Beginner’s guide to understanding Beard Oil

If you are growing out your beard for the first time ever you may notice a few things that are going on – first off your beard hairs are likely growing in 10 different directions, the skin underneath your beard is likely feeling quite a bit itchy, or worse, is flaking, and your beard generally feels pretty coarse.

All of this is completely expected:

If you are not taking care of your beard correctly. In fact, all of the above aliments can be easily treaded with this little product called beard oil. Beard oil has been around for ages, however, it hasn’t really become that popular until the last few years when the whole beard trend started to take off. Prior to the huge beard explosion, it was mainly reserved for the beard enthusiasts, the ZZ Tops of the world. But beards in of themselves are inherently manly and its awesome to see men sporting some epic beards. So as you grow your beard there are a few things you absolutely must know about beard oil – especially before you plunk down your first buck on any.

When Should You Start Using Beard Oil

Beard oil manufacturers will claim that you can start using your beard oil as soon as you have a bit a stubble. While this technically might be true, it is a bit of overkill. I will deep dive into the skin benefits of beard oil in a bit – but to understand beard oil and how it fits into your beard care, you first need to understand what is going on with your skin at a microscopic level. At the root of every follicle you have these tiny little glands called sebaceous glands:sebaceous gland - 3d diagram

Sebaceous glands are responsible for giving your follicles the essential moisture it needs in order for your hair to look healthy. You have these glands all over your body with the exception of your palms, soles of your feet. However, the glands are a bit larger for your face and hair follicles. These sebaceous glands produce this oil called sebum oil. Sebum oil is absolute key to understand why beard oil exists in the first place. While the sebaceous glands on your face and hands might be a bit larger – they still can only produce a finite amount of sebum oil.As your beard follicle gets longer, it will ultimately begin to suck up all of the sebum oil and will be effectively looking for more.

This is when the dreaded itch occurs. Usually after a few weeks of growth you will start to notice that your beard is starting to get itchy – the reason for this is simply you are running dry on sebum oil and your skin is trying to tell you that. With the dry skin underneath your beard, eventually flaking will start to occur.

This flaking is commonly known in the bearded community as beardruff. But it gets worse:Not only will you be in full swing of having nasty beardruff, but you will also have a beard that is feeling a bit rigid, sharp, crunchy, for lack of a better term. This is because the sebum oil that is responsible for making sure that your beard stays well moisturized is not making it to the tips, and when it doesn’t – your beard just simply doesn’t feel that great. In the absolute worse case scenario – when you have a dry beard, the tips are going to be much more susceptible to split ends. The ultimate cure for split ends is to trim your beard back – and if you are serious about growing an epic beard then this is the worse case scenario!

So how does this all relate to beard oil?

You see at this key point where the production of sebum oil from your sebaceous glands can’t keep up with your epic beard is when you need to introduce an all natural solution – beard oil.

when do you need beard oil?

Beard oil contains oils which will be responsible for all the moisture that your beard is craving.

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