Beard Liberation Front, questioned those findings.
Keith Flett, the founder of the
“I think it’s possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people’s hair and hands and then tested them. I don’t believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic.”
Another point is that there was no mention of swabbing clean-shaven men in the study. Since bacteria is present on all sorts of surfaces, including skin, this would have been a more interesting comparison. For example, do beards harbor more bacteria than a clean-shaven face?
Well actually, there was an earlier study on just this comparison. The research was published in 2014 in the Journal of Hospital Infection, supporting the view that growing a beard was no health hazard.
Researchers compared bacterial colonization on the faces of 408 male health care workers with and without facial hair. They found little difference between the two, but the results did show that some species of bacteria were more likely to be found in those without beards. The researchers say there were a few limitations to their study, including not being able to assess whether the density of men’s beards could affect bacterial colonization.
It is not the first time that beards have been the focus of such unwanted attention. Headlines in the past have included “Men’s Beards could be Dirtier than a Toilet!” or “Some Beards Contain more Poo than a Toilet”.
The debate on hygiene and beards will no doubt continue as long as beards remain so popular.
Dandruff can be a problem in beard hair
Just as with the hair on your head, dandruff can occur in beard hair.
And the itching that can accompany it.
Apart from looking after your beard as we have described here, you can have a well conditioned and soft beard by blow drying your beard followed by applying our very own H-Beard Oil.
Twice a day, place several drops in the palm of your hand and massage gently into your beard before running your fingers through the hair to coat it evenly. This allows the oil to be absorbed quickly, delivering deep hydration and moisturizing your facial hair while leaving the hair soft and nourished without feeling oily or greasy. Facial hair can cause skin dryness so it is essential to add a safe skin treatment to counteract this.