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When To Wash Face After Applying Beard Oil?

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To be honest, washing your face after applying beard oil is not necessary. In fact, if you rinse out the oil after applying it, you won’t give your beard a chance to absorb it properly. The whole purpose of using beard oil is to get absorbed and give your hair follicles the nutrients they need. If you wash it off after applying it, the absorption process will simply never happen.

If you insist on washing your face, you should wait at least two to three hours after applying the beard oil. This will give your skin enough time to absorb the oil and do its work.

Should you wash your face after applying beard oil?

As we already mentioned, washing your face after applying beard oil is not necessary. But there are certain cases in which you might want to do it, and this is what we will talk about now.

The Viscosity of the beard oil

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In simple terms, the viscosity of beard oil is its thickness. It can be thin, medium, or thick.

If the viscosity of the beard oil you’re using is quite thick, the beard oil might not get absorbed by your skin and leave a bit of residue on your face. In this case, washing your face after applying beard oil is necessary.

* Some carrier oils with thick viscosity are coconut oil, argan oil, and olive oil.

Your hair and skin type

Hair and skin type

If you have oily hair and skin, it is also necessary to wash off the beard oil. This will prevent the oil from making your hair look greasy and, most importantly, prevent it from clogging your pores.

Clogged pores are a very common problem amongst people with oily skin that can cause a number of skin problems like acne. So if your skin is oily, make sure to wash off the beard oil before going to bed.

You feel irritated

Feel Irritated

If, after applying beard oil, you start feeling some sort of irritation or stinging sensation, then probably some ingredients of the oil irritate your skin.

In this case, you should immediately wash your beard and face. It is better to err on the side of caution rather than have a reaction that could get worse over time.

This is why you should always do a patch test on your skin before using a product. A quick patch test will reveal if you have an allergic reaction to the product or not. If there is no redness, itching, or irritation after 24 hours, you can safely use this product on your face.

It is best to use all-natural carrier oils without any additives if you have sensitive skin. This will lower the chances of having a negative reaction.

You schedule

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This is something else you have to consider. If you’re going outside soon, you shouldn’t apply beard oil in the first place. The reason is simple – if you’re going to be in open spaces like the beach, park, or forest, the oil will attract all of the dirt and other stuff from these areas.

So if you have applied beard oil and realize you must go out soon, the best thing to do is simply wash your face. You can still apply beard oil when you get back home.

So, when should I wash my face after applying beard oil?

As mentioned above, washing your face after applying beard oil is unnecessary. But if you have to go outside or feel irritated, you should wash your face immediately.

If the beard oil you have used has thick viscosity or your beard hair or face is oily, it is best to wash it after three to four hours to give it time to penetrate the skin.

Finally, if the oil doesn’t seem too thick and you don’t have to leave home, then just wash your face as you would normally do to remove dirt and pollution (ideally after you get out of the shower).

No matter how often you wash your face, you should use a gentle beard wash that will not strip your skin of its natural oils.

Wash Your Beard Less Often


As you already know, when it comes to grooming and beards, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for how to take care of your facial hairs.

The same goes for washing your face after applying beard oil – it entirely depends on the skin type, hair type, and other factors we already mentioned.

So what is your grooming routine? Do you wash your face after applying beard oil? Let us know in the comments section below.

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