Around the month of May in 2015, bearded men all over the world were horrified from a study made by KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which claimed beards harbor similar bacteria found in the toilets.
This was, however, contradicted by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) claiming that there is no significant evidence that man’s facial hair is unclean or a significant source of bacteria. UPMC added that regular proper grooming of beards gives you the same probability of harboring a disease as those who are clean shaven.
In support of UPMC’s debunking, a research in 2014 was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection stating that growing a beard is not at all a health hazard.
Alarmingly, a survey done by UPMC in Twitter shows that 49% of a thousand men who participated said that they do not regularly wash and clean their beard. Only 51% actually take the time to clean their beards.
Caring for your beard
Aside from knowing how to grow a beard, it doesn’t take a professional to maintain it. It’s no science! You don’t have to go to salons and have it trimmed by a hair stylist or a beard stylist (if such exists). Since it is after all your beard, you more or less know how you’d want it to look so you can do it yourself.
And if you’re still doubtful, just follow these simple beard grooming steps to keep in mind:
- Like your hair, you only have to shampoo and condition your beard a few times a week to keep it neat and tidy. Don’t forget to rinse it thoroughly. Failure to rinse efficiently may cause flaking. Conditioning will help soften it up.
- Shockingly, your beard can get split ends too! Trim your beard once in a while to get rid of it.
- Gently pat dry your beard with a towel.
- Comb your beard with a beard brush to keep it from getting tangled and unruly.
- Keep your beard moisturized to avoid dryness of skin and coarseness of beard hair.
You can improve the health of your hair and beard by consuming healthy foods. For instance, food rich in Protein, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin C can keep your hair thick and strong.
There are several ways for you to care of your beard to prevent dryness, flakiness, or worst – hair loss. Prevention is better than treatment after all. Add good hygiene practices and you, and your beard are ready for action.