In the last couple of decades, beards have made a huge comeback. As businesses adopt more relaxed grooming codes, men are choosing to grow out their facial hair and embrace the bearded lifestyle.

With more men beginning to sport beards, now is a good time to address one of the most common bearded problems we see—dandruff!

Beard dandruff can ruin the look of a well-groomed beard and make any man self-conscious. To tackle this frustrating issue, here is what men need to know:

  • Beard and mustache dandruff can be caused by dry skin, a buildup of dead skin cells or fungal infections.
  • Proper cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing will keep beard dandruff at bay.
  • Following a simple skin care routine is all it takes to achieve a flake-free beard.

Wash Your Beard

If you’re serious about getting rid of your beard dandruff, you’ll need to sacrifice your piping hot showers. Hot water damages the hair follicles and dries out your skin, which can lead to flakes in your beard.

Turn your shower to warm or cold water and gently lather shampoo into your beard. For best results, use a shampoo containing tea tree oil, an essential oil known for its antifungal properties.

Next, wash your entire face and beard using a men’s daily face wash. This removes impurities from both the skin and beard to give you a clean slate to work with.

Exfoliation for every man


Exfoliation is a must for every man, especially for men with beards. Dead skin cells can build up underneath your beard and cause problems such as beard dandruff and clogged pores.

Using a men’s exfoliating scrub twice per week will remove dead skin cells and stimulate new skin cell growth. All you need to do is gently massage the scrub into your beard and rinse with cold or warm water.

Some men use an exfoliating brush before a scrub (or in lieu of a scrub). However, many exfoliating brushes on the market are extremely harsh and can damage the surface of the skin.

By choosing a gentle exfoliating scrub instead, you can remove dead skin cells without causing permanent scarring or skin irritation.


Once you’re out of the shower and dry, it’s time to get that luscious, flake-free beard you’ve always wanted. Taking care of your beard starts with proper moisturization.

After hydrating your skin with a men’s facial moisturizer, apply a small amount of beard oil all over your beard. This will soften and condition both the hair and your skin underneath your beard.

Using beard oil locks in your skin’s natural oils and helps prevent dandruff caused by dry skin. Moisturizing your face and your beard is especially important in the winter when dry skin is more common.

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Stubborn Flakes? Here’s What You Need to Do

If you’ve tried the skin care routine above and it’s not getting rid of your flakes, be patient. It may take a few weeks for your skin to restore its natural oils and emerge flake-free.

If your flakes are persistent after a couple of weeks of your skin care routine, it could be a sign of an underlying medical problem. Fungal and bacterial infections in the facial hair region aren’t uncommon and may require a trip to your general practitioner.

Your doctor will likely prescribe you a medicated cream or ointment to treat the problem.

A Skin Care System to Keep Beard Dandruff at Bay

After spending months or even years growing out a handsome beard, it’s never fun to discover white flakes encroaching on your lustrous mane. You’ve put time and effort into your beard—it deserves to be shown off without embarrassment.

When it comes to preventing beard dandruff, the right skin care routine can make all the difference. Proper cleansing, exfoliation and moisturization can help keep skin healthy, hydrated and flake-free.

At Tiege Hanley, we believe that skin care shouldn’t be complicated. That’s why we’ve designed our skin care system for men to be amazingly simple.

Finally, men can get the handsome appearance they’ve always wanted with minimal effort. We’ll even send it straight to your door each month. Give Tiege Hanley a try and tell us what you think!