Beard burn! The inconvenient part about kissing.


Do you know that annoying red patch you end up with after being intimate with your partner? Well, today, we are going to talk about it. Let’s explore what beard burn is, why it happens and how you can treat it and maybe avoid it!

What is beard burn?

Men tend to have more facial hair than women because of the more significant testosterone levels in their bodies. This means two things. They either shave regularly, or they grow a beard. In both cases, their partners are susceptible to getting a beard burn when kissing and possibly also during oral sex. A beard burn is an irritation that happens on the skin when rubbed against sharp beard hair. Usually, this happens during times of intimacy.

How do you get a beard burn?

Due to the process of shaving, beard hair can get quite pokey and sharp—especially short stubble. During the process of kissing and other intimate acts, friction can be caused by the hair rubbing against your partner’s soft skin. This leaves behind a burn-like patch around your chin and the tip of your nose. The skin on your face and genitals is more sensitive than the rest of your body. Therefore these areas have a higher chance of getting affected by beard burns.

What does a beard burn look like?

Beard burns can look like red, raw patches around the mouth, chin and nose area, and genital areas. They can sometimes have tiny scratches too. You might notice the scratches only the next day when they scab over. A beard burn can be itchy, dry, irritating and have a burning sensation. In cases of a bad burn, you could have a rash that appears swollen and bumpy. This can be painful too. In some cases, a beard burn that is not treated can lead to a breakout. So try to take the appropriate steps to soothe your burn.

How to treat beard burn?

1. The best thing to do is keep your skin well moisturised. This ensures that your skin’s barrier function is in a healthy condition. Moisture can also help heal the dryness and the burn.

2. Hydrocortisone creams can also be used to soothe and treat beard burns that are not too severe. It reduces irritation, redness as well as swelling. Keep in mind that this is a topical corticosteroid cream and should not be used without the advice of your doctor.

3. If the burn doesn’t go away in a few days, then you should probably see a doctor, especially in the case of a genital beard burn.

4. Avoid acne face washes and products with alcohol in them, as this can further irritate your skin.

5. Do not exfoliate your skin. The use of toners or fragrances in any products on your skin will cause more damage.

6. You may also use a cold compress to soothe the inflamed area.

How to avoid a beard burn?

1. Try to avoid physical intimacy if your partner has just shaved or trimmed his beard.

2. Beard hygiene can be a crucial step towards preventing burns. The use of beard grooming products like balms and oils can help keep the hair soft and cause less friction. Regularly washing the beard can help with avoiding dirt from coming in contact with your skin.

3. You can find angles while kissing where there is the least amount of friction.

4. You can use moisturisers with ceramides and oils before intimacy to retain the moisture in your skin and avoid a burn.

5. A thick and nourishing night cream can help lubricate your face enough to avoid or reduce the chances of getting a burn.

The silver lining

While men with edgy, smart beards may be visually very appealing, they come at a cost. There are many things you can do to avoid a nasty beard burn. The best part of it is that you can choose your method according to your convenience!


1. What natural remedy can I use to treat a beard burn?

Aloe vera is a great ingredient to use for a beard burn as long as you are not allergic to it. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the area and reduce burning. Aloe vera gel or any cream with aloe vera in it can be helpful. Put the gel in the fridge for the additional cooling effect!

2. What are the dangers of genital beard burns?

If the skin around your genitals is broken or damaged because of a beard burn, then there is a higher chance of getting an STI. So avoid sexual activity during this time or take proper measures of protection.

3. How long does it take for a beard burn to go away?

It can take anywhere from a week to two weeks to heal a beard burn.

4. When should I see a doctor for a beard burn?

You should see a doctor if your burn hasn’t healed in a week. If you develop acne, blisters or a nasty rash, it is essential to get medical attention as it is possible to get an infection.



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Namya Naresh

An obsessive dreamer, vegetarian foodie and shy singer, Namya spends her time immersed in the world of Literature and Music. She is currently writing her first novel, advocating for mental health, self-love and bringing you your daily dose of skincare with CureSkin!