Keeping a beard looking tidy and feeling smooth can sometimes feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. However, almond oil is an effective ingredient that can get your beard looking and feeling good in a hurry.
Today we’ll be exploring the benefits and side effects of regularly applying almond oil to your facial hair.
What is Almond Oil?
Almond oil is a versatile, natural oil that is extracted from almonds. It is used in many men’s grooming products, especially beard care products, as it boasts a range of benefits to the skin. It is often used as a carrier oil for more aromatic essential oils.
Types of Almond Oil
There are two types of almond oil, which come from different types of almonds. The sweet almond oil comes from longer-shaped sweet almonds, and bitter almond oil comes from the broader, shorter, bitter almonds.
- Comes from the same almonds we use in food
- Best for skin and hair care products
- Contains both Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and zinc
- Contains omega-3 fatty acids
- Classed as a fixed oil
- Has some anti-fungal properties
- Contains toxic compounds
- Classed as an essential oil
What does Almond Oil Smell Like?
Sweet almond oil has a strong sweet and nutty aroma. Its smell is very similar to the taste of almonds, with many of the same notes and layers.
What Skin Types Are Compatible with Almond Oil?
Almond oil has a low comedogenic rating and is considered non-comedogenic. Its rating of 2 out of 5 means it is very unlikely to clog pores or lead to any breakouts, so it is suitable for most skin types, including oily skin. The fatty acid within almond oil helps dissolve any excess oil on the skin.
Those with sensitive skin should be fine to use almond oil, but it is worth doing a small patch test before use.
Almond Oil Benefits for Skin and Facial Hair
Here are a few significant benefits of regularly applying almond oil to your skin and facial hair:
Moisture & Nourishment
Almond oil is both a moisturizer and emollient. This means that not only does it hydrate your skin and keep it hydrated, but it also smooths the skin, helping to improve the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Keeping your skin hydrated can help battle and prevent:
- Beard Dandruff
- Beard itch
Beyond the moisturizing properties, almond oil helps to supplement the sebum oil that the sebaceous glands on our skin naturally produce. Furthermore, almond oil also helps dissolve excess oil, ultimately reducing the skin’s oiliness and potentially reducing acne.
Due to the healthy fats within almond oil, it has antibacterial properties, which means that when it’s used on the skin, it can help combat acne.
The oil also works as an anti-inflammatory agent, with studies showing that the oil can reduce inflammation, swelling, and puffiness in the skin (source). In addition, the oil’s anti-inflammatory fatty acids and nutrients soothe skin, keeping the skin beneath facial hair smooth and hydrated. Hydrated skin is much less likely to break out and reduce any issues with mild dandruff.
Almond oil contains many beneficial vitamins and nutrients that care for hair and skin. Some of these are also antioxidants like vitamin E. Vitamin E can help reduce UV damage (source).
Other antioxidants within the oil, like vitamin A, further enhance the oil’s uses as a skincare ingredient. The presence of vitamin A and E within the oil help to heal the skin, and while there has been little research into it, there are claims that the vitamins provide the oil with anti-aging qualities.
Reduces Split Ends & Follicle Breakage
As well as vitamins A and E, almond oil is rich in vitamin B-7, also known as biotin (source). Vitamin B-7 is especially useful in improving hair strength, making it less likely to fall out or break while growing.
Applying almond oil to your beard in the form of a beard oil, beard balm, conditioner, or shampoo could lead to much healthier facial hair. A reduction in split ends and thicker, stronger hair will result in a beard with a much softer, tidier appearance and texture.
Supports Beard Hair Growth
Biotin also stimulates keratin production (the protein within our hair and nails) and has also been linked to an increase in the rate of hair follicle growth (source). However, the rate of facial hair growth is predominantly down to genetics. Almond oil can support beard growth by reducing split ends, breakage, and ingrown hairs while conditioning beard hair and improving overall beard texture.
Almond Oil Side Effects on Facial Hair
There are some risks of using almond oil. Anyone with a nut allergy should avoid the oil. It is always recommended to complete a patch test before using the oil on the skin and facial hair. This is especially important for anyone with sensitive skin.
If contact dermatitis occurs, it may not always result from an allergic reaction but rather a side effect of the oil going rancid or being stored incorrectly. It is important to store almond oil in a cool dark place with limited temperature changes. Always ensure the lid is tightened fully to avoid any contamination.
Making Your Own Beard Oil with Almond Oil is Easy
If you’re not sure which beard care products with almond oil to purchase, or perhaps you’d like to have a go at making your own – it’s easy!
You can either use almond oil as is or add in a few essential oils for additional benefits. This guide has a few starter beard oil recipes that contain almond oil for further guidance. However, if you prefer a deeper conditioning product, consider checking out our starter beard balm recipes instead.
Beard Care Products that Contain Almond Oil
Alternatively, take a look at the range of beard care products that contain almond oil, such as the following:
- Aesop’s Shine Hair & Beard Oil: created to nourish and soften coarse, dry, and frizzy hair.
- Honest Amish’s Beard Balm Leave-In Conditioner: made to stop itching, reduce beardruff and soften coarse facial hair.
- King C. Gillette’s Beard Oil: made with 99% plant extract to soften hair and moisturize skin.
How to Apply Almond Oil To Your Beard
Applying almond oil to your facial hair is easy. Just do the following steps:
- Pour a dime-sized amount of almond oil into the palm of your hand.
- Rub hands together.
- Massage hands into the skin underneath facial hair.
- Gradually condition the shaft of the hair follicle towards the tip.
- Style facial hair with your preferred beard comb or beard brush.
Does sweet almond oil increase blood circulation?
There is some evidence that adding almond oil to your diet can help blood circulation (source), but it is unlikely that the use of almond oil as a skin or beard care product would have any similar effects. However, massaging almond oil into the skin may temporarily improve circulation (source), as a massage creates pressure that moves blood through our blood vessels.
Can you use almond oil on my beard?
Almond oil is a very useful product to use on beards. It provides a range of benefits for both facial hair and skin.
What are some substitutes for sweet almond oil?
If almond oil is not suitable for you, plenty of alternative oils are available with similar benefits. These include the following:
- Castor oil: good for anti-aging, preventing acne, and moisturizing
- Jojoba oil: great for reducing oily skin and moisturizing
- Argan oil: has anti-inflammatory and hydrating qualities on both skin and hair
- Apricot kernel oil: great for softening and calming irritated skin
- Rosehip oil: great for anti-aging use and for reducing UV damage
- Wheat germ oil: Helps with the elasticity of the hair follicle
- Coconut oil: rich conditioner that nourishes extremely dry skin