The first thing you should do to clean up your beard, is to wash it. Use lukewarm water to clean the bearded area. This will open the pores and enhance blood circulation allowing for a more effective wash.
Next, apply a small amount of beard shampoo in your hands and massage it into your beard. It’s extremely important that you do not use regular shampoo, but an actual beard wash. Remember, the hair on your face is not the same as the hair on your head, and should therefore not be treated as such.
Once the beard shampoo has been distributed in your beard, rinse lather out with warm water by running your fingers through the beard. Rinse the beard until all the shampoo is out.
After shampooing your beard, you can use a beard conditioner if you wish. Rub in the conditioner in the beard, let it sit for a while and then rinse it out. Using a beard conditioner is not mandatory, though.
Once you’re completely done washing your beard, pat down your beard with a microfiber towel. Avoid rubbing your beard dry.
Even though washing your beard is important, be careful not to over wash it. Over washing your beard is almost as bad as not washing it at all, as this too will lead to dryness and flaking. For most people, a wash once or twice a week is plenty.