Ever have the feeling that you're being poked - no, not by some other external objects, but from your own beard? Especially prevalent with fresh growth - small, razor sharp follicles pierce the skin mercilessly.
Consider it a right of passage into beardhood. No pain, no gain. However, you can have a bit of help on your side. Even long-time beard keepers experience itching, scratching or dry skin.
The trick is - if you are a newbie or a veteran - to honor the beard. Heal it as importantly as you would the hair on your head. So there are two or three steps required here.
First - when you shower wash your face hair - treat it nicely, lather it up, massage, get the oils and dirt trapped below and then rinse it out.
Second - when you get out of the shower using a comb with narrow teeth and brush your beard downwards while it's still wet. Be sure to clear out tangles, and groom it well.
Thirdly - apply an oil or a conditioner - if you have something especially formulated for beards, all the more better, and work it evenly in your face hair.
Fourth - resist the temptation to scratch your beard like it is the planet's most itchiest place. Learn how to ignore or use a soft cloth to take care of your itch rather than digging your nails into it.
Fifth - relax - your beard may grow naturally and easily, you don't have to care for it each second. Every day is a good schedule. Don't over-brush, do not over do it. Take it easy.