Next Time Your Girlfriend Tells You To Shave, Tell Her to Read This
The jury’s out on the age-old beard debate. Some people love them, some people think they’re repulsive. Beards have become coveted among the hipsters of Brooklyn, both armor and art form. The ability to grow a beard is the cultural mark of a manly man, and this is coming from a guy who can barely muster up peach fuzz.
However, until very recently, people have always assumed that in terms of health and hygiene, the beard is not on your side. Remember that article from the New York Post last year that claimed a beard could harbor more bacteria than a public toilet bowl? It wasn’t actually too far off the mark.
Because the beard depends on the man. If you’re on the dirtier end of the hygiene spectrum, if you don’t wash your hands, if you touch your face a lot, yeah, you’re definitely gonna get some funky junk all up in your face mane.
But new research is being done in an effort to discover whether there are health benefits associated with a well-kept beard, and the report is in: there’s definitely some pretty positive (dare I say magical?) things going on in your beard, bro.
Keep reading to find out if this new study could convince YOU never to shave again!
For One Thing, Beards Are Definitely Good For Your Skin
On the surface, there are actually a lot of things that your facial whiskers are doing to keep you healthy at this very second. The skin coverage of a full beard actually provides UV protection from the sun that’s more than sufficient in the covered region, especially considering most of you gentlemen aren’t wearing the recommended daily SPF 25 on your faces.
Furthermore, beards can help you avoid the razor burn and acne breakouts that are associated with shaving. And, as gross as this may sound to some, your beard and mustache actually act as a built-in filter for pollen that might otherwise enter your mouth and nose in the spring. I’d take a dusty beard over pollen in my airways any day.
Zyrtec? No thanks. I have a beard.
Aside From The Fairly Obvious, The Journal Of Hospital Infection Did A Study On The Bacterial Content Of Beards And Found Some VERY Interesting Stuff
In this study, more than 400 workers in the health care industry had their faces swabbed — both bearded an bare. In a fascinating plot twist, those workers without facial hair actually averaged much higher rates of carrying MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a staph bacteria that can cause various kinds of nasty infections, especially in candidates with vulnerable immune systems and injuries (like the ones you would find in a hospital).