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How To Try And Avoid Causing Stubble Rash

August 13, 2023

Kissing a man with stubble carries with it a significant risk of soreness – “stubble rash”, as they call it.

But can it be prevented? Let’s discuss.

Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes and should not be construed as professional or health advice.

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As with all of our “tips and tricks” list remember, not all of these will work for you or your partner.

The best thing to do would be to just try them all out. In fact, most of them are just good general hygiene practices. 

1. Grow it a little longer

It’s generally accepted that the shorter the beard hairs, the pricklier they feel. Although all beard lengths can cause trouble, stubble is the main culprit when it comes to “stubble rash”. I mean, it’s even in the name. 

Stubble generally refers to any length of facial hair up to 5mm in length. After this point, we refer to it as a “short beard”. 

The reason stubble is more likely to cause this rash is that shorter hairs are coarser and stiffer. This leads to more friction.

So even a man that does his best to shave it all off every morning can still cause problems for his partner. This is because even a light 5 o’clock shadow can scratch and scrape.

One way to combat this is to simply let your beard grow a little longer. You may have been owning the “permanent 5 o’clock shadow” up until now. Try growing it out to the “heavy stubble” range (i.e nearer the 5mm mark) and see if it improves things. 

If this is still too sharp, try an even longer length. Once you find a length that doesn’t seem as harsh or coarse on the skin, grab it by the horns and don’t let go. 

Keep this as your length, and if you don’t mind the look of it just keep it every day. 

2. Wash it properly

Nothing fancy here. Remember I did say a lot of these are just good general hygiene practices. But, you’d be amazed at how often they’re neglected

Using a moisturizing beard wash (Amazon Link) works well – hydrating the shafts and the underlying skin.

The hairs will most likely feel smoother, softer and more even against your girlfriend’s skin. 

All of this acts to make the facial hair smell great as well which is always a plus. 

Stubble rash can be avoided through good grooming practices
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3. Beard Oil

Massaging a nutrient-rich beard oil into your facial hair can help.

They’re usually filled with ingredients such as jojoba oil and argan oil which give the beard an irresistible shine. 

But more importantly, these ingredients can soften the hairs and really smooth out that edge they can have

As opposed to conditioners, the beard oil isn’t washed off. Massage it in gently, and then use a comb to evenly distribute it across the entire facial hair domain. 

Remember to apply it to dry facial hair. Applying beard oil to wet facial hair will reduce its effectiveness because wet hair clumps together. This prevents the oil from nourishing individual hairs.  

Also, the water will dilute the oil and make it less potent. 

Beard oil often makes facial hair look thicker, fuller, and more uniform. It also gives the beard a very intentional look, as opposed to the “accidental beardsman” look. 

Some people may not feel that a mere stubble beard or short beard really needs any beard oil. They may believe that it’s usually reserved for those with longer beards.

But stubble, specifically heavy stubble, does often benefit from a drop of beard oil.

4. Moisturize

It’s easy to blame facial hair for absolutely everything. After all, they’re short, sharp, spikes sprouting out of the skin

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But simply moisturizing your facial skin properly after you trim and shave can often make it feel smoother.

Using a thoroughly hydrating moisturizer after you shave is crucial here.