Whether a man chooses to go clean-shaven or bearded, giving the skin the right skin care is still the healthy step to take to avoid common skin problems. In fact , men are more prone to skin irritations than women, especially if they do not shave.
Dermatologists give advice that facial hair growths are largely appealing only if they appear healthy looking, since it denotes hair growing on healthy skin. Keeping facial skin healthy prevents common hair problems like dandruff, skin irritations, acne and in-grown hair from developing.
Every board-certified dermatologist recommends for a man to thoroughly wash his beard every day. Thorough means removing not just dirt, but also the dead skin cells that get to combine with the oil, germs and pollutants that build on the bearded skin. Otherwise, they can clog the pores and cause skin irritations that can quickly become a skin problem.
However, a man also has to choose the right cleanser to achieve the best results. As it is, some men have dry, sensitive or acne-prone and oily dermis. It’s also important to seek guidance on how to choose the best cleanser and if necessary, the right moisturizer to use in maintaining a healthy beard.
How to Choose the Right Kind of Beard Cleanser and Moisturizer
While we do not profess to be dermatology experts, a website called The Guys Shaving Club has a section offering Beard Care. In this article, allow us to share excerpts from recommendations provided by dermatologist and Mohs surgery expert Dr. Anthony Rossi to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
Gel Cleansers – This type of cleansers are best for men with oily or acne-prone skin. The gel should be labelled as non-comedogenic cleanser while containing salicylic or glycolic acid. Reference to the non-comedogenic label means it will not clog pores.
Dry Skin – A creamy facial cleanser described on the label as hydrating, soap-free and fragrance-free is best for dry types of skin.
Folliculitis Prone Skin – A folliculitis-prone skin is one that develops in-grown hairs during the stubble period. Using a gentle but exfoliating scrub once or twice a week can prevent the stubble from curling back to grow into its own follicle.
It’s also important to moisturize immediately after every washing, using a formulation that matches one’s skin type: oily, dry, sensitive folliculitis-prone.