Malassezia: Men’s Facial Hair & Role of Fungus and Biofilms

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For men who have facial hair or a beard, they likely brush and trim to keep it tidy and styled. However, did you know that men with facial hair are prone to a fungus called Malassezia? More commonly found in scalp conditions, Malassezia appears to also play a central role in the progression of beard dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

A beard provides the fungus with protection from the sun and traditional cleansers, causing the fungus to securely attach to the skin and to produce a protective barrier called a biofilm.

Recent research from the National Institute of Health has indicated that the persistence of biofilms may be linked with aggravating the symptoms associated with common scalp and skin conditions, such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

Harsh shampoos typically used on the scalp, such as those containing ingredients like Coal Tar, Pyrithione Zinc, Sulfur, Selenium Sulfide, or Salicylic Acid are never recommended for facial hair as they can irritate the skin underneath. Shampoos that contain ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and silicone may lather well, but they can also cause irritation to the skin.

Scientifically formulated with Kane Biotech’s patented coactiv+™ technology, DermaKB™ products weaken and break down the biofilm structure and eliminate product buildup. They leave scalp and hair, including beards, clean – without any harsh chemicals or excessive foam and bubbles. DermaKB™ products are pH balanced, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free.

For beards and facial hair in particular, DermaKB™ Shampoo Bars provide the same scalp and skin care as our liquid DermaKB™ Shampoo, and as easy to use as a traditional bar of soap.

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