When it comes to managing seborrheic dermatitis and maintaining a healthy, well-groomed beard, finding the right beard balm can make all the difference. Beard balms are designed to provide essential nutrients, hydration, and styling control to help you maintain a strong and cool-looking beard.
If you’re dealing with seb derm, it’s especially important to choose a beard balm with ingredients tailored to soothe and manage your Seb Derm symptoms, not aggravate it. By choosing the right beard balm, you will not only promote a healthier beard, but also contribute to more comfortable skin underneath.
The Search For A Safe Beard Balm
As any well-respected bearded man with Seb Derm knows, the search for a beard balm that won’t potentially aggravate seborrheic dermatitis is frustrating and time-consuming.
Most beard balms, regardless of price or brand, contain similar ingredients. Unfortunately, these comprise of popular natural oils like argan oil, Shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and every other oil that feeds Malassezia.
It seems all beard balm companies belong to the same club and they conspire to make bearded Seb Derm sufferers suffer ever more.
But all is not lost. There are a handful of beard balms that may not aggravate Seb Derm and may even soothe it. Now, these are not perfect beard balms. Perfection does not exist. And ultimately, everyone’s beard is different.
What works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. It may take some trial and error to find the right beard balm for your seborrheic dermatitis. Remember to start with a small area to test for any adverse reactions before applying the balm to your entire beard.
Plus, I’m a woman who, touch wood, don’t have issues with hirsutism and therefore do not have first-hand experience of beard balms. My reviews are based on knowledge of which ingredients exacerbate Seb Derm and which ones don’t.
Without further ado, let’s get to the list. And if you’ve tried any of these, please leave some feedback below for the next man. Your first-hand experience will be much appreciated.
Best Beard Balm Overall: Just For Men The Best Beard Balm Ever
Ironically, I found The Best Beard Balm Ever by Just For Men to be the best beard balm overall. Before you call BS on me, hear me out.
For starters, this is one of the few beard balms that don’t contain any ingredients that can feed Malassezia. None whatsoever. Instead, this balm uses jojoba oil, glycerin and mineral oil to moisturize your beard.
I also hear that the scent isn’t too bad.
Best Natural Beard Balm: Badger Beard Balm
If you’re looking for a natural and organic option, Badger Beard Balm is the only one I’ve found to be relatively safe. You guys know I’m a huge fan of natural products. Unfortunately, all natural beard balms contain oils that can feed Malassezia.
The Badger Beard Balm is the only natural beard balm making use of babassu oil and jojoba oil as its main moisturizers. It also contains sunflower oil which can feed Malassezia but that’s the only ingredient on the list that may aggravate your rash.
The blend of bergamot, vetivert, sandalwood, black pepper, cardamom and myrrh extracts (all of which may inhibit Malassezia and soothe your skin) means the overall effect of Badger Beard Balm on your beard and Seb Derm should be positive.
Beard Balm With The Best Scent: The Art of Shaving Beard Balm
Nothing says ‘I’m a strong but sensitive man’ more than a subtle sandalwood scent. Time and again, men (and the women they love) have gushed about the wonderful scent of this beard balm.
The Art of Shaving is a Canadian Brand that utilizes glycerin as their moisturizer to hydrate, reduce itch and soften your stubble. This beard balm also comes in Bourbon and Bergamot & Neroli scents.
Not much more can be said about this stubble balm except that it doesn’t contain any oils that feed Malassezia and is well worth a try if you like to smell good (who doesn’t?).
Best Beard Balm For Hold: Old Spice Beard Balm
Old Spice Beard Balm is one of the ‘traditional’ beard balms that uses good old-fashioned petrolatum and wax to give you a good hold, perfect for Seb Derm sufferers with handlebar moustaches and those who like stiff beards.
No new-age girly stuff like argan oil and shea butter here, just good old man stuff. The upside is that there is nothing in Old Spice Beard Balm that would feed Malassezia.
The downside? It’s not that good at moisturizing and may even cause more flakes. Use this only if you have an oily beard anyway and good hold is of utmost importance to you.
There you go. A short and sweet review of beards balms that are safe for Seb Derm.
At the end of the day, using a safe beard balm is only one aspect of seb derm control. Washing your beard daily with a medicated anti-fungal soap or anti-dandruff shampoo also goes a long way. Make sure you read The Ultimate Guide to Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment.