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How Often Should You Apply Beard Oil?

How often should you apply beard oil? It’s a question I get a lot. And it’s common among the fellas who are trying to grow a thicker, fuller, healthier beard. 

A great beard oil should be one of your go-to’s for keeping your beard in tip-top shape so let’s break down how often you need to use it to get that beard you’ve always dreamed of.

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How Often Should You Apply Beard Oil for Growth?

When you’re trying to grow your beard out, it’s great to have beard oil that will nourish and moisturize your beard while helping to feed your hair follicles and encourage beard growth.

Once you’ve found the perfect beard oil you should apply it at least twice a day.

I recommend making it a part of your morning routine. Just before you’re ready to head out the door for the day, slab on some really good beard oil and make sure to work it into your beard.

You should apply the beard oil again at night.

Just after you’ve washed your face for the night and you’re about to head to bed is the perfect time. It’ll keep your beard moisturized and hydrated throughout the night––key for getting your beard to grow––and you’ll wake up with a super-soft, sexy beard that your lady will love.

Should I Use Beard Oil Everyday?

It depends. Most guys don’t need to oil their beards every single day unless you’re trying to get it to grow or you live in a place that’s super dry. Think Phoenix or Las Vegas.  

If you’re one of the dudes with super dry skin or living in those hot and dry climates, I recommend using your beard oil every day to make sure you’re keeping it moisturized and hydrated.

For the fellas that don’t live in hot and dry climates, or deal with really dry skin, it’s okay for you to use your beard oil every other day.

The reason I’d give an extra day in between use is because you don’t want to overly saturate your beard and end up clogging your pores. That’s what leads to acne and other types of skin breakouts.

Pro Tip: If you start to notice your beard starting to feel extra greasy you can always cut back how often you use your beard oil. Even three times a week is good enough to keep your beard hydrated and healthy.

How Much Beard Oil Should I Use?

If you’re using high-quality beard oil, it won’t require a lot. Just a few drops are good enough to saturate your beard and get it moisturized and hydrated.

I recommend using two or three drops of beard oil, especially in the beginning.

This will give you time to see how the beard oil works with your hair type and how well it absorbs into the skin underneath your beard.

Once you can tell how the beard oil works for you, then you can adjust the amount you use. If you feel like you may need more than two or three drops, then go ahead and use the amount that makes your beard feel the way you want.

But I would still recommend sticking with two or three drops.

You must keep in mind not to overdo it, though. When you over saturate your beard, it ends up being way too greasy and that doesn’t look good nor is it good for your skin.

Can You Use Too Much Beard Oil?

In a word––yes. You can definitely use too much beard oil.

And the way to know if you’re using too much beard oil is that you’ll start to see it rubbing off your beard and onto things that touch it, like your cellphone screen.

When you use too much beard oil, it not only clogs your pores, but it also turns into buildup on your facial hair, too.

And when that happens, it’s extremely easy for dirt, oil, grime, and pollution to get trapped on your beard––leading to acne, rashes, and breakouts.

So, my word of advice is to stick to two to three drops like I suggested above.

How Long Do You Leave Beard Oil In?

I always recommend you leave beard oil in your beard overnight. This will give it time to absorb deeply into your facial hair and the skin underneath to give it the nourishment and the hydration it needs to grow, be healthy, and look great.

It’s also a great idea when you’re first applying the beard oil to give it a good five to ten minutes before you use any other facial products.

You want to be sure the beard oil has the chance to really saturate your facial hair and the skin underneath your beard before any other products mix with it.

Should I Wash Out Beard Oil?

Yes. When you leave your beard oil overnight, it’s always a good idea to wash it out in the morning with warm water.

It’s always a good idea because you don’t want residue from the beard oil to build up on your facial hair or the skin. When beard oil builds up it can clog your pores and lead to acne, breakouts, and those small bumps that show up when your skin is irritated.

It’s also a good idea to be sure you’re using a beard oil that has natural ingredients and that’s good for you so that you don’t need to use face soap when you wash it out.

Using too much face soap dries out your skin and beard and that’s definitely not a good thing.

How Long Does Beard Oil Take to Work?

