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How often should you exfoliate if you have a beard?

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I have a neatly trimmed beard, which is just a bit too long to be considered stubble I guess. I've been noticing though that sometimes at the base of the hairs they've been filled with tiny whiteheads with pus, and I'm getting some blocked pores underneath the hair where I have my beard.

I use St. Ives Apricot Blemish Control scrub which says to use no more than 3 times a week, but I'm wondering if that's enough? I only have oily skin around my T zone, and the cheeks where the beard is growing and my chin is not oily, but I do moisturise twice a day.

So, how often should I exfoliate the beard area, because these whiteheads and blocked pores are really annoying me now.

Thanks in advance.

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this is exactly what i am wondering. seems like when i leave the beard to do its thing i get small clogged pores. even when i moisturise if its dry.

its like you cant win. ever.

maybe my face was getting blocked from the moisturiser and i was failing to remove the traces of it hence the build up of oiler skin and small clogged pores in the oiler parts of my face (front cheeks, side of nose, between eye brows) my neck is normal, forehead consider normal/oily and my cheeks are dry.

recently ive broken out on the front of my cheeks, i do not no why.. only thing i can think of is this moisturiser and me failing to scrub once a week etc.

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Hmm that is so similar to what I'm experiencing... almost exactly the same. Do you think using some sort of brush exfoliation method under the beard might help? How long have you had yours for and what was your skin like before you grew it?

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i am 23 now, when i was growing up i had small acne on the forehead when i was about 15, then it cleared and i had pretty nice skin untill the end of my 17's it then started all around my mouth and jaw line, cheeks, forhead. so i tried products from the shops to no avail.

when i was about 20-21 i got cysts and nodules on the temples, forehead, jaw line. I would always pop them and couldnt leave them alone.

so i went on anti biotics from the doctor, they cleared them up for about months, i continued on and off the anti biotics for about a year ( i never took them everyday etc and forgot sometimes)

eventually they just seemed not to do anything, so i thought to myself why im a taking them? i was getting side effects and i never even thought in my mind it was the tablets!

again it was the jawline that had issues, deep spots that hurt. I would always dig them out, didnt care about the bleeding or consequences at the time.

eventually it settled down but i would get clogged pores and white heads. and its stayed like this ever since.

I get small clogged white heads, sometimes the substance is runny, sometimes it is hard like a black head, that isnt black. almost like a small string or grain of rice comes out, sometimes with a hair in the middle.

I find when i get a spot about 85% of the time its because of a hair follicle, this led me to believe i had foliclitus. but i didn't.

Oh my back used to get fairly spotty and that calmed down a lot. but the spots sort of moved to my shoulders and chest. touch wood that has stopped a lot now.

about 3 weeks ago i bought another blade razor to clean shave with. and this in conjunction with the moisturiser was amazing! skin was baby smooth, spots that came cleared up so fast and some spots that i had picked, the marks tended to clear up fast also. this you could say concludes that exfoliating works, because shaving is effectively exfoliating

then i left the skin (no shaving) and went to visit my grandfather and i was just using a bar soap from neutrogena (ph nutral, no fragrance etc) and then applying moisturiser, i was getting plenty of sun.

as i say, i think i made it too oily with the beard being present and it slowy started to clog. this was noticeable on the upper cheeks, chin, and eventually the neck (which for me are the areas that are normal-oily)

I have shaved again yesterday but with my clipper as i dont like clean shaving after a break out as it looks so bad.

if i didnt pop or pick my spots i wouldnt have reddish skin, and when i wash it dilutes and you can see where i used to have the spots all those years ago.

i dont have pitted scars, only one small one. I am going to see a specialist about my picking. this will help me alot if i could stop.

what of course would be better, would be if i didnt get spots in the first place, then i wouldnt pick!

even when i had a beard i would exfoliate, but i still got the small white heads that you mentioned. But at that time i wasnt moisturising...!

so maybe the key is, exfoliate every other day, and keep on moisturising to avoid over drying the skin. wether the beard is there or not?

my thoughts on it right now are to leave my face alone, only use water and see what happens in the next few days in terms of recovery from where i had a recent break out

Edited by .JacktheLad.

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I'm afraid the answer might be something like this:

If whiteheads/blackheads are constantly forming, then if you want clear pores, you have to exfoliate as soon as they are builded up, whether they build up in 10 hours or one week. Depending on how clean you are, your wud exfoliate as much as u could.

Unfortunately, the more you exfoliate, the quicker it builds up again, until it reaches a point where I believe it regenerates as quickly as your beard would, I find a connection in speed there.

I think the point is for you to "not have to exfoliate".

Ask yourself this, have you seen a normal person with beautiful skin exfoliate 3 times a week? I haven't. I know some people that have clear skin, they take decent care of themselves sure, and maybe exfoliate or whatever meager attempt at it.. once a week, once every two weeks, like they even needed it... and worse, some have horrible hygiene and still somehow they skin is balanced enough to take care of itself.

Anyways.. you must reach that level. I think the skin has a system in the way it works. Now that there is something terribly off balance, you must help the system heal your skin and take care of itself. It's like a computer programming, you don't want to reinvent programming with every single step over and over again and make it unnecessarily tough to code. You want to automate the whole process, you want the system to code itself. Anyways, all I'm saying is, 'help the skin help you'. I'm sure you've heard something like that before (cough cough Tom Cruise cough)

Edited by Wangod

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this is kinda true, i think you begin a viscous cycle once you start exfoliating. but surely if you are moisturising it should be fine?

i just worry about over-drying, as my skin is already super dry

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Hmmm what Wangod says is true, but that could be down to genetics, as I have a friend who eats and drinks absolute crap, never washes his face, smokes and drinks alcohol and his skin is amazing... ironic huh?

