Turns out bearded may well be best after all…
Beards are fast becoming the trend that never ends, but lately they have fallen victim to a negative piece of press that suggests they might be somewhat unhygienic. Articles on the issue, however, have neglected to take into consideration the personal habits of beard-sporting individuals, and likewise, the positive points that wearing one has to offer.
Not convinced? Here’s our pick of the best reasons to grow a beard – besides looking pretty damn manly, of course.
Relief from shaving rash
Contrary to popular belief, friction between blade and skin is not the sole cause of razor rash in sensitive-skinned individuals, although it is often the culprit. ‘Folliculitis barbae’, as it’s known, can also be caused by a bacterium called staphylococcus, and can begin and be consistently aggravated by repeatedly reaching for the same shaving equipment – contaminated with the bacteria – on a daily basis. Failure to change your blade or clean your brush can result in reinfection and a whole heap of irritation, leaving skin sore, itchy, and – worse still – unsightly.
The best way to rid yourself of this nasty condition? Give shaving a break. Gentle exfoliators and cleansers containing salicylic acid will help, but putting down the razor for a while and allowing your skin to recover is the best thing that you can do for yourself. Not only will your skin begin to heal more quickly, but you’ll also get to sprout a slick beard which will cover the evidence.
Protect from allergies
Sensitive to pollen and dust? A beard could become your new best friend. Some believe that facial hair can filter out those pesky particles, while others insist that fuzz only serves to retain them and keep them a little too close for comfort. Whichever is true, it seems to be beneficial, as the presence of small amounts of pollen and dust appear to actually ‘desensitise’ the immune system to them. The result of this is that the body gets used to small amounts of pollen and dust trapped in the facial hair and becomes less likely to react to them. Result!
Protect from skin cancer
Sporting a thick beard may leave you hot and bothered come summertime, but don’t go shaving it all off just yet. A recent study conducted at Australia’s University of Southern Queensland looked at how effective facial hair is in defending the skin from the sun’s UV rays, and revealed that a beard can help to prevent skin cancer by providing an estimated 90-95% protection, depending on the beard’s length, density and angle of facial hair. This does not, however, mean that it’s time to bin off the sunscreen just yet, as all beards are different – and even the thickest can’t offer you 100% protection.
Disguise acne scars and bad skin
Cultivating a beard could do you plenty of favours if you’ve suffered from acne in the past. Attempting in vain to cover up marks and scars can be the bane of many men’s existence, particularly without the luxury of makeup that is afforded to their female counterparts. A heavy beard will mask any unsightly areas of skin on the chin, and nobody will be any the wiser.
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