If you have a beard, congratulations! You've decided to grow hair on your face. That's an exciting development. But with great facial hair comes great responsibility: You now need to take care of it properly, otherwise it will start to look like crap.
One way to make sure your beard doesn't get raggedy is not touching it. This may sound like the most obvious advice in the world, but I've heard from plenty of bearded men who say they touch their beards all day long without thinking twice about how that might affect their skin or appearance over time (and also without even knowing what they're doing wrong). So here are some reasons why you shouldn't touch your beard:
Touching your beard can transfer dirt from your hands to your face.
There are a few reasons not to touch your beard. First, we all have dirt and oil on our hands. Even if you've just washed them, there are still traces of dirt and grime left over from the day before. If you've been outside working or doing yard work, then it's even worse. These substances are transferred from your hands to your face when you touch the oils in your beard. This can cause acne breakouts or other skin problems such as dryness or flaky patches that look unnatural on a man's face
Touching your beard will encourage the growth of bacteria
Bacteria is everywhere. You have it on your skin, in your mouth and on your scalp. But that doesn't mean you should let it settle in to any part of the face. If left unchecked, bacteria can lead to acne and other skin problems.
When you touch your beard, you transfer the bacteria from your hands to your face (and vice versa). The more often this happens, the more likely you are to develop a breakout or other issue with breakouts—even if they're minor ones at first.
The skin on your cheeks is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face.
There are a few reasons why you shouldn't touch your beard. One of them is because the skin on your cheeks is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face. The skin on your cheeks is thinner, and has no protective layer of hair follicles to protect it from UV radiation like other parts of your body do (such as arms or legs). Additionally, it's more likely to be dry, red and prone to acne breakouts than other areas.
Another reason why you shouldn't touch your beard is because the oils from our hands can get into those follicles and clog them up with dirt and grime. That means that if we keep touching it too often without washing our hands first—which we should always do anyway—we can cause ingrown hairs by trapping bacteria inside those pores that make up every single hair follicle in our beards!
Finally: If you keep touching your beard all day long then chances are pretty high that some dandruff will fall onto what's growing underneath there; which isn't good news for anyone involved because let me tell ya...
Think about all of the things that you touch in a day.
Think about all of the things that you touch in a day. Do you touch your face? Do you rub your eyes? Maybe you scratch an itch on your ear or maybe even your nose. If so, then there's a good chance that what is on your hands isn't exactly clean or necessarily good for the health of your beard.
If we think back to our basic biology classes, we know that bacteria grows where there is moisture and food. Since there will be oil and dirt on our hands from touching other things throughout the day, this is where it makes sense to put our hands when we reach up to touch our beards too. This means if we constantly touch our beards with dirty hands (which happens more often than not), then those bacteria are being transferred from those dirty hands into their hair follicles which can cause breakouts in their skin leading them down the road towards acne!
Should I keep my hands away from my face?
The skin on your cheeks is far more sensitive than the rest of your face. This means that anything you put on it—including products and bacteria from your beard—can have a negative impact on its health. For example, if you choose to apply beard oil or balm to your cheek, there’s a good chance that some of those scents will get into the pores of your skin. While this isn’t necessarily harmful in small doses (and may even be beneficial), it can cause irritation if used regularly and frequently.
In addition to damaging the skin on our faces, touching our beards also has another major drawback: When we touch our faces with dirty hands, we transfer dirt and germs from outside into our mouth! That's right: When you touch your beard with dirty hands, then eat something like an apple or a piece of bread with those same dirty fingers… Well now there's a pretty good chance that's going to end up in your mouth as well!
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn't touch your beard. The skin on your cheeks is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face, so it's important to keep those oils away from this delicate area (or any other part of your body). If you have been doing this all along, then don't worry! It's never too late to change bad habits and start caring for yourself better today than ever before.