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…
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…
Beard oil moisturizes, softens and conditions hair and skin to help:
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.
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.
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|
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.
You’re the boss, so you get to decide, but here’s our advice.
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
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.
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.
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.
WORST: Mineral oil, silicone, sulfates, phosphate, parabens, peppermint oil, cinnamon, colorants. Yuck. All of these can worsen dryness, brittleness, inflammation, breakage, even beard acne.
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.
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.
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.
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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