Big Beard, Better Health
As a bearded man, I should say big bearded man because size matters right? I have been told how unsanitary beards can be and the germs they can carry. That line is enough to deter some from embracing their beard and allowing it to grow freely. Among the many reasons men such as myself choose to ignore the talk of why it's beneficial to shave, there is finally scientific evidence that those that are considering shaving their mane should put down the razor immediately.
Early last year there was a study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection in regards to men with facial hair and cleanliness. The Journal of Hospital Infection prides itself on publishing high quality research relating to Infection and Prevention from various infections. This particular study took 408 Hospital staff members and swabbed their faces, those with and without facial hair. The results were surprising.
The results showed that clean shaven men are actually three times more likely to to carry methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) compared to their bearded counterparts. The study also showed that clean shaven men are also about ten percent more likely to carry colonies of staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that causes skin & respiratory infections and food poisoning. MRSA was first discovered in 1961 and is now reported to be resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, and oxacillin.
Dr. Adam Roberts, a microbiologist at University of College London tested his own hypothesis where he grew over 100 bacteria in Petri dishes that were taken from beards. In a few samples he discover that a certain microbe was killing off the other bacteria.
Health is something to be taken seriously and with this new study bearded men have more reason than ever to put down the razor and shaving cream. Ladies, feel free to pass this information along to any barefaced gentlemen you come across.
Article written by Lacy D. Colson III, a financial retirement plan specialist in Greensboro, N.C. and a mentor for the African American male initiative program through United Way. Colson is a bearded loving husband and father.