The following facial hair update is kind of gross but not in a blood and guts kind of way. And once you�ve read this please don�t think of me as that smelly guy that sat in front of you in trigonometry class. I�m definitely not that guy (I sat in the back of the room for that class).
Yesterday I wore a new black linen shirt to work. I had plans to join HWL and others for their tri-birthday celebration. Midway through the afternoon I went outside and in the afternoon sunlight, or maybe it was the slight overcastness (I can�t really remember), I realized that my beard dandruff was verging on �out of control.�
Although most of my male friends have grown a beard or two in their lifetimes, I�m not sure if they�ve encountered beard dandruff. It�s gross and it just sneaks up on you. When my whiskers were short I didn�t have to contend with this problem. Now that the skin hidden beneath my chin feathers doesn�t see the light of day, it tends to dry. I also blame my stuffy office conditions.
When my facial hair was less rampant along, I�d use the exfoliating facial scrub once or twice a week. I�d also moisturize with a bit more frequency, especially those parts of my face now covered by my ever-growing beard. Somehow I�d fallen out of that routine and it�s time to find it again.
At the end of the day and before leaving for the birthday event, I used a lint roller and took care of the white flakes that populated the front of my shirt. I also did what I could to avoid stroking my beard (not that I�m not some sort of evil genius � I just tried to play it down last night).
I own one or two books about facial hair. I�m 99% sure beard dandruff isn�t mentioned in either of them. Now that spring is in full swing, I hope the more humid air will help take care of this issue. I�ll also be moisturizing and taking care of my skin like any intelligent adult.
This is probably the point where you�re thinking to yourself that I should buy a small bottle of Head and Shoulders (and Chins?). I think you might be right. Maybe my beard dandruff (those two words together are just gross, aren�t they? Your head fills with these images that are much scarier than actual beard dandruff) is the result of not washing my beard with any sort of shampoo on a daily basis. I like to let my beard go three or four days between shampoo scrubs, thinking that it will take on a less wild, more contoured look. I�m not sure if that worked, but it�s time to put those days behind me.
Although four months late, my resolution for 2005 is to take care of the beard dandruff.