Baby Oil for Beards: How to Use Plus Benefits

Are you wondering whether you can use baby oil as a substitute for beard oil. Read on to find out what to look out for in the baby oil before applying it to your beard. Some baby oils are safe while others should be avoided.

So, is baby oil good and safe for beards? Yes, baby oil is good and safe for your facial hair especially baby oil that does not have lanolin and mineral oil as some of the ingredients. Mineral oil is greasy and will clog your facial hair follicles causing acne breakout especially if you have sensitive oily skin, the best baby oils to use on your beard are ones made of jojoba and coconut oil as main ingredients.

Baby oil on beard

Read on to learn which baby oils you can apply on your beard and baby oils you should not apply on your beard.

Types of baby oils in the market

There are three types of baby oils available in the market that I found during my research. They include

  1. Common baby oils; these baby oils are clear in color and contain lanolin and mineral oil as some of the ingredients. Johnson’s baby oil fall in this category.
  2. Plant and vegetable oil-based baby oil; these are normally made from sunflower, coconut, and jojoba oil and are free from mineral and lanolin oil.
  3. Mixed varieties of baby oil

What is the best baby oil to use as beard oil?

As mentioned earlier the best baby oil to use as beard oil is one that contains jojoba oil and coconut oil, and does not have mineral oil or lanolin oil.

Coconut oil has been proven to prevent hair damage and even help repair damaged hair as compared to sunflower and mineral oil. Mineral oil is greasy and will end up clogging your facial hair follicles pores.

Go for baby oil that has coconut oil and jojoba oil. Sunflower oil does not clog pores and contains several components such as vitamin E which are beneficial to the beard.

Sunflower oil when applied topically is much better at hydrating the skin compared to olive oil as indicated in the study published here.

Sunflower oil also has some antimicrobial properties which make it safe for people that have sensitive skin that is acne-prone as shown in this study.

However, sunflower oil is a polyunsaturated oil that goes rancid very fast when exposed to light, heat or light. Its ability to enter hair fibers is also limited therefore I would advise you to keep off baby oils that have sunflower oil as one of the ingredients.

Benefits of baby oil for facial hair


Jojoba and coconut based baby oil will moisturize your beard plus the skin beneath it. Coconut oil has been proven to easily penetrate the beard hair fibers and soften them while keeping them moisturized.

Jojoba oil on the hand is one of the best moisturizers since it mimics the body’s natural oils called sebum.


The best beard oils for softening beards have jojoba as one of the ingredients, this is because it serves as one of the best natural hair softener especially when mixed with argan.

Help prevent dandruff

One of the causes of dandruff is dry and unmoisturized beard besides fungus and bacteria. Coconut oil and Jojoba oil have some antibacterial properties that will help you deal with or protect dandruff.

Frequently Asked Question

Does baby oil help facial hair grow?

Yes, baby oil help facial hair grow by providing the right environment for the beard to thrive. The growth of facial hair is solely affected by hormones and genes. However, baby oil moisturizes both the beard and the skin beneath making it easy for the beard to grow strong and soft. The key word is “help”.  

Is Johnson’s baby oil good for the beard?

No, Johnson’s baby oil is not good for the facial hair since it contains mineral oil. Despite mineral oil being good at locking in the moisture in your skin, it does not penetrate your facial hair fibers and follicles and may end up clogging your facial hair follicles.   

What are the side effects of using Johnson’s baby oil on beards?

As mentioned earlier, Johnson’s baby oil contains mineral oil as one of the ingredients. The side effects of using Johnson’s baby oil on beard include clogged facial hair follicles and may lead to acne break out and blackheads.

How to use Baby oil on your beard

You can use the pure baby oil, making sure to check the ingredeients and avoid baby oils made of lanolin or mineral oil. Stick to baby oils made of jojoba or coconut oil, sunflower based baby oils are also good.

You can apply baby oil on the beard on its own or mix it with other essential oils such as peppermint oil, castor oil especially if you wish to boost beard growth.

Other oils you can use are olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil grapeseed oil plus any other essential oil that is not anti-androgenic, anti-androgenic oils to avoid are tea tree oil, amla oil, and rosemary oil.

Wrap up

Is baby oil safe for beards? We can comfortably say that the safety of baby oil on your beard highly depends on whether it has mineral oil or not. Baby oils that do not have mineral oil and lanolin oil are safe for your beard. Use baby oils with argan and coconut oil as argan oil has been proven to soften your beard and coconut oils help prevent and repair damaged facial hair.

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