JacktheLad your skin sounds very similar to mine... might take some pointers from you, but as clean shaven isn't an option for me (just prefer having an unshaven look right now) I think I'm gonna exfoliate every other night

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While I'm a young lady and don't have a beard I have the same clogged pores all around my chin. Yucky. I have exfoliating scrubs as well and I use to use them every day thinking it would clear them. Thats not the case. You really should use them as directed. The purpose of them is to bring all the gunk to the surface to be cleared out. Which may lead to more breakouts. Doing it as directed won't irritate your face and won't constantly leave break outs. I have been forbidden by my derma to not use that stuff because of the breakouts it causes and also because I over treat my face ( I was steaming it every day! Lots of breakouts ) To clear my clogged pores he told me not to use moisturizer ( Which stinks because now I can't put on make up and will look like an ugly child ) and I have to use gentle soap. He also put me on Adapalene / differin saying it will clear up my pores in a few weeks. I sure hope so. Maybe you should ask about because it seems you have the same issue as me.

Best of luck :)

Ella

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While I'm a young lady and don't have a beard I have the same clogged pores all around my chin. Yucky. I have exfoliating scrubs as well and I use to use them every day thinking it would clear them. Thats not the case. You really should use them as directed. The purpose of them is to bring all the gunk to the surface to be cleared out. Which may lead to more breakouts. Doing it as directed won't irritate your face and won't constantly leave break outs. I have been forbidden by my derma to not use that stuff because of the breakouts it causes and also because I over treat my face ( I was steaming it every day! Lots of breakouts ) To clear my clogged pores he told me not to use moisturizer ( Which stinks because now I can't put on make up and will look like an ugly child ) and I have to use gentle soap. He also put me on Adapalene / differin saying it will clear up my pores in a few weeks. I sure hope so. Maybe you should ask about because it seems you have the same issue as me.

Best of luck :)

Ella

see this is the issue with the whole thing, basically over-doing it is counter productive, yet leaving it is just as bad because it will form anyway, or become over oily in someplaces and "normal" in others.

me personally am going through a dry skin phase. i have no idea why. i dont use ANY cleanser, just water which by the way runs through a water softener. I am washing late afternoon, and then before bed.

so if i am over washing then this could be why, but if i dont wash the pores are going to clog. u can literally see it happening if you were to leave it.

i have been FORCED to use a moisturiser again due to the sheer dryness of the whole face area. this is getting me quite depressed tbh.

I remember just over a year ago or maybe a bit longer, my forehead skin was so oily it was insane. id come back from work (office) and wipe toilet paper across the forehead and it would be so oily. no wonder i had heaps of trapped gunk under the skin.

anyhoo id love for these marks to clear up and then i can start afresh

I do need to find a good scrub though, to the OP, st ives scrub has been known to be bad for skin according to these forums, as they are sharpe little pieces and when rubbed across the face they create mirco tears and thus can create irritation.

I am thinking about seeing my doc about the dry skin. and see what he says.

probably anti biotics lol

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While I'm a young lady and don't have a beard I have the same clogged pores all around my chin. Yucky. I have exfoliating scrubs as well and I use to use them every day thinking it would clear them. Thats not the case. You really should use them as directed. The purpose of them is to bring all the gunk to the surface to be cleared out. Which may lead to more breakouts. Doing it as directed won't irritate your face and won't constantly leave break outs. I have been forbidden by my derma to not use that stuff because of the breakouts it causes and also because I over treat my face ( I was steaming it every day! Lots of breakouts ) To clear my clogged pores he told me not to use moisturizer ( Which stinks because now I can't put on make up and will look like an ugly child ) and I have to use gentle soap. He also put me on Adapalene / differin saying it will clear up my pores in a few weeks. I sure hope so. Maybe you should ask about because it seems you have the same issue as me.

Best of luck :)

Ella

see this is the issue with the whole thing, basically over-doing it is counter productive, yet leaving it is just as bad because it will form anyway, or become over oily in someplaces and "normal" in others.

me personally am going through a dry skin phase. i have no idea why. i dont use ANY cleanser, just water which by the way runs through a water softener. I am washing late afternoon, and then before bed.

so if i am over washing then this could be why, but if i dont wash the pores are going to clog. u can literally see it happening if you were to leave it.

i have been FORCED to use a moisturiser again due to the sheer dryness of the whole face area. this is getting me quite depressed tbh.

I remember just over a year ago or maybe a bit longer, my forehead skin was so oily it was insane. id come back from work (office) and wipe toilet paper across the forehead and it would be so oily. no wonder i had heaps of trapped gunk under the skin.

anyhoo id love for these marks to clear up and then i can start afresh

I do need to find a good scrub though, to the OP, st ives scrub has been known to be bad for skin according to these forums, as they are sharpe little pieces and when rubbed across the face they create mirco tears and thus can create irritation.

I am thinking about seeing my doc about the dry skin. and see what he says.

probably anti biotics lol

Hm you probably should. The only time I could probably use moisturizer is if my skin is peeling and red but that hasn't happened. My skin is usually very dry too but normally natural oils kinda help with that. I guess it all has to do with how much your body creates. I think you should see a derma or doctor especially if your face is that dry. My skin used to be very oily and now its dry... huh bodies are bipolar aren't they? Haha good luck :)

Ella

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just curious, but if you start exofliating and decide to stop lets say a year later... are you pretty much fked? do you have to constantly/consistently exfoliate for life?

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