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Flakes in your beard? Find out what causes dandruff in your beard and what you can do to tackle it

With the growing popularity of beards, millions of men around the world are now suffering from a whole new problem – beard dandruff.

Find out what it is and what you can do if you’re seeing flakes or dry skin in your beard.


Much like dandruff on your hair and scalp, dandruff on your beard is your body’s response to irritation.

They have the same cause – a microbe called Malassezia globosa.

This microbe feeds on natural skin oils we all produce called sebum, breaking it down into oleic acid as they go.

For half of the world’s population, that’s when dandruff starts since they’re sensitive to oleic acid. It triggers an irritation response which causes redness, itching and for the skin cells to shed and appear as flakes.

It’s the same whether it’s your beard or your hairMalassesia is found on everybody’s scalp and face and under the right conditions, can cause dandruff to appear.


Keeping flakes away on your facial hair is all down to the right grooming routine – and that doesn’t mean choosing a specialist beard shampoo.

Much like with your hair, you need to choose a dandruff shampoo that’s proven to work against the root cause.

Like Head & Shoulders. In exactly the same way our shampoos fight dandruff on your head, they’ll fight dandruff on your beard too.

It’s all thanks to our proven active ingredient, Zinc Pyrithione.

So next time you wash your hair, show your beard some love and spread the suds around.

Read more:

The beard-growers guide to getting rid of dandruff

How the hipster movement led to a rise in beard dandruff

The symptoms of beard dandruff explained

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