What Is The Purpose Of Beard Oil And What Does It Do?

In this article we’re going over just what beard oil is and what does it do for your beard. Along with that I’ll be answering a lot of common questions that I see being asked.

If you don’t see the question you were looking for in this article give me a heads up and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

What Does Beard Oil Do For The Beard?

Beard oil helps with the overall look of your beard by giving it that shinny, glimmer type of look to your beard. On top of that it also makes your beard softer which can help with overall itchiness.

Another main thing beard oil does is that it’s basically used as a beard cologne in a way these days. This helps with how your beard smells as you can probably guess.

Does Beard Oil Help With Growing A Beard?

Is beard oil used for helping your beard grow

Here is the most common question that I see being asked a lot.

The answer is no, beard oil isn’t a beard growth product. It is a beard grooming product more focused on looks and hygiene for your beard.

I know this is a bummer to hear since having to wait for your beard to grow is a pain in the butt. There are some products to help you out with your beard growth which I touched on in a previous article that I wrote.

Does Beard Oil Help Make Your Beard Softer?

Yes, that is actually the main benefit for beard oils in my opinion.

I have a bad habit of rubbing my hands through my beard, especially when I’m trying to think of something. This actually pulls in a lot of dirt of your hands and pulls a lot of your natural oils from your beard onto your hands which makes your beard more dry.

Does Beard Oil Help With Itch Relief From Your Itchy Beard?

Yes it does. As mentioned above beard oil helps make your beard softer which overall helps with relieving the itchiness that comes along with a dried out beard.

A tip for you to help with a itchy beard is make applying beard oil a part of your overall beard grooming schedule.

By that I mean don’t wait until you feel your beard start to itch before applying it. I suggest getting on a schedule with applying it and stick to it.

Does Beard Oil Help With Dandruff aka Beardruff?

Yes & No. If you already have dandruff in your beard then just using beard oil isn’t going to cure your beardruff. However using beard oil can help prevent getting dandruff in your beard before you get it.

If you already have dandruff in your beard then use a beard wash first to get rid of the beardruff then start a regular schedule of applying beard oil.

When Should I Start Using Beard Oil, At What Length?

There is exact length to go by here but I started using it when I had at least half an inch in length. See the picture above of a good length when to start using it in my opinion.

There is no point in using it when you only have stubble or just past the stubble stage unless you just want your face to smell good, you won’t get much benefit beyond the fragrance at this point.

Are There Any Side Effects From Using Beard Oil?

Not that I’m aware of. I’ve never personally noticed any side effects from using oil on my beard but of course everyone is different.

If you’re truly worried about it then just check with the manufacturer of the beard oil that you decide to use and also of course be cautious if you have a lot of allergies.

How Often Should I Use Beard Oil?

Typically I use it everyday just once as part of my normal morning routine.

I’ve heard of people applying it a few times per day with others only applying it once a week.

So this all comes down to personal preference. Just mess around with it until you find your sweet spot.

How Much Beard Oil To Use On Your Beard

This can vary per length of your beard but a good amount overall would be between 4-6 drops into your hands then rub your hands together and then rub your hands through your beard. This should be plenty to do the trick.

Most beard oil manufacturers will put a how to apply guide on their product which will tell you how much they recommend you using.

Does Beard Oil Help With Dry Skin Under The Beard?

Yes it does but its not a one and done deal. You need to consistently use this to keep a well maintained beard and to help minimize the dryness of the skin around your beard.

Which Beard Oil Should I Choose?

This is a very open ended topic and a vast amount to go over to answer that question. So instead of trying to answer that here I’ve created another article which focuses just on that.

Are All Beard Oils The Same?

In a sense yes but also no they’re not the same.

By that I mean that beard oils are made with the same goal in mind which is to leave your beard looking and feeling better. No because the ingredients in the oils can focus more on certain areas than other oils.

For example you could have one beard oil that focuses more on giving your beard a nice look to it while another focuses more on softening the beard and relieving itchiness.

Then throw in the different scents from these beards oils and it makes them even more unique.

What Is Beard Oil Made Out Of Ingredient Wise?

Beard oil is created from two different oils, carrier and essential oils.

Carrier oils kind of resemble their name in a way. Its purpose is to help store the essential oils together so that the essential oils can be applied to you without having any issues. If you applied the essential oils directly then you have a good chance of getting irritation to your skin.

The carrier oils do also come with some benefits themselves rather than just being a “carrier”.

To show you an example of a few:

  • Hemp Seed – Works great for protecting hair from becoming brittle
  • Sweet Almond –Does a good job of helping prevent in grown hairs
  • Hazelnut – Works great for preventing acne.

The other half, the essential oils focus more on scent and the health benefits to your skin/beard. The essential oils are natural compounds that you would probably recognize by the name if you see them such as orange oil and peppermint oil.

  • Amla – Does a solid job of repairing damaged hair
  • Lemongrass – Invigorates the skin/beard
  • Eucalyptus – Helps protect against skin irritation.

This is just a tiny glimpse of the oils available, there are hundreds available.

What Is The Difference And Which Is Better For Your Beard: Beard Oil Vs Beard Balm?

These items have their similarities and their differences.

Beard Oil and Balm are similar because they both provide a nutrient benefit to our beards.

I feel beard oil does a better job in this area than the balm.

They are different because beard oil doesn’t do much for actually helping mold your beard or tame it the way you want it to look.

Beard balm allows you to shape your beard the way you want it to look, think of it like how hair gel or pomade works for your hair.

So they both have their benefits so I can’t choose which is better here unless I know the reasoning behind why you’re trying to decide between the two.

I would say if you have a hard time with controlling your beard then go for the balm if you just looking for beard nourishment then look to the oils.

Can You Use Beard Oil and Beard Balm Together?

You can but you probably wouldn’t need both on at the same time. I’ve done a schedule like applying beard oil at night before bed and then using beard balm in the morning before heading out to work.


I hope this article has helped some of you. I’ll do my best to answer any questions that any of you might have about beard oils or just beard stuff in general.


Image Credits: Big Stock Photo Author Tverdokhlib, Tverdokhlib, Big Stock Photo Author Dean Drobot

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