How to Treat a Beard Burn

Written by hillary marshall | 13/05/2017
How to Treat a Beard Burn
Kissing someone with facial hair can cause beard burn. (kiss image by Mat Hayward from

Beard burn occurs when you kiss, or make skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a beard or stubble. Beard burn causes the skin to become red and irritated. Naturally, if you are getting beard burn you could ask your significant other to shave more often, but if that is not an option there are ways you can ease your suffering. You may need to try a few different things out before you find what works for your beard burn.

Wash your skin with an antiseptic face soap. Do this as soon as you can after close skin-to-skin contact with facial hair because it may help prevent some of the irritation from occurring.

Massage in a gentle moisturiser. Something that is fragrance and dye free is ideal because it won't clog poses.

Apply aloe vera gel to your beard burn. Chilled aloe vera may be more soothing. The aloe will help reduce redness and inflammation.

Brew some green tea and allow it to cool in the refrigerator. Soak a wash cloth in the cold unsweetened green tea. Wring the rag out and allow the cold, tea-soaked rag to sit on your beard burn. Dr. Jessica Wu reports on the Daily Glow that this helps soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

Treat your beard burn twice daily with a 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream.

Things you need

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Green tea
  • Wash rags

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