Beards aren’t all bad. The man-bun with facial hair combo is understandable for example. If the bearded man in question’s face was sculpted by angels, a bit of stubble is basically the cherry on top.The public fawns over this recent trend of men going a while without shaving and letting their hair grow out, but the subject at hand is beards, full-on Paul Bunyan, vagrant beards. Beard proponents may still want to protest, but perhaps this writer will be able to shed some light on the hairy subject.
Studies of the bacteria found in beards have blown up the internet. Beard swabbing studies indicate that bacteria found in beards are the equivalent that found in a public bathroom. The GQ Eye reports that leftover food and continuously touching of the beard are the main sources of this bacteria. Unless bearded men carry around a sink and soap, and never take their hands away from the water, the results of this study are consistent. Some criticize, saying that the body already has a lot of bacteria, the sample size wasn’t big enough, etc. Yes, these statements might be true, but if one stopped to think about it, the results really shouldn’t be surprising. Just going home and washing hands after a day of school, the water is dark and full of bacteria picked up from a desk. If one constantly touches his beard with those same hands, think of all the germs being wiped on his face, not to mention when they eat and drink (not everything makes it into the mouth).
Regardless of the excuses of laziness or finding two people who find facial hair attractive, some men are growing their beards to unacceptable lengths. Even the most attractive men who attempt to pull it off can only be admired from a distance. Ever tried kissing a man with a beard? Is facial hair with food from breakfast appealing?
The debate will continue, and some will remain very opinionated on either side, but hopefully a new perspective on facts and opinions will allow people a chance to think.