You can usually expect to see a difference in your beard for about six to eight weeks. Though it really depends on how dehydrated your beard and the skin underneath is.

If it’s severely dehydrated, it could take longer to see results. But even with the driest beards, I’ve seen results in about eight weeks.

The key to seeing faster results is to make sure you’re using high-quality beard oil. 

You want to be sure you’re investing in one that has killer essential oils like Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Sunflower Seed Oil, because these are outstanding oils that are great for hydrating and moisturizing your beard.

But being consistent in using your beard oil is also key to speeding up the process, too.

Applying your beard oil twice a day and even leaving it in to soak into your beard overnight is a great way to speed up the results.  

Do Beard Oils Actually Work?

Yes! Beard oil definitely works. There are a slew of benefits for your beard and the skin underneath that come with using a really good beard oil.

Beard oil does so much more than just help your beard grow. It nourishes your hair follicles and the skin underneath your beard by seeping into your pores and feeding the vitamins and nutrients into your hair follicles at the root.

And that’s why I always recommend getting a beard oil that has essential oils like Argan Oil, Castor Oil, and Olive Oil.

But beard oil does more than that. Because most good beard oils are packed with vitamins and essential oils, it keeps your beard looking fresh and healthy.  

And it uses those same essential oils to soften your beard, too. That’s particularly great for the fellas that have drier skin and facial hair.

These are phenomenal essential oils that work wonders to give you the full, thick, healthy, and sexy beard you want.

What Are the Side Effects of Beard Oil?

I’m always recommending products that are all-natural or as close to it as possible because there are good beard oils and there are bad ones.

Some of the side effects that a bad beard oil can cause is skin irritation and rashes. This comes from harmful ingredients that can clog your pores and build up on your facial hair to cause irritation.

Bad beard oils can also cause dandruff. When you use a beard oil that’s not high-quality, you run the risk of the ingredients drying your beard and skin out and causing beard dandruff. A lot of the beard oils that use alcohol as an ingredient does this.

Always stay away from those.

And lastly, one of the other side effects of beard oil is that they can cause an allergic reaction. It’s always important to check the label to be sure there are no ingredients that can cause a reaction.

But I also like to take it a step further and test out the beard oil on a small patch of hair to see how my beard and skin will react to it.

That’s a really great way to check for any side effects a new beard oil may have on you before using it on your entire beard.

When Should You Apply Beard Oil?

You should apply your beard oil once you’ve finished in the shower and have already shaved.

I like to use it before I apply moisturizer or any other products so that it has time to seep into my beard and the skin underneath without being overpowered by another product I may be using.

Applying your beard oil after you’ve showered and shaved is great because the steam from the shower has opened your pores and softened your facial hair, which makes it easier for the beard oil to work its magic.

Another great time to apply beard oil is at night just before bed. After you’ve done your nightly routine of brushing your teeth and cleaning your face is the perfect time to apply your beard oil.

This will allow the beard oil to really saturate your facial hair and skin while you’re asleep.

How To Apply Beard Oil

Applying beard oil is super simple.

Step 1. Wash Your Face

When you’re done showering, use a mild face soap to wash your face and beard. It’s important to cleanse away any dirt, oil, and grime that could be built up on your beard.

Step 2. Shave & Trim

Be sure to shave your beard so that it’s framing your face the way you want. Then trim it to make sure it’s the length you want and there aren’t any stray fly away strands.

Step 3. Drop It

Grab your bottle of beard oil and squirt two to three drops into your palms.

Step 4. Massage It In

Now you can rub your hands together and massage the beard oil into your beard. Be sure you’re getting the entire beard. Leave it in for 5 to 10 minutes before applying other products.

Step 5. Brush

After the wait period, grab your beard brush and brush your beard in downward strokes. This will keep your beard neat and help to work the beard oil deeper into your beard hair.

Andrew Phillip Kennedy is a men's style & grooming specialist who has spent years testing his knowledge in the real world on himself to land jobs, get girls, and improve his life overall. Andrew's advice is regarded as the some of the most well-researched and well-grounded in the game. For the perfect combination of men's grooming theory and real world results, you'll want to follow Andrew.