Bearded men and their detractors beware: TikTok's most famous doc' (4.4 million subscribers) revealed a surprising fact in a video published on the social network last February: wearing a beard is recommended... by science!
Beards protect against bacteria
"Growing a beard could be good for you," warns Dr Karan Raj, with scientific arguments to back it up. Indeed, a study of hospital staff, including people with and without beards, "revealed that shaved faces were three times more likely to carry MRSA", explains the doctor.
Why is this? One explanation is that shaving creates micro-abrasions, in other words, very fertile breeding grounds for bacteria. So to those of you who criticize your roommate or your man for his unkempt beard, know that it still makes him a more hygienic person than you!
Less sunburn and skin cancer?
And the health benefits of a beard don't stop there. "The beard can actually give you super soft skin, as it not only protects the underlying skin from ageing by blocking sun exposure, but it also acts as a barrier that prevents you from constantly touching the skin on your face," continues the doctor.
"The beard prevents you from accidentally rubbing the oils produced by your sebaceous glands that keep your skin oiled and hydrated. And can reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer in bearded areas.
In fact, various studies have already shown that facial hair can reduce the risk of exposure to ultraviolet rays by up to a third, compared to hairless or shaved faces. However, that doesn't mean you don't need sunscreen.
If in the comments of the video, which has hundreds of thousands of views, some people congratulate themselves for having a real good reason to keep their beards despite the critics, others regret even more not having one. Yes, not everyone can have a beard. It seems that when it comes to hair (too), there is no such thing as equality.