Posted on: May 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm
Last updated: September 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Take a look out your window. How many people do you see? How many men? How many bearded men? Beards are quite the craze these days so you probably notice at least a few. Groomed and trim, long and majestic – no matter how the beard is worn, it is in style.

But what is hidden in the hair?

A study conducted by a team of news reporters at Action 7 News in Albuquerque, N.M. compared the cleanliness of some beards to that of some toilets. Let me ask you this: how clean is your toilet?


If you take pride in yourself and your home it’s likely that your bathroom is fairly clean, but there is always bacteria to be found. Some of the bacteria you’d find during a beard swab is normal bacteria; it’s clear that beards trap and collect bacteria. But it can’t all be good.

The swabs that the Action 7 News team conducted were brought to Quest Diagnostics microbiologist John Golobic, who was shocked at what he found.

“I’m usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this. Those are the types of things you’d find in [fecal matter].”

The tests echo a 1967 study,  The study sprayed bacteria on bearded and clean-shaved men’s faces, and later tested the faces for bacteria levels. You don’t need a scientist to tell you that the bearded gentlemen trapped and held more bacteria on their face than the boy-faced men.

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But not all beards are dirty.

Just like all men, all beards are different. If you’re lucky enough to be graced with the presence of a beard, remind the grower to maintain full beard cleanliness. Shower, wash, comb, repeat. There are even fancy oils and balms that make a beard soft and smell great.


An unclean beard, though, can lead to skin issues, the spreading of bugs (staphylococcus) and potentially disease. These dangers are easy to evade. Just be a normal human and wash.

As noted in the video, it’s not necessary to wash your beard everyday. If you’re sick, or sweat daily, or work in the dirt – yes, wash your beard everyday.

Keep On Growing

  1. Trim to desired length. Use after shave on freshly shaved skin. Rosemary oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and apple cider vinegar are all great natural options.
  1. Wash with a gentle shampoo. Soaps and shampoos can be harsh and remove good, natural oils. This is why beards shouldn’t be washed everyday. If you need to wash daily, you should certainly find a conditioner to treat and soften the hair.
  1. Comb and post-treat. Because of beard popularity, a number of brands of beard balms and oils are available. These products treat the beard and leave it smelling great.

So, beardsmen, you have two options:


a) Cut your beard off. Your face will be cold, and you won’t feel like you anymore.


b) Clean regularly. If you’re sick clean your beard more regularly. Wash your hands regularly (a good idea for the bearded and non-bearded alike)

Read more on the subject of beard cleanliness here.

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