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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beards Can Hide Bacteria and Fecal Matter -- Yikes!

Black man with a beard

If you're thinking of growing a beard, you might want to think again. If you already have a beard, what's often hiding in your facial hair might scare you enough to run and grab your razor!

What's hiding in your beard....

Beards represent the sexy new look for men, but if you're going to have a beard, you need to know a few things about hygiene. Yes, beards can present a hygiene problem and need extra care to keep them clean.

According to one microbiologist from Albuquerque, beards can hide bacteria as well as fecal matter. One trichologist from the Birmingham Trichology Centre also reported that beards can collect bacteria that is easily passed on to others. Trichology is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp.

Do these 3 things if you have a beard
  • Wash your facial hair just as you wash the hair on your head.
  • Keep it trimmed to make it easier to clean and remove bacteria.
  • Clean all your beard grooming tools regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria.
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