How Do I Stop Chewing On My Mustache?

CaptainDan

Member
I have an awful and disgusting habit. I decided to grow a Coronavirus beard and it's been a few months now since I began. It's now pretty long and I'm finding that I can't stop playing with it and chewing and biting on my mustache. Is this normal? I can't stand that I do it, but I am completely aware that I fixate on things. I fidget all day long and sometimes I don't even know that I've been pulling on my beard hairs for hours. The worst is the chewing on my mustache though. It's like I'm eating the mustache hairs. I can't stand that I do that. Before this is was biting my nails and playing with the hair on my head. I wish I could just stop all of this weird behavior.

I did a little searching around and I found a thread on Reddit that pretty much hits the mark.

It appears that this bad habit isn't as isolated as I thought. I guess a lot of people do it. One guy in the thread says that he trims his longest mustache hairs and that keeps them away from his mouth as best as possible. I used to do that, but since all of my facial hair has gotten longer, the biting and chewing has gotten much worse. I don't want to trim anymore because I'd like to grow my facial hair out.

Another guy suggests that I suck on hard candy throughout the day. I think that would probably work for some, but I don't want to be ingesting all of that sugar. I guess I could buy sugarless candy. Hey, what about taking up smoking? I bet that would do it.

This suggestion goes against the grain, but one guy says that if you let the mustache hairs grow out really long, you can part them to the sides, which will keep the temptation away from your mouth. I may just have to try that.

But really, my question is, have you experienced this and what did you do about it? There were only seven replies on the Reddit thread, so I'd like to get some more if possible. Thanks.
 

CraigHardy

Member
Dude, You gotta trim your stache and your beard. There is no way you are going to eat candy for the rest of your life or get over this by yourself. You can't will your way out of these things. I used to have the same problem as have many other men. The answer for me was to trim my stuff short. I use a beard trimmer with a 1/2 inch attachment for the sides and the mustache and a 5/8 inch attachment for the beard around the chin. It's been so much better since I went short. I know, you want one of those long ass beards that you see online on Youtube. If you want that, be prepared to chew chew chew.

I found this on Quora for you to read. I guess you can also try waxing your beard and stache like they suggest on Beard Profile, but seriously, are you going to do that for the rest of your life? You sort of alluded to that option in your post. Take it from me, a guy who has had issues with plucking (picking) beard hairs. I know how difficult it can be to deal with this type of thing. You just need to get rid of the temptation, like you said. Good luck.
 

JGaulard

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I totally agree with @CraigHardy. You've got to remove the temptation. I keep my beard short too. But just to make you feel bad, wouldn't it be nice to keep a long beard like these?


And for you older guys with the grey and white beards...


This is where I keep mine regularly. This is me from a few months ago. I've trimmed about five times since March and it's August right now. My face hair grows pretty quickly. I need to trim about once per week to keep things looking orderly.
 

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CaptainDan

Member
I totally agree with @CraigHardy. You've got to remove the temptation. I keep my beard short too. But just to make you feel bad, wouldn't it be nice to keep a long beard like these?

Thanks guys. I trimmed my facial hair last night so now it's about a 1/2 inch long. I have to say that it's helped a lot. I'm not obsessing over every little hair near my mouth now. The thing is, I'm now pulling at my beard hairs to see if there's one that's longer than the others in the mix. If there is, I'll get out my pair of scissors to trim that one piece. I know I sound crazy, but this is me. I think I'll pick up a straight comb to run it through my beard to see if I missed anything with my trimmer. Your advice helped though, so thank you. I'm still open to more advice, so if anyone has any...

PS - @JGaulard, you've got a great looking beard. It's pretty thick. Some of mine is still patchy.
 

KodyWallice

Member
I tried growing facial hair a few years back and abandoned the endeavor. About a week in, I began scratching my face like crazy. The hair actually angered me to the point of wanting to rip it off my face. Since then, I've said that I hate facial hair.
 

CaptainDan

Member
I tried growing facial hair a few years back and abandoned the endeavor. About a week in, I began scratching my face like crazy. The hair actually angered me to the point of wanting to rip it off my face. Since then, I've said that I hate facial hair.
Oh that. You need to let it grow. Once the first few weeks are over, you don't even know you have a beard. You can't feel it at all. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true. It's actually a pleasure having a beard. I like it much more than not. And no, before you ask, it's not hot in the summer either. Beards are awesome.
 
How Do I Stop Chewing On My Mustache? was posted on 08-02-2020 by CaptainDan in the Health Forum.
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