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No pain, no gain. Isn’t that what they say? When it comes to your beard, they are emphatically wrong!
There are 101 reasons your beard may be hurting you, but there is a solution to each of them. Before you whip out that razor, see if these fixes for common causes of bear pain can relieve your misery.
Contact dermatitis happens when a product or even a material that you’re allergic or sensitive to comes in contact with your skin. This causes a red, itchy rash. Especially if you scratch it often and keep reintroducing the problematic products or material to your skin, this can get really painful really fast.
To stop the pain, you need to determine exactly what, if anything, you are allergic to. A dermatologist or allergist can help you, and you can even use deductive reasoning to compare product ingredients and reactions to find the culprit. Many people are allergic to chemical compounds commonly used in skincare products. Smoky Mountain Beards products are all-natural. If you’re allergic to an unnatural ingredient, you may be able to stop the pain by shopping with us.
If you’ve ever gone a few days without applying lotion, you know that dry skin becomes itchy and scaly. When you have coarse beard hair poking and prodding on top of that skin, the situation becomes even more painful.
Especially if you’re new to the wonderful world of beards, having a beard can prevent you from getting enough lotion and other hydrating moisturizing skincare products to your chin. Beard oil solves the issue. Water hydrates your beard, and beard oil seals it in. Get yourself a bottle, and don’t stop using it. You’ll feel the pain ease away.
Beard acne happens when oils, dirt, bacteria, and even your own dead skin clog your pores. This build-up causes inflammation, which appears as those pesky red bumps we call beard acne. The good news is it's completely treatable.
Gentle cleansers with salicylic acid help to unclog your follicles. Wash your hands before you touch your beard and make sure to use clean towels and beard care tools. You don’t want to introduce bacteria to your skin. Wash your face regularly with a good quality beard-specific soap, like our Big Beard Soaps
Ingrown hairs happen when beard hair turns inward, penetrates the skin, and keeps on growing under the surface of the skin. Most ingrown hairs clear up on their own, but the ones that don’t are super painful.
If you have a problem, with ingrown hairs, avoid styles that include a lot of stubble. Never shave “against the grain” of your hair. After you shave, use a moisturizer, like our beard oil or beard balm, to make sure your beard is soft.
Each stage of beard growth is a new sensation. Many of us haven’t let our beards grow before. Sometimes, growth is itchy and painful. Growing pains can be very real, but they should not be super severe or long-lasting.