Avoid Post-Makeout Beard Burn (or 'Stache Rash)

Courtesy of burtsbees.comCourtesy of burtsbees.comAlexandra Samuel, SELF magazine

Seriously, guys. I love a good bearded dude, but making out with a face full of hair leaves my chin super rosy. It's almost as embarrassing as a hickey--and lasts as long, too. [Ed. note: Don't judge, but I caught a snippet of Cougar Town last night, during which Courteney Cox referred to the above as "stache rash". Loves it. -RJ] And, while I've kind of just sucked it up, I found out that I'm not alone (besides aforementioned TBS sitcom character). According to a survey Gillette did, two out of three women avoided kissing a guy when he had a beard. SO interesting, right? In fact, they are doing this 15-city tour to prove it to dudes called KissAndTell.

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Anyway, I caught up with dating expert Marni Kinrys to find out what we (aka the significant other) of bearded men), should do.

Tell your man to shave!

Seriously, that's it. And if you won't, don't make out with him. Why should you suffer because he wants a trendy beard?

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But, if you're like me and think their kind of sexy, there is a little bit of a grace period, says Marni. Some guys can go a couple days or weeks before it feels coarse and sharp (have him use the back of his hand as a judge - it's more sensitive that his fingers).

And, when your man does hit that point of beard-burn coarsness (and still doesn't shave), I found on the nights I loaded up with my fave night cream before bed, I was burn-free. Try Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream, $15. Not only does it use cotton extract to help build up skin's outer layer, it has aloe to soothe beard burn. The best part? It doesn't add to your irritation since it doesn't have fragrance or other irritants. Amazing!

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