mens beardDo you have a beard? Why do you keep it? Is it a ‘macho’ thing, or are you too lazy to shave? Or maybe, you have an allergic reaction to shaving. If you think about it, it is natural for men to grow beards. In biblical times, in most cultures, men had beards. That was also true of the medieval ages, and the Renaissance. If you see old photographs of the early 19th century, you will find most men sporting beards. However beyond the merely cosmetic or egotistic, there are some other reasons for keeping a beard.

Let’s take a look at five benefits of growing beards.

1 Protection from the sun.

Protection from the harmful UV rays in the sunlight is becoming an increasingly serious concern these days as they are a leading cause of skin cancer. At the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, it has recently been determined that beards can block up to 96% of the UV rays. This has a huge role to play in preventing basal-cell carcinomas which happens to be one of the most common kinds of cancer. Also significant is the fact that the sun’s rays are the most common cause for signs of aging in four out of five men, and it shows up on the head, face or neck. While it will not stop your forehead from acquiring wrinkles, a beard can keep the rest of the face and possibly the neck, looking young.

2 Better skin

Growing a beard does not only hide facial marks, but the providential effect of not shaving your face, stops it from acquiring more blemishes. We are all aware of razor burn. When that happens the facial skin gets damaged, and opens the way for local infections. The result – razor rash, acne and folliculitis (an infection of the hair follicles which causes them to inflame). According to Shannon C. Trotter, D.O., a fellow of the Osteopathic College of Dermatology and a dermatologist at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, razors are the main cause skin irritation, and the spread of bacteria that can infect hair follicles.

3 More Masculinity

This is about the ‘macho’ thing we mentioned at the start. A thick growth of facial and body hair is an unmistakable sign of masculinity. In fact the human mind is psychologically wired to think that way. According to a research published in Evolution and Human Behavior, the more facial hair a man has, the more masculine he is perceived to be by both women and other men.

4 Natural moisturizing

Each hair follicle on the skin has along with it, glands called sebaceous glands. These glands secrete a waxy/oily substance called sebum. While over-secretion of sebum has its own issues, this is the skin’s primary way of moisturizing itself. The beard keeps the sebum from being rubbed off. Additionally, a beard protects the face from harsh winter wind, which dries your face and causes redness.

5 Trapping allergens

The hair in you nostrils have an important part to play to keep you free from infections and allergens. They filter the air you breathe, and traps dust particles and allergy producing spores. A beard and moustache can act in a similar manner because of its proximity to the nose, giving you additional protection. Of course, it is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of keeping your facial hair clean, just as you would regularly clean any other filter.

So you can see there are real benefits to growing a beard. It is good for facial health. It attracts the girls. It keeps you from falling prey to infections. So take good care of your beard, and beyond the occasional itch, you will be better off keeping it than not.

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