BETHESDA, MD – Over the years, it seems a lot of men have been ditching the baby face to grow out their beards. And from movements like no-shave November, to labels like lumbersexuals, beards seem to be the face to be.
However, while they're continuing to grow, so are questions of whether they're safe, specifically, when it comes to hygiene.
One study, published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, is cutting off those concerns and directing the attention towards guys whose faces lack a bush. Scientists swabbed 408 different faces of hospital workers, some with – and some without facial hair.
Well, guess what? The clean shaven guys were the ones who had the yucky species on their cheeks, like MRSA, which researchers say can come from the micro-abrasions you get from shaving.
Believe it or not, there are actually health benefits that come with extra facial hair. A recent article by Urban Beardsman explains beards can help protect your face from the sun, help protect you from allergens, and even help boost your self-esteem.
So there you have it, folks. Whether you like 'em, love 'em, or hate 'em, when it comes to health and hygiene – there's no reason for fear the beard.