Many men would love to know how to grow a beard without having to suffer through that incredibly annoying itching phase. This is the phase that makes a lot of men decide that a beard is simply not worth the discomfort. Thankfully, this stage only lasts a week or so and diminishes as the hair gets longer, but there are things you can do to ease the discomfort of the itchy stage while it lasts.
One way to tame the itching is to wash your facial hair with shampoo and conditioner as you would the hair on your head. Try to use the gentlest shampoo as you can find, as harsher shampoos can dry out the skin and cause even more itching. If you still suffer from itching after you have washed and conditioned your beard, rubbing a dab of baby oil through your beard should soften the skin enough to alleviate the itching.
Avoid washing your beard with soap of any kind, as soaps have drying properties and will worsen the itching problem. In severe cases, placing a hot, damp towel on your beard for several minutes should soften the bristly whiskers and stop the itch.
Try not to use a lot of lotions on your beard as they can do more harm than good. Lotions tend to contain alcohol, which will dry out the skin under your beard and cause it to itch even more.
It is also important to have a good pair of beard trimmers. Quality beard trimmers will allow you to trim your beard without pulling the hairs and causing ingrown hairs, which also contribute to itching.
Again, if you are willing to tough it out, this phase of the beard growing process only last a short period of time. If you can get through it, you just may be rewarded with a better beard than you ever thought you could grow.
You may have it a little easier when it comes to grooming, but you still have some work to do to look your best. For starters, washing means more than splashing water around on your face. Use facial cleansers matched to your skin type to deep-clean your skin. Then move on to the details, like trimming any beard or mustache and removing any stray hairs on your face.
I have learned that most men don't like to shave. At least, the men I know would rather forego this male ritual. I've heard men complain of getting razor burn, (the red, sore bumps), after a shave, and I've actually seen men walk around with bits of spittle and toilet paper dotting their faces. Men may be surprised to learn that women sometimes have the same troubles when they shave their legs and armpits.