Beards are GOOD for you: How having facial hair can be beneficial for your health

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 It’s nearly Movember – that time of year when men start skipping their morning shave and grow a moustache throughout November to raise awareness of male cancers and mental health.

It’s followed by ­Decembeard, when sporting the rugged look will help highlight bowel cancer.

But whether you’ve got bumfluff or a full-on Grizzly Adams face, here Adrian Monti reveals how ditching the razor has its own health benefits…

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Stops shaving rash

Among the most common problems caused by shaving is a rash called folliculitis barbae. It is often itchy and is caused by ­staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium which infects the skin.

It can affect shavers and ­non-shavers, but it’s often brought on by reinfection from everyday shaving equipment contaminated with bacteria that lives harmlessly inside our noses.

“The shaved hair starts to grow again and forms an ingrown bump which can become inflamed,” says Dr Toni ­Phillips, clinical director of Destination Skin clinics.

“During the next shave, these bumps can be cut or irritated, resulting in infection. Not only is this an unpleasant medical condition, but it looks awful.”

Not shaving will help, but it can also be tackled by skin cleansers containing salicylic acid and using an exfoliator on a daily basis, she says.

Helps with allergies

If you’re sensitive to dust and pollen, a beard or bushy moustache might offer some defence against them entering your nose and respiratory system.

“It’s been said that facial hair can filter out dust and pollens,” says food intolerance expert Dr Gill Hart from YorkTest.

“However, it’s more likely that the presence of small amounts of pollens and dust trapped in facial hair could actually “de-sensitise” the immune system.

“In other words, the body will get used to the presence of small amounts of pollen and dust trapped in the facial hair and become less likely to react to them.”

Can lower your skin cancer risk

A recent study conducted at Australia’s University of Southern Queensland looked at how effective facial hair is in protection against the sun’s UV rays.

The report, published in the Journal of Radiation Protection Dosimetry, said researchers used mannequins with varying lengths of stick-on beards while others were ‘clean shaven’. They were then all stood out in the sun.

The results of the study showed that beards can prevent skin cancer by providing an estimated 90 to 95% of protection against harmful UVs, depending on the beard’s length and the angle of the facial hair.

But Dr Stefanie Williams, a dermatologist and medical director of European Dermatology London, is wary of how much protection facial hair can offer, saying that people should still rely on using their sun protection products.

She says: “A beard might offer a small degree of sun protection but don’t overestimate this. A few years ago, I measured in one of my patients how much UV penetrates the hair (on the scalp in that case). Around 50% still got through, although the hair was quite dense in that patient.”

Slows down wrinkles

It’s often said shaving off your beard can knock years off. But a covering of facial hair can also slow down the ageing process in the skin, says ­dermatologist Dr Adam Friedmann .

“Sun exposure is the primary cause of photo-ageing and skin damage so it makes sense that if your face is covered by a heavy beard, it may well protect your skin from the signs of ageing,” says Dr Friedmann.

“This means fewer wrinkles and a reduction in age spots (liver spots) commonly found on the face.”

Tames zits!

Acne is caused when tiny follicles near the surface of the skin become blocked, leading to whitehead or blackhead spots. And this common condition can be worsened with shaving.

Both a ‘wet shave’ and an electric razor can easily take the tops off inflammatory ‘comedones’, as the spots on the face and neck are known, making them even more obvious.

“Acne sufferers may be low in ­confidence and low self-esteem, ­especially if they’ve had severe acne that leaves scars,” says Dr Freidmann.

“Sporting a beard may therefore give a boost of confidence and make them feel better about their appearance.”

Reduces asthma

This condition affects 5.4 million people in the UK but there’s a belief facial hair might offer protection against irritants like house dust mites, which act as a trigger.

“One side of the debate says a beard or moustache could mean the hairs act as a ‘Thames Barrier’ for the lungs, stopping certain particles getting into your nose and travelling down to your lungs,” says Deborah Waddell, lead clinical adviser at Asthma UK.

“On the other hand, having a beard could trap particles, such as pollen, in the same way that eyebrows and your hair can. So our advice is, to reduce the risk of your beard harbouring irritating particles closer to your airways, keep it clean.”

Fetish Model Kelly Lee Dekay Has A 16-inch Waist

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It’s no stretch to say that fetish model Kelly Lee Dekay went to extreme lengths to get an hourglass figure

Continued use of a corset slimmed Dekay’s waist down to a tiny 16 inches. That’s just one inch shy of Cathie Jung, who holds the current Guinness World Record for smallest waist.

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Dekay, 27, says she was a tomboy growing up, but accentuated her curves as a way to emulate her favorite female comic book characters, like Storm.

“Growing up I just loved the exaggeration of styles and the beautiful costumes that comic book characters would wear and that led to the aesthetic that led to tight-lacing,” she said according to Barcroft TV. “I like that they wore their personalities externally.

“I do understand their measurements can’t ever possibly be achieved because they would break.”

As striking as Dekay’s figure is, there are many risks involved.

There is not much room for the internal organs, so they are forced to move as the rib cage tightens, the Mirror reports. In addition, breathing can be difficult since the lungs are not able to expand to their full capacity.

