As facial hair continues to rise in popularity, so are the cases of beard dandruff. Yikes! Here’s what it is and how to diminish it.

Facial hair is constantly coming in and out of fashion. From the famous handlebar moustaches of the ‘70s to the full-coverage beards loved by many today, it offers loads of versatility for those who are prepared for the maintenance!

The male grooming market has seen tremendous growth, with the beard grooming category being predicted to reach $43.1 billion by 2026. These products include everything from shaving foams, aftershave, soothing balms and beard oils. But these alone aren’t a match for beard dandruff, a common condition that affects up to 50% of bearded people at some time or another.

Facial hair flakes

Everyone is familiar with conventional dandruff that forms on your scalp and leaves white flakes in your hair. But beard dandruff – or ‘beardruff’ – is just as common among those who sport facial hair.

It is caused by a yeast-like microbe that thrives and grows in environments rich in oil. This is why the scalp, and areas covered by facial hair, are prime such locations. The irritation caused by buildup can then result in dandruff, as can an overproduction of skin cells. Not only is it itchy and uncomfortable, but can be a source of great embarrassment, too.

How to treat beard dandruff

When it comes to ridding your facial hair of beard dandruff, it’s all about finding a routine that works for you and being consistent with it. This regime should include:


When dealing with a case of ‘beardruff’, a facial cleanser may not be enough. Washing your facial hair with an antifungal shampoo will help to keep the growth of the fungus under control.


Regular exfoliation is important in keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy. It also unclogs pores and prevents the production of excess oils which can lead to beard dandruff or flaky skin.


Cleansing strips away necessary, naturally occurring oils from the skin. By not replacing this lost moisture with a lotion or cream, your skin can become dry and start overproducing oil to compensate, leading to more beard dandruff.

Facial hair can be a great accessory but it needs to be treated with care and consistency to keep it clean, clear, and flake-free.