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Beards are all the rage among men these days. From a bit of scruff to full-on lumberjack beards, seeing a clean-shaven man is rarer these days than not.

But is a beard healthy for your skin? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons when it comes to growing a beard and your skin health.

Beards trap bacteria

It was widely reported that beards trap bacteria. This is due to how coarse beard hair is. While one study did find that beards are dirtier than you’d expect, they don’t trap nearly as much bacteria as some would have you believe. Regular washing will ensure your beard is health and bacteria free.

Beards block UV rays

According to The Huffington Post, beards are able to block nearly 95% of harmful UV rays. For men who spend a lot of time outdoors, beards are a great way to keep the sun off their face without the need for a hot, sticky, sweaty face mask.

Reduces chance of acne

Every time you shave, you open the pores of skin on your face up to bacteria. This is what causes acne. The less you shave, the less often you’ll find yourself suffering from acne issues.

If you’re on the fence about your beard, don’t be. They’re actually good for your skin’s health. If you have more questions about beards and skin health, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 801.224.5200.