The hair on your face needs to be washed just like the hair on your head. I’ve used shampoo from time to time, but that usually results in dry skin, “beard dandruff,” split ends, and annoyance. Often I can skirt this problem by just thoroughly rinsing it out in the shower, but eventually that doesn’t cut it either. On top of this all, I live in an area with hard water and this can add to the flakiness as well.
For the past month or so I’ve been cleaning my beard on Saturdays with Hudson Made: Citron Neroli Beard & Shave Soap. I was hesitant at first to try this seeing one bar of soap costs just over $20 for 3.5oz. The reviews were amazing though, and I decided to give it a whirl. I am also leaving the soap in a container by the sink so as not to lose any by attrition in the shower.
The first time I tried the soap I ran a little water through my beard, lathered up a little bit of soap on my hands, and then applied it to my face. The soap didn’t really lather up much at all, which was surprising because the most common comment about this soap was the insane amount of lather it generated.
The following week I thoroughly soaked my beard at the sink and made sure to use warm water. This time instead of trying to lather soap on my hands, I dipped the soap under the water and then immediately rubbed it across my beard. The amount of lather generated was impressive. This soap can double as shaving soap, you know – the kind you mix up in a little mug with a brush. After making sure my entire beard is soaped up and massaged a bit, I can either rinse it out at the sink or take a shower.
Another type of soap many people suggest trying is pine tar soap. I’m quite hesitant to use it because I’ve heard it smells like a wet campfire. Call me cautious, but that would probably irritate my eyes, sinuses, airways, or just make the bathroom reek. This soap is made with cedar and citrus essential oils, and isn’t overly strong. Another concern I had was the scent of whatever soap I started using could be an overpowering scent on my face all day. That hasn’t even remotely been a problem. If I cup my hand over my mouth and nose, and breathe in, I can kind of smell the soap for a day – and that’s it.
One other benefit to soaping up my beard once a week is it helps with CPAP beard. Some people exhibit a bad case of “bed head” upon awaking. I tend to get CPAP beard from the straps of my mask pressing against my face all night. Rinsing my beard out in the shower, applying a little beard oil and combing it in the morning mostly keeps it in shape. It just looks slightly more disheveled day after day by the end of the week though and the deep cleaning gets it back to normal.
After one-two months of use I can hardly tell the soap has even been used. I wouldn’t be surprised if this lasts me a year. I’d like to try out some other soaps because I have found some in the $10 or less range, but I’ll probably wait until this current bar is much more used before purchasing something else.