I have gone back and forth between having a beard and not having a beard for many years. The same thing always happens: I grow my beard out until it touches my chest (about 8-10 inches in it's natural curly state, not straightened or pulled down) and always end up shaving it off because I get terrible split ends, ingrown hairs under my beard, very dry beard hairs, and very bad dandruff. I've read that this is common and a combination of occasional trims, washing your beard, regular boar hair brushing, and applying oil will help to stop this. Well any type of oil, balm, butter, etc I've ever tried always makes my skin develop pimples yet never helps the split ends, dry beard, or dandruff. Also, any shampoo or conditioner I've ever tried does the exact same thing: pimples on my skin. Using a boar hair brush to distribute my natural oils as well as occasional trims did help (as much as I hate it because I firmly believe in the "terminal beard" concept) but very minor help and switching to a saw cut kent comb instead of a crappy molded dollar comb helped a bit with breakage but nothing else. So my questions today are: does anyone else experience this? Does anyone else go "full natural" beard care meaning no shampoos/oils/etc? Is there some magical product that I'm not aware of? I'd really prefer to not have to use oil or anything but I don't seem to have a choice. I tried proraso balm and it gave me pimples (which it doesn't do when used as an aftershave). I've also been thinking about trying the cremo "scruff cream" but they don't suggest it for longer beards. I just started growing my beard back at the request of my wife so I have to figure out a solution or else it's the dog house lol.