All men with beards have pride in them, they consider it a symbol of manhood. And with the increased awareness of ‘No Shave November’, growing a beard has become a bit of a cult. But what if I tell you that your beard hair is actually pubic hair? Yes, it’s true. So now as you stare at your beard in the mirror, take a look at this expert review which explains it all.

Shave you say? Never, I say!

When interviewed by Huffington Post, Dr. Bobby Buka, founder of Greenwich Village Dermatology and section chief at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine said, “The concentration of sebaceous glands is high in several areas like the face, groin and armpits. So the hair characteristics in those areas are very similar, in terms of thickness of shaft and quality of hair.”

I am just as surprised as you are!

Apparently, most of our body hair has thinned out over time but our groin hair has stayed thick. As a result, it can release pheromones and attract mates, and that’s exactly what the beard does too. Sebaceous glands are higher on your face than your scalp, which increases sebum, a carrier of pheromones. And since your beard is richer in sebum, resulting in higher pheromones, it has a distinct smell.

“Your signature smell comes more from beard hair than from scalp hair. The base of a hair follicle is much bigger on your face, which is why it looks thicker on your face than your scalp hair. But it’s considered the same type of process, slightly different growth rates but same morphology otherwise,” Buka added.

Crying internally!

Note: Dr. Buka does not refer to his own beard hair as pubic hair.