July 05, 2022

Beard oil. It gets a lot of attention in bearding circles as the magic elixir for any bearded bro. And deservedly so.

But just saying it’s great may not be enough if you’re a curious gent embarking on the world of bearding pleasure. You need answers to your questions.

Enter: The Rugged Bros.

We’re here to answer your beard oil questions and condense the knowledge down so you don’t have to spend all day researching.

Here are the 14 most common questions we get about beard oil…

1. What even IS beard oil?

It’s not just any oil that you slather on your face. Beard oil combines carrier oils and essential oils in a formulation specifically designed to bring out the best in your beard hairs AND your facial skin.

You may not think you need it, but try some and compare the look and feel of your beard and skin after you’ve applied it. You’ll be amazed. The formulation was created for good reasons…

2. What are the benefits of using beard oil?

Beard oil moisturizes, softens and conditions hair and skin to help:

  • eliminate dryness and flaking, also called "bearduff"
  • reduce itchiness
  • reduce inflammation
  • make whiskers soft and manageable
  • train the direction of hair growth
  • tamp down flyaway hairs that poke out
  • soften skin so follicles and hair growth are unimpeded
  • add shine and luster to your beard
  • make your beard look thicker, fuller and “meatier”

Plus… if your skin doesn’t produce enough natural sebum oil (your body’s natural moisturizer where hairs grow), the cells can dehydrate and die. The result is that they flake off and cling to your beard, before eventually getting trapped in pores and follicles to cause inflammation and infection. Meanwhile,
the hairs become brittle and weak.

Beard oil restores the natural balance of moisture, suppleness and comfort.

3. Is beard oil only for longer, thicker beards?

No, there’s no set length to reach before you use beard oil. In fact, it is great for any beard length because every beard requires some moisturizing and conditioning.

It is recommended to apply beard oil from the moment your beard begins sprouting, because it’s awesome for softening those prickly short bristles that can scratch and irritate. If anything, it’s easiest to apply to a short beard.

Furthermore, beard oil works with every type of beard hair – soft, wiry, curly, straight, thin, thick, even patchy. Yes, a patchy beard can look more filled out thanks to beard oil conditioning whiskers and making them easier to coax in the direction you want.

4. How much beard oil should I use?

Beard oil is dispensed from its container in drops and is typically not poured. Therefore, you’ll need to know how many drops to use.

You’ll determine what works best for you, but here’s a general guide based on a full-face beard. If you have a beard that covers less of your face, like a chinstrap or a goatee, then use less.

Beard Length Recommended Amount
Stubble to 1 inch 2 drops, maybe 3
1-2 inches 3-4 drops
2-4 inches 4-6 drops
4-6 inches 6-8 drops
6-12 inches 8-12 drops

5. Is it possible to use too much beard oil?

Yes and no. If your beard and facial skin feel oily and greasy, or if you experience skin breakouts, then back off the amount you use. But generally speaking, too much isn’t necessarily a bad thing for your whiskers.

6. When and how often should I use beard oil?

You’re the boss, so you get to decide, but here’s our advice.

  • Shower first. Wash your beard and pat it dry with a towel, then apply.
  • Once a day after a shower is usually plenty. Some people need it only 3 times a week – others put it on twice or even three times a day, depending on their hair type, skin type and environment.
  • For a short to medium length beard, every day to second day is usually enough.
  • For a long beard, apply daily.
  • If you live in a very dry climate, apply more frequently.
  • If you live in a humid climate, you may need oil less frequently.

 7. How do I put beard oil on?

  1. Add the drops to your palm.
  2. Rub your hands together to evenly coat them, including the fingers.
  3. Drag your palms a couple times from your ears down your jawline.
  4. Run your fingers a couple times from the bottom of your beard up to your chin.
  5. Massage everywhere in different directions. Ensure oil reaches the skin. Don’t be afraid to fluff hairs out in different directions, including your mustache.
  6. Wash your hands.
  7. Use a wild boar bristle beard brush to bring your beard back into shape and to spread oil evenly.

Add some beard balm if you need a little extra hold for its shape.

For more info on how to apply beard oil, check out this blog: How to Apply Beard Oil

8. Can I put beard oil on a wet beard?

Yes, you can, but a slightly damp beard is best. After a shower or after washing it, pat your beard dry with a towel. No rubbing or blow drying necessary.

9. How long does it take for beard oil to work?

Beard oil goes to work immediately. But with repeated use, you get the most benefits. If your skin has been super dry and flaky, it may take a few days to a couple weeks to bring things into balance.

10.  What are the best ingredients for beard oil?

A little discernment is a good thing. And we know you’re a discerning beardmaster.

BEST: Organic natural oils, especially argan kernel oil, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, prickly pear seed oil, and black seed oil. All these ingredients have natural conditioning and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus in the right balance they’re non-greasy.

Here are 9 of the Best natural Oils for Beards.

WORST: Mineral oil, silicone, sulfates, phosphate, parabens, peppermint oil, cinnamon, colorants. Yuck. All of these can worsen dryness, brittleness, inflammation, breakage, even beard acne.

11. Can beard oil cause acne or worsen it?

A beard oil with the good, high-quality ingredients is less likely to cause any inflammation or pore blockage. However, a beard oil that contains low-quality ingredients, such as mineral oil, silicone, sulfates, phosphates, parabens, peppermint oil, cinnamon and colorants has the potential to cause or worsen breakouts of beard acne.

12. Will beard oil help my beard grow?

No. There is no evidence that beard oil makes your beard grow faster or thicker. Beware of anybody trying to say otherwise.

But where beard oil comes in handy here is how it can make healthier hairs that appear thicker, fuller and more three-dimensional.

13. How should I store my beard oil?

Keep beard oil in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Your bathroom cabinet or drawer is usually ideal. Just be sure it doesn’t get too hot in there, which can cause ingredients to break down too soon.

14. Can I put beard oil on my mustache?

Absolutely! Your mo gets the same benefits from beard oil as your beard.

And that’s it. Simple. 

If you still have any questions about beard oil, or even about general beard care and grooming, contact us here and we’ll happily provide you with the info you need. 

Oil up, bro. Your beard will thank you.

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