I hate trying to find hair tips or ideas on Pinterest (or most places) because it’s always people with straight hair who think that wavy hair is “curly.”
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Unless by “follow” you mean “follow and promptly unfollow.”
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If the irritation is just starting, try to keep the inflammation from making things worse by taking some Ibuprofen. Cortisone/hydrocortisone cream, aloe (pure, with no alcohol or menthol or any of that weird stuff), or a cloth soaked in cow’s milk will help the heal and sooth the skin. You can use anti-biotic ointments, although those make me break out. Alcohol-free lotions can also be helpful because they keep the area moist enough for healing,lessen itchiness/pain, and prevent scabbing. Personally, I swear by jojoba oil for most any skin problem I have encountered- apply liberally, especially when you want super quick healing.
Do not use moisturizers or cleansers with alcohol, because this will hurt and get in the way of healing. Do not use exfoliating cleansers or tools until it is healed. And avoid hot water or steam near your face as well. Avoid make-up and recreating the experience that lead to the beard burn in question during this period.
Now for prevention! Which is the best thing you can do for this problem. If this is a regular problem, you can ask your partner how they feel about shaving the hair clean off, or at least changing their shaving habits. With coarse hair, as on facial or southern beards, shaving with the grain first and then against it will give a smoother edge to the hair, with less razor-burn for them, as well. Hair cut at an angle generally makes for worse beard burn than a blunt end.
However, if that’s not the solution you’re looking for, that’s okay, too! The most popular choice usually doesn’t require shaving. There are tons of nifty products out there such as beard balms/conditioners/lotions that can help soften scratchy hair. Try to find one you both like that is non-comedogenic, if possible, but in any case I recommend looking for shea butter as a primary ingredient.
Beard burn is usually not extremely bad, but if it doesn’t heal after a few days or is bleeding or showing signs of infection, you should probably see a dermatologist.
Sensitive skin will probably not get used to the scratchiness, so talk to your partner about properly grooming their hair before it becomes a big problem. Remember that this issue is not aesthetic, but about comfort, happiness, and the health of your skin-which is an extremely important organ. Even mild beard burn can cause breakouts of acne, eczema, rashes, etc. and cause large patches of skin to scab over.
Besides, brushing beards (softer bristles for shorter hair, of course) and conditioning them at least with every shower can be a very enjoyable addition to a routine, especially for people who like to take a few minutes to treat themselves during their day. “Soap and rinse” is lazy, but is also damaging to the quality and texture of hair, making it rougher and more likely to break. Everybody can win with grooming!