Proper hygiene and grooming should be a staple in everyone’s lifestyle and daily living activities. Those who subscribe to the bearded lifestyle are not exempt. By looking at your beard with the naked eye, one would assume your beard is clean. What if someone took a strand of hair from your beard and viewed it under a microscope? The furthest thing from your mind is your beard being a breeding ground for bacteria. After reading this post, you might want to invest a bit more effort in the cleanliness of your beard.
Dog Hair and Men’s Beards
Dogs are considered to be “man’s best friends”. Based on a research study published in European Radiology, our canine friends could teach us a thing or two about the cleanliness of our beards. When it comes to cleanliness, the research study consisted of taking a microscopic view of neck hair from 30 dogs and the hair from beards of 18 men. Twenty-three of the 30 dogs had bacteria in their hair compared to all 18 men! Yes, all 18 men! The study concluded that men’s beards have significantly more disease-causing pathogenic bacteria growing in them than dog hair.
Battling Beard Bacteria
Okay guys. Now that you know what this study concludes, how confident are you with the cleanliness of your beard? Could bacteria be festering in the strands of your beard hairs? To answer these questions with some level of certainty, you need to take inventory of where and what conditions you place your beard in. Here are some things to consider.
- Do I pay close attention to making sure I don’t get food particles in my beard?
- Do I workout or work in conditions where sweat or other particulates get into my beard on a regular basis?
- Where do I put my beard during sex?
- Who do I let touch my beard and how often?
Although these questions might seem minimal, taking self-inventory of conditions that can expose our beards to bacteria is important.
Best Bacteria Avoiding Beard Practices
After taking self-inventory, implement some bacteria avoiding best beard practices. Here are just a few to consider.
- Keep a beard comb in your car or at your desk at work to comb through your beard after eating.
- Shampoo your beard often.
- If you incorporate your beard in acts of intimacy, washing your beard is equally as important as washing your other body parts.
- Limit who you allow to touch your beard. I know some of us like compliments and an occasional stroke of the beard. When it comes to avoiding harmful bacteria, less touching from others the better.
When it comes to your beard and bacteria, these two words should not co-exist in the same sentence let alone on your face. Be more aware of what conditions you expose your beard to and the care required to avoid harmful bacteria.
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