According to a study conducted by a New Mexico microbiologist and reported on by Action 7 News in Albuquerque, the average beard contains just as much faecal matter as a toilet does!
Microbiologist John Golobic conducted swab tests of several men’s beards, and while some of them contained normal bacteria, others were comparable to toilets. “I’m usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this. Those are the types of things you’d find in faecal matter,” Golobic told Action 7 News.
Beards have been proven to harbour more bacteria than clean-shaven faces, and previous studies have shown that beards can trap bacteria that would otherwise be easily washed off from clean-shaven skin. The presence of trapped bacteria can lead to a host of skin infections and hair follicle infections such as folliculitis (the inflammation of hair follicles). Beard bacteria can also be transmitted to others through contact such as kissing.
Despite this, there is no need to shave your beard just yet! With good hygiene and maintenance, you can wear your beloved beard without the fear of harbouring dangerous bacteria. Beards should be thoroughly washed every day, and softening products like beard oils and conditioners should be used to make it more manageable.
For a manageable beard, use FINO Beard and Shave Oil (R135). This multifunctional product is a blend of non-greasy natural carrier oils and healing essential oils that can be used, either to nourish and moisturise the beard, or as a shave oil. It is suitable for men of all ages, skin types and skin tones, and can be used on the face, as well as on the head. It nourishes and moisturises beards, while also nourishing the skin below the beard, minimising skin irritation and itchiness.
FINO products are available at Dis-Chem, Clicks and selected Pick n Pay stores.