We often see an increase in acne and ingrown hairs (which may look like acne bumps) when men grow a beard or move from a clean shave to an unshaven look. The reasons for this are multifactorial, but most relate
to hygiene. Men tend to negate beard grooming, and beard hair can collect a lot of debris and bacteria that can predispose to the development of acne.
During the day, your facial hair collects dust, dirt, and bacteria that can cause pimples
. If you don't wash your beard that pimple causing bacteria thrives.
To help prevent
and treat facial hair related pimples, men should wash their beard twice daily with a facial cleanser, switch pillowcases every few days, and pay better attention to grooming. Particularly in people with curly hair, short beard hair can grow back into the skin and cause a foreign-body response, which can lead to the development of red and painful bumps that look like acne. The body actually reacts to its own hair as something foreign, and mounts an immune response to it. We see less of these foreign-body responses once the beard is longer, however acne can still be a problem if the hygiene is poor. If these methods don’t work, then a dermatologist
can prescribe antibiotic treatments that may help keep acne at bay. If these problems persist despite medical therapy, laser therapy
is a good way to remove problematic areas of hair that repeatedly cause bumps.