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The Only Respirator That Works With Beards

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The Only Respirator That Works With Beards

So you have a beard, want to grow out a beard or don’t want to give up your beard for the sake of safety? Is it possible to wear a respirator? Do you sacrifice your health for the sake of your beard? This is by far one of our most popular topics from customers when it comes to respiratory protection. With little guidance on the topic and incredibly limited product offerings out there for beards, we thought we should break down why a beard is so difficult with a respirator and how our Powercap Active is the only solution out there.


Why can’t you wear a normal respirator with facial hair or a beard?

  • The seal of a respirator is the most important aspect for ensuring proper filtration
  • Facial hair that lies along the tight sealing area will interfere with the respirator
  • This interference will prevent maximum protection and prevent proper fit testing


Why does it prevent proper fit testing?

  • Gases, vapors and particles (like COVID-19) always take the path of least resistance
  • By taking this path, these particles will manage to avoid the part of the respirator that keeps these particles out


Why doesn’t facial hair act like a barrier of sorts for particles, gases and vapors?

  • Our hair is actually larger than the particle size one would inhale
  • Our hair is not dense enough to capture these particles
  • Our individual hair follicles are too large to capture particles like a filter does
  • Studies show that even a day of stubble can cause 20 to 1000 times more leakage


How can I wear a respirator with a beard and make sure it works?

  • Perform a user seal check (check out our user seal check article on how)
  • Speak to a respiratory protection program manager about respirator selection options
  • A loose fitting respirator aka a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR)

Is there a respirator designed for beards?

  • We are happy to announce that there is one respirator on the market to work with beards and its ours!
  • The Powercap Active PAPR is designed to filter 99% of particles down to .3 microns without the need for a tight face seal. This allows anyone with any sort of facial hair to continue to work in dangerous environments without putting their health (or their beard) at risk!


Breathe easy and never have to shave again.

Stay safe out there.

Comments on this post (13)

  • Sep 28, 2021

    Please send me more information and where I can buy.
    Thank you!

    — Patrick Olson

  • Sep 27, 2021

    I’m Muslim and I’m a truck driver I need to get my hazmat endorsement and for the job I would need a PPE mask. How much does it cost and can I use this for a hazmat face mask?

    — Jason Roberts

  • Sep 22, 2021

    Good morning,

    We are a food manufacturing company and we are interested in the The Powercap Active PAPR respirator for persons that wear beards. We need to know if this mask is rated for gases and vapors (chlorine and ammonia). If so, we need pricing information.

    Thank you

    — Pamela Jones

  • Sep 16, 2021

    Our company is interested in the Power cap Active and would like to talk to you folks about this product.
    Please give me a call at 704-508-7000 ask for Pete Goodwin, I am the facilities manager.

    Thank you,

    — Pete Goodwin

  • Sep 15, 2021

    I would like to bring this mask with me for my next fit test. If it fails the fit test, can I return it free of charge? I will send the results back with it for proof it failed. If it passes, than I will keep it (along with pay for it). Thanks

    — Mike

  • Sep 05, 2021

    I work in the aggregates industry in a frac sand plant and was curious if this would provide adequate protection. When I’m in certain production areas it is mandatory to use a full face respirator due to the silica sands extremely fine dust particles. Would you send me a price for this particular unit if it’s effective in protection in this environment.

    Thank you,

    Jimmy Carpenter

    — Jimmy Carpenter

  • Sep 01, 2021

    I would like to get the price on the Powercap Active please. And some info that i can present to my plant manager and our safety department.

    Heath Bonnette

    — Heath Bonnette

  • Aug 27, 2021

    I work around anhydrous ammonia. Will your respirator work for that ? Thank you.

    — Cliff Gwinn

  • Aug 24, 2021

    is the powercap niosh approved

    — Robert Dee Alday

  • Aug 22, 2021

    More info

    — Larry Easley

  • Aug 22, 2021

    I paint with urethane paints . spraying motorcycles . Is your mask appropriate for doing that ?

    — Larry Easley

  • Aug 19, 2021

    Currently going through hell with my job. I’m refusing to shave due to my beliefs, and also for other medical reasons. I need your help. Please tell me this product won’t cost me an arm and a leg lol.

    — John Glassbrenner

  • Aug 18, 2021

    Can you tell me if the Powercap active is NIOSH approved?

    Thank you

    — DavidGraham

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