epidermis, food, and dust particles accumulate on their surface. All this is a favorable substance for bacteria and fungi. The slightest trauma on the surface of the skin, and they rush into the dermis, provoking pustular inflammation.

What to do if there are pimples and inflammation under the beard

Dermatologists and trichologists advise not to panic and not to try to get rid of the “interfering treatment” hair. Believe me, the hairs, even if they are long and thick, are not a serious obstacle to quality diagnosis, as well as the application of special therapeutic agents. Moreover, the shaving procedure in the period of acute inflammation can harm:

  • create additional irritation;
  • cause the spread of infection to healthy areas of the skin;
  • deepen the penetration of bacteria and fungi into the deeper layers of the dermis through cuts and scratches.

If you don’t want additional problems, but want to keep your beard, see your doctor. If, however, the rashes are habitual (you have faced pimples on your face before), proceed to their competent elimination:

  • strengthen facial hygiene – wash and rinse your beard at least twice a day with antibacterial or antiseptic soap;
  • after washing, use lotions containing alcohol and anti-inflammatory components – they will accelerate the drying of inflamed areas and prevent the spread of infection, if there is one;
  • use disposable towels made of non-woven materials (not paper!) to dry your beard;
  • treat pimples with cotton swabs soaked in antiseptic solution, and if there are several hot spots, change the swabs after treating each one.

Try not to scratch your beard with your hands, especially in public places and outdoors, until the rash is completely healed. If it itches a lot, use an alcohol lotion with cooling components (menthol, mint).

To prevent repeated inflammations, use antibacterial wipes during the day: wipe your chin with them to prevent pathogens from settling on the hairs.