Dekay admits wearing a corset makes it difficult for her climb stairs or lift heavy objects, but she has worn it during other physical activities.

“I actually did hiking in my corset and that’s very dangerous. I also played soft ball in a corset once, that was an interesting feeling, but I don’t go to the gym in a corset — that’s really dangerous because I do weight lifting,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “But if I do want to do something extreme, I don’t limit myself. If I have to be out of my corset, then I’m out of it.”

Thief armed only with her own breasts squirts milk at pharmacy workers, makes off with $127

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German police said a suspect armed only with her own breasts allegedly squirted milk at pharmacy workers and made off with $127.

Police said workers at the pharmacy in Darmstadt reported the woman came in about 4:25 p.m. Monday and acted like she was planning to buy a breast pump.

The woman handed over a €200 note (about $255) for the $25 item and she then exposed a breast and used her fingers to make it squirt milk at a pharmacist.

Workers told police the woman repeatedly sprayed her milk while going through a counter display and approaching a second cash register.

The woman left the breast pump behind and workers later discovered their register was $127 short. Police said the milk spraying was likely a distraction for the woman’s theft.

The suspect was described as having a “robust” figure and was speaking an unknown language during the incident, police said.

Here’s something to show your wife …. Sex with more than 20 women helps reduce prostate cancer

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Men who have sex with more than 20 women during the course of their lifetimes are less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, new research shows.

But for homosexuals who have had sex with at least 20 men and virgins, the risk of being diagnosed is doubled, the researchers from the University of Montreal have found.

Article Lead - wide6277000911dhhqimage.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.11ddnd.png1414545155380.jpg-620x349Compared with men who have had just one sexual partner, men who have slept with 20 or more women have a 28 per cent lower risk of being diagnosed, and are 19 per cent less likely to develop the most aggressive form of prostate cancer.

However, the researchers found that homosexual men who have had at least 20 sexual partners, were twice as likely to to develop prostate cancer compared with those in monogamous relationships.

Homosexual men were also five times more likely to develop a less serious form of the disease than those with only one male partner.

The “highly speculative” hypothesis to explain this increased risk for homosexual men is that there is a heightened risk of picking up a sexually transmitted disease and “physical trauma” to the prostate from anal intercourse.

Between 2005 and 2009, 3208 men participated in the Prostate Cancer & Environment Study and were asked to give information about their lifestyles and sexual experiences.

In this time frame, 1590 men who participated in the study were diagnosed with prostate cancer..

The research, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, is the first of its kind to make a link between the number of sexual partners and the risk of developing cancer.

Lead researcher Marie-Elise Parent said that, despite the results, she did not see a need for public health authorities to encourage men to have sex with as many women as possible.

“It is possible that having many female sexual partners results in a higher frequency of ejaculations, whose protective effect against prostate cancer has been previously observed in cohort studies,” Dr Parent said

The research found that men who had never had sexual intercourse, were twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Prior studies have indicated sexual intercourse might help reduce the risk of prostate cancer because it lowers the concentration of carcinogenic crystal-like substances in the fluid of the prostate.

“We were fortunate to have participants from Montreal who were comfortable talking about their sexuality, no matter what sexual experiences they have had, and this openness would probably not have been the same 20 or 30 years ago,” Dr Parent said.

“Indeed, thanks to them, we now know that the number and type of partners must be taken into account to better understand the causes of prostate cancer.”

Man uses his fridge’s ice maker as a candy dispenser

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Which is more important to you, ice cubes or candy?

That might become a valid debate after a YouTube user shows how you can dispense candy from the automatic ice maker of your home refrigerator.

Deric Peace posted a video Wednesday that has already been watched roughly 1.5 million times. In the clip, he puts a glass up to his ice dispenser, which shoots out M&M’s, miniature peanut butter cups and other pieces of candy.

It’s perfect for those who like their candy with a little bit of a chill to it — and who don’t need ice for their beverages.

If you do decide to fill your ice maker with candy, we’d recommend washing out the receptacle first before switching back to cubes, as the whole setup be an easy target for bacteria.

Peace followed up the popular video the next day with one that shows candy dispensed on the crushed setting. He said he had to take off any wrappers first before trying it. The results aren’t as wild as you’d think, and some of the pieces even stayed intact on their way through the grinders.

Is This Panda Masturbating?

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Researchers may have finally discovered why panda bears are so finicky about their mates. It could be that nothing satisfies quite like the pleasure paw.

2841_502635_709601-2World Wildlife Federation researchers caught this panda allegedly touching himself following a meal of bamboo in the forests of Sichuan province. (There’s no date cheaper than a date with yourself!)

If the bear was really caught having “a quick wank,” as Shanghaist suggests, it might be a first for science. Or it might be a joke that sailed over our heads. Who cares. Look at him go!

This Burger Joint in Philly Has a Cheeseburger-Stuffed Donut

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Philadelphia-based PYT Burger makes some of the most mouth-watering, food-coma-inducing burgers anywhere.

One of their latest beauties is called the D’oh Nut burger, an homage to Homer Simpson and his legendary love of donuts. The contents forcefully stuffed inside this savory donut are your basic all beef patty and American cheese. The glazed donut itself is topped with bacon bits.

Mmmm… donut. Cheeseburger-stuffed donut.