Bacteria in Mustaches & Beards

I wanted to bring this to the attention of anyone who has facial hair or someone who has a spouse or partner with facial hair because most do not realize just how much bacteria is being spread to their loved ones or as a bacterial growth medium for their own health issues and spreading it to their children, partners and family members. Everyone needs to think about this.

Did you ever notice how men tend to constantly stroke their beards and mustaches? Each time they do this they are spreading bacteria and anything else they have touched onto their facial hair. This also applies to any facial hair including the one or two day growth. The beards, mustaches goatees and any other styles of facial hair are also a catch-all for food, beverages, saliva, nasal discharge (a nice way of saying snot), dead skin cells, etc. and sexual activity. Even if you washed your hands, did you wash the hair on your face which you have been stroking all day?

When you went to the restroom, did you wash your hands? Did you handle yourself when taking a pee? It would be difficult to tuck yourself away after doing so if you didn’t. Did you flush the toilet with your hand? Did you lift the seat with your hand? Did you wash your hands with soap? My point being to highlight the many sources of bacteria. If you handle yourself when going to the restroom or scratch yourself or eat and drink beverages and anything you touch is being transferred to your facial hair every time you stroke your beard, etc.  Then there is smoking which transfers to facial hair as well.

Do you have pets? Pets lick themselves then you pet them and that bacteria transfers to your hands which transfers to your facial hair you keep stroking.

Do you kiss your children, wife, girlfriend, partner? All that bacteria in your facial hair has transferred to them and any bacteria they have such as children wiping their nose on their clothes or baby or all the things they handled without washing are being exchanged with your facial hair.

This bacteria in the facial hair can cause acne and cold sores and seborrhea and all manner of gross things. They are scratchy and the constant stroking coats the facial hair with skin oils, dead skin cells, pet saliva, your saliva, pet dander and all manner of bacteria I listed above.

I had a spouse who had a mustache and a bad case of seborrhea around that mustache. It was also a nest for psoriasis. Selsun Blue shampoo helped eliminate Seborrhea and Psoriasis to some degree by leaving it on affected areas for about 15 minutes, then washing it off. But the thing that worked the best was his shaving the mustache off. All the seborrhea and irritated skin cleared up as soon as he got rid of the bacteria holding mustache.

If you are going to have facial hair, then you need to frequently wash your hands and your face and facial hair with appropriate soap or facial and hand cleanser to eliminate bacteria. Facial hair is also a carrier for cold germs, flu virus, and a plethora of other bacteria and viruses  which someone may have coughed upon you which you carried home to your family. Think about the welfare of your family. Is their health worth wearing a beard or facial hair? I know that the males in the movie business tend to wear beards to ward off any unwanted attentions from coworkers but they can just say no instead. Besides, facial hair makes them look 15 to 20 years older than they are.

Just a few tips and tidbits I thought men should know about the hazards of facial hair.

I am not a doctor, nor am I in the medical business. I’m an engineer and research scientist. Please see a qualified doctor or medical practitioner or hospital as needed for medical advice or treatment. I can only share my observations on these issues.




Seborrhea or Psoriasis

This tip comes from a very good doctor I once had. His treatment was simple and it worked. He recommended using Selsun Blue medicated shampoo with Selenium. Put the shampoo on the affected areas and leave it there for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse it off. This works. I have seen it work. You may have to do it once a day until it is cleared up. After it is gone, then use it twice a week, leaving it on for at least 5-10 minutes each time to maintain keeping the problem clear. If it is not clearing up the problem, then you are not leaving it on long enough and need to extend the amount of time. If that does not work, it may be time to see the doctor or a specialist.

I never had either of these conditions, however, one of my former spouses had Seborrhea especially around the nose, eyebrows and mustache. The skin would be quite red and produce large flakes of skin. Basically, wherever he had facial hair and the corners of his nose and eyebrows. On my spouse, it was fairly clear that bacteria was involved. He was also touching his face unconsciously. Smoking didn’t help the situation.

Mustaches and beards are the worst catchalls for bacteria from the nose, from the mouth, from food and from handling the facial hair spreading bacteria. Facial hair is a bacteria haven which is one of the reasons I have an extreme dislike for facial hair. I have an extreme dislike for bacteria. If someone is going to have facial hair, they need to thoroughly wash their face every day with antibacterial soap as well as bathe and shampoo daily. This Selenium treatment did fix his problem. So did eliminating the mustache.

Although he was always dressed quite neatly in clean, pressed clothes, his hygiene habits were atrocious… which is why he became a former spouse. It was quite surprising that someone who appeared to be so neatly dressed would go so long between bathing.

My own brother is also that way. You have to insist for him to bathe. Out of fairness, he is 20 years older… but he is worse than my former spouse about bathing… yet he is an obsessive hand washer. Quite a contradiction. But you often see these types of issues when someone is developing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Others may fail to bathe out of bad habits or simply as a deliberate act of retaliation. Or perhaps it is because they were both from the same state and it was learned behavior.

However, bacteria is clearly a factor in Seborrhea.

A lady friend I knew had Psoriasis. I recommended the Selsun Blue to her and she had significant improvement. Although I did not see the results, I thought I would include Psoriasis since she said it was effective.

While bacteria is not always at the cause of these problems, it can make it much worse. Damaged skin from these conditions can harbor bacteria which compounds the situation and makes it much worse.  Thus, it is important to keep these areas clean and dry so not to allow bacteria to proliferate.

Selsun Blue medicated shampoo is an excellent treatment for Seborrhea, Psoriasis and dandruff. However, sometimes these conditions can be quite serious and require doctors prescription treatments. Even if it has not worked for you in the past, there are always new developments which you may not be aware. Some doctors are better at finding improved treatments for their patients.  A dermatologist may also have better suggestions than your GP. It varies depending on the doctor and the problem.