Doctor explains why you should grow a beard and how it can benefit your health

Dr Karan Rangarjan, a surgical doctor and lecturer at Sunderland University, regularly shares his knowledge on TikTok like why you should think about growing a beard (if you don’t have one already)

An NHS doctor claims that growing a beard could be good for your health.

Dr Karan Rangarjan, a surgical doctor and lecturer at Sunderland University, regularly shares his knowledge on TikTok ( @dr.karanr ) to educate people about medicine, expose myths and share secrets on doctors’ lives in hospitals.

In one of his videos, he said that growing some facial hair might be cleaner and safer than not having anything there.

Speaking to his followers, Dr Raj – who has a beard – said: “A study comparing hospital workers with and without beards found that clean-shaven faces were three times more likely to carry MRSA.”

MRSA is a type of bacteria that’s resistant to many widely used antibiotics, which means it’s harder to treat than many other infections.

“This may be because shaving creates micro-abrasions which are perfect breeding grounds for these bacteria,” he continued.

“Beards can actually give you super soft skin. This happens because the beard not only protects the skin underneath from ageing by blocking sun exposure, but the beard also acts as a barrier to stop you from constantly touching the skin around your face.

“This stops you accidentally rubbing off the oils produced by your sebaceous glands which keep your skin oiled and moisturised.”

He went on to add: “A beard might reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer on bearded areas. There’s evidence that having facial hair reduces UV light exposure by a third compared to clean-shaven faces.

“Although facial hair can lower the risk of skin cancers like melanoma you shouldn’t ditch the sunscreen.”

Since being posted, the video has racked up more than 300,000 views ad hundreds of comments.

One person said: “Now I have more reasons to keep my beard! Not just avoiding looking like a teenager.”

While another joked: “You just want to make those who can’t grow a beard even more mad,” to which Dr Raj replied: “Nah just trying to hype up the beards!”