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While there is definitely something sexy about bearded men, spotting beard dandruff on their precious facial hair is, to be blunt, gross.

According to Dr. Kaycee Reyes, beard dandruff aka seborrheic dermatitis is actually the flaking of the skin. “It is caused by one or a combination of factors such as dry skin, product irritation, an existing skin condition, diet, or a type of yeast called pityrosporum ovale, which makes the skin red, cracked, and flaky,” she writes on Manila Bulletin.

It’s a common thing, beard dandruff. But the good news is, none of us have to live with it. Below are six ways to banish this gross fact of life.

1. Shave it all off. Especially when the cause is yeast infection, shaving is the fastest way to treat beard dandruff. Exposure to the sun, you see, stops yeast to grow. When you have facial hair, thick facial hair especially, you give yeast a cozy little nook to thrive and grow. Shaving your beard is almost like stripping the yeast off their home.

2. Beard oil. Maybe it’s just dry skin that’s causing the beard dandruff. Beard oil then, should be the solution. It can keep your hair and skin, soft, moisturized, and hydrated. Apply two to three times a day.

3. Exfoliate and moisturize. Top tip: Be gentle. Rubbing too hard can cause even more irritation. Use a soft cloth to gently rub the skin. Follow it up with applying moisturizer. If you’re a dude plagued with beard dandruff, ask help your SOs or your mothers! The loving humans you surround yourself with will surely be gentle on you.

4. Baby shampoo. Because baby products are mild enough to use for your facial skin (which is softer and more sensitive than the skin covering rest of your body). If the dandruff situation is a little dire however, baby shampoo may prove to be too weak.

5. Anti-dandruff shampoo. If you’ve been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis—as in it’s not just dry skin or yeast infection—your dermatologist will prolly prescribe this to you. Heads up: use shampoo that has ketoconazole, coal tar, or selenium sulfide to the beard area. Let it stay for at least five minutes. And because the shampoo might be too strong for the skin, don’t do it every day!

[h/t Manila Bulletin; photo: Wiki]

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