There is a lot of misinformation circulating in reference to the beard. As more and more men embark on the route to having an enviable beard, rumors spread and myths perpetuate, to such an extent that even the most veteran of beards find it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Here Burnt Whiskey beard experts are to clear up this confusion.
Let’s proceed to unmask seven of the greatest myths we have encountered.
Myth # 1: The Beard “Itches”
The beginning of your beard growth can be uncomfortable. When beard hair begins to sprout, it can be itchy and irritating. This itchiness is aggravated if your beard is “Chinese” or wavy, causing it to ‘come back to the skin causing itchiness. In spite of everything, after about a month, the itchiness caused by the beard gradually diminishes.
To dramatically reduce itching and itching, take care of your beard! Wash it daily with a beard and mustache shampoo, and rinse afterward, and work your beard with a few drops of beard and mustache oil or tonic. It sounds simple, but these steps will allow you to feel hydrated, comfortable, and free from irritation.
Myth # 2: The Beard Is More Uncomfortable In The Summer.
On the contrary! The beard and facial hair protect your skin from the sun, keeping you cooler. We give you a good tip for which you will be grateful for having a beard in the summer: take a spray bottle and spray cool water on your beard. This turns your beard into an ‘ air conditioning ‘ unit and will keep you moist and feel fresh.
Another great benefit of having a beard and mustache is that it gives you protection against the sun’s harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays.
Myth # 3: The Beard Grows Evenly
In each area of your face, the beard grows at a different speed. That of the chin tends to grow faster, while on the cheeks the growth of the beard tends to be slower. If someone led you to believe otherwise, it is because many men shave the fullest areas, to keep the beard even, and it appears that it grows at the same speed all over the face.
Our suggestion is that you let your beard grow a little longer, and adjust and trim the beard and mustache, to achieve a much more even appearance.
Myth # 4: Shaving Your Beard Makes It Grow Thicker
Many dermatological studies have confirmed that shaving does not alter or modify the thickness of facial hair. What shaving does is give the appearance of having a thicker and thicker beard, since it is tightened at the end. When you cut the trunk of the hair, the thickest part of the hair is exposed, in the area closest to the skin. This makes the beard ‘appear’ thicker, but it is not.
If you shave your beard and mustache close, you really are going back to the beginning. The beard grows an average of 13 millimeters per month, which means that you will have to wait a few months for the beard to reappear.
Myth # 5: The Beard Contains ‘Shit’
In 2015, the headline “you got shit in your beard” was a hot topic everywhere. The real story happened in the state of New Mexico, USA, where a local news outlet reported that a microbiologist found enteric bacteria on the men’s beards. It’s not really shit! Enteric bacteria exist in many places, including throughout your digestive system, on your skin, and throughout nature, including food. In addition, it does not present a risk to your health.
In fact, your beard may be more hygienic and resistant to bacteria than a freshly shaved face: In 2016, researchers found that freshly shaved men are more likely to harbor infection-causing bacteria than bearded men. These researchers argue that this is due to the micro-abrasion caused by shaving on the skin.
The samples taken showed the presence of microbiomes that actually killed the bacteria around them. Dr. Adam Roberts from University College London is applying these microbiomes in the development of antibiotics
Myth # 6: Bearded Men Should Shave Before A Job Interview.
There are some professions – the restaurant worker, for example – where having a beard is not ideal. But generally, over the years, employers are more willing to accept the preference of having a beard and mustache. Even the US Army and the New York Police Department have recently agreed to allow their members to grow beards. Very few recruiters will exclude you for having a well-groomed and stylish beard.
In addition, a well-shaped beard will make you stand out from all those interviewed.
Myth # 7: There Are Areas Where Beards Have Never Grown
We go back to myth # 3, different parts of your beard grow at different rates. So if you have any hairless spots for the first few months, give it time. Eventually, it will fill up. Practice patience, and you will see the reward in due course.