Baby Shampoo for Beards: [Benefits]

Is Baby Shampoo good for Beards?

Did you know that you can use baby shampoo as a substitute for beard shampoo? Read on to learn about the best baby shampoo to use on your beard.

Is baby shampoo good for beards? Baby shampoo is a good beard shampoo, a substitute for washing your beards whether short or long. The best baby shampoo for washing your beard is one that has deep conditioning, frizz control, and detangling properties. This kind of baby shampoo will leave your beard feeling soft, smooth, and well moisturized.

If you experience allergies or have sensitive skin that reacts with most beard shampoos. Using baby shampoo may be a good alternative since it is made for the sensitive skin of the baby without harmful chemicals.

Baby shampoo for washing your beard

Keeping your beard clean is very important to maintain healthy growth. Our bodies produce sebum that helps keep the skin and beard moisturized.

Combined with beard grooming products such as beard oil and bams can lead to product and dirt build-up that will eventually make your beard dirty.

This dirt can lead to clogged-up pores and end up causing acne to break out. Shampoos and beard washes are designed to help get rid of this dirt.

Most shampoos have 4 ingredients, namely Cleansing agents; (2) additives that contribute to the stability and comfort of the product; (3) conditioning agents, intended to impart softness and gloss, to reduce flyaway and to enhance the disentangling facility, and (4) special care ingredients, designated to treat specific problems, such as dandruff and greasy hair.

What to look for before using baby shampoo on your beard


Although most baby shampoos have stopped using parabens in their products, you should make sure that the baby shampoo that you want to use on your beard does not have parabens.

Parabens are normally used to prolong the shelf life of cosmetics products. One of the dangers of parabens is the estrogen-like effects they have on your body.

Study shows that substances are absorbed much faster through the hair follicles, and given that, parabens imitate estrogen you may end up getting man boobs or even stunt your beard growth as high estrogen levels in the body leads to decreased testosterone, a hormone that promotes beard growth.


Another product that has been intensely used in the manufacture of cosmetics is phthalates. In the manufacture of baby shampoo, phthalates are used as a gelling agent.

Phthalates ensure that the baby shampoo is thick and well textured. Most companies are steering away from these ingredients as well. But it is advisable to check the list of ingredients just to be safe. Just like parabens phthalates disrupt the hormones in the body.


Just like the above-mentioned ingredients, sulfate is another ingredient that you will find in some cosmetics including some baby shampoo.

Some of the side effects of using products with sulfates include irritation to the eyes, lungs, and skin. Sulfates can also dehydrate your beard and the skin beneath it, leaving you susceptible to dandruff in your beard.

Avoid anti-androgenic essential oils in baby shampoo

Some baby shampoos use essential oils to add fragrance to their products. Anti-androgenic natural oils can mess with your hormone balance.

Given that your beards are androgenic hair, anything anti-androgenic will only harm your beard. Below is a list of the oils you should avoid.

Tea tree oil and lavender oil

Tea tree oilOpens in a new tab. and lavender oil were found to cause gynecomastia/man boobs among teenage boys.

As a matter of fact, you should avoid all the products that have anti-androgenic ingredients in their ingredients list.

Using baby shampoo to wash beards

When washing your beards using baby shampoo, you just follow the same steps you use when washing your beard using the normal beard shampoo.

Wet your facial hair first, then apply the baby shampoo on your palm and rub it into your beard and let it lather as you wash your beard.

Bottom line

Baby shampoo can be a great alternative to wash your facial hair. Especially when you ran out of the normal beard shampoo.

Baby shampoos are made of ingredients that are supposed to be friendly to the sensitive skin of the baby. While these ingredients are supposed to be sensitive, they should also help keep the babies’ skin clean.

When used on your beard, baby shampoo will leave your beard clean and smelling well, especially if the baby shampoo has a fragrance.  


Hi, I'm Ben! When I embarked on my beard-growing journey, I had lots of questions. Now having successfully grown a beard, I launched this blog to share the answers I discovered through extensive research. Alongside beard tips, I also offer insights on maintaining and growing dreadlocks, as well as general advice on looking your best. I'm all about helping others look and feel great!

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