by Tim Kramer
When you have hair growing out of your face it is natural and common to want to touch it. Whether it is in the itchy stubble phase or has grown out to the long and soft phase – chances are you'll find yourself (and sometimes strangers) touching your beard. While it may seem natural, is it the best thing for your beard's health?
The short answer is, “No.” Here are two main reasons not to touch your beard with your hands too often:
Your skin naturally produces a certain amount of oils that act as a natural conditioner for your beard. Since your hands are covered in porous skin the more you touch your beard the more those oils are absorbed into your skin. This depletes the natural oils and can leave your beard very dry.
No matter how many times you wash your hands a day, the fact is they still remain dirty. This means when you touch your beard or moustache throughout the day you're transferring whatever dirt particles your hands have picked up to your facial hair.
Are we suggesting you never touch your beard? No, we're only recommending that you limit touching your beard with your hands. Here are a few appropriate ways to touch your beard:
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