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July 23, 2021 3 min read

Here’s a sentiment that any kind of bearded man can agree on: no matter what, you’ll always be proud to show your beard off. Whether you’ve got a goatee, Van Dyke, Verdi, or Bandholz on your face, you’re someone that prides in your facial hair, and you want to show it off to as many people as possible. Considering that it has taken you years and countless bouts of trial and error to get your tuft of “manly” hair right, it’s only just to take pride in it. 

While your mind may be set on the whole idea of aesthetics when it comes to taking care of facial hair, it’s also important to look into the more hygienic side of things. 

The Reality of Your Beard’s Cleanliness

If you’re looking to learn something new about your beard, here’s a shocking truth: it’s a lot dirtier than you probably think it is.

While it’s true that human skin hosts a wide range of bacteria on its surface (most of which are harmless), most people overlook the fact that the beard is no stranger to its host of problems as well. According to aviral 2019 study, findings showed that men's beards contain more germs than dog fur—a conclusion that sparked debate about the cleanliness of facial hair and if beards harbor illness-causing germs or not. 

Based on the facts mentioned above, it’s safe to say that beards do carry germs. However, it’s also important to remember that the same applies to clean-shaven skin. Either way, it’s best to be aware of the level of cleanliness that you need to uphold when taking care of your facial hair! 

What Researchers Are Saying

In terms of the technicalities associated with beards and germs, many experts have weighed in regarding the truth—and it’s definitely going to surprise you.

According to Dr. Sara Hogan, MD, MHS, Dermatologist and Health Sciences Clinical Instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA: "[beards are] really no different than what we already have on our skin. I think beards get a bad reputation”. Further adding to the truth about facial hair and bacteria, Hogan adds: "We [already] have a complex microbiome on our skin. Everything's always in flux, and it's a very complex microenvironment." 

To further solidify the truth about the susceptibility, we’ll refer to a 2014 study published in The Journal of Hospital Infection titled “Bacterial ecology of hospital workers' facial hair: a cross-sectional study.“ This critical reference point compared the bacterial ecology of 408 male hospital workers' facial hair with the skin of clean-shaven personnel to determine if those with beards carried more bacteria. 

Based on the findings of Wakeham, E., et al., the levels of bacterial colonization in both groups were comparable. The most surprising result, however, is that the prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus was slightly less (41.2 percent) in those with facial hair than those who were clean-shaven (52.6 percent). 

The Truth Is Out—What Should You Be Doing About It?

Although the results mentioned above are more than enough reason to tell your traditionalist parents and exes, “I told you so,” it’s vital not to be complacent when it comes to keeping your beard germ-free.

Generally, the best way to keep your facial hair from becoming a host to the next supervirus is to treat it with the right products regularly. Fortunately,our Face, Beard, & Moustache Soap will help you keep the skin on your face as clean and nourished as it needs to be!


While beards may not be as dirty as pop culture may want you to believe, it’s important for anyone that rocks them to be well-aware of the need to keep things clean. Once you arm yourself with the truth and all the necessary information, you’ll be able to keep the crowning glory of your face in the best shape possible while staying safe! 

The Unshaved takes pride in helping men take better care of their beards with the finestbeard products in the Pacific Northwest. Check out our online store and place your order today!

Matthew Rotter
Matthew Rotter

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