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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.

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  • Mar 25, 2021

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  • Mar 11, 2021

    Get your facts right, ALL positive pressure masks work with beards, otherwise they would not work correctly! The Powercap Active is not suitable for soot as it’s only equivalent to FFP2/N95. I know this as I bought one 10 years ago and then discovered that is was not suitable. Claiming it does is false advertising.

    — Mark Hart

  • Mar 02, 2021

    What’s the price on these respirators?

    — Jim Solberg

  • Feb 19, 2021

    What is the price of the PowerCap Active respirator, and the time for delivery?

    — Eric

  • Feb 12, 2021

    Got a beard and looking for something like this

    — Benjamin Loveless

  • Feb 02, 2021

    Interested in the respirator for personnel with beards. Is the fit test conducted qualitatively (smoke-tube) or quantitatively (PORTA-COUNT). Please send me pricing for the respirator as well.


    — Bill Koziupa

  • Jan 26, 2021

    Very interested please give more information and pricing

    — Alexander

  • Jan 16, 2021

    I’m interested in your respirator designed for beards. I’d like more information regarding price and effectiveness.

    — Chris

  • Jan 15, 2021

    I would like to know more please. Do you have a brochure and prices
    Thank you. Much appreciated

    — Joshua Joyce

  • Jan 13, 2021

    How much are they and where can we get them?

    — Andrea Atkinson

  • Jan 08, 2021

    Looking for full face resperiator going to sand fiberglass and have a beard what is the cost of one

    — Glenn Page

  • Dec 07, 2020

    Inquiring about respirator with beard

    — Dan

  • Dec 01, 2020

    Can you send me the info for this

    — William McCauley

  • Nov 30, 2020

    Can you please send full information on the respirator for bearded persons, cost and delivery times

    — Bevan

  • Nov 24, 2020

    I am interested cam you send me info and price

    — Lekia Coleman

  • Oct 26, 2020

    How much is the price for this respirator

    — Robert Ruiz

  • Oct 07, 2020

    What does suitable for covid 19 mean? I’m ICRA certified and curious what this means. My company conducts COVID cleaning on a frequent basis…does your mask meet the requirements?

    — Adam Green

  • Oct 02, 2020

    How much is it and do you ship to Norway?

    — Morten Bygnes Bye

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