There are some problems with growing a beard though. There are ingrown hairs and the inevitable itch, but once those subside, the biggest problem of all is getting food and other object caught in your hairy pride and joy.
Here’s some advice on keeping your facial hair free of debris from our beard expert Dr Allan Peterkin*:
Your beard should be washed regularly, as frequently as you wash your hair. The same products used on your scalp hair may be used to wash and condition your beard, although these should be of a mild formula to reduce the risk of irritation and excessive drying. Products designed specifically for facial hair are available.
If beard dandruff is a problem, regular dandruff shampoo, slightly diluted, may help.
Using a sparing amount of shampoo, massage your beard, working up a generous lather. Massaging your skin will loosen debris, skin flakes, and oils, and tone your skin.
Rinse thoroughly, ensuring all soap residue has washed away. Inadequate rinsing will, promote, itching, flaking, and matting. If desired, apply conditioner and rinse well.
Pat your beard dry with a towel.