5 Good and Bad Side Effects of Growing a Beard, According to Science

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It might seem like whether or not to shave one’s facial hair would be a decision largely based on a person’s opinion on how it makes them look.

Or, you know, their romantic partner’s opinion on how they look with or without it.

It turns out, though, that there are other things to consider when you’re staring at the mirror and contemplating facial hair, though, and there are some interesting scientific side effects that go along with your decision.

5. You could be seen as more attractive.

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Studies suggest that women are more attracted to bearded men, though those results suggest it could also hinge on whether or not the woman’s father had a beard.

Scientists believe it could support a theory that future mate preferences are developed at a young age and largely modeled after parents.

4. And you’ll likely be seen as more “manly.”

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Only real, mature men can grow a good beard – or at least, that’s what one study found people largely believe.

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether being seen as a more dominant, “manly” sort of male is something you want your face to say about you.

3. You will have to go the extra mile to keep it clean.

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There was a hullaballoo for awhile after some isolated swabs and news reports claimed dudes with beards were walking around with poop on their face.

But science has proven that’s not true – though research has found that beards harbor more bacteria than dogs.

2. You’ll be less likely to get skin cancer.

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A beard will protect your face from about 90% of harmful ultraviolet rays, which means you’ll be somewhat less prone to skin cancer on your face and neck.

But that’s only the skin that’s covered by the beard. Keep using sunscreen on the rest of that face, fam!

1. You could die young.

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One study found that men with facial hair are more likely to die early deaths from all sorts of causes, but most notably from heart disease. They’re also likely to be shorter, are less likely to be married, have fewer orgasms over the course of their life, and are often smokers.

That is a truly random grouping of information, so good luck out there, bearded men.!

Do you have a beard? Are you going to grow one now? Please, tell us about your decision in the comments!