What is “Beard Burn” and How Do I Treat It?

Have you ever been intimate with a woman and you suddenly hear them say “ouch!! Your beard!”? I certainly have.


Somehow after all of these years women still love to kiss a bearded man despite the risk of stubble-included rug burn on their face. I’m talking about what’s commonly known as “beard burn”.


Beard burn is a type of skin rash that is caused by hairs coming in contact and causing friction with skin during kissing or oral sex. This friction causes skin inflammation that often results in a patch of dry, red, and often-times scratched skin. Typically the inflammation appears on someone’s face, lips, or genital area.


I’ve dealt with beard burn first hand for years. It was always an issue but reached a breaking point last year during the winter. My beard had inflamed my girlfriend’s face so bad that both sides were shining bright red. I was under strict orders to steer clear of her face for the foreseeable future.


This was a very tall order that I took seriously. I thought to myself “Is this going to be an issue forever?” and “how am I supposed to avoid her face? I love her face”.


My mission was clear, how do I stop the beard burn?


After doing countless searching on Google all I could find are the causes and symptoms of beard burn. The *only* remedy that was posted was to simply shave the beard. I immediately knew that was not an option.


Luckily for you, I spent the next few months exploring all remedies through trial and error.


Preventing beard burn comes down to two things: grooming techniques and beard hydration.


I’ll start with grooming first. In my own personal experience, typically the shorter the beard hairs the worse the worse the beard burn. So my first recommendation is to grow the beard out. Now, we don’t need you to grow out a full Viking beard (although those are awesome). All we really need is for the hairs to grow out to the point where they are not sticking straight up and can actually lay down on your face. This stops *a ton* of the main drivers of friction on the skin. If you are someone who grows a patchy beard once it’s grown out or if you prefer the stubble look, not all is lost. I myself prefer to have a beard on the shorter side. What I would suggest then is to trim your beard like you typically would, but leave the mustache and hairs around your bottom lip longer. You won’t be able to see the difference and it really goes a long way in reducing beard burn.


Now I couldn’t tell you how many products I’ve tried to help alleviate this issue. But it is absolutely critical that you keep your beard as hydrated as possible with proper care daily. In my experience beard oils did a good job of hydrating and softening the beard but I just wasn’t a fan of how oily it made my face. Balms are fantastic and I still wear them but the hydration just wasn’t at the level I needed. I then found a supplier out of Utah that was selling beard cream. I was intrigued, I had never used or even heard of a beard cream before so I decided to give it a shot. I was simply blown away at how my beard and skin felt. Beard cream really is the best of both worlds between beard oils and balms. It gives you all the hydration and softening of beard oil (if not more) with little to none of the oily feeling.


It’s important to be patient, this typically isn’t an overnight fix. I would also recommend you let your partner’s skin fully heal before going all-in again. I can almost guarantee with these grooming and product recommendations you will see a difference after a week.


After discovering the remedy for beard burn I knew I needed to get this information out there since it just isn’t widely available. I’d also recommend trying Barbatum Beard’s beard cream as it’s the best beard care product I’ve ever used and I couldn’t be prouder to put it out there for everyone to try. I hope this has helped and if you have any questions please email me at info@barbatumbeard.com and I’m happy to personally assist.