Yes! According to a study, in the mid-Victorian period, doctors prescribed men to wear beards as a means to ward off illness and common ailments such as sore throat since they were thought to act as natural air filters. A thick beard, it was reasoned, would capture the impurities before they could get inside the body.
Apparently, beards were not that prevalent before the mid-1800’s of Victorian era. Safety razors had arrived in the 1700 and all the rage of clean-shaven faces had picked up.
So, now that all the smoke in the air post Diwali is already choking your lungs out, grow a beard, man!