Most Frequently Asked Questions About Beard Oil

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Beard Oil

If you have ever spent time online and fallen down the rabbit hole of the grooming world of men, you will notice that beard oil gets a lot of attention.   This naturally raises the following questions: Do these small, high-priced containers of oil actually benefit anything? Is it really necessary for me to wade through mountains of blog posts and articles for various scents and formulas?

A handful of concise responses: Beard oil does have an effect as it has plenty of benefits. No, you are not required to sift through all articles. In this article, you will have answers to the most frequently asked questions about beard oil.

What is the purpose of beard oil?

Beard oil doubles as a conditioner, softening and moisturizing the beard hair itself, and a moisturizer for the skin that is covered under the beard, which is susceptible to drying out and itchiness. Numerous beard oils also have a pleasant scent, which is nice but does not always have any practical benefit. Beard oil can also be used to tame stray beard hairs that would stick straight out.

Is it necessary to use beard oil when you have stubble?

Certainly! When the facial hair is just beginning to grow in, it could get even more prickly and irritated than when it is fully grown in. There is no harm in applying oil to your stubble to help in conditioning and moisturizing both your hair and skin.

How frequently should beard oil be applied?

It all varies depending on your beard, your skin’s sensitivity to dryness, and the climate of where you are living. Generally speaking, the answer will be between 1-3 times per day. If you are only applying it once a day, it is best to do so in the morning after you shower. Besides that, you can apply at midday and before going to bed when needed. Apply more if your face feels dry, and reduce the amount slightly if it ever starts to feel too greasy or oily.

How should beard oil be applied?

Add a handful of drops (1/8 of a teaspoon) to your palm. Rub your two hands together to distribute the oil evenly, and then rub your hands over your beard. Make sure to gently massage your face to distribute the oil evenly throughout your hair and skin. That is all that is required.

How long does beard oil take to work?

It instantly works! Just as lotion works immediately on dry hands, oil works instantaneously on the beard and face. Of course, it continues to work for a few hours or an entire day, but no time is required for it to set.

Is beard oil capable of stimulating beard growth?

A beard oil product that claims to promote beard growth is, at best, deceptive and, at worst, an outright scam. Beard oil indirectly helps in the growth of your beard by creating the optimal conditions for your face to grow hair most efficiently. Thus, while beard oil can aid in hair growth, it is not a magical potion.

Is beard oil only for beards that are long?

Certainly not. Beard oil is ideal for all different beard lengths. It is easier to apply on beards that have a short length, but you can work it in just as well with a comb or brush on a longer beard. Beards of all lengths require conditioning and moisturizing.

Is it possible for beard oil to cause acne?

Yes, it can. Numerous oils, particularly almond, coconut-based oils/products, and soybean, can clog your pores and cause breakouts. One option is to look for beard oil products that contain jojoba oil since it is the one that most closely resembles your skin’s natural oils and helps reduce inflammation. Anything containing tea tree oil is beneficial for acne-prone skin as well due to its antibacterial and antiseptic components.

Typically, the acne/irritation associated with beard oil use is the result of an allergic response to an active component other than the base oil. The cause could be a specific irritant; applying too much peppermint or cinnamon oil to your face, for example, will almost certainly result in some burn and possibly irritation, as these are highly potent formulations.

Ultimately, you will need to experiment with a few products to determine which ones work best for your face.

Is it better to use beard oil or beard balm?

As is the case with many of these questions, the answer is highly dependent on your unique face and beard. The balm is beneficial for both moisturizing and shaping your beard, whereas beard oil is only for moisturizing. If your beard grows naturally in the same direction and is relatively flat, you would not need any balms.

Many men have a morning routine of applying balm after showering to shape and tame their beards for the day. If your beard requires additional conditioning, you can use beard oil in the afternoon or at night.

Is coconut oil beneficial to my beard?

While coconut oil can certainly be used as beard oil, there are a few drawbacks:

(1)  It is classified as a comedogenic substance, which is a substance that is particularly prone to clog pores and cause acne. Therefore, if you use it and develop acne, know that it is most likely not an allergic reaction but a natural reaction to the substance. In either case, you should probably discontinue its use.

(2)  At room temperature, coconut oil will turn solid. When applied to your face, though, it will most likely remain liquid due to the heat generated by your body. However, it may re-solidify on your face during the winter or in cooler environments.

All of that being said, coconut oil is frequently used in beard oil formulations and can be used on its own.

Is there such a thing as too much beard oil?

Applying too much beard oil is only detrimental if your face becomes excessively oily, which will likely result in acne breakouts and skin irritation. If that is the case, you should make some adjustments.

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