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How Often Should You Wash Your Beard?

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Ask your friends how often should you wash your beard? You will be surprised how many different responses you get. I have done this little experiment, and the answer has not been consensual.

Manchester Metropolitan University and Fragrance Direct study showed that 47% of male beards carry fecal matter. These are pretty awful news, right? I believe this is enough to convince anyone to have a good grooming routine.

For your beard to look presentable and shiny, you need to spend some time taking care of it, and washing it is one of them. Therefore, it would be best to find the correct number of washes for your facial fuzz needs.

I guess it all depends on how long your beard is, your skin type, the climate of the country you live in, or if you have an active lifestyle, right? You bet it depends on all these factors, but we can still answer the question.

How Often Should I Wash My Beard?

You should wash your beard 1 to 3 times per week depending on factors like your skin type, beard type, lifestyle (if it is active, your job), and other factors like the environment you live.

If you don’t have a lot of time to read, here you have the quick answer.

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Normal Skin – Wash it twice per week.
Dry Skin – Wash it once or twice per week.
Oily Skin – Wash it three times per week.
Combination Skin – Wash it two or three times per week.

Stubble Beard – Wash it two or three times per week.
Short Beard – Wash it twice per week.
Medium Beard – Wash it once or twice.
Longer Beard – Once per week.

Active Lifestyle/Gym – Rinse with water before and after a workout.
Sweaty and Active Job – Wash it every two days.
Dry Climates – Wash it once or twice per week.
Humid Climates – Wash it two or three times per week.

As you can check, it’s not black and white how many times you wash your beard. If you have dry skin, a stubble beard, a sweaty and active job, and live in a dry climate, you may need to be in the middle and wash your beard two times per week with the right beard products.

Read: How To Brush Your Beard

Remember, this is a guide, but you need to understand your beard needs. I would always prioritize my skin type over any other factor.

What Is Your Skin Type?

To understand how often you should wash your beard, you need to know your skin type. For example, the number of washes you should have per week will differ between oily and dry skin.

If you don’t know your skin type, you can use the bare-faced method. First, cleanse your face with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry.

After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead for any shine. After another 30 minutes, evaluate whether the skin feels parched, especially with facial expressions. The conclusions:

Dry Skin – Skin feels tight.
Oily Skin – Shine on your cheeks, forehead, and nose
Normal/Combination Skin – Shine on your forehead and nose.

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You can also have very sensitive skin that reacts to a trigger and becomes a red or scaly rash. I would suggest you talk with a dermatologist to find the best solution for you.

Normal Skin

If your skin is well balanced and it is neither oily nor dry, feeling soft, and has no large visible pores, you are a lucky guy.

Wash your face and beard with a non-comedogenic cleanser twice per week.

Dry Skin

Dry skin doesn’t produce the right amount of sebum, so your skin feels scaly and rough. In addition, it can make your skin feel itchy and irritated due to the lack of lipids in the skin.

Wash your face and beard with a hydrating and fragrance-free cleanser once or twice per week.

Oily Skin

Your skin produces excess oil (sebum) that can leave pores clogged, causing blackheads and breakouts. This happens when sebum combines with dead skin cells and becomes stuck in your pores. Your skin feels greasy.

Wash your face and beard with a non-comedogenic gel cleanser that contains salicylic acid 3 times per week.

Combination Skin

This means your skin will have a combination of dry and oily areas. It may be drier around the cheeks and chine and oily around the forehead and nose.

Wash your face and beard with a hydrating and non-comedogenic gel cleanser that contains salicylic two or three times per week.

What Is Your Beard Length?

Now that you know your skin type, you also want to comprehend your beard length to decide how often you should wash your beard.

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Stubble

A stubble beard is that style that grows after a couple of days with no shaving (my favorite these days, since I trim it every two weeks when not once per week). In this style, your beard is between 1mm to 5mm in length.

With a stubble beard, you can wash it two or three times per week.

Short Beard

A short beard is a neat facial hairstyle that needs low maintenance and appears ruggedly attractive. In this style, your beard is between 5mm to 30 mm in length.

With a short beard, you can wash it twice per week.

Medium Beard

A medium beard is full facial coverage that needs a bit more attention and will require a combination of combing and brushing. In this style, your beard is between 30mm to 150mm.

With a medium beard, you can wash it once or twice per week.

Read: How To Straighten Your Beard?

Long Beard

A long beard is full facial coverage that goes long below the chin and needs a lot of work to keep it healthy and perfect. In this style, your beard is longer than 150mm.

With a long beard, you need to wash it once per week.

What Is Your Lifestyle?

Your lifestyle is also essential when it comes to how often you should wash your beard.

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Active Lifestyle/Gym

very active lifestyle can lead to sweat, dirt, and chalk on your beard, especially if you like to hit the gym almost every day. You don’t need to wash your beard every day with a cleanser since that will dry the beard. 

Rinse your beard with water before and after the workout.

When you rinse your beard with water before a workout, you get rid of the grime that builds up during your sleep, your day, and any activities you do. After your workout, you should also rinse your beard with water to clean any chalk, sweat, or grime.

Your Job

Your job can dictate how often you should wash your beard. For example, if you work as a chef in a fast-paced kitchen or as a subcontractor lifting heavy stuff, your beard may start to smell bad.

If your job makes you sweat a lot more, or you work in places with a very active smell, you may need to wash your beard every two days to keep the oil from clogging pores, to prevent grime in the beard, and any bad smells.

Consider Other Factors

Also, keep in mind some other factors when deciding to wash your facial fuzz.

Environmental Factors

The place where you live can have a significant role in the quality of your beard.

Dry climates can lead to moisture being drawn out of the skin, making your skin and beard dry. You can wash your beard once or twice per week and add a beard conditioner to help with the hydration problem.

Humid climates can lead to a more dirty beard with excessive oil production. You can wash your beard two or three times per week if needed to avoid any inflammation or ingrown hair. Also, add beard oil to your weekly routine.

Water Temperature

I just want to point out that when you wash your beard and face, keep in mind that the water should be lukewarm, neither hot nor cold.

Hot water can cause inflammation and dryness since it increases circulation. Coldwater will prevent your pores from opening and absorb the beard oil or balm you will add next.

Apply The Right Beard Products

Now let’s talk about what products you can add to your beard routine when you wash your facial hair.

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Use Beard Wash

You probably think you can apply the shampoo you use on the hair in your beard, but you’re mistaken. That shampoo is created specifically for the hair in your head (they are both very different, the hair on your head and face), and when applied on beards, it can dry out the skin of your face. Also, most hair shampoos strip the natural oils from your hair to prevent it from getting greasy or oily.

A beard wash is designed specifically to clean your beard and skin underneath without stripping the natural oils or drying them out. Try to find one that is natural without any chemicals that can affect your skin.

How Often Should You Use Beard Wash?

1 to 3 times per week depending on factors like your skin and beard type, lifestyle, and the environment you live in.

Use Beard Conditioner

A beard conditioner is something that you apply after you have used your beard washer and rinse i after applied it.

Beard conditioners are great to nourish your beard and the skin underneath. It also gives a healthy shine, makes combing easier, and eliminates any irritation or dry skin.

How Often Should You Condition Your Beard?

1 to 3 times per week (it should be the same number of times as you used beard washer) depending on factors like your skin and beard type, lifestyle, and the environment you live in.

Use Beard Oil

Beard oil is great to moisturize and soften your beard and skin underneath. It’s a mixture of different essential oils like eucalyptus or, my favorite the coconut oil.

If you have a short beard, this is perfect for you since the skin absorbs the oil quicker.

How Often Should You Oil Your Beard?

You can apply beard oils once per day, ideally, after a shower when your beard and underneath skin become dry.

Use Beard Balm

Beard balm is designed to hold down some of the flyways and keel all the tiny hairs in check, making your beard look smoother. It also moisturizes and makes your beard thicker.

Beards balms are great for longer beards since you can shape and style them.

How Often Should You Balm Your Beard?

You can apply beard balm once per day, ideally, after a shower when your beard and underneath skin become dry.

Common Questions About How Often Should You Wash Your Beard?

These are some of the most common questions men have about how often should you wash your beard.

Should I Wash My Beard Every Day If I Workout?

You don’t need to wash your beard after every workout you do. Instead, I advise you to rinse with lukewarm water before and after exercise since it can eliminate most sweat, dirt, and chalk.

Is It Good To Wash Your Beard Every Day?

It is good to rinse your beard every day with lukewarm water, but not with beard shampoo since that can dry your skin underneath and weakness your facial hair in the long term.

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Can I Wash My Beard With Just Water?

Yes, it would be best if you washed your beard with water daily, part of your beard care routine.

What Happens When You Over Wash Your Beard?

Over washing your beard is not suitable for your facial fuzz. It can bring several adverse side effects like affecting skin oil production, dry your beard and skin underneath, the hair can become crunchy with split ends and dandruff.

Does Washing Your Beard Help It Grow?

Directly no, but indirectly yes, it will help with your beard growth because it will keep the beard clean, the skin underneath smooth, and have hair in check.

Conclusion About How Often You Need To Wash Your Beard

How often should you wash your beard? Between 1 to 3 times per week is a good rule, but it all depends on your skin type, your beard length, your lifestyle, and the environment where you live.

The right beard care products like using beard wash, beard conditioner, beard oil, or balm can also make the difference.

After a few weeks, you will find the perfect amount of times you need to wash your facial hair and keep your grooming routine going.

What about you? How often should you wash your beard? Share with me your opinion in the comments.