Struggling with an itchy beard? You’re not the only one – find out about the UK’s beard dandruff hotspots, and how to tackle the problem.
Beards are back, and they’re not going anywhere soon. Whether you favour the popular goatee, the full hipster beard, or something more obscure, like the soul patch, it’s hard to deny that the beard is a part of the modern man’s style.
With the resurgence of beards comes a potential pitfall. Beard dandruff is on the rise, with men from Aberdeen to Plymouth struggling with itchiness and flakes in their facial hair.
In fact, as many as one in two men are likely to suffer from beard dandruff – so what’s the fashion conscious and itch averse man to do?Well, it helps to understand where this problem comes from.
Like the dandruff that causes itching on top of your head, beard dandruff has its roots in a naturally occurring microbe called malassezia globosa. This yeast-like fungus makes its home on all of our heads, usually harmlessly.
Unfortunately, some people, about half the global population, are sensitive to a by-product of malassezia, a substance called oleic acid. In these cases, it leads to the classic symptoms of dandruff: itchy skin and white flakes.
Luckily, you can tackle the cause and symptoms of dandruff on both your hair and beard by using a good dandruff shampoo. Shampoos like Head & Shoulders are specially formulated to fight dandruff, while nourishing your skin and hair, soothing and stopping dandruff flare-ups.