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What Does Beard Wash Do?

What Does Beard Wash Do?


If you want your beard to look its absolute best, then there’s no question that you need to be using a beard wash. This product is a foundational part of every beard care routine– after all, starting with a clean slate is the best way to set yourself up for success. But what exactly is beard wash? How does it differ from other washes, soaps, and shampoos? Can you use other products interchangeably to fill the same function? Consider this your crash course to beard wash. Let’s run through everything you need to know about what’s in a beard wash, why you should use one, and the difference between a beard wash and other products.

What is a beard wash?

A beard wash is a cleansing product that’s designed specifically for your facial hair and skin. Your beard needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained if you want to keep it looking its best. After all, you wouldn’t just let the hair on your head go without being washed, and the same rule applies to the hair on your face. A good beard wash will be specially formulated to get dirt, grime, and excess oil out of your beard without stripping it of too much moisture, which could lead to a dryness or dandruff problem. At Fresh Beards, we make our signature beard washes with premium ingredients like tea tree oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter.

What are the benefits of using a beard wash?

While you might feel like you could probably get away without using one if your beard is especially short and low-maintenance, anyone with facial hair can benefit from a beard wash. They obviously help to keep your beard clean and make sure that dirt, dust, sweat, oil, and the various gunky and gritty things you come across over the course of your day aren’t hanging around on your face, but they also help to keep the hair and skin moisturized and prevent them from being stripped of the natural oils they need. Beard washes can help with acne, itching, flakes, and other nuisances that come with a beard, and they help your facial hair to look neat and clean throughout the day as opposed to scraggly, scruffy, or greasy.

Do I really need to use a beard wash?

The short answer is that if you have a beard, you probably need a beard wash. This is doubly true if your beard is especially thick, long, or prone to issues like dandruff or itching. How often you need to use one can depend a lot on your lifestyle. If you’re very active, tend to have oily skin and hair, or tend to do a lot of work or play in outdoor, dirty situations, you’ll probably want to bust out the beard wash at least every couple of days or so. If your facial hair tends to be dry and you don’t encounter as many situations that would make it dirty, you can probably get away with just a few washes a week. Experiment with the frequency and find what works for you.

Can I use other products in place of a beard wash?

In a pinch you might be tempted to use some other kind of cleanser in place of your regular beard wash, like bar soap or standard shampoo, but this is something that you really want to avoid if you want your beard to feel healthy and look great. These kinds of products will certainly cleanse, but they also strip the hair and skin of the moisture and protection that they desperately need and can lead to you having issues with dry, flaky skin and brittle hair. Counterintuitively, stripping your beard with a harsh cleanser can sometimes lead to you having problems with greasy skin or hair, because you trick the follicles into overproducing oil when you remove all the natural moisturizers and don’t add any back in. Basically, using a product on your facial hair that isn’t specifically formulated for it is a recipe for a bad looking beard.


Now that you know the basics of beard wash, you can start looking for one that will help you keep your beard in top condition! Start your search here with our range of nourishing beard washes in a variety of scents that will help you to maintain fantastic facial hair